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HFC Phase Down of Imports for Australia from January 2018

The phase down of HFC’s (R404A, R134a, R410A etc) is expected to be legislated in parliament in 2016 after the 2nd July Federal Election. On the 27th of June Greg Hunt, the minister for Environment, issued a press release declaring “A re-elected Turnbull Government will deliver an 85 per cent phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) that will see Australia continue as a global leader in reducing emissions in the same way that Australia led the world in phasing out ozone-depleting substances.” The mechanism for phase down of HFC’s within Australia is expected to be similar to the early stages of phase down with HCFC’s (R22).

Greg Hunt commented “By working together, the Government and industry have reduced annual greenhouse emissions from CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs from over 100 million tonnes in 1989 to under 12 million tonnes now. And we are now placed to further reduce emissions by a further 80 million tonnes over the period 2018 to 2030. Australia’s HFC phase-down supports the proposed global phase-down under the Montreal Protocol.”

As your HVAC&R Business Partner, Heatcraft understands and plan for changes in refrigerant technologies driven from overseas markets, to support you in the phase down of HFC’s. We use our global and local industry experts to ensure solutions meet today's and tomorrow's stringent requirements.

Heatcraft has the unique position of being able to leverage our Local and Global business to assist our customers to;

- Have access to new Gas and existing Gas technologies to help our customers navigate the retrofit of HCFC and HFC and provide a thorough understanding of refrigerant for new equipment
- Provide value added services to enable our customers to be more efficient and be able to find a point of differentiation from their competition.

Further information on the phase down can be found on the Fact sheet: Outcomes of the Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Programme.

With a distribution footprint of over 70 outlets, Heatcraft is your leading manufacturing and wholesale business. We have a national and international network of account managers and field engineers dedicated to deliver a range of Value add services to help your businesses and guide your business through the HFC phase down. Call us on 13 23 50 for more information.

A Complete Gas Offer from Heatcraft

With the new phase out of HFCs expected to be legislated in 2016, Heatcraft offers a complete Gas2Go product and service offer to help businesses understand and prepare for the changes ahead.

The new phase-out is further to the current R22 phase-out and will affect other HFC’s such as R404A, R134a and R410A. It has been indicated that phase-down may commence as soon as 2019.

Kirsty Harder, Gas, Parts and Consumables Business Unit Manager at Heatcraft Australia commented,
“In preparation for the change, we engage closely with our global business and partners to understand the options available to customers and make new refrigerants available to them. We have recently introduced N40 (R448A), N13 (R450A), XP40 (R449A), XP10 (R513A) to the range and our range will continue to evolve. These refrigerants were displayed at our ARBS stand in May
and received good interest from customers.”

To understand the retrofit potential of these new varieties with existing refrigerants, Heatcraft has developed a retrofit guide within their latest Pressure Temperature Chart.

“We have local experts in the field to help customers navigate through equipment retrofits (see the ‘Heatcraft Complete Retrofit Solutions Checklist’ inset). We also offer an R22 Buy Back Service for recovered R22 refrigerant at a generous premium over current Refrigerant Reclaim Australia rates – subject to quality requirements”, continued Harder.

The Heatcraft Gas2Go refrigerant range is supported by a comprehensive gas management offer. Heatcraft boasts a first class, zero emissions, ISO9001 accredited, Gas2Go decanting and blending facility in Sydney. The sites laboratory houses testing equipment capable of delivering accurate identification of unknown refrigerants and contaminants present in CO2, HFC, HFO
blends and HCFC’s.

“This new Gas2Go® Doctor Service can help support an accurate diagnosis of system performance causes to help avoid costly repairs or system failure. The Gas2Go® Doctor Service Kit that we provide customers is supplied in an easy and convenient carry case so that gas is not wasted in the analysis, and so the gas can be easily transported from site to any of our branches.”

For customers to manage their stock holding, Heatcraft offers the smart@ccess portal, which enables csv downloads to assist with ARCtick reporting.

For more information on any of the Gas2Go products or services, or to receive the latest Gas2Go Pressure Temperature Chart, visit your local Heatcraft or Heatcraft Plus branch outlet.

Vacuum Gauge Maintenance

Bought to you by CPS

 

Did you know that the vast majority of vacuum gauges require some routine maintenance, if you are in doubt about the accuracy of your vacuum gauge, we suggest that before you consider sending it back to the manufacture or manufacture’s service agent for repair, that you first clean the vacuum gauge and then check its operation, listed below is how to clean and check a CPS gauge and other brands will be very similar in process, however ensure you read the manufacturer’s instructions before commencing.

A vacuum gauge can sometimes get oil into the vacuum chamber and onto the vacuum sensor and this will affect the accuracy of the sensor, one way that the sensor can get contaminated is by turning off your vacuum pump while the vacuum gauge is still attached and close to the vacuum pump, the equalisation of the pressure can force oil from the vacuum pump and lines into the vacuum chamber and on the vacuum gauges sensor.

One sign that shows if there is likely a sensor clean required, is by looking at the rubber inlet O ring or gasket, if this looks moist or shiny then there is a distinct possibility that it has oil on it and the oil could have gone through to the vacuum sensor.

This is how you clean the CPS vacuum gauge:

1. Remove core depressor and black HXG gasket.
2. Invert the gauge and pour 1 teaspoon of methylated spirits or high grade alcohol into the sensor, the best method for this is with a syringe.
3. Hold the unit in one hand with your thumb over the cup area.
4. Vigorously shake the unit to produce a swirling effect of the solution in the housing.
5. Invert again and shake the solution out from the sensor assembly, then repeat the process again however swirling in the opposite direction to ensure you get good coverage over the whole internal sensor.
6. Insert a new gasket and the depressor and leave to dry.

Once you have cleaned your vacuum gauge and given it time to ensure the alcohol is dry (preferably overnight) then it’s time to do a basic test of the gauges operation and to do this we recommend the following.

Use a vacuum pump that you know is in good condition and ensure it has new vacuum pump oil in it, this is important as old or contaminated vacuum pump oil has a substantial effect on the performance of any vacuum pump and can give you misleading readings as to a vacuum gauge accuracy.

Turn the vacuum pump on, let it run for a few minutes and then connect the vacuum gauge direct on to the vacuum pump inlet, not via any hoses or fittings.

Any reasonable vacuum pump with new oil should pull around 50-70 microns when connected directly, if your vacuum gauge is reading around this amount then you are good to go and continue using the gauge with the knowledge that it is operating correctly.

 

Continuing a Legacy of Skill Development

In 2016 Heatcraft celebrates 20 years of partnership with WorldSkills Australia.

The Refrigeration competition category was first introduced by WorldSkills Australia in the late 1980’s. At the time, the organisation (then known as Work Skill Australia), received grants from the James N. Kirby Foundation. Between 1981 and 1992, the Foundation donated in excess $83,000 to Work Skill Australia.

Sir James Kirby (founder of Kirby Refrigeration) established the foundation in 1967 with the vision of wanting to advance Australia's technical and managerial fields. At the time Sir James commented;

“I think it is essential for Australia to advance its skills in the technical and managerial fields so that eventually it can be an exporter of these skills.”

He wanted to give particular assistance to his own speciality - technical fields in the secondary industries.
In 1996, Kirby Wholesale and Lovelock Luke banded together with other organisations and industry associations to provide further support to the category. In 2004, when Lovelock Luke and Kirby Wholesale commenced trading as Heatcraft, the support of WorldSkills Australia continued.

Over the years, Heatcraft Australia has donated countless pieces of Kirby refrigeration and associated equipment for use in Regional and National Events as well as hosting a Regional Competition at the Heatcraft Milperra site in the early 1990’s. Heatcraft has also supported the training of the category’s international champions including 1999 Skillaroo and Gold Medallist Chris McDonald and 2015 Skillaroo and Medallion of Excellence winner Beau Kupris.

Heatcraft NSW Field Engineer, Brad Farrell has been associated with Heatcraft’s involvement in WorldSkills Australia events during his 29 years of employment.

“WorldSkills is extremely respected in the industry and good for these young apprentices to be involved in. It not only looks good on their C.Vs, but also holds them in good standing in the industry.”

Tom Overs, Heatcraft Australia and New Zealand, Vice President and General Manager commented on the achievement;

“This is a legacy that we are proud to continue and a milestone that we are certainly proud of. An association such as this can only exist when both parties share common values. The celebration of excellence and skill development are just two of those shared values. We see an investment in WorldSkills Australia as an investment in our future tradespeople and our industry.”

“We also acknowledge our valued suppliers, who over the years have also supplemented our donations with tools and ancillary product.”

Pictured below is Michael Ryan - Heatcraft Australia, Director of Sales, with WorldSkills Australia 2016 Australian Refrigeration Apprentice of the Year, Nathan McHugh

Proudly supporting HVAC&R Apprentices

As the WorldSkills Australia Refrigeration Principal Category Partner, ARBS 2016 took on an added air of excitement for Heatcraft Australia. With the industry watching on, 10 of the nation’s best refrigeration apprentices competed for the title of 2016 Australian Refrigeration Apprentice of the Year.

During the 3 days of competition, 10 competitors from around the country had just 18 hours to complete four projects: Installing a refrigeration system, commissioning an air conditioning system, refrigeration fault finding and electrical fault finding.

The winners were;
GOLD MEDALLIST
Nathan McHugh
Brisbane Region
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

SILVER MEDALLIST
Hayden McColl
South West QLD Region
TAFE Queensland SkillsTech

BRONZE MEDALLIST
Matthew Cleave
Sydney West Region
TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute

Heatcraft has a long association with WorldSkills Australia. Michael Ryan, Director of Sales at Heatcraft Australia, commented;

"We feel it's important to support the industry we're a part of. It's important to encourage young people to achieve greatness, but also to realise that they're part of something much greater than what they do. The stronger our industry is at the grass-roots level, the stronger it will be longer term and more relevant to the country."

Heatcraft also supports refrigeration and air-conditioning apprentices with an Apprentice Toolcard that entitles holders to additional discounts on selected tools of the trade across its Heatcraft and Heatcraft Plus Wholesale Network. The Toolcard was first launched in 2014 and has now been made available to refrigeration and air-conditioning apprentices across New Zealand.

Refrigeration and air-conditioning apprentices can obtain an Apprentice Toolcard by visiting their local Heatcraft branch with their Student I.D. Holders who register their details online will receive additional special offers and periodic, informative ‘tech tips’.

For more information, contact your local Heatcraft branch on (AU) 13 23 50 or (NZ) 0800 653 330.