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Experts to tackle leakage at ACR Show

The Institute of Refrigeration is set to raise awareness on key industry issues at the forthcoming ACR Show 2014.

Its programme of briefings, which take place in less than two weeks’ time at the NEC on 11-13 February, is aimed at the industry and end users and will build on the organisation’s award-winning REAL Zero campaign.

Industry experts, including John Ellis, Jane Gartshore, Gordon Adams, Graeme Maidment, Steve Benton and Glen Moore, will provide free briefings to visitors on key issues related to refrigerant leakage and how to prevent and minimise it.

Topics include:

  • Leaks and leak detection - how to get the best out of your leak detector and locations of the most common leaks;
  • Are you using the right copper tube for your refrigerant?
  • Common causes of compressor failure - and how to avoid them;
  • REAL Zero – preventing and finding leaks of alternative refrigerants, R744, HCs, R32 and HFOs;
  • Understanding pH diagrams for diagnosing faults and improving system operation;
  • Pressure testing for strength and leak tightness and how Gay-Lussac helps;
  • Indirect leak testing for air conditioning units.

The organisation is also staging a series of practical sessions aimed at service engineers, enabling them to refresh their skills and test current knowledge.

Visitors can take an optional test at the end of presentations to gain an IOR Certificate of Continuing Professional Development, useful for career development.

The talks will include hands-on demonstrations and exercises, supported by IOR technical guides.

IOR members and Service Engineers can reserve their place in advance. Visitors will also be able to sign up or walk-in on the day to individual sessions if places are available.

Miriam Rodway, secretary The Institute of Refrigeration, said: “We are looking forward to what promises to be a really exciting event. Our members are always keen to attend and catch up with the latest news and technical issues. Many non-members also visit us at the show to enquire about joining. We expect our stand to be a hub of activity.”

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