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New Year. New Upgrades. New Savings.

Many refrigeration systems comprise older equipment, and many businesses are unable to afford the cost of replacing the equipment with newer components. But there are options out there to retrofit the systems with energy efficiency measures that will reduce their energy usage and catch them up to newer systems.

Often older equipment is operating at full capacity 24/7/365. This is not cost effective and promotes system failures. But for many businesses it is simply not cost feasible to replace their systems with brand new equipment.

So what are the options? Start by looking at efficiency retrofits to bridge the performance gap. In reality, with how simple and effective it is to retrofit the systems, businesses should take a hard look at incorporating efficiency measures.

Commercial refrigeration systems are the biggest energy user within many industries, accounting for about 40 to 60 percent of electricity consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Buying new, higher-efficiency refrigeration equipment can be cost prohibitive, which is why making targeted retrofits or upgrades to existing systems may make the most sense for many.

Incorporating these smart controls, your system doesn’t have to run 100%, 100% of the time. Intelligent automated controls offer huge opportunities for energy savings and performance improvements. This solution can reduce the entire footprint of a store’s refrigeration system by 30-60%.

The controls will take over the operation of the system, based on preset temperature set-points and cooling schedules. Some controls solutions incorporate anti-sweat door heater controls, and defrost cycles into their management.

Business owners and site managers should first start with an energy audit. It’s difficult to make actual improvements without knowing exactly what needs improved.

At Refrigeration Technologies’, we save our clients’ money by manufacturing and selling smart innovation, retrofit refrigeration energy-efficient technology. Our products pay for themselves within 4 years installed in most cases and the resulting savings can cut your energy bill by up to 30% or more! As utility rates continue to climb, there has never been a better time to invest in cutting-edge technology and see massive savings as a result.

Our technology controls evaporator fans, room temperature, compressor/liquid line solenoid, and defrost heaters while providing multiple alarms when systems deviate from normal use. This provides energy savings that are verified by third party administrators & engineers.

ArtikControl™ maximizes energy efficiency with less compressor run times resulting from shorter defrost cycles. Also a reduction in excessive temperature that occur with mechanical defrost units and the use of latent Energy in the box reducing compressor run times.


With these features and benefits you can be sure your commercial refrigeration is as energy efficient as possible, saving you money on the ever increasing energy bills.


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?

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Winter Forecast: Gas and Electric Bills Will Soar. What can you do?

According to the New York Times, Utility companies warn that customers can expect increases of as high as 32 percent during the cold weather. This can not be good news for anyone, especially anyone with commercial refrigeration units.

According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, of all the equipment using electricity in your kitchen, refrigeration uses the most by far – at a national average of 44%.

Consider what 44% of your electric bill looks like. If those bills don’t usually land on your desk, you can assume, for the average restaurant (roughly 3,500 square feet), 38kWh of electricity per square foot per year, and average cost of $0.10/kWh, that would be about $5,800 per year to operate refrigeration equipment.

So what can you do? Maintenance and Upgrades!

Save $1,000 Every Year With Maintenance

Regular, scheduled maintenance can allow your refrigeration unit to run more efficiently and, in some cases, may help prolong the life of the equipment. Maintaining clean condenser and evaporator coils and allowing proper air flow pays off—to the tune of almost a thousand dollars per year for an average-sized food service facility. 

As part of a study, a sample of 10 units were selected to measure the impact of basic condenser-coil cleaning. This would be a chance to note the typical conditions of refrigeration in the field—some units had accumulated some typical dust and dirt buildup, which acts as an insulator and inhibits the condenser coil’s ability to shed heat, making the compressor work longer and harder, while other coils were even more heavily coated with dust and dirt mixed with airborne grease particles.

Basic cleaning reduced energy consumption by 2% (for the coils that were fairly clean to start with) to 49% for one particularly grimy example. For all 10 units, the average was 17% reduced energy consumption.

Tips from Refrigeration Maintenance and Repair Professionals

Other regular maintenance can reduce energy consumption and premature wear as well, though the savings might be more difficult to quantify. Here is a list from Refrigerated Specialist Inc. – a company that provides performance maintenance solutions for commercial refrigeration equipment in hospitality and food service industries throughout north and east Texas.

  1. Ice makers/bins/dispensers: Clean/sanitize at six-month intervals including new water filters. In cases of more aggressive mold or scale accumulations (including yeast, bakery and fried items), poor water quality or high running hours activity, they may need more frequent cleaning/sanitizing. Performing a production test to reconcile against published output capacities is good to confirm the unit is not wasting running hours, energy, and water. Electrical/mechanical testing is also recommended.
  2. Reach ins/under-counters/cold wells: Clean condenser and evaporator coils; drain blow out every six months along with tightening/adjusting of hardware. Calibrate thermostats and timers. Again, harder use or hotter/greasier kitchens may require more frequent cleaning cycles.
  3. Walk-ins: Similar six-month intervals on both evaporators & condensers. Electrical and mechanical testing, hardware adjustments and general tune ups are also recommended.
  4. Frozen beverage (dairy, non-diary, alcohol, or wine based) systems: These are high touch items, with lots of contact with operators and sometimes customers. Follow manufacturers’ directions on cleaning/sanitizing of vats, barrels, and faceplates. Usually this should be done daily. If you make it weekly, you might find no one has done it in months. Keep spare tune up kits on hand (O-rings, seals) and NEVER run out of petrol-gel lubricant, using it correctly which generally means sparingly.
  5. Gaskets: These are a housekeeping item requiring regular cleaning by the operator. Food debris and beverage spills will cause mold growth, resulting in sticking gaskets, in tears and premature failure. Harsh chemicals (for example, bleach when improperly diluted) will clean but will also shorten gasket life. Lastly, keep in mind gaskets need to be relatively soft and pliable, which means they don’t take well to harsh handling. Proper handling during cleaning goes a long way toward keeping a gasket for its full life cycle.

Along with proper refrigeration equipment maintenance, replacing or adding components can allow for optimal efficiency operation of your existing equipment.

At Refrigeration Technologies’, we save our clients’ money by manufacturing and selling smart innovation, retrofit refrigeration energy-efficient technology. Our products pay for themselves within 4 years installed in most cases and the resulting savings can cut your energy bill by up to 30% or more! As utility rates continue to climb, there has never been a better time to invest in cutting-edge technology and see massive savings as a result.

Our technology controls evaporator fans, room temperature, compressor/liquid line solenoid, and defrost heaters while providing multiple alarms when systems deviate from normal use. This provides energy savings that are verified by third party administrators & engineers.

ArtikControl™ maximizes energy efficiency with less compressor run times resulting from shorter defrost cycles. Also a reduction in excessive temperature that occur with mechanical defrost units and the use of latent Energy in the box reducing compressor run times.


With these features and benefits you can be sure your commercial refrigeration is as energy efficient as possible, saving you money on the ever increasing energy bills.


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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You don’t have to replace your equipment, just retrofit it for energy efficiency!

Many refrigeration systems in the food retail environment (walk-in boxes and reach-in display cases) comprise of older equipment and many businesses are unable to absorb the cost of replacing the equipment with newer, more expensive components.  But there are options out there to retrofit the systems with energy efficient measures that will reduce their energy usage. 

If you walk into just about any supermarket or food retail chain, you are likely to see some technological upgrades designed to make your interaction with them more efficient and pleasurable.  Especially since the start of the Pandemic.  Voice-activated product finders, credit card readers with tap sensors, targeted customer data through information gathering and analytics.  But one area of their business that has been slow to adopt innovation is their commercial refrigeration systems.  Walk-in Boxes both coolers and freezers, meat and produce units and reach-in display cases are often older equipment operating at full capacity 24/7/365.  For many food retail businesses, it is simply not cost feasible to replace their systems with brand new equipment.  

So, with attractive rebate packages, many are looking at efficiency retrofit to bridge the performance gap.  With how simple and effective it is to retrofit the systems, most, if not all, should take a hard look at incorporating energy efficient measures.  After all, the commercial refrigeration systems are the biggest energy user within supermarkets, accounting for about 40 to 60% of electricity consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Buying new-higher efficiency refrigeration equipment can be cost prohibitive, which is why targeted retrofits or upgrades to existing systems may make the most sense for many food retailers, especially the smaller footprint stores.   

The beauty of these refrigeration retrofits is that there are measures for every budget level.  From replacing the insulation on the suction lines to large scale controls, there is likely a solution for everyone.   

For instance, Intelligent Controls:  Your system doesn’t have to run 100% of the time! 

Intelligent automated controls offer huge opportunities for energy savings and performance improvements.  Reserved more for a business’ walk-in boxes, this solution can reduce the entire footprint of a store’s refrigeration system by 30-50% .  The controls take over the operation of the system, based on preset temperature set-points and cooling schedules.  Refrigeration Technologies ArtikControl™ can also incorporate anti-condensate door heater controls and defrost cycles into their management.  

And depending on the state and the utility provider these controls often qualify for energy efficient rebates or custom incentives.  This will decrease the upfront capital costs ensuring energy saving quickly.  To sweeten the pot even more, Refrigeration Technologies offers a program that requires zero money down and, in most cases, will positively cash flow the payments (depending on the kHw charged and the ROI).   

So, what happens next? 

Reach out to one of our engineers to schedule your baseline energy audit!!  I call it the proctology exam for your commercial refrigeration systems.  It is difficult to make actual improvements without knowing exactly what needs to be improved.   

At Refrigeration Technologies’, we save our clients’ money by manufacturing and selling smart innovation, retrofit refrigeration energy-efficient technology. Our products pay for themselves within 4 years installed in most cases and the resulting savings can cut your energy bill by up to 30% or more! As utility rates continue to climb, there has never been a better time to invest in cutting-edge technology and see massive savings as a result.

Our technology controls evaporator fans, room temperature, compressor/liquid line solenoid, and defrost heaters while providing multiple alarms when systems deviate from normal use. This provides energy savings that are verified by third party administrators & engineers.

ArtikControl™ maximizes energy efficiency with less compressor run times resulting from shorter defrost cycles. Also a reduction in excessive temperature that occur with mechanical defrost units and the use of latent Energy in the box reducing compressor run times.


With these features and benefits you can be sure your commercial refrigeration is as energy efficient as possible, saving you money on the ever increasing energy bills.


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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Food Safety is Everyone’s Business and Something that We Should be Hyper-vigilant About!

Right now, the news is focused on inflation, but this time last year, the news was reporting food-borne illnesses such as outbreaks of Salmonella, Listeria and E-Coli.  That is why around the country, food safety should be taken very seriously.  Did you know that local inspections are performed on a regular basis and for the most part, retail food establishments are somewhat cooperative and comply?  Ultimately, so that you the public can rest easy knowing that when you eat at these establishments you are as safe as you can be.

By and large, restaurants are very well run and supervised because everyone is on the same sheet of music.  Owners really do not want bad publicity for their establishment and that means that for the vast majority, they comply.  Both your local Department of Agriculture (Department of Health) and the overall food industries want the food to be safe.
So how does that happen?  How as a consumer do, I know that the place where I am eating is safe?  Health Department Inspections allow people to enjoy food safely no matter where they are in the state without worry.  Health Inspections are conducted in every city, state and municipality in each respective state.

For most businesses, it is their livelihood and food safety concern is a primary concern.  They care about it, because it is their business.  If their food is not safe, the consequences and the liabilities are extremely high as well as the penalties and potential lawsuits. And if those two are not enough to scare them the public perception is the killer.  Health Inspections are carried out on restaurants; nursing homes; grocery stores; convenience stores; coffee shops; food trucks; hospital cafeterias; school districts; university cafeterias and sports venues.  Any business that sells food is subject to a health inspection.

If you get sick, the first thing that you ask yourself is what did I eat?  Where did I eat? Sometimes though you will get sick, and it is not something that you ate.  However, when there is a foodborne illness, it doesn’t necessarily happen in the restaurant or even right after you leave the restaurant. Plus, it is usually not one person who gets sick, it will be several people who ate at the same restaurant at the same time.
 
Food safety includes anything that can make people sick, cause injury or prove to be fatal.  The three sisters I mentioned above are just as deadly as COVID.  The causes might include forgetting to wash your hands (hand washing sinks, for example, are to be separated and only used for hand-washing)… pretty simple stuff you would think.
Seriously, hand washing for 20 seconds is taught in first grade.  This is being impressed upon us daily with the current health scare.  None of this is complicated but it is something that people need to be constantly reminded of.

So How do Food Safety Inspections Work?  What are the Inspectors Looking for?

Regular food safety audits are performed once per year and are usually unannounced by the county health department inspectors.  Some inspections can be triggered by consumer complaints.  All new businesses must be inspected before they even open.  Follow-up visits on the other hand can be scheduled or announced.

When the inspectors visit local retail food establishments, they follow their respective State Department of Agriculture Retail Food Facility Safety Report.  Generally, the inspections take anywhere between 20 minutes to several hours to complete depending on the quantity and the type of the food being prepared or the size of the establishment.

The regular consumer thinks the violations are severe and there are times when it can be.  There are some violations that fall outside of the owner’s control, but the violations are all over the board. They may range from foods being kept at the wrong temperature to food not being stored properly; to no hair nets on people cooking or serving the food; to employees not washing their hands in a sink where the food is prepared to rodents or pests or food on the walk-in box’s floors; gaskets missing on the box doors. 

The standard inspection is basically a checklist of food safety risks.  It can be used as an educational tool so that owners and managers know what they need to do.  Owners of food establishments need to be on their toes, ready for an inspection always.  They need to walk the talk and set examples for their employees to follow.  Hand washing is at the top of the list.

Food safety starts with the owners and the managers.  If the management doesn’t care about food safety, the employees will not care, and the customers are not going to be served safe food. Overall, the general public is concerned about food safety.  The news media makes sure that they publicize the establishments that are out of compliance and or the outbreaks.  Here in the United States, food inspections date back to the early 20th century.  It is not a static science.  The national standard has become important because of people traveling from place to place.  They demand standards that cover a national footprint not localized.

There is not one person that I have met whether in food production, distribution or service that does not want their food to be safe.  But there are a lot of challenges that come with food safety.  Know that the agricultural industry cares deeply about food safety.  If they continue to care about food safety, everyone can continue to consume each meal with confidence.

So where can you find the inspection reports for your favorite restaurant you might ask?  Transparency is extremely important and for us in Pennsylvania, inspection data is localized and easy to find in counties or your State Department of Agriculture has links.  Some towns even publish apps, or you can go to the State website or the federal website.  Sometimes the counties will release the information to newspapers, and they will publish on a weekly basis.

Refrigeration Technologies is a value-added resource if you have any questions, please shoot us an e-mail and we will work to get you an answer.  Our technologies ensure that Food establishments meet the HACCP Requirements to avoid the three nasty sisters – E-Coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

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

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.

For more Information about 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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AI Is Here for Commercial Refrigeration. Don’t you want it?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an aspect of everyday life. E-commerce, smartphones, social media, manufacturing, appliances and almost everything else has some form of AI.

AI and advanced machine learning algorithms analyze streams of data to gain insights and optimize performance of almost every system. Commercial refrigeration, food retail and foodservice are no exception.

AI is not a new concept for the food retail and foodservice industries. AI assists in customer service related areas such as personalizing their consumer rewards and loyalty programs. It also assists in food purchasing and tracking. And it also exists in refrigeration, assisting with equipment maintenance, food storage issues and energy management.

The advantages that AI offers are numerous. It delivers significant reliability and longevity benefits to commercial refrigeration equipment, it optimizes food quality and safety and reduce waste, it tracks and contributes to enhancement of employee practices and helps to monitor energy and equipment use.

So how can you get this AI for your commercial refrigeration units?

Our ArtikControl™ WIC & WIF is a state of the art Intelligent Energy Saving Refrigeration Controller for the retro-fit of Walk-In Coolers & Freezers.

A configurable energy saving refrigeration controller for the retrofit of walk-in cooler and freezers with: web-based scheduling and set-point optimization; integrated evaporator controls; adaptive defrost controls; failure alarming; predictive diagnostics and ready for demand-side-management (DSM) program integration and, all while offering remote monitoring and control from anywhere via a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

“Arti” our ArtikControl™ Dashboard offers real-time information, remote access, and intelligent energy controls. Giving you the constant information you need to monitor your systems. 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. Arti’s 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.

Want more? Here is a list of more benefits:

  • Implement more predictive maintenance schedules
  • Reduce energy costs
  • Keep assets running in optimum condition
  • Controls Evaporator Fans; Room Temperature; Compressor/Liquid Line Solenoid; Defrost Heaters while providing Multiple Alarms.
  • Energy Savings Verified by Third Party Administrators & Engineers
  • Quantifiable System Savings between 50-75% over antiquated Motors and Mechanical Controls.
  • Maximizes energy efficiency with less compressor run times resulting from shorter defrost cycles.
  • Eliminates ice formation on floors and ceilings associated with defrost times and cycles.
  • Reduction in excessive temperature that occur with mechanical defrost units.
  • Use of Latent Energy in the box reducing compressor run times.
  • Fresher Product and Longer shelf life.
  • ArtikControl™ Communicates via a Smartphone; Tablet; Laptop or PC remotely, wherever internet or WiFi service is available. This provides ability to receive alarms/text messages right to your handheld devises.
  • Provides datalogging in 90 second intervals and is stored for 30 days for HACCP Food Safety Verification and Troubleshooting Purposes.
  • Our ICE 59sp PWM Motors offer a quieter work environment.
  • Payback Less than 24 Months on Average (based on kWh).

For more Information about 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