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R448A Delivers Better Refrigeration Performance and Lower Energy Consumption

Having already secured the distribution of R448A to the AU and NZ market, Heatcraft Australia is now looking to specify the new refrigerant as an application option across its Kirby condensing unit and refrigeration equipment range.

The new refrigerant is already kicking goals, with WA contractor Goff’s Refrigeration working with Heatcraft Australia to design, install and commission R448A refrigeration systems for the prestigious new Perth Stadium project. The low-temperature applications including special -40oC blast freezers are serviced by custom designed &
built water-cooled basic condensing units, air-cooled condensing units, and Kirby 9000 Series Evaporators - all operating on R448A.

It’s little wonder the relatively new to market HFO blend is gaining traction, given the impressive energy efficiency and energy savings being experienced, when compared to R404A. In low and medium temperature applications, manufacturer Honeywell reports R448A has been achieving gains of up to 7.5% in refrigeration capacity and can achieve power consumption reductions of 3-4% - a significant impact on carbon footprint and running costs for any business owner, large or small.

Heatcraft Australia is currently conducting field trials with one of its major customers in a commercial refrigeration application. The customer has reported preliminary performance results are exceeding expectations, providing further verification of equivalent system performance and suitability. R448A has been designed to be easily retrofitted into existing R404A systems, requiring minimal component changes. No oil change (POE) is required or tube work changes. Minor adjustment of the TX
valve is all that may be required.

R448A is safety classified A1: non-toxic and non-flammable. With around 25% HFO content, the GWP has been lowered to 1387. This represents 2/3 reduction in comparison to R404A and gives R448A the lowest GWP of any A1 retrofit refrigerant for low-temperature applications. The refrigerant has been tested and endorsed by major compressor manufacturers and approved for use with Dorin H Series and Copeland compressors. It is also suitable to be used with leading control brands, including Danfoss, Emerson and Dixell.

For other brands, please consult your Heatcraft representative or respective product manufacturer. Customers interested in a Kirby customised refrigeration solution, suited to R448A should speak to their Heatcraft consultant, who will work with them to provide rated performance data based on their required selection.

Cost Effective Solution to R22 Replacment

Heatcraft has commenced distribution of R422D – developed to replace R22 as a near ‘drop-in’ solution. Ideal for users who wish to retain their existing equipment, it offers a distinct financial advantage over the alternate ‘drop in’ R438A, with up to a 40% lower list price.

R422D is suited to low and medium temperature refrigeration systems and can be used with mineral oil (MO) or alkyl benzene (AB) in most commercial systems – however, changing to polyester lubricants (POE), is highly recommended and POE must be used for scroll compressors.

Worthy of note is that the capacity & energy efficiency at low and medium temperature tends to be lower than R22. Heatcraft suggests that if the R22 system was running at maximum capacity, additional capacity may need to be achieved by upsizing the compressor.

The R422D mass flow is also higher than R22. Existing TX valves may be acceptable in many cases, however, if the existing valve was near capacity for the R22 system, a larger valve may be needed when retrofitting the R422D.

R422D is non-ozone depleting, A1 ASHRAE classified: low toxicity, non-flammable and with its lower discharge temperature than R22, may assist in extending compressor longevity. Applications include; supermarket display cases, food preservation, and food processing, ice machines, unitary air conditioning and chillers without flooded heat exchangers.

Heatcraft Australia offer cylinders in 12kg and 60kg sizes. For more information contact Heatcraft on 13 23 50.

Sauermann Omega Pack with new piston patented technology

Available now from Heatcraft Australia is the Sauermann OMEGA PACK Piston Pump Condensate Removal System with Si-20 Piston Mini-Condensate Pump.

The popular OMEGAPACK incorporates the latest in piston pump technology achieving less runtime thanks to the highest flow rate on the market of up to 20 l/hr. A unique rubber damper specifically designed to reduce vibration transmission to the mini-split/wall allows the pump to operate with the most silent operation on the market.

The OMEGAPACK can be installed on any wall mounted air conditioning unit. The Si-20 is available as a replacement or a stand-alone unit.

Features include;

  • Easy installation
    Complete installation kit and pre-mounted pieces.
    Intuitive back plate positioning.
    Reversible. Can be fitted on the right or left of any wall mounted mini-split air conditioning unit.
    Can be installed on any surface (brick, plaster, wood, etc.).
    “Drain Safe Device” aids connection to the discharge pipe.
  • Easy pump maintenance
    Transparent and removable reservoir.
  • Proven reliability
    No filter. Design to allow free passage of particles up to 2 mm.
    Highest flow of the market - Up to 20ltr/hr = Less run time.
    The Drain Safe Device retains prime and prolongs the pump life.
  • Stand-alone pump available. Order Code: Si-20.

To order your Sauermann OMEGAPACK click through to smart access or contact your nearest Heatcraft branch on 13 23 50.

Quantum Technical Services is in the Race to Win

Heatcraft Australia is pleased to announce the winner of the Race in 2 Win Competition is Quantum Technical Services, Air Conditioning contractor in Glendenning, New South Wales.

Richard Matthews, new CEO of Quantum Technical Services, was pleased to receive the news from his Account Manager Louie Delinicolis.

As the major prize winner, Quantum Technical Services will enjoy two (2) VIP tickets enjoying three (3) days of corporate suite hospitality at the Newcastle Coates Hire 500 V8 Supercars event on the 24th - 26th November. The company also has the opportunity to win $250,000 CASH in a game of chance to be conducted at the Heatcraft Newcastle branch on the 24th November.

The Race in 2 Win competition has been running across all Heatcraft Australia branches since 7th August. Customers have been playing in-store via scratch cards, where they have had the chance to win instant prizes such as movie tickets, chocolates and wireless head phones. Hundreds of prizes have been awarded during the promotional period.

“We now look forward to the major event, being the chance to win $250,000”, commented Heatcraft eBusiness & Communications Manager, Janina Geraghty.

“The last time we ran the Race in 2 Win promotion, our winning customer won the jackpot of $100,000. We would be delighted if Quantum Technical Services enjoyed the same luck.”

WorldSkills Australia team excel at the "Tradie Olympics"

WorldSkills Australia Gold Sponsor, Heatcraft Australia congratulates WorldSkills Australia Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Skillaroo, Nathan McHugh on his Medallion of Excellence at the 44th WorldSkills International competition in Abu Dhabi.

The outstanding performances of the 2017 ‘Skillaroos’ and their experts have propelled WorldSkills Australia into the top 10 skill nations in the world.

The final medal tally from the International 4 day event included 2 Silver Medals in the Carpentry & Industrial Mechanic Millwright categories, 2 Bronze Medals in the Bricklaying & Beauty Therapy categories and 11 Medallions of Excellence, of which Nathan McHugh (pictured below) was awarded one for his individual performance in the Refrigeration & Air-Conditioning Category. The Medallion of Excellence is awarded to those competitors who achieve above-average scores in their contest areas.

Nathan McHugh is employed in the family business DTM Air Services, located in Brisbane and attends TAFE Queensland SkillsTech. Nathan followed his father’s footsteps into his trade, spending countless hours as a kid watching his dad work. He recently started a second apprenticeship to become dual-qualified in Refrigeration and Airconditioning and Electrical.

WorldSkills Australia selected a team of 43 Australian tradespeople and their mentors in July to represent their country at the international competition that comprised 3000 participants including competitors, experts, and officials, from 77 countries competing in 51 skills.

WorldSkills Australia Chief Executive Officer Brett Judd said that the individual performances of every team member were commendable which ultimately contributed to an outstanding and extremely pleasing overall team result.

“We saw amazing performances from our Australian team with 14 of the 17 finishing in the top 10 and receiving the coveted Medallion of Excellence. This is, of course, topped off with 4 exceptional medal performances, ensuring Australia continues to build our reputation on the international stage,” Judd said from Abu Dhabi.

“These 18 young, talented individuals prepared themselves to compete against the best the world has to offer with great professionalism and commitment to their respective skills and the results we achieved collectively were a testament to that preparation and everyone associated with the are incredibly proud.

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Heatcraft Australia is a proud Gold Sponsor of WorldSkills Australia. In 2016, Heatcraft celebrated 20 years of partnership with WorldSkills Australia.