Keeping you informed
Refrigeration and air conditioning technology is changing fast and at RAC we are committed to keeping readers up to date with all the latest cooling solutions.
In 2010 we aim to make the magazine more flexible, to respond to the evolving needs of the refrigeration and building services industries. As a result, we are simplifying the calendar list to concentrate on major themes, covering a range of features encompassing the major issues, on-site solutions, technology, and best practice.
This leaves the remaining space to cover the wide range of other activities that are happening in the industry, month by month.
In each issue, we will continue to look at all the latest equipment and processes, reporting from site on major installations and bringing you the new product launches. And we will continue to look to the future, identifying new trends and reporting on cutting-edge technology.
In addition, every month we will be covering the latest information on the big issues for 2010: F-Gas and leak reduction; R-22 and life after phase out; and the embracing of natural refrigerants.
A message for PRs: We are happy to consider suggestions for features on refrigeration and air conditioning all through the year, so if there is something you think our readers should know more about, let us know. Pitch the idea only in the first instance to the editor: Andrew.Gaved@emap.com
JANUARY ISSUE (PUBLISHED MID-DEC)
The Future of the Industry
We examine the varieties of advanced technology becoming available, both in the near future and looking longer term, from free cooling to carbon dioxide refrigerant to magnetic refrigeration and phase change materials. We will also be considering the impact they will have on the industry in the future.
Includes: RAC Round Table on the Future Challenges for the Industry
FEBRUARY ISSUE (PUBLISHED MID-JAN)
F-Gas and HFCs
With the Copenhagen climate talks expected to decide some sort of managed phase-out of HFCs, the focus on properly managing the refrigerants will become even greater. This issue will look at the efforts going on to reduce leakage and raise standards at all levels of the supply chain, along with reporting the progress on meeting the F-Gas Regulations, from record keeping to training. We will also consider what a phase-down might mean for both refrigeration and air conditioning. Product focus includes leak detection equipment and leak management.
MARCH (PUBLISHED MID-FEB)
This will be one of the main focuses for end-users in 2010, driven by a potent combination of energy prices, carbon reduction and the advent of energy performance certificates. We look at the wide range of new products that can improve efficiency, using components such as EC fans, inverters and scroll compressors and look at the different ways that efficiency gains have been made by end users, from office owners to retailers.
Includes: Preview of the International Cold Chain Conference
APRIL (PUBLISHED MID-MARCH)
Supermarket and convenience store focus
The major supermarkets dominate the world of many in the refrigeration supply chain. We put the spotlight on their plans for refrigeration and air conditioning, and look at how this will impact on the supply chain. Meanwhile, convenience stores represent a new frontier, challenging manufacturers to provide high performance from small footprints. Products covered range from plant room equipment to latest cases.
MAY (PUBLISHED MID-APRIL)
Restaurants and Catering and the Cold Chain
We look at a major area for the rac industry., where accurate temperature controls and efficiency are of utmost importance to the end user, and a comfortable climate is essential to the dining customer experience. We also examine how the cold chain can be made more efficient and more sustainable while meeting the demand to keep food fresher for longer. Product focus looks at equipment from coldrooms right through to state-of-the-art kitchen cooling equipment, serve-overs and cabinets.
JUNE (PUBLISHED MID-MAY)
R22 Phase-Out Update
We take stock of how both the air conditioning and refrigeration sectors are doing in phasing out the ozone depleting refrigerant. We look at the state of the market for reclaimed R22 and replacement refrigerants, we see how the industry is managing compliance and we survey the range of replacement equipment available to those still in the throes of changing away from HCFCs.
JULY (PUBLISHED MID-JUNE)
Cooling commercial spaces: Shops to Offices
The retail and commercial office sector represents a huge market for air conditioning and controls specialists, as owners look for ways to upgrade their systems for more efficient operation. This issue examines the factors that need to be considered to get the best out of their climate control. Product focus encompasses latest ac systems to building management to air curtains.
AUGUST (PUBLISHED MID-JULY)
Industrial and Technology Focus
How the industrial sector is driving change and providing lessons for the rest of the industry. RAC assesses the broad range of cutting edge equipment currently on offer, where rapid progress is being made in systems and componentry, from natural refrigerants to high-tech chillers to controls and management systems.
SEPTEMBER (PUBLISHED MID-AUGUST)
Advances in air conditioning
From heat pumps to VRFs to heat recovery systems, air conditioning equipment is allowing greater performance and greater control. We assess the future potential for the ac industry.
OCTOBER (PUBLISHED MID-SEPTEMBER)
World of Cooling
As the rac world beats a path to Chillventa, the biggest cooling show in 2010, we take the opportunity to assess the progress being made in advanced technology, processes and materials in other parts of the world.
Includes Chillventa Preview
NOVEMBER (PUBLISHED MID-OCTOBER)
Our Cooling Industry Awards annually recognise achievements in environmental cooling. This issue celebrates the industry’s progress in all things green, bringing you all the winners and the stories behind them.
DECEMBER (PUBLISHED MID-NOVEMBER)
The changing face of refrigeration and air conditioning
To end the year, a wide ranging look at where the rac industry goes next, taking in natural refrigeration; HFCs, the heating industry and cooling without refrigerants.