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President’s Message

We’re all back at work after a fun and successful annual conference in Orlando, and now it’s time to set some new goals and carry the momentum of our recent meeting into the rest of the year. The post-conference return to projects and deadlines also marks the beginning of the membership renewal process for the […]

IIAR State Of The Industry Report

Abstract  The 7th edition of the State of the Industry Report has evolved to include more information from IIAR Survey questions and observations of industry leaders. Emerging information on regulatory and training developments and IIAR’s influence on the industry continues to grow. IIAR’s efforts in the government relations sector are more important than ever. IIAR […]

President’s Message by Gary Schrift

t’s IIAR conference time again, which means immediately following the March Conference, in April 2024, it will be time to begin the membership renewal process for the 2024-2025 IIAR Membership year which runs from July 2024 through June 2025. I invite you to renew your IIAR membership and continue to receive into the next year […]

IIAR Remembers

BY JOSEPH SCHWEITZER, MARKETING MANAGER, COLMAC COIL oger was born in Missoula, Montana, to Jerry and Gwen McMillan. He spent his early childhood in Spokane, Washington, and then Jerry and Gwen relocated their dry-cleaning business to Colville, Washington, where Jerry invented specialized laundry machines and started the Colmac businesses. After Roger earned a Master of […]

What’s NEXT: LESSONS FROM CALIFORNIA’S HFC PHASEDOWN

ompanies nationwide are phasing out high global-warming potential refrigerants as they comply with federal and state regulatory requirements and meet their corporate ESG and climate goals. The natural refrigerant industry is prepared to meet increasing demand. “Major OEMs are saying, ‘We’re ready. We’re excited. Let’s move forward,” said Tristam Coffin, cofounder of Effecterra and president […]

Mergers and Acquisitions in the Refrigeration Industry Continue

he refrigeration industry has experienced several notable mergers and acquisitions, addressing the increasing need for ultralow global warming potential refrigerant technologies and solutions. “It’s an exciting time in our industry as we continuously seek new opportunities to accelerate the deployment and adoption of safe and sustainable solutions and services,” said Claude Allain, president, Johnson Controls […]

EPA Publishes Final Technology Transitions Rule to Phase Down HFCs

In October 2023, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan signed the Final Rule Technology Transitions authorized under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act designed to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) use. The AIM Act authorizes EPA to address HFCs in three main ways: (1) phasing down their production and consumption, (2) promulgating specific regulations for […]

IIAR Standards Update

Ammonia (IIAR Suite of Standards) IIAR 1: ANSI/IIAR 1-2022 Standard for Definitions and Terminology Used in IIAR Standards is presently in effect. It will be opened up for review starting in mid-2026 for its next revision with a targeted completion with ANSI approval in 2027. Rich Merrill serves as the IIAR 1 subcommittee chair and […]

IIAR Annual Conference to Provide Technical Knowledge, Industry Insight to Members

IAR’s 2024 annual Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida, March 24-27 will provide technical knowledge, networking and industry-sponsored events for those involved in the natural refrigerant industry. There will be numerous educational opportunities throughout the conference, and attendees can earn professional development hours “We have a fantastic program this year, with several new […]

Technical Papers Provide In-Depth Thought Leadership at the IIAR Conference

uring the annual IIAR Industrial Refrigeration Conference & Exhibition, industry experts will present technical papers for the IIAR Technical Program. This year’s papers will address several key categories, including heat exchangers, cold storage, ammonia charge, CO2 optimization and more. There is also a series of workshops and panels that will discuss various other topics. Eric […]

Training on Ammonia Systems Keeps Employees and Facilities Safe

raining at ammonia refrigeration facilities is critical to ensure safety and comply with regulatory requirements. Nearly everyone who works at a location with ammonia onsite needs training, even if they don’t work on the systems directly. “Training is everything. Without a great training program, you’re asking for trouble,” said Aaron Christopherson, EHS manager at E. […]

IIAR Marked Notable Accomplishments Throughout 2023

IAR staff and IIAR’s many volunteer committees were hard at work throughout 2023 and have strengthened the membership offerings, provided valuable education, and furthered the organization’s mission through advocacy, work with regulatory agencies and new partnerships. OFFICE IMPROVEMENTS IIAR’s staff and back-office systems keep the association running smoothly and ensure members get the support and […]

Technical Papers

Carbon-Dioxide System Relief Sizing WILLIAM GREULICH, KENSINGTON CONSULTING CILLERS KRUGER, KORF TECHNOLOGY, LTD ABSTRACT Generally, safety standards for refrigeration systems require the placement of at least one overpressureprotection device on all carbon-dioxide (R-744) systems as well as on vessels manufactured in accordance with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section […]

IIAR Remembers

Chuck Hansen huck Hansen, a serial entrepreneur who was always at the center of things, passionately expanding connections and networks to advance the natural refrigeration industry, build his visionary products, and mentor the next generation of engineers, has passed away at the age of 100. Hansen was the founder of Hansen Technologies and Hantemp Controls, […]

ARE NATURAL REFRIGERANTS THE ONLY SURE BET?

AIM ACT ADVANCES AS INDUSTRY PREPARES FOR HFC PHASEDOWN THE AIM ACT ADVANCES HE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY HAS FINALIZED THE SECOND REGULATION UNDER THE AMERICAN INNOVATION AND MANUFACTURING ACT, ADVANCING RULES THAT WILL RESTRICT THE USE OF HYDROFLUOROCARBONS. “With the second regulation finalized, the EPA is addressing technology transition. It previously focused on production and […]

IIAR Interview with HARRY GRAY

Private Equity Interest in Refrigeration Continues to Increase Several industries are experiencing consolidation, including refrigeration, and Condenser sat down with Harry Gray, CEO of Kelvin Group, to learn more about changes that are taking place. Let’s start by talking about Kelvin Group’s acquisitions. How many companies have you acquired? A We’ve acquired nine so far. […]

Training Provides Guidance and Insights for OSHA Field Personnel

IAR, the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC), and the Global Cold Chain Alliance are continuing their work to provide information on ammonia systems, including their principles of operation, major subsystem components, and materials of construction, to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s compliance safety and health officers. Two trainings took place in 2023 and the groups […]

EPA Publishes Final Technology Transitions Rule to Phase Down HFCs

On October 5th, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan signed the Final Rule Technology Transitions authorized under the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act designed to phase down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) use. The AIM Act authorizes EPA to address HFCs in three main ways: (1) phasing down their production and consumption, (2) promulgating certain regulations for […]

Filling Levels of Pressure Vessels by Volume for Refrigerants

n the ammonia refrigeration industry, maintaining the proper filling levels of pressure vessels is essential for safety, efficiency, and regulatory compliance. Appropriately filled vessel ensures that ammonia refrigeration systems operate optimally, reducing energy consumption and preventing safety hazards “Geographical locations and weather conditions can cause thermostatic or hydrostatic expansion depending on temperatures in the area, […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Visit?

In the industrial ammonia refrigeration industry, we make a considerable effort to stay informed and up to date on programs that should be followed. The effort put into these programs varies depending on factors such as the specific system design and operation; the resources (people) available; the effort that can be done on programs due […]

IIAR Takes its Training on the Road for Trident Seafoods

raining is essential for anyone working with refrigerants, and IIAR has a long history of serving as a valuable resource for education and training for its members. The association recently took that support to the next level for Trident Seafoods in Alaska. “Being in Alaska, remote from the other USA states, it’s hard for everyone […]

New Report Offers Insights, Availability of and Use Cases for Natural Refrigerants

 new report prepared for the New York State Department of Conservation highlights opportunities for and barriers to the adoption of natural refrigerants, outlines the availability of natural refrigerants by end-use sector, provides recommendations and considerations for policymakers to address the obstacles to natural refrigerants adoption, and lists ideas for pilot projects. “New York state laws […]

IIAR Committees Focus on Regulatory, Educational, and Member Needs

IAR and the Natural Refrigerant Foundation held their board meetings in Dallas in October. Gary Schrift, president of IIAR, said the meetings were well attended. During the sessions, committee chairs provided updates on the critical work they are doing. RESEARCH COMMITTEE PROJECTS The Research Committee is working on several important projects and looking ahead to […]

Simple Equations for Determining Mass Flow in Refrigeration Systems

DON FAUST, TRAINING MANAGER, FRICK, A JOHNSON CONTROLS COMPANY ABSTRACT The goal of any industrial refrigeration system is to remove heat. Therefore, the total heat load is the design engineer’s first calculation, which is then used to size and select the evaporators. Unfortunately, this heat load is often also applied to the sizing of other […]

THE TECHNICIAN SHORTAGE

LIMITING GROWTH, CREATING CHALLENGES The refrigeration industry has been facing a shortage of skilled workers for years, and the problem continues to grow, creating significant challenges, disrupting essential operations, and limiting growth. “At a high level, the workforce shortage creates a bottleneck that threatens the industry’s ability to meet regulatory timelines,” said Danielle Wright, executive […]

President’s Message by Gary Schrift

The months after IIAR’s annual conference are always when I think about the next membership year ahead. While there’s always a lot going on in these last few days of summer, it’s nice to pause for a moment and reflect on what it means to be an IIAR member and our new plans for the […]

Chairman’s Message by Dave Malinauskas

As we wrap up a busy, and hopefully restful, summer, I want to take this opportunity to welcome everyone – new and renewing members alike – to IIAR. I know I’m well into my term as your IIAR Chairman, but this welcome, and re-welcome, is in order because our membership is always growing, and your […]

Upcoming IIAR Conference Features Significant Changes

The 2024 IIAR Natural Refrigeration Conference & Heavy Equipment Expo, March 24-27, in Orlando, will bring several significant changes from previous years, including an updated schedule and an exclusive Natural Refrigeration Foundation Fun Day. “Ultimately our post-conference survey received many positive improvement recommendations with most people not wanting a longer conference, but many people wanting […]

Assessing and Mitigating Risk

Managing risk is an important part of any business, but especially for those that work with refrigerants, which can create a safety hazard if they aren’t handled properly. However, the best ways to manage and estimate risk aren’t always clear cut. “I think known, high-level risk is assessed regularly and most often effectively. The risk […]

OSHA Announces New Emphasis Program Targeting Warehouses and Distribution Centers

On July 13th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new national emphasis program (NEP) targeting workplace hazards in warehouses, processing facilities distribution centers, and high-risk retail establishments. While the NEP is not focused on ammonia refrigeration systems like the NEP on chemical facilities, many facilities using natural refrigerants […]

Hydrocarbon Standard Moves Forward with Public Review

The IIAR HC (Hydrocarbon) Standard has continued to move forward and was recently released for its first public review. The 45-day public review ran from July 7 through August 21. As of early August, the standard had received 92 comments. “Having the standard out for public review is great progress. The committee has gotten it […]

Understanding

Have you ever thought about your understanding of the equipment and tools we use as well as the entire refrigeration system(s)? Many times, or maybe all of the time we assume we or someone else understands until something happens. This may be like the definition of confidence I have heard, which is “That feeling you […]

IIAR Board Advances Standards, Undertakes New Initiatives, and Celebrates Members

IIAR has recently had its June board meeting, and the board took action on several critical IIAR standards and initiatives, welcomed new committee chairs, and celebrated members who have devoted valuable time and expertise to the industry. The board approved IIAR doing business as the International Institute of All-Natural Refrigeration to help demonstrate IIAR’s role […]

Built to Last

Creating Your Financial Legacy All parents aspire to build a life for their children that is better than the one they lived. One way many parents seek to accomplish this worthy endeavor is by building a strong financial legacy. If you are fortunate enough to accumulate more wealth than previous generations of your family, you […]

IIAR Remembers

Klaas Visser IIAR’s success hinges on the involvement of its members. The association would like to pay tribute to Klass Visser, who recently passed away. Klass authored the technical paper that follows this memorial, and we would like to honor his memory and express our gratitude to him for all the shared time and expertise […]

The Design of CO2 Refrigeration System Using Ammonia System Design Principles

K. VISSER, HON.M.IIR , FINSTR, M . IIAR, M.ARA, M.KNVVK, M.EURAMON PRINCIPAL, KAV CONSULTING PTY LTD ABSTRACT Over the past 20 years or so the use of CO2 refrigerant as the first stage of CO2/HFC and CO2/NH3 cascade systems has increased significantly. The use of two-stage transcritical CO2 systems, which are invariably air cooled, is […]

IIAR WELCOMES 1,700 IIAR MEMBERS IN LONG BEACH

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration 2023 Annual Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo in Long Beach, California. The event provided four days of technical knowledge, networking, and industry-sponsored events for those involved in the natural refrigeration industry. Roughly 1,700 attendees took part in the show and IIAR set a new record with its exhibit space. […]

President’s Message by Gary Schrift

Our Annual Conference in Long Beach was a great success, and now that the flurry of committee meetings, networking events, and technical discussions have ended and we’re all back at work, it’s time to set some new goals and carry the momentum of our recent meeting into the rest of the year. For the executive […]

Chairman’s Message by Dave Malinauskas

Conference time has come and gone, and there’s a lot to look forward to this year. For the executive committee and your staff at headquarters, that means everyone is working hard to make sure our recent initiatives – from the AIM Act to our focus on developing IIAR member benefits to the many new projects […]

Uriah Donaldson, Gabriel Gutierrez, Winners of the 2023 IIAR Award for Presentation Excellence

Uriah Donaldson, a process safety consultant and account manager for Resource Compliance, received IIAR’s 2023 Award for Presentation Excellence for his outstanding description of “The Cost of Non-Compliance: An Objective Analysis of Federal EPA’s Enforcement at Ammonia Facilities” during IIAR’s 2023 Annual Conference in Long Beach, California. Gabriel Gutierrez, a mechanical engineer and sales manager […]

Natural Refrigeration Foundation Annual Golf Tournament a Success

The Natural Refrigeration Foundation has raised more than $73,000 at its annual golf tournament. The foundation promotes the climate-positive, safe, reliable, and efficient use of natural refrigerants through research and scholarships to develop industry talent, academic alliances, and outreach. “Although there are other research projects in the works for the refrigeration industry, the scholarship program […]

Industrial Refrigeration Faces Significant Cybersecurity Risks

The use of technology in the industrial refrigeration industry continues to increase, and automation and internet control of facilities are becoming commonplace. The benefits of automation and control are massive, but there is also a downside. The systems can be vulnerable to attack, making cybersecurity measures essential to protect against cyber threats. “Large refrigeration facilities […]

Heat Pumps Hold Potential in Household and Commercial Applications

Heat pumps can significantly reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and the adoption of heat pumps is continuing to increase in both household and industrial applications as technology advances. “The biggest innovation in the heat pump space is the introduction of CO2 into the industrial sector. Because of the heat potential of CO2, heat […]

Work Continues on IIAR Standards

The Standards Committee is continuing its work on revisions of several standards, which must be reviewed and revised a minimum of every five years by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for IIAR to remain as an accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO). Updates for each standard were given during the IIAR Standards Committee Meeting at […]

IIAR Remembers Members for Their Service and Contributions

IAR’s success hinges on the involvement of its members, and the association would like to pay tribute to several members who have passed away. These members generously shared their time and expertise with IIAR and the industry, and they will be missed. Saul Beck Saul Beck passed away on December 11th at the age of […]

IIAR, RETA Work to Increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Industry

ndustrial refrigeration has long been a male-dominated industry with women being few and far between, whether it be at the end user, contractor, or manufacturer level, but that is changing. “There have been concerted efforts over the past several years focused on bringing women into the industry, and as an industry undergoing this shift, it’s […]

Keeping Up by Dr. Janet Lapp

BY DR. JANET LAPP he increase in the volume of work resulting from regulatory changes is superimposed on a backset of a) unprecedented instability and b) an increasing and overwhelming number of decisions we are forced to make daily.   The 2022 Collins Dictionary word of the year ‘permacrisis’ means an ‘extended period instability and […]

OSHA Nears Completion of Final Rule on Injury and Illness Recordkeeping Requirements

In April 7, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) submitted its latest injury and illness recordkeeping proposal to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). Submission to OIRA usually marks the last step in the rulemaking process before a Final Rule is published. Injury and illness recordkeeping has been the subject of […]

Weighing the Choice between NCIAL Taxable and Tax-Free Bonds

f you’re considering the purchase of an individual bond or even a bond mutual fund, one of your first concerns will be its yield. However, when comparing various yields, you need to make sure you’re not comparing apples to oranges. The yield on a tax-free bond may be lower than that paid by a taxable […]

Lesson Learned: Bad Decommissioning Mistake

I am sure that many of us have seen ammonia refrigeration systems that have operated for several decades, with equipment and system components functioning well past recommended operating life. This is a credit to manufacturers, installers, service technicians, and operators. Aging equipment and piping at some point will eventually require replacement. Or the system or […]

Benefit of Ammonia Heat Pump Implementation in the Industry and for District Heating

Kenneth Hoffmann, Application Manager Heat Pumps, Gea Heating And Refrigeration Technologies ABSTRACT ver the last 15 years the market for high-temperature ammonia heat pumps has been growing in Europe and now it is also taking off in North America. That period in Europe has yielded many lessons as higher pressure and temperature present new challenges […]

President’s Message by Gary Shrift

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration is growing, both within the United States and abroad, thanks to the use of natural refrigerants, and nowhere is this more evident than at the IIAR annual conference. This year, we’ll meet in person in Long Beach, California to discuss everything from HFC phaseouts to the AIM Act, to […]

Chairman’s Message

As I wind up my year as chairman of our International Association of Industrial Refrigeration, I look back and see all the wonderful accomplishments that you – our members and committees have achieved – setting the stage for even more in the year ahead. First on my list is the newly formed IIAR AIM Act […]

High Growth For Low Charge

he pace of adoption of low-charge and packaged systems continues to increase as government regulations, sustainability initiatives, safety precautions, and technology advance. “There has been a drive to reduce refrigerant charge in all refrigeration,” said John Collins, industrial sales manager for Zero Zone. “The synthetic refrigerants containing HFC compounds are being regulated. Current and proposed […]

IIAR Annual Conference Heads to Long Beach

he International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration 2023 annual Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo will take place in Long Beach, California, March 12th15th with a Foundation Golf Outing on March 11th and the first ever Foundation Pickleball/Cornhole Tournament on March 12th. The event provides four days of technical knowledge, networking, and industry-sponsored events for those involved […]

Identifying Hazards Using Appropriate Assessment Techniques

he United States EPA National Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program implemented several national compliance initiatives (NCIs) effective for FY2020-2023. One of these NCIs is titled “Reducing Risks of Accidental Releases at Industrial and Chemical Facilities”. IIAR has received notice from the EPA and several end-users that one area of their focus is to determine whether […]

Technical Papers Provide In-Depth Thought Leadership at the IIAR Conference

uring the annual IIAR Industrial Refrigeration Conference & Exhibition, industry experts will come together to present technical papers at the IIAR Technical Program. This year’s papers will address several key categories, including carbon dioxide, security, and safety. Eric Smith, IIAR’s vice president and technical director, said the papers provide breadth and depth that isn’t available […]

Update on IIAR Standards: 2023

IAR is the world’s leading advocate for the safe, reliable, and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants as well as an ANSI-accredited standards developer. IIAR is currently the only organization writing design and operation standards specifically for ammonia and other natural refrigeration systems. All IIAR Standards are developed to meet essential requirement criteria […]

EPA Proposes HFC Phase Down Rule for Refrigeration Sector

On December 9th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed rule under the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act to advance the transition to more efficient heating and cooling technologies by restricting the use of hydrofluorocarbons and refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pump equipment beginning in 2025. EPA has listed entities potentially impacted […]

The Secure Act 2.0

he Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancements (SECURE) Act increases saving opportunities for Americans. SECURE Act 2.0 was recently passed and contains roughly 90 separate provisions, many of which became effective on January 1, 2023. Below is a summary of some of the more substantial changes:   IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES The IIAR and NRF reserve […]

Code and Standards Road Map Overview

A lot has happened since 2019. IIAR, in its continuing mission to promote the safe and sustainable use of natural refrigerants, produced the ANSI/IIAR CO2-2021 Safety Standard for Closed-Circuit Carbon Dioxide Refrigeration Systems. As the phase-down of F-gas refrigerants continues to accelerate worldwide, CO2 technology has become an increasingly popular option utilized in the industrial […]

Colors of Ammonia?

If you have been around the ammonia refrigeration industry for a while you know ammonia is clear (colorless) unless it has been contaminated with impurities. However, over the last several years ammonia is more often being referred to with a color, which is not referring to the ammonia, but the process used to manufacture it. […]

IIAR Task Force Keeps Members Up to Date on the AIM Act

he American Innovation and Manufacturing Act (AIM) Act is expected to increase the long-term use of natural refrigerants and bring significant new opportunities to the natural refrigerant industry. To ensure those in the industry are aware of the changes and opportunities the AIM Act will bring, IIAR has formed the AIM Act Task Force, which […]

IIAR, RETA, GCCA, ASTI Form Coalition to Promote Natural Refrigerants

afety, prevention, and emergency response readiness are top priorities within the natural refrigerant industry, and the Ammonia Safety Training Institute, IIAR, Global Cold Chain Alliance, and Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association have come together to form the Ammonia Safety Day Coalition. “It is important for IIAR, RETA, and GCCA to partner with ASTI because we […]

President’s Message by Gary Schrift

It’s that time of year again, and I’m happy to welcome all IIAR members back to our most important event – the IIAR annual conference and exhibition! After years of pandemic travel restrictions and necessary safety measures, it feels good to be looking forward to an in-person conference again. And before I get into the […]

Chairman’s Message by Eric Johnston

A new year is upon us and with it has come so many exciting changes for IIAR. As we look forward to the first in-person annual conference in years, I’m looking back on all the wonderful achievements our organization has made in 2021. Despite a global pandemic and the inability to meet in person, our […]

Bridging the Gap: IIAR’s Newest Standard to Address Hydrocarbons in Industrial Refrigeration

IAR is nearing the completion of its first standard for hydrocarbons—such as propane and butane—in large refrigeration systems. Hydrocarbons have been used for years in the petrochemical industry and are increasingly used in some refrigeration applications. Those involved in creating the initial draft said developing a hydrocarbon standard was a natural extension of IIAR’s mission […]

Membership Dues Changes Bring Additional Value to Members

or the first time since 2006, IIAR has made changes to its membership structure, bringing new value and opportunities to those in the refrigeration industry. IIAR’s new membership structure will take effect on July 1, 2022, and the changes will increase the value of IIAR membership, promote recruitment and retention of members, and create financial […]

IIAR Annual Conference Returns with In-Person and Virtual Learning Opportunities

he International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration 2022 annual Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo will return to an in-person meeting this year in Savannah, Georgia, March 6-9, with a Foundation Golf Outing on March 5th. The event provides four days of technical knowledge, networking and industry-sponsored events for those involved in the natural refrigeration industry. IIAR […]

Conference Chair’s Message by Dave Malinauskas

Welcome to the 2022 IIAR Natural Refrigeration Conference & Exhibition! It’s the beginning of a new membership year for all of us at IIAR, and most importantly, it’s our first year “back” to normal in-person meetings. That means it’s time to meet new colleagues, network, and catch up with friends and business partners at our […]

Technical Papers Provide In-Depth Thought Leadership at the IIAR Conference

uring the annual IIAR Industrial Refrigeration Conference & Exhibition, industry experts will come together to present technical papers at the IIAR Technical Program. This year, the session will feature a dozen papers covering a broad range of topics. The papers will address several key categories, including commercial refrigeration applications, industrial use, energy efficiency, and safety […]

IIAR’s Global Reach Promotes Standards, Safety and Education Worldwide

s a global organization with members across the world, IIAR gives members the opportunity to learn from those with different experiences and points of view as well as improve the overall safety of the industrial refrigeration industry. “Our industry is dependent on good engineering practices, and it will not grow if we do not have […]

Regulatory Outlook for 2022 by Lowell Randel, IIAR Government Relations Director

As the Biden Administration enters its second year, agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are preparing to take significant regulatory actions that will impact the industrial refrigeration industry. On December 15, 2021, the Biden Administration published its regulatory agenda, which outlines the plans of federal agencies […]

Awareness and Attention

Being aware and paying attention to what’s around you, where you are, and what’s happening can be really important. Sometimes for whatever reason, we miss something that we may be looking right at, hearing, smelling, etc. I’m sure that we all have some lack of awareness and/or have not been paying attention at various times. […]

Pandemic Pressure and Growing Acceptance of Natural Refrigerants in Europe

By Monika Witt, Managing Director Of Th. Witt Gmbh, Germany, Eurammon Board Member s in other regions of the world, the past months have been heavily influenced by the global pandemic. But despite or perhaps because of the pressures introduced by the pandemic, business in European industrial refrigeration has increased quite a lot, and as […]

Benefit of Ammonia Heat Pump Implementation in the Industry and for District Heating by Kenneth Hoffman, Application Manager heat pumps, GEA heating and refrigeration technologies

KENNETH HOFFMANN, APPLICATION MANAGER HEAT PUMPS, GEA HEATING AND REFRIGERATION TECHNOLOGIES ABSTRACT ver the last 15 years the market for high-temperature ammonia heat pumps has been growing in Europe and now it is also taking off in North America. That period in Europe has yielded many lessons as higher pressure and temperature present new challenges […]

President’s Message by Gary Schrift

Our first in-person Annual Conference since the pandemic began was a great success, and now that the flurry of committee meetings, networking events, and technical discussions have ended and we’re all back at work, it’s time to set some new goals and carry the momentum of our recent meeting into the rest of the year. […]

Chairman’s Message By Trevor Hegg

As we conclude our first in person conference in over three years, I’m excited to introduce myself as your new Board Chairman and tell you that, this year, the opportunities for our organization are huge. In this issue of the Condenser, you’ll read about one of them, the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act. The […]

IIAR Forms AIM Act Task Force

he American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act regulations promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency will restrict refrigerants’ allowable global warming potential throughout the United States and it is expected to increase the long-term use of natural refrigerants. IIAR has formed the AIM Task Force to help learn more about the AIM Act’s requirements and how […]

IIAR Members Return to First Post-Covid Conference

he International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration 2022 annual Natural Refrigeration Conference & Expo held its first in person meeting since 2019 this year in Savannah, Georgia, March 6-9. CONNECTING WITH PEERS, COLLEAGUES, AND EXHIBITORS The event attracted 1,272 attendees and 122 exhibitors and provided four days of technical knowledge, networking, and industry-sponsored events for those […]

IIAR Honors Members for Outstanding Contributions

uring IIAR’s annual conference and expo, IIAR honored Dave Schaefer with the Member of the Year Award and Joe Pillis and Jeff Shapiro with Honorary Lifetime Member Awards. “All three—Dave, Jeff, and Joe—are well deserving of the awards,” said Kurt Liebendorfer, vice president of Evapcold. Schaefer served as chief engineer for Bassett Mechanical before retiring […]

IIAR Announces Regulatory Initiatives

IAR dedicated time to updating members on the latest regulatory initiatives during its annual conference. Lowell Randel, director of government affairs for IIAR, discussed several areas of focus for the association and the natural refrigerant industry. CYBER SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS Randel told attendees that the risks of cyberattacks are increasing, and DHS is encouraging companies of […]

IIAR’s Foundation Focuses on its Three Pillars, Prepares to Change Name

he foundation focuses on three pillars—research, educational training, and educational scholarships—and has had a successful year supporting each of these areas. During IIAR’s annual meeting and expo, Dave Schaefer, chairman of the Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation, provided an update on the foundation’s accomplishments. FINALIZING RESEARCH PROJECTS The foundation moved forward on three research projects: a guide […]

Foundation Scholarships Help Students Gain New Insights into the Natural Refrigeration Industry

he Natural Refrigeration Foundation, which supports research and education programs benefiting the industrial refrigeration industry, awarded its largest scholarship commitment to date. The scholarship program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about a technical field, attend IIAR’s national conference, be financially rewarded and contribute to the future of the planet. In addition to […]

IIAR, RETA Celebrate and Encourage Women in the Industry

IIAR hosted its first women’s networking reception during the annual meeting and expo, celebrating women in the industry and providing a venue for them to connect. “I’m always impressed with the women’s drive and what they’ve accomplished. We tend to be humbled by ourselves, but there are so many wonderful and smart women in our […]

Automatic Oil Return Systems: Why, When, and How?

afe oil draining is a subject that is well documented in IIAR publications, and workshops dealing with proper oil draining are always well-attended. Removing oil from an ammonia refrigeration system is routine maintenance that nearly every ammonia refrigeration system operator will encounter sooner or later. One major advantage of ammonia systems is that oils are […]

IIAR Continues Work Updating and Developing Standards

IAR is known for its development of standards, and to date, IIAR has published nine ammonia standards and one CO2 standard. Per ANSI requirements, each standard must be updated at least every five years. “In this past year, IIAR has updated its flagship IIAR-2 standard, and released a new CO2 standard,” said Gary Schrift, president […]

Tax Planning for Each Generation

he utility of different tax strategies can fluctuate with your age and where you are in your career. Below we’ll take a look at how various tax strategies may apply to each generation. GENERATION Z Whether they’re working part-time during high school or starting a career, members of Generation Z typically fall into one of […]

EPA Continues Work to Implement AIM Act

By Lowell Randel, IIAR Government Relations Director The Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its work to implement the American Innovation and Manufacturing (AIM) Act of 2020. The AIM Act authorizes EPA to address HFCs in three main ways: (1) phase-down HFC production and consumption through an allowance allocation and trading program (2) Facilitate sector-based transitions […]

Learning About Learning

Kem Russell, P.E Many times we don’t think about how we learn, which is something we are or should be doing most of our lives. This fact was brought home to me this past winter as I became involved as an instructor in a winter sport I like. As I was learning to be an […]

Presidents Message by Gary Schrift

It’s that time of year again: after the conference and before we dive into the travel and rushed schedules of a new membership season. While there’s always a lot going on, these last few days of summer are a great time to reflect on what it means to be an IIAR member and what new […]

Chairman’s Message by Trevor Hegg

I’m always impressed by the incredible progress IIAR makes on our industry’s goals every day and every week. It may be more exciting to write or hear about the big news – an updated standard, or a new member service – but just as important are the little things. Those things we don’t see but […]

Costa Rica Moves on Mandatory IIAR Standards

Ammonia Refrigeration Education Key To Adoption ll IIAR standards, including the Carbon Dioxide standard, ANSI/IIAR CO2, have been adopted within Costa Rica on a voluntary basis as National Norms, and the country is moving forward with its plans to make the standards mandatory. The next step is to prepare and educate industry professionals in the […]

What happened to the IIAR Bulletins?

BY TONY LUNDELL, CIRO, PMP, IIAR SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STANDARDS AND SAFETY What happened to the IIAR Bulletins? Short Answer: The IIAR Bulletins were all “Superseded!” Let’s discuss the history of the onset of IIAR Bulletins and how their material was eventually distributed and captured to become superseded. First, let’s step back and discuss how […]

Automatic Oil Return Systems: Why, When, and How? By Monika Witt, TH. Witt

afe oil draining is a subject that is well documented in IIAR publications, and workshops dealing with proper oil draining are always well-attended. Removing oil from an ammonia refrigeration system is routine maintenance that nearly every ammonia refrigeration system operator will encounter sooner or later. One major advantage of ammonia systems is that oils are […]

IIAR Releases Second Edition of Guidelines on Manual Hand Valves

he IIAR Compliance Committee has updated the Guideline for Developing an Energy Control Plan for Manual Hand Valves and released a second edition. “After a guideline has been out and used in the industry, members and users will ask questions and provide input for consideration to make the guideline even clearer to use or capture […]

Natural Refrigerants Continue to Grow in Retail

doption of natural technologies in new and existing retail space is increasing as companies work to increase sustainability while meeting consumer, employer and shareholder expectations. “Many retailers, especially national chains, are prepared to make very large investments to significantly reduce their carbon footprint by converting to naturals in existing stores,” said Danielle Wright, executive director […]

Circuit Court Supports Tampa Electric’s Response to a Release

he Eleventh Circuit has rejected an appeal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in the case against Tampa Electric Co. and its response to an ammonia release at a power generating facility in 2017. The court of appeals upheld the finding that the release was controlled and the clauses pertaining to emergency response were […]

Bonds, Interest Rates, and the Impact of Inflation

here are two fundamental ways that you can profit from owning bonds: from the interest that bonds pay, and from any increase in the bond’s price. Many people who invest in bonds because they want a steady stream of income are surprised to learn that bond prices can fluctuate, just as they do with any […]

Climate Change Policy in the Spotlight By Lowell Randel, IIAR Government Relations Director

President Biden has made addressing climate change a signature priority for his administration. Since his election, climate change policies have been at the forefront of agency actions, Congressional deliberations, and, most recently, before the Supreme Court. One of Biden’s early actions was for the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement. He then created the […]