Using Multiple Refrigerants?
How to guarantee that you never contaminate your refrigerant supply, shut down your assembly lines and waste thousands of dollars in materials, labor and lost production:
Plant Risk Assessment Poll Results
We e-mailed 270 HVAC manufacturers, asking them to assess their plants’ risk levels for cross contamination on a scale from 0-10. Here are the results of that poll.
Many of the respondents indicated that they currently used only one refrigerant (including R-22, R-134a and R-404a). Single refrigerant users were excluded from the following results, since it is obvious that they would have zero risk of cross contamination. However, it should be noted that this is likely to change in the very near future given the imminent phase-out of R-22 mandated by the EPA. Most of these plants will be forced to implement alternative refrigerants such as R-410a, and they are likely to experience cross contamination issues in the midst of their transition phase.
For those respondents who are currently using two or more refrigerants the percentages break down as follows:
• 18% felt there was zero risk of cross contamination in their plants, due to the infrequent use of alternative refrigerants or the distance between their operations.
• 36% felt their risk was small to moderate (in the 1-5 range).
• 45% felt a definite concern (in the 6-10 range) about the threat of contaminating their valuable refrigerant supply. It should be noted that most in this category were high volume producers in the midst of making the transition from R-22 to R-410A (or equivalent).
It’s an easy mistake to make. A costly one, too.
An R-22 unit may look exactly the same as an R-410A unit to the typical operator. When two or more refrigerants are used inside one manufacturing facility, there always exists the very real risk of cross contamination—for example, reclaiming R-22 into the R-410A reclamation system, or vice versa. We designed CrossCheck™ toeliminate the risk of contaminating your valuable refrigerant supply.
CrossCheck™ is easy to use and foolproof.
CrossChecks are located throughout the plant wherever reclamation occurs. As soon as the operator hooks the unit up to the CrossCheck™ reclamation port, the system automatically senses the pressure difference and engages. The operator uses the touchscreen to initiate reclamation with a single touch. CrossCheck calibrates itself, collects a small sample and tests the refrigerant to determine its type. Then it opens the appropriate valve to route the refrigerant to either your R-22 or R-410A holding tank.
No guesswork. No operator errors. It’s a hands-free, automated, scientific procedure that safeguards your valuable refrigerant supply.
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