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Automation is Replacing Humans

Automation is replacing human labor, for better or worse. So, in its effort to morph into an information technology industry, why shouldn’t refrigeration and/or cold storage tap into that trend?

That’s what ArtikControl™ is doing with new centralized refrigeration controls that can monitor various refrigeration systems at many stores all from one location.

The “multisite management” Dashboard to the company’s connected refrigeration also centrally monitors all the equipment’s energy consumption while looking out for maintenance issues such as system outages.

Refrigeration Technologies developed the ArtikControl™ features with all our clients in mind after our first generation FSC was launched in 2013.

The new features make it possible to create a network of connected stores. This helps the refrigeration/cold storage owner/manager to create and manage uniform refrigeration schedules for its stores from a single dashboard, to reduce its operational costs, ensure compliance, and to easily plan maintenance.

While it might seem that a store in a chain might want to manage its own refrigeration on location, where a manager can observe conditions and requirements firsthand, there are many advantages to the remote refrigeration controls.

“Current solutions require on-site visits to modify a store’s temperature settings and schedule, making chain-wide adaptations expensive and time consuming,” said Steven Wezel, President for Refrigeration Technologies’.  ArtikControl™ Multisite Management Dashboard is the first refrigeration control Dashboard that offers Bi-Directional communication thus providing the necessary flexibility required by owners today.”

Site visits by trained staff can be a big burden and a soft cost that is not accounted for in budgets especially when it comes to muti-site locations, as witnessed by many of our larger School District clients.

ArtikControl™ Dashboard takes away the need to go on-premises,” Steven Wezel said.  With the ArtikControl™ Dashboard, you can deploy this to any number of stores in a few clicks.”  There is no limit to the number of stores supported.

The system will also help save refrigeration energy consumption, as it monitors and controls all functions, including ecMotors; Compressor run times; defrost; temperature readings every 60 seconds, while offering predictive analysis and offers predictive measures.  It does not control other systems such as HVAC, although Refrigeration Technologies can provide integration into other Building Control Systems.

ArtikControl™ consistently monitors your walk-in coolers/freezers and sends out alarms via text and email alerts when problems arise so that any failure or temperature problems are discovered and addressed as quickly as possible.

Refrigeration Technologies will show you how to reduce food spoilage, monitor your temperatures and save energy. These are just a few of the benefits a refrigeration owner or operator will experience with the installation of ArtikControl™ WIC &WIF Technologies

For more Information about some of the most common problems that occur inside walk-in freezers and how our Technologies can give you Peace of Mind, save energy and more importantly put money in your refrigeration operations, please contact us at 888-286-3091 or email me at MYannessa@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

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How do you know when it is time to call a Refrigeration Repair Company?

If you own a restaurant or deal with food, then you know that there is no piece of equipment that is more important than your walk-in cooler or freezer.  Considering the amount of money that is stored in these units, these units are essential to keep your business or restaurant running smoothly.  Basically, protecting your investment in food inventory 24/7/365 is priceless.

So, it can be really devastating then for your walk-in cooler or freezers to go out of service.  Plus, it always seems to happen at the least opportune time.  For example, the day after delivery of a large order and/or right before a large party or in the dead of night when you are not event at the facility.  You will need to find space for your refrigerated or frozen items, or risk losing them altogether. 

Here are some signs your walk-in cooler or freezer needs repair:

Your walk-in cooler usually maintains a temperature of less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, while your walk-in freezer usually sits between 0 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit.  If either system strays from the recommended range, this could be an indicator that your boxes need repair.

Another sign that something may not be right is the presence of ice or frost buildup.  Usually, frost comes from warm air making its way into the cooler or freezer, warming the air, and producing condensation that will then refreeze.  The door may be left open during cooking or deliveries, or the door may be damaged and does not close properly, leaving warm air to make its way inside.  Some solutions may be to retrain your staff into stocking the box with items on the principle of first in first out or stocking food in areas where it is easily accessible if used all the time or just closing the door period.

On the flip side, if you see pools of water on the floor of the walk-in cooler or freezer, this might be a sign that warmer air is present, but the temperature never gets cold enough for the pooled water to refreeze.  Unfortunately, this is a hazard for workers and an indication that something is seriously wrong with the box.  For example, refrigerant may be leaking of the air may not be circulating correctly.

They say the Nose knows – if you smell or hear something that appears odd, there could be issues with your cooling or freezing system.  Chemical smells or rotting foods are common indicators of an issue.  Also, knocking, or loud squealing outside the realm of the normal humming of the fans could be cause for concern. 

Bottom line, the speed with which you respond to any of these issues can make the difference between a small, preventative maintenance repair or the need for a whole system replacement.  By having ArtikControl™ Technologies installed, you will know exactly what is happening in your box 24 hours a day, 7 days a well and 365 days per year, thus giving you Peace of Mind. 

ArtikControl™ consistently monitors your walk-in coolers/freezers and sends out alarms via text and email alerts when problems arise so that any failure or temperature problems are discovered and addressed as quickly as possible.

Refrigeration Technologies will show you how to reduce food spoilage, monitor your temperatures and save energy. These are just a few of the benefits a refrigeration owner or operator will experience with the installation of ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF Technologies

For more Information about some of the most common problems that occur inside walk-in freezers and how our Technologies can give you Peace of Mind, save energy and more importantly put money in your refrigeration operations, please contact us at 888-286-3091 or email me at MYannessa@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

Do you have a Talking Freezer?

Contact Refrigeration Technologies’ today to schedule a No Obligation Energy Audit(888) 286-3091

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How Cold Should My Commercial Freezer Be?

I am sure if you own or have been around commercial refrigeration, you know by now that it only takes a few degrees to separate profitable food from food waste.  Store Food in temperatures that are too warm, and it will spoil.  Store food in frozen temperatures for too long and you will run the risk of freezer burn.  The key to avoid costly food waste is storing it in the right conditions.  So, the question I need to ask is what temperature are your boxes set at?

For proper food storage, the ideal temperature for commercial freezers is at or below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.  This keeps the food completely safe for consumption by preventing bacteria from growing in the frigid temperature. 

But just because the food is Frozen, does not necessarily mean that it is safe for consumption.

What happens when there are temperature fluctuations?  How often does your food staff leave the doors open for delivery? For getting food items?  Are the ovens and stoves across from the walk-in boxes, thus allowing hot air into the boxes when the doors are open?  All these instances will cause the temperature to go up and down, thus causing inaccurate temperature readings especially if there is a prolonged exposure to outside air.  Another downside to frequent door openings is the build-up of frost and ice.   I have been at locations on delivery day in the southeast when the outside door is propped open as well as the walk-in box doors.  The fans are running, and the warm air is being sucked into the box, thus causing frost and ice build-up on the evaporator coils.

You will notice that the quality of the food will diminish over time, even at ideal freezing temperatures that will cause freezer burn.  Flavor, aroma, color, and tenderness will all be negatively impacted by prolonged exposure to air over time, so it is important to know how long you should keep food frozen and package it properly.  When food is properly frozen, it ensures that your foodservice operations is serving safe, high-quality food to your guests.  Not only will that reduce food waste but combined with energy efficient refrigeration systems, the cost savings will even be greater. 

Refrigeration Technologies will show you how to reduce food spoilage, monitor your temperatures and save energy. These are just a few of the benefits a refrigeration owner or operator will experience with the installation of ArtikControl™ WIC/WIF Technologies.  For more information, visit our website at www.refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

ArtikControl™ consistently monitors your walk-in coolers/freezers and sends out alarms via text and email alerts when problems arise so that any failure or temperature problems are discovered and addressed as quickly as possible.

We monitor your systems 24/7 so that you don’t have to worry.

For more Information about some of the most common problems that occur inside walk-in freezers and how our Technologies can give you Peace of Mind, save energy and more importantly put money in your refrigeration operations, please contact us at 888-286-3091 or email me at MYannessa@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

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Contact Refrigeration Technologies’ today to schedule a No Obligation Energy Audit(888) 286-3091

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Are We In Denial?

The first 13 years of the 21st century were among the hottest on record.

California has endured historic droughts.

Wildfires are ripping through the West—and getting worse every year.

The polar ice caps are melting.

Do we need any more evidence that Climate Change is a problem?

Apparently, we do, because only 40% of Americans strongly agree that the earth is getting warmer. Even though, well, the scientific consensus is that the earth is indeed getting warmer.

Are we in denial? Do we suffer from Climate Change Disbelief?

Not necessarily.

It’s more like, we know there’s a problem, and we know there’s more we could do to fight global warming/climate change, but Americans feel as a nation we shouldn’t shoulder the burden. Plus, we’ve got other problems. And, we haven’t been properly incentivized.

So, to incentivize us, utility companies across the country are starting to expand their custom rebate programs to include refrigeration and my response to that is FINALLY!!!  We can now offer owners of commercial refrigeration systems better incentives to start retrofitting their systems and take some large amounts of kW off the grid!! 

Fingers crossed that with these new incentives, we can now offer American refrigeration owners an opportunity to Retrofit their existing refrigeration systems to ArtikControl™.   I do understand that for most, energy conservation is an intangible thing, something most of us can’t measure. The average American can’t measure the spread of wildfires, either. Or the shrinking of glaciers. So, it doesn’t mean anything. Global warming will toast our grandkids like marshmallows, but since we won’t be around to see it, and we’re not feeling the affects right now, why worry about climate change now? And anyway, Superstorm Sandy, Katrina, Harvey and all the other hurricanes we have endured all flukes, right?

So, here’s the thing: most of us don’t have the tools or knowledge to measure climate change, but we can measure the amount of money (or lack thereof) in our bank accounts—right now.

Yes, money is the greatest motivator (and incentivizer) of all. Need proof? Look no further than the gas pumps. When’s the last time you were outraged at the price to fill your gas tank? Those little numbers clicking away at the pump are enough to leave anyone shaking their head.

So, when we talk about climate change, we should be talking about how much it costs the average American on a regular basis. What they’re spending at the pump and or to heat and cool their homes. What they’re spending on electricity in their buildings. What it costs to clean up after a devastating storm.

Those are the ultimate tangibles and hitting somebody in the wallet is far more effective than spouting off scientific facts about how we need to, you know, save energy.

When it comes to climate change, we say, “Hit ‘em in the wallet, not over the head.”

By the way, if you’re a business owner, we can help you save money month after month on your utility bills. Up to 60% in fact. Less money going out, more money to invest in other areas of your business. How do you like them apples?

Contact us to schedule a complimentary, No-nonsense Energy Assessment of your facility.

Give us a Call at 888-286-3091 or send us an e-mail at marybeth@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.  We would love to hear from you!

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Refrigeration Technologies created “Arti” – Siri’s Cousin – to meet the unique needs of restaurants and convenience stores.

Energy management needed to be simplified making it more adaptable to fit restaurants and convenience stores.  It was our goal to create a solution that made sense for your operation. ArtikControl™ Dashboard “Arti” offers real-time information, remote access, and intelligent energy controls. An added benefit of deploying an energy management solution is the improved energy-saving behavior to everyone in your organization.

Energy expense remains one of the main concerns for small box retail operations.

Until recently, gaining control of refrigeration equipment in a simple, manageable solution seemed out of reach for this market. ArtikControl™ Technologies utilizes a solution to bring together loss mitigation and energy management in a simple solution. Customers are pleased with immediate cost reduction of energy expense and improved reliability gained by these controlled systems. Expansion and flexibility make this energy management solution attractive to operations looking to avoid being restricted by volatile energy fluctuations.

The flexibility of ArtikControl™ allows for the inclusion of multiple locations and multiple systems (walk-in boxes; reach-in displays and portable units) into one cohesive, technology-managed solution. User-friendly interface allows for easy, onsite adjustment and the networked solution allows for remote access and appropriate levels of information to be communicated specific to each stakeholder. In addition to reducing expense, the solution enhances more accurate budgeting and elimination of operational inefficiencies using reliable technology controls.

The time has come where technology, control and access can meet the needs of the small box retail operations who run commercial refrigeration systems. Whether you are a quick serve restaurant, convenience store or casual dining restaurant, ArtikControl™ can begin to reveal potential energy savings through the scheduling of our No- Obligation Energy/Loss Mitigation Energy Assessment.   

For More Information about how our Technologies can give you Peace of Mind, save energy and more importantly money in your refrigeration operations, please contact us at 888-286-3091 or email me at marybeth@refrigerationtechnologiesllc.com.

Do you have a Talking Freezer?

Contact Refrigeration Technologies’ today to schedule a No Obligation Energy Audit(888) 286-3091