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A-Gas: retail retrofitting work vital to R404A phasedown aims

A more streamlined approach to refrigerant recovery has taken the top prize for retail initiatives at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards

A-Gas has said that the retrofitting of R404A systems is a key priority for achieving targets for the phasedown of R404A use in a push for more sustainable cooling practices.

The supplier has said that efforts to undertake retrofitting of existing cooling systems used in the retail industry are expected to create a strain in engineering resources in the medium term that will create a need for more efficient approaches.

A-Gas was among the winners of the 2017 RAC Cooling Industry Awards, where it picked up accolades including the ‘Retail initiative of the Year’ for its Rapid Recovery Service that it says supports a more streamlined means of retrofitting R404A systems.

The company’s commercial director, Enzo D’Alessio, said the Rapid Recovery had been devised to provide contractors with greater capacity to undertake retrofitting work within their existing resource base.

“The main aim of Rapid Recovery is to offer a specialised service to the refrigeration contractor which greatly improves the speed of recovery – shortening the time taken to recover refrigerant gas from systems,” he claimed.

Moving forward, Mr D’Alessio said that the Rapid Recovery service was not only applicable for use on R404A. He added that it would also be applicable for recovering any refrigerant gas used for retail or commercial applications.

Award finalists

Solved FM and its Smart Monitoring Maintenance Solution was also among the finalists of the retail initiative category at the 2017 RAC Awards, based on the group’s work to offer remote maintenance functions of cooling systems.

According to the company, the technology can remotely monitor and diagnose faults in a refrigeration or HVAC system, as well as offering predictive maintenance if required. The solution is also claimed to run independently from a customer’s network to ensure any internal IT conflicts do not compromise monitoring.

Honeywell was the other finalist for its retail F-Gas awareness work by working to build industry awareness around changing legislation and quota restrictions concerning refrigerant use in the retail sector. This included playing up the role of authorised dealers and potential dangers of possible illegal or counterfeit refrigerants.

More details on key innovations at this year’s RAC Cooling Industry Awards can be read in the winners’ brochure attached to the October digital edition of RAC Magazine here.

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