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Bitzer UK: preventative maintenance will be vital for compressor training

Manufacturer says that improving expertise with predictive approaches to maintaining cooling technologies will be a vital focus for its future training programmes

Making use of preventative maintenance for compressor technologies will be a vital part of Bitzer UK’s future training programmes, particularly in regard to challenges posed by EU F-Gas regulation.

Marcus Levy, business development director and head of training with the company, said that a recent focus on offering an expanded range of training opportunities for installers, engineers and system designers had generated vital feedback on the changing skill needs within the cooling industry.

Factors that can result in short and longer-term compressor failure, as well as understanding broader wear and tear on such technologies, were identified during discussions with Bitzer UK’s customers as key priorities to try and address in the company’s future skills programmes.

Mr Levy said, “Preventative maintenance is the key with F-Gas, and the clock is ticking. Although engineers attending may not have a direct influence on end user decisions, it is important they have a clear understanding of the available options for phase-down and we provide an overview with a focus on the benefits of natural refrigerants.”

The company will this year launch a new free technical training programme for installers on making use of its products as part of a concerted push to expand the number of upskilling programmes it runs.

Mr Levy added that its courses, such as a training programme on compressors set to commence from October this year and run until March 2020, were being constantly updated in line with the company’s product development to ensure engineers were aware of vital changes.

He said, “The focus is always on safety when involved with any compressor technology working under refrigeration pressures. Courses are designed to offer advice on compressor related problems and their solutions.”

Mr Levy argued that original product manufacturers such as Bitzer UK were best placed to provide industry training and practical insight into the changing nature of an installer’s work when using compressor products. The company is therefore committed to continue to build on this work.

He said, “The aim is to give installers, service engineers, system designers and hands-on end users a practical insight into the latest compressor technology, including how to get the best out of systems in terms of energy efficiency and performance.”

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