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The mobile app revolution also involves the HVAC/R market

Today it seems perfectly normal to get out our smartphone and with a simple touch of an icon, check our email, check the weather forecast, find a good restaurant for dinner tonight and invite our friends in a chat group. Our daily tasks are constantly facilitated by what those simple coloured icons let us do. Yet the technology behind them is relatively young: indeed, most of us will...
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Are self-contained units ready for natural refrigerants?

The new requirements for reducing CO 2 emissions due to refrigerant and electricity consumption are leading retailers to consider other alternatives to traditional centralised systems. One of the preferred options is the use of plug-in and semi plug-in units , and these are indeed being increasingly used worldwide in different types of supermarkets, especially medium-sized stores. The...
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Do men still predominate in HVAC/R? Andreina Figuera’s experience in this field

What is the situation like for women in HVAC/R? What professional positions do they hold? After having found out more about the experience of Andrea Voigt and heard some advice from Ilana Koegelenberg , this time we go to the field and talk to Andreina Figuera, Business Development Manager for CAREL Ibérica . When Paola asked me to tell her about my experience working in...
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Humidification in clean rooms

The processes that take place inside a clean room are considerably influenced by the thermodynamics of the air . In the article “ Clean rooms: why is air quality essential? ”, we looked at how the air handling unit and its control system are crucial in guaranteeing a high quality process. Humidification plays a primary role in controlled-contamination environments , where the...
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Lotuses and Artefacts - Hangzhou, China, 23-24 August 2018

Hangzhou is a pleasant city with a population of around 9 million (2015), located in the Chinese Province of Zhejiang, approximately 1 hour by train south of Shanghai. It is located near the end of the Grand Canal , the oldest and longest man-made waterway in the world, built to connect Beijing with Ningbo, on the eastern coast, and support commerce to and from the capital;...
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Clean rooms: why is air quality essential?

The constant increase in the technological level of production processes (in particular in the electronics industry) and the increasingly stringent regulations on hygiene and quality (chemical and pharmaceutical industries) have led to the growing use of controlled-contamination environments . These are areas with specific air requirements in terms of “ contaminant presence ”, so as to...
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Will artificial intelligence train humans?

I’m not a teacher. However, training has always been an important part of my professional and private life. I remember my first job as a consultant in the field of food safety. This was at the beginning of HACCP 1 , and part of my job involved training confectioners, canteen, restaurant and bar managers on the methods used to prevent food contamination. Twenty years later, I now deal with...
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Gemba - a management process for leading the organization

What does Gemba mean? Gemba is a Japanese word that can be translated as the place “where value is created and things happen”. So why do we use the term Gemba? Because developing this attitude throughout the organisation, and especially among management, plays an important part in the company’s growth over the long term. When managers leave their desk to go to the production line...
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Celebrate excellence, regardless of gender - Ilana Koegelenberg on women in HVAC/R

Only very few women work in the HVAC/R business . Why does such a prospering and sustainable sector find it so hard to attract female talent? After having hosted Andrea Voigt , this time we speak to Ilana Koegelenberg, Editor for Cold Link Africa and the Refrigeration and AC Africa (RACA) Journal.    How did you come to work in the HVAC/R sector? When you were a...
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What happens at Purdue, innovates the HVAC/R industry…and just might save the world

Every other summer since 1972 a community of brilliant minds comprised of academic researchers, students, and industry professionals gather in central Indiana, USA to share their findings on various topics that push the limits of current technologies in the built environment. This past week under the backdrop of a scorching July heatwave the Purdue University held its 24 th Compressor...
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