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It is Time to come out of the Stone Age and Embrace the Artificial Intelligence “Machine Learning” Future

We’ve been talking for awhile about the benefits of switching out shaded pole motors in walk-in coolers and freezers in favor of more energy-efficient ecMotors and Motor Controllers. They are up to 80% more energy efficient than shaded pole motors, to name just one benefit. EC Motors are so beneficial, it seems, that federal regulations are beginning to demand their use in several states, including California. Sooner or later, you might have to take the plunge, too. Until then, we thought we would give you six compelling reasons why you should make the switch NOW to ICE 59 variable speed ecMotors and ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF and not wait until you’re forced to.

  1. Energy Efficiency (Duh!): This point cannot be stressed enough. ICE 59 variable speed ecMotors are up to 80% more energy efficient than shaded pole motors. That is because EC Motors slow the fans down when the compressor is off, instead of fans running at full blast 24/7. Energy consumed by the fans is dramatically reduced, amounting to significant energy and money savings.
  2. Long Life, Lower Maintenance: A typical shaded pole motor has maybe a 1-5-year (you hope) life span and an annual operating cost of $154 per fan. EC Motors have more than double the life span (15 years) and half the operating cost ($50 per fan). This makes them virtually maintenance-free, allowing you to spend more time on other important aspects of your business.
  3. Short ROI: This is especially important to the bean counters and number crunchers within your business. You cannot talk about an investment—no matter what form it takes—without talking about its return, or ROI. A lot of energy upgrades are known for their long ROIs—10, 15 years in some cases. No wonder a lot of business owners are hesitant to pull the trigger on things such as geothermal systems or solar panels. EC Motors for your walk-in coolers and freezers have an average ROI of <24 months. Now pair your new EC Motors with ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF and you could shorten that by a few more months!   
  4. Easy to Install, A Cinch to Replace: The ICE 59 variable speed ecMotors and ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF generally have a standard size, mounting and accessories for easy install or replacement of shaded pole motors with an easy installation of the controller as well. It is something your refrigeration or Mechanical contractor should be able to do for you in a few hours. Or, if you prefer, we have a network of Certified Manufactured Trained Installers. Just contact us at 888-286-3091!
  5. Less Heat, Less Noise: Energy produces heat. Even inside a refrigerated space, stand close enough to an evaporator box or put your hand on it and you will feel heat. By operating the fans at a low speed when no refrigerant is called for, and at high speed only when the system is actively cooling the refrigeration system, the ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF Controller uses less energy and thus creates much less heat. That means the system is not running at full speed 24/7, reducing energy, reducing heat, and reducing noise. We have had people tell us that on low speed they couldn’t even tell the system was on because it was so quiet!
  6. Extended Shelf Life: The ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF Controller allows evaporator boxes to operate at variable speeds to continually keep the air movement in the box and the temperature even. This will help minimize the dehydration of perishables, thus extending their shelf life.  

Bonus #7:  Interactive Dashboard!  Have full control of your walk-in boxes from anywhere on your phone, tablet, or laptop!!  Know what your boxes are doing 24/7/365 days!

Switching out your shaded pole motors for EC Motors and adding ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF Controller just makes common sense. We hope you will take the plunge sooner rather than later because of all the benefits it means for your business.

Contact us TODAY for a No-Obligation, No Nonsense, Site Assessment to see what you could saving (and what you won’t be missing) by installing EC Motors and the ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF Controller in your refrigerated space.

For More information on our technology, contact us at marybeth@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com or call our offices at 888-286-3091.

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“Danger”….

Food Safety is of paramount concern now more than ever with the COVID-19 crisis.  Keeping food out of the “Danger Zone” represents a critical step in preserving food safety and meeting the HACCP Guidelines.  It does not matter the type of food service that you provide, leaving food at room temperature for too long can cause bacteria including Salmonella, Listeria and or a whole host of nasty illnesses.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in six or a total of 48 million Americans get sick from foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella, Listeria and E-Coli annually.  Just in August 2020 alone, there have been more than ten (10) reported Food Alerts for Foodborne Illness Outbreaks!!  Of the 48 million annual cases, 126,000 result in hospitalizations and 3,000 or more die because of Bad Bad Food….

What am I talking about when I Reference the Danger Zone and How To Avoid It?

The foodborne bacteria that I referenced above, grows rapidly between the temperature ranges of 40º F and 140ºF.  Bacteria can multiply rapidly if left at room temperature and this is where you enter the Danger Zone!!  Never ever leave perishable foods out for more than 2 hours or 1 hour if it is hotter than 90ºF. 

Basically, Hot Foods needs to stay Hot! And Raw Foods and or Leftovers, should remain Cold! Did you know that leftovers are the biggest culprits when it comes to bacteria growth?  This is something that I learned when researching for this blog, but it does not surprise me in the least. 

Refrigeration is key when it comes to keeping food safe and that it why it always needs to be operating properly.  It consumes more energy in a kitchen then any other piece of equipment.

Food Poisoning peaks in the summer months when warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to flourish.  Follow the CDC Link to Grill Safely for the balance of this summer: https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/bbq-iq.html

Foodborne Illnesses also happen at Picnics and Parties.  Follow these CDC steps to ensure that your guests stay safe and healthy:  https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/serving-food-safely.html and

Now that we are approaching the end of the season here in the Northeast, many of our friends have started their home canning to preserve the garden produce to share with family and friends but also for comfort food during the long winter months.  It can be extremely Risky and even deadly if not correctly and Botulism comes knocking at the door.  Refer to the CDC Link to be Safe:  https://www.cdc.gov/foodsafety/communication/home-canning-and-botulism.html

For More Information on keeping foods safe with refrigeration and our technologies, visit us on our website at www.refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

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5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Commercial Refrigeration System Now

We’ve been talking for awhile about the benefits of switching out shaded pole motors in walk-in coolers in favor of more energy-efficient EC Motors and Motor Controllers. They are up to 80% more energy efficient than shaded pole motors, to name just one benefit. EC Motors are so beneficial, it seems, that federal regulations are beginning to demand their use in several states, including California. Sooner or later, you might have to take the plunge, too. Until then, we thought we’d give you six compelling reasons why you should make the switch NOW to EC Motors and Motor Controllers and not wait until you’re forced to.

  1. Energy Efficiency: This point can’t be stressed enough. EC Motors are up to 80% more energy efficient than shaded pole motors. That’s because EC Motors slow the fans down when the compressor is off, instead of fans running at full blast 24/7. Energy consumed by the fans is dramatically reduced, amounting to significant energy and money savings.
  2. Long Life, Lower Maintenance: A typical shaded pole motor has a 5-7 year life span and an annual operating cost of $154 per fan. EC Motors have more than double the life span (15 years) and half the operating cost ($50 per fan). This makes them virtually maintenance-free, allowing you to spend more time on other important aspects of your business.
  3. Short ROI: This is especially important to the bean counters and number crunchers within your business. You can’t talk about an investment—no matter what form it takes—without talking about its return, or ROI. A lot of energy upgrades are known for long ROIs—10, 15 years in some cases. No wonder a lot of business owners are hesitant to pull the trigger on things such as geothermal systems or solar panels. EC Motors for your walk-in coolers have an average ROI of 24 months. Now pair your new EC Motors with a ArtikControl™ EC Motor Controller, and you could shorten that by a few more months.
  4. Easy to Install, A Cinch to Replace: EC Motors generally have a standard size, mounting and accessories for easy install or replacement of shaded pole motors. It’s something your HVAC contractor should be able to do for you in a few hours. Or, if you prefer, we can install the equipment for you. Just contact us.
  5. Less Heat, Less Noise: Energy produces heat. Even inside a refrigerated space, stand close enough to an evaporator box or put your hand on it and you’ll feel heat. By operating the fans at a low speed when no refrigerant is called for, and at high speed only when the system is actively cooling the refrigeration system, an ArtikControl™ – EC Motor Controller uses less energy and thus creates much less heat. That means the system isn’t running at full speed 24/7, reducing energy, reducing heat, and reducing noise. We’ve had people tell us that on low speed they couldn’t even tell the system was on because it was so quiet!

Switching out your shaded pole motors for EC Motors just makes common sense. We hope you’ll take the plunge sooner rather than later because of all the benefits it means for your business. Contact us TODAY at 888-286-3091 to schedule a No-Obligation, No Nonsense, Site Assessment to see what you could saving by installing EC Motors in your refrigerated space.

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The “7” Steps to an Effective HACCP

Principle 1 – Conduct a Hazard Analysis

The application of this principle involves listing the steps in the process and identifying where significant hazards are likely to Occur. The HACCP team will focus on hazards that can be prevented, eliminated or controlled by the HACCP plan. A justification for including or excluding the hazard is reported and possible control measures are identified.

Principle 2 – Identify the Critical Control Points

A critical control point (CCP) is a point, step or procedure at which control can be applied and a food safety hazard can be prevented, eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels. The HACCP team will use a CCP decision tree to help identify the critical control points in the process. A critical control point may control more than one food safety hazard or in some cases more than one CCP is needed to control a single hazard. The number of CCP’s needed depends on the processing steps and the control needed to assure food safety.

Principle 3 – Establish Critical Limits

A critical limit (CL) is the maximum and/or minimum value to which a biological, chemical, or physical parameter must be controlled at a CCP to prevent, eliminate, or reduce to an acceptable level the occurrence of a food safety hazard. The critical limit is usually a measure such as time, temperature, water activity (Aw), pH, weight, or some other measure that is based on scientific literature and/or regulatory standards.

# 4 – Monitor your Critical Control Points

Your HACCP team will describe monitoring procedures for the measurement of the critical limit at each critical control point. Monitoring procedures should describe how the measurement will be taken, when the measurement is taken, who is responsible for the measurement and how frequently the measurement is taken during production.

# 5 – Establish Corrective Action

Corrective actions are the procedures that are followed when a deviation in a critical limit occurs. Your HACCP team will identify the steps that will be taken to prevent potentially hazardous food from entering the food chain and the steps that are needed to correct the process. This usually includes identification of the problems and the steps taken to assure that the problem will not occur again.

# 6 – Verification

Those activities, other than monitoring, that determine the validity of the HACCP plan and that the system is operating according to the plan. The HACCP team may identify activities such as auditing of CCP’s, record review, prior shipment review, instrument calibration and product testing as part of the verification activities.

# 7 – Recordkeeping

A key component of the HACCP plan is recording information that can be used to prove that a food was produced safely. The records also need to include information about the HACCP plan. Record should include information on the HACCP Team, product description, flow diagrams, the hazard analysis, the CCP’s identified, Critical Limits, Monitoring System, Corrective Actions, Recordkeeping Procedures, and Verification Procedures.

Remember: HACCP Does not Stand Alone

The application of HACCP does not stand alone in a food processing facility. The plan must be built on other food safety programs. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) that are practiced by the processing facility will support HACCP plan and will address food safety and food quality issues that are not critical for the reduction of food safety hazards. Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP’s) are required in federally inspected meat and poultry operations and address procedures for clean facilities, equipment and personnel that are necessary for all products produced in a facility.

Finally, Common Sense MUST Prevail when handling all types of food and proper working Refrigeration is of the utmost importance.  Contact Refrigeration Technologies LLC for more information or go to www.refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com for more information on how installing ArtikControl™ can help meet your HACCP Plan!

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Four DIY Lighting Improvements to Save Energy & Money in Your Facility

The typical commercial building uses energy in a variety of ways: heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, computer equipment…

Recently we’ve been talking about refrigeration, because in buildings that utilize cold storage, a little more that half (55%) of a that building’s energy is consumed through its refrigeration system alone.

The second-highest consumer of energy in commercial buildings, as 22%, is lighting.

Now, lighting may be a fraction of your building’s total operational costs, but improvements to your lighting systems can improve efficiency and reduce energy costs.

Here are 4 DIY lighting improvements that will do just that.

  1. Upgrade to CFLs. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) are three times more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and can last up to ten times longer. Consider replacing all incandescent light bulbs that are on for more than two hours a day with CFLs.
  2. Consider dual-level switching. For facilities that are open all night/24-7 consider dual-level switching. This allows some overhead fixtures to be turned off at night or during low-traffic hours. Studies have shown that people prefer lower light levels at night, and making the switch could save on your electric bill. Win-win!
  3. Use LEDs for exit signs and other signage. Incandescent exit signs use around 40 watts, while LED signs use only about 3 watts. Retrofitting an incandescent with an LED sign is quick and easy, requiring a $20 strip light to be screwed into the incandescent interface. Replacing an incandescent sign with a whole new LED unit is another option, which can save even more money. LED signs can cost $30- $250. LEDs are also good alternatives to neon lighting.
  4. Install occupancy sensors. Occupancy sensors are usually wall-mounted and replace an existing wall switch. They can save 30-75% in energy consumption and are ideal for back offices, storage rooms and restrooms. They cost about $30- $90 each uninstalled.

These measures are simple, easy and cost-effective DIY lighting projects that can offer a quick payback.

Got questions? We want to hear from you! Reach out and contact the engineers of Refrigeration Technologies LLC at 888-286-3091!!