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<strong>Meet</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>New</strong><br />

<strong>President</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

<strong>Bjarne</strong> W. <strong>Olesen</strong><br />

Special Features<br />

Why Quality Certifications are<br />

Essential in Choosing Rubber<br />

Insulation in HVAC<br />

The Story <strong>of</strong> Faisal Jassim<br />

Group: UAE’s Leading HVAC<br />

Supplier<br />

Wastewater Treatment Plants<br />

Can Brea<strong>the</strong> Easy<br />

The 4 Key Skills <strong>of</strong> an HVAC<br />

Engineer<br />

How To Prevent Frost in<br />

Refrigerant Lines: <strong>HVACR</strong> Tips<br />

Productivity Hacks<br />

For Every Engineer<br />

25 Time Management Hacks<br />

That Every Engineer Should Follow<br />

The Unpopular Productivity Tip That Might<br />

or Might Not Work With Engineers<br />

Is Your Engineering Job Eating You Up?<br />

7 Traits to Transform You from Regular<br />

Engineer to Master Engineer<br />

JULY 2017<br />


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It’s never easy to lead a global organization. With ambitious goals<br />

to achieve and deadlines to meet, it takes an amazing team<br />

and a great leader to make <strong>the</strong>m happen. Despite <strong>the</strong> pressure<br />

that comes with being <strong>the</strong> leader <strong>of</strong> an organization with a large<br />

global presence, certain people have proven <strong>the</strong>mselves perfect<br />

for <strong>the</strong> job and are up to <strong>the</strong> challenge <strong>of</strong> making a mark in <strong>the</strong><br />

organization.<br />

For <strong>the</strong> month <strong>of</strong> July, we have a special story featuring <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

and its new president for 2017-2018, <strong>Bjarne</strong> <strong>Olesen</strong>. <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

is a global society with a vision to advance human well-being<br />

through sustainable technology for <strong>the</strong> built environment. In this<br />

cover story, learn more about <strong>the</strong> company and <strong>the</strong> man who’s<br />

leading this influential organization into achieving its latest goals:<br />

extending its global community, its technological horizons and its<br />

value to its members.<br />

EDITOR’S<br />

NOTE<br />

For o<strong>the</strong>r special features, don’t miss <strong>the</strong> story <strong>of</strong> Faisal Jassim<br />

Group, UAE’s leading HVAC supplier. Gardner Denver also<br />

explains how wastewater treatment plants can brea<strong>the</strong> easy with<br />

<strong>the</strong> ROBOX energy screw compressors. Get <strong>the</strong> chance to read<br />

a special news article written exclusively for GineersNow from<br />

AFPRO as <strong>the</strong>y bring you <strong>the</strong> latest air filter update: ISO 16890 is<br />

live and replaces EN779:2012. Find out <strong>the</strong> difference between <strong>the</strong><br />

two inside.<br />

This month, we have special articles featured to discuss <strong>the</strong><br />

importance <strong>of</strong> choosing <strong>the</strong> right rubber insulation products and<br />

engineers for your company. Find out <strong>the</strong> four key skills every<br />

great HVAC engineer must have in one’s field. Learn tips that can<br />

help you prevent frost in refrigerant lines and read why quality<br />

certifications are essential in choosing rubber insulation in HVAC.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> industry, refrigerants are also essential in any<br />

operation. To be able to understand CFCs fur<strong>the</strong>r, let’s start by<br />

learning what it really is. We would like to thank Rubber World<br />

Industries for <strong>the</strong>se special articles.<br />

GineersNow has also prepared productivity hacks every engineer<br />

can use at work. If you’re having trouble managing your time,<br />

follow <strong>the</strong>se easy 25 time management hacks and learn whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

your job is eating you up. Read about a specific yet unpopular<br />

productivity tip that may work for you but not for everyone else.<br />

Lastly, how do you transform from a regular engineer at work into<br />

a master in your own field? These traits will help you become one.<br />

So sit back and learn something new in this industry today.<br />

Keep up with <strong>the</strong> latest trends on <strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> industry with<br />

GineersNow: <strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong>.<br />

Engr. Alice Hernandez<br />

Senior Editor-at-Large

Contents<br />

Rubber World Industry Hosts<br />

Annual Iftar Ga<strong>the</strong>ring<br />

10<br />

Carrier Named 2017 BUILDER <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Survey HVAC Leader<br />

31<br />

Google Maps Can Now Show You<br />

The Air Quality Different Locations<br />

What is CFC in <strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> Industry? 12<br />

Quality Certifications Are Essential In<br />

Choosing Rubber Insulation in HVAC<br />

Falling Into Place: 7 Traits to<br />

Transform You from Regular<br />

Engineer to Master Engineer<br />

This Unpopular Productivity Tip Might<br />

or Might Not Work With Engineers<br />

25 Time Management Hacks That Every<br />

Engineer Should Follow<br />

Is Your Engineering Job Eating You Up?<br />

This is What You Should Do<br />

The Story <strong>of</strong> Faisal Jassim Group:<br />

UAE’s Leading HVAC Supplier<br />

Wastewater Treatment Plants<br />

Can Brea<strong>the</strong> Easy<br />

AIRFILTER <strong>New</strong>s: ISO 16890 Is Live And<br />

Replaces EN779:2012<br />

Johnson Controls Helps Create A Green<br />

And Energy Efficient Campus For Ge<br />

11<br />

14<br />

16<br />

18<br />

19<br />

20<br />

22<br />

24<br />

26<br />

30<br />

Trane ® Advances Connected<br />

Building Technology to Improve<br />

Energy and Operational Efficiency<br />

<strong>of</strong> Commercial Facilities<br />

Iceotope Launches Portable Edge Server<br />

for Harsh Environments<br />

LG Introduces <strong>New</strong> Magnetic Bearing<br />

Centrifugal Chillers in <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

34<br />

35<br />

The 4 Key Skills <strong>of</strong> an HVAC Engineer 36<br />

How to Prevent Frost<br />

in Refrigerant Lines: <strong>HVACR</strong> Tips<br />

Daikin Acquires Australian Company<br />

Airmaster<br />

Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating<br />

Residential Systems Receive Energy<br />

Star ® Most Efficient 2017 Designation<br />

Panasonic Delivers AW-HR140 Integrated<br />

PTZ Camera with Dust, Water-Resistant<br />

Enclosure that Eliminates Need for<br />

Outdoor Housing<br />

Johnson Controls Business Center<br />

Celebrates 10 Years <strong>of</strong> Excellence in<br />

Bratislava<br />

32<br />

38<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong>: Extending Our Global Community 42<br />

41<br />

48<br />

50<br />


Rubber World Industry Hosts Annual Iftar Ga<strong>the</strong>ring<br />

MEP consultants in Abu Dhabi, engineering contractors in Dubai, air conditioning distributors,<br />

HVAC suppliers in UAE, and regional and international media also joined event.<br />

On June 10, 2017, leading rubber insulation<br />

manufacturer Rubber World Industries, a<br />

company <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> UAE-based conglomerate<br />

Shaikhani Group, hosted its fifth annual iftar<br />

ga<strong>the</strong>ring (a religious observance <strong>of</strong> Ramadan,<br />

when people break <strong>the</strong>ir fast toge<strong>the</strong>r) at <strong>the</strong><br />

Roda Al Murooj hotel in Dubai.<br />

he event attracted <strong>the</strong> participation <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s leaders, personnel, business<br />

partners, and allied stakeholders. Among <strong>the</strong><br />

present were Rizwan Shaikhani, Chairman<br />

and CEO <strong>of</strong> Rubber World Industry; Muzamil<br />

Shaikhani, Managing Director <strong>of</strong> Rubber World<br />

Industry; Mahmood Shaikhani, Managing<br />

Director <strong>of</strong> Shaikhani Group and General<br />

Secretary <strong>of</strong> World Memon Organization<br />

and Ahmed Shaikhani, Managing Director <strong>of</strong><br />

Shaikhani Group <strong>of</strong> Companies and <strong>President</strong><br />

<strong>of</strong> Pakistan Business Council-Dubai and<br />

Assistant General Secretary <strong>of</strong> World Memon<br />

Organization-Middle East Chapter.<br />

who are new. Tonight, marks our 5th Annual<br />

Iftar Ga<strong>the</strong>ring, and we are very proud to host it<br />

tonight here at Roda Al Murooj with all <strong>of</strong> you. It<br />

is to you whom we pay special thanks for your<br />

attendance in this special event. It is to you<br />

whom we pay special thanks tonight for your<br />

continued support and trust, and for working<br />

so hard in <strong>the</strong> name <strong>of</strong> mutual success. The<br />

success <strong>of</strong> Rubber World Industries would not<br />

have been possible without you.”<br />

In addition to a generous dinner, <strong>the</strong> night also<br />

saw <strong>the</strong> recognition <strong>of</strong> Abdul Basit, Guinness<br />

World Record Title-Holder (fastest person to type<br />

a text message on a moble phone using Swype<br />

technology). Rizwan Shaikhani presented him an<br />

award and a tribute.<br />

Representatives from <strong>the</strong> Pakistan Consulate<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Pakistan Business Council, MEP<br />

consultants, engineering contractors , air<br />

conditioning distributors, HVAC suppliers in<br />

UAE, and regional and international media<br />

also joined <strong>the</strong> event. Speaking on behalf <strong>of</strong><br />

Rubber World Industries, Mohsin Moin, General<br />

Manager, expressed <strong>the</strong> company’s gratitude<br />

to those who attended: “We are pleased to<br />

welcome those <strong>of</strong> you that have been with us<br />

for some time now, as well as those <strong>of</strong> you

Google Maps Can Now Show You The Air<br />

Quality Different Locations<br />

Asthmatics, rejoice!<br />

As technology advances, so does <strong>the</strong> waste<br />

products we create. We can clearly see its effects<br />

deteriorating our environment and its wildlife, and<br />

it’s really sad. What’s even worse is <strong>the</strong> pollution<br />

that spreads into <strong>the</strong> air. Car exhaust and smoke<br />

from factories emit pollutants into <strong>the</strong> air, and <strong>the</strong><br />

effects can be felt almost immediately. While <strong>the</strong>re<br />

are many organizations that are trying to clean up<br />

<strong>the</strong> air (and our entire planet in general), <strong>the</strong> only<br />

thing we can do as individuals is reduce our waste<br />

and avoid air polluted areas.<br />

Here’s <strong>the</strong> thing though: We have no idea<br />

which places in our environment is polluted and<br />

which is not. I mean, sure, we can get a general<br />

idea, but contaminants in <strong>the</strong> air can change<br />

on an almost daily basis. And if you have any<br />

respiratory conditions like asthma, it can be pretty<br />

dangerous.<br />

This is why Google Maps is developing <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

newest feature: a map that shows <strong>the</strong> air quality<br />

around you, block per block.<br />

The map is so far only available in <strong>the</strong> areas inside<br />

Oakland, California, but it’s already pretty neat. It<br />

was made in partnership with <strong>the</strong> Environmental<br />

Defense Fund (EDF) and Aclima. Aclima is a<br />

startup company that equipped and designed <strong>the</strong><br />

sensing system to measure pollution and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

environmental changes in <strong>the</strong> Bay Area, Central<br />

Valley and Los Angeles.<br />

EDF made <strong>the</strong> map with Aclima’s data that was<br />

collected through a sensor system on Google’s<br />

StreetView cars during <strong>the</strong> entire project. Now,<br />

<strong>the</strong> map can give you data up to <strong>the</strong> street level<br />

about areas with higher amounts <strong>of</strong> nitric oxide<br />

(NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and black carbon.<br />

Basically, most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> pollutants coming from car<br />

exhaust.<br />

Google is pretty proud <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir work, saying that<br />

its pollution data set is <strong>the</strong> largest one to ever be<br />

published, “With nearly 3 million measurements<br />

and 14,000 miles captured in <strong>the</strong> course <strong>of</strong> a<br />

year.” Now, we’re pretty excited as to what cities<br />

<strong>the</strong>y’re going to apply <strong>the</strong> technology to next, as<br />

Google is already in <strong>the</strong> process <strong>of</strong> doing so. It’s<br />

not only a useful tool for environmental scientists,<br />

but also a literal life saver for those suffering from<br />

respiratory diseases.<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


What is CFC in <strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> Industry?<br />

In <strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> industry, refrigerants are essential in any HVAC operation. To be able<br />

to understand CFCs fur<strong>the</strong>r, let’s start by learning what it really is.<br />

In <strong>the</strong> HVAC industry, it is known that<br />

refrigerants are essential in any HVAC operation.<br />

Unfortunately, <strong>the</strong>se refrigerants have a large<br />

impact on our environment. For decades, CFCs<br />

have already been known to deplete ozone and<br />

are also to blame for global warming. To be able<br />

to understand CFCs fur<strong>the</strong>r, let’s start by learning<br />

what it really is.<br />

CFC stands for chlor<strong>of</strong>luorocarbon. It is an<br />

organic compound that contains carbon,<br />

chlorine and fluorine, which is produced<br />

as a volatile derivative <strong>of</strong> methane and<br />

ethane. It has a common subclass called<br />

hydrochlor<strong>of</strong>luorocarbons (HCFCs) which<br />

contains hydrogen. CFC’s and its related<br />

compounds are known by different names.<br />

They are known around <strong>the</strong> world as Alg<strong>of</strong>rene,<br />

Arcton, Asahiflon, Daiflon, Eskimo, FCC, Flon,<br />

Flugene, Forane, Freon, Fridohna, Frigen,<br />

Frigedohn, Genetron, Isceon, Isotron, Kaiser,<br />

Kaltron, Khladon, Ledon, Racon and Ucon.<br />

The most common representative <strong>of</strong> this is<br />

dichlorodifluoromethane (R-12 or Freon-12)<br />

CFCs were developed back in <strong>the</strong> 1930’s as<br />

a safe, non-toxic, non-flammable alternative<br />

to different dangerous substances such as<br />

ammonia which is used in refrigeration and spray<br />

can propellants. They have also been used for<br />

foamed plastics like expanded polysterene or<br />

polyurethane foam for insulation products. The<br />

use <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se family <strong>of</strong> compounds has grown<br />

exponentially over <strong>the</strong> years. One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> elements<br />

that make up CFCs is chlorine. Chlorine exists<br />

in <strong>the</strong> atmosphere naturally, but in very small<br />

amounts and it so happens that CFCs are a way<br />

<strong>of</strong> introducing this into <strong>the</strong> ozone layer. Studies<br />

have shown that CFCs that are released into <strong>the</strong><br />

atmosphere are accumulated in <strong>the</strong> stratosphere,<br />

where <strong>the</strong>y cause deteriorating effects on <strong>the</strong><br />

ozone layer. The ozone shields living organisms<br />

on Earth from Sun’s ultraviolet radiation. In <strong>the</strong><br />

stratosphere, <strong>the</strong> molecules <strong>of</strong> CFC break down<br />

due to <strong>the</strong> action <strong>of</strong> solar ultraviolet radiation and<br />

release <strong>the</strong> chlorine atoms. These <strong>the</strong>n react with<br />

<strong>the</strong> ozone molecules and in turn gets depleted.<br />

CFC Alternatives It was in <strong>the</strong> late 1970s when<br />

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esearchers and scientists have been working<br />

on alternatives for CFCs in refrigerants. It was<br />

<strong>the</strong>n that <strong>the</strong> first warnings <strong>of</strong> damage to <strong>the</strong><br />

stratospheric ozone were published. HCFCs are<br />

less stable in <strong>the</strong> lower atmosphere, which allows<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to break down even before <strong>the</strong>y reach <strong>the</strong><br />

ozone layer. But <strong>the</strong>re is still a significant fraction<br />

<strong>of</strong> HCFCs that break down in <strong>the</strong> stratosphere<br />

which has contributed to significant chlorine<br />

buildup. Later on, alternatives that lack chlorine<br />

have been created. HFC-134a, for example, is<br />

now used instead <strong>of</strong> CFC-12 in automobile air<br />

conditioners. Most rubber insulation products in<br />

<strong>the</strong> UAE, such as insulation sheets and rubber<br />

insulation pipes are now also CFC-free.<br />

Refrigerators from <strong>the</strong> 1800s until 1929 used toxic<br />

gases for refrigerants, namely: ammonia (NH3),<br />

methyl chloride (CH3Cl), and sulfur dioxide (SO2).<br />

There have been several fatal accidents that<br />

happened in <strong>the</strong> 1920s due to methyl chloride<br />

leakages from refrigerators. People <strong>the</strong>n began<br />

to leave <strong>the</strong>ir refrigerators in <strong>the</strong>ir backyards.<br />

It was <strong>the</strong>n that three American corporations:<br />

Frigidaire, General Motors and DuPont worked<br />

toge<strong>the</strong>r to search for a less dangerous method <strong>of</strong><br />

refrigeration.<br />

In 1928, Freon was invented by Thomas<br />

Midgley, Jr. and Charles Franklin Kettering.<br />

Freon represents different CFCs. These CFCs<br />

are a group <strong>of</strong> aliphatic organic compounds that<br />

contain <strong>the</strong> elements carbon and fluorine, and<br />

o<strong>the</strong>r halogens like chlorine and hydrogen. Freons<br />

are known to be colorless, non-corrosive, nonflammable,<br />

and odorless gases or liquids.<br />

CFC and <strong>the</strong> Environment In 1978, <strong>the</strong> Montreal<br />

Protocol on Substances that Deplete <strong>the</strong> Ozone<br />

Layer, also known as <strong>the</strong> “Montreal Protocol”<br />

was adopted. It is an international treaty that<br />

has been designed to protect <strong>the</strong> ozone layer<br />

by steadily phasing out <strong>the</strong> production <strong>of</strong><br />

numerous substances that are responsible for<br />

<strong>the</strong> depletion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> ozone. Through <strong>the</strong> years, it<br />

has undergone several revisions, and as a result<br />

<strong>of</strong> this international agreements, <strong>the</strong> ozone hole<br />

that is in Antarctica is slowly recovering. Climate<br />

projections show that <strong>the</strong> ozone layer will return to<br />

1980 levels in <strong>the</strong> years 2050 to 2070.

Quality Certifications<br />

Are Essential In<br />

Choosing Rubber<br />

Insulation in HVAC<br />

Rubber World Industries is becoming<br />

more popular across <strong>the</strong> globe<br />

because <strong>of</strong> its customers putting a<br />

high level <strong>of</strong> confidence on every<br />

product that has been released.<br />

For more than two decades, Rubber World<br />

Industries (RWI) has taken pride on its strong<br />

presence in <strong>the</strong> entire Gulf and South Asia in<br />

manufacturing world-class products in rubber<br />

insulation. Supplying 56% <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Middle East<br />

region’s requirements in HVAC products, RWI<br />

is clearly an industry leader that sets high<br />

standards on <strong>the</strong> field. The company has created<br />

an enviable reputation <strong>of</strong> pursuing excellence in<br />

supplying rubber insulation products and HVAC<br />

solutions to its clients.<br />

Rubber World Industries is becoming more<br />

popular across <strong>the</strong> globe because <strong>of</strong> its<br />

customers putting a high level <strong>of</strong> confidence<br />

on every product that has been released. The<br />

company has always dedicated itself in producing<br />

quality products that meet today’s high standards.<br />

RWI is globally recognized by <strong>the</strong> ASTM<br />

(American Standard <strong>of</strong> Testing Materials), BSI<br />

(British Standard Institute) and ISO 9001:2015.<br />

The company also <strong>of</strong>fers a unique level <strong>of</strong> service<br />

and support in <strong>the</strong> production and application <strong>of</strong><br />

insulation products for HVAC systems.<br />

With Gulf-O-Flex as <strong>the</strong> company’s flagship<br />

brand in flexible foam insulation, consumers<br />

can expect nothing less from RWI.<br />

With its commitment to produce only <strong>the</strong> best,<br />

RWI ensures its consumers that Gulf-O-Flex has<br />

several certifications to recognize its quality –<br />

proving that it is <strong>the</strong> best brand in flexible foam<br />

insulation. Gulf-O-Flex has also undergone<br />

constant quality control. It’s been recognized<br />

through several awards and achievements, which<br />

helped gain an unwavering confidence in <strong>the</strong><br />

brand from its customers.<br />

As a manufacturer and supplier <strong>of</strong> rubber closed<br />

cell elastomeric foam insulation and <strong>HVACR</strong><br />

accessories, RWI has obtained its certification<br />

for Quality Management System (QMS) under<br />

ISO 9001:2005. This guarantees costumers<br />

that <strong>the</strong>y will consistently receive high quality<br />

products and services from RWI while expecting<br />

<strong>the</strong> organization and its products to continually<br />

improve and satisfy each consumer. Having<br />

obtained QMS leaves RWI with a credible image<br />

in producing only <strong>the</strong> best – from carefully<br />

selecting its raw materials to making sure that<br />

production <strong>of</strong> each product has been under<br />

constant quality control.<br />

Gulf-O-Flex Rubber Insulation Foam has also<br />

received a certification for ASTM E84-15a under<br />

Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants.<br />

ASTM E84 represents <strong>the</strong> Standard Test Method<br />

for Surface Burning Characteristics <strong>of</strong> Building<br />

Materials, which measures <strong>the</strong> flame growth on<br />

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<strong>the</strong> underside <strong>of</strong> a horizontal test specimen. This<br />

test can be used to approve materials for various<br />

applications.<br />

Apart from <strong>the</strong> Government certificates it has<br />

obtained for its registration number and licenses,<br />

RWI has also obtained certifications from Dubai<br />

Central Laboratory Department for product<br />

conformity and an evaluation report proving<br />

that Gulf-O-Flex Insulation Tube and Sheet<br />

has followed <strong>the</strong> standards for Green Building<br />

Regulations and Specification. Lastly, RWI has<br />

also received certifications from TÜV SÜD,<br />

a global testing, certification, inspection and<br />

training provider.<br />

that it is dedicated to heighten its product quality<br />

through its research and development programs<br />

as <strong>the</strong> company guarantees consistent customer<br />

satisfaction and safety for everyone. Setting high<br />

standards for o<strong>the</strong>r HVAC companies to follow,<br />

RWI has achieved overall global success around<br />

<strong>the</strong> world.<br />

Customers can hope for more innovative and<br />

updated improvements <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir products and<br />

services. RWI ensures every HVAC consumer

Falling Into Place: 7 Traits to<br />

Transform You from Regular<br />

Engineer to Master Engineer<br />

Skip <strong>the</strong> bitter part <strong>of</strong> adamant failures and get<br />

back on track from this set <strong>of</strong> traits to become a<br />

legitimate master engineer!<br />

If you don’t want to start out your career<br />

as an ultra noob and wait for yet ano<strong>the</strong>r<br />

five years to learn <strong>the</strong> ropes <strong>of</strong> becoming<br />

<strong>the</strong> ideal engineer your boss wanted to<br />

see in you for promotion, well this might<br />

be your best shot to earn a resounding<br />

reputation.<br />

Being <strong>the</strong> “good” engineer can get you<br />

<strong>the</strong> job but to stay in <strong>the</strong> run for career<br />

improvement is a tough work in this<br />

arduous battlefield called engineering.<br />

There are no longer rooms for regulars.<br />

What it means to standout is high<br />

competency and a master strategy.<br />

So skip <strong>the</strong> bitter part <strong>of</strong> adamant failures<br />

and get back on track from this set <strong>of</strong><br />

traits to become a legitimate master<br />

engineer.<br />

Has a Great Desire for Continuous<br />

Learning. Improving yourself in <strong>the</strong><br />

engineering pr<strong>of</strong>ession starts by admitting<br />

that you don’t know everything and that<br />

<strong>the</strong>re still is a plenty <strong>of</strong> room for growth<br />

and improvement. A great engineer can<br />

only stay on top <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> workforce if he

is geared to learn new skills and is rapidly<br />

adaptive to <strong>the</strong> latest trends in research and<br />

technology.<br />

Possesses <strong>the</strong> Attitude <strong>of</strong> a Leader. Not<br />

because you are <strong>the</strong> best in <strong>the</strong> team, you<br />

should work things on your own. A master<br />

engineer knows how to make well use <strong>of</strong> his<br />

resources by complementing each <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

available tools to form a great masterpiece.<br />

The same goes for <strong>the</strong> team, a leader is<br />

someone who sets <strong>the</strong> pace for his coworkers<br />

and believes that working toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

can mean success in every project.<br />

Has a Keen Sense to Detail. What<br />

differentiates a master engineer from a regular<br />

one is his ability to pay attention to every<br />

possible error. While optimism is a check<br />

for success, <strong>the</strong>re is no harm in being extra<br />

careful. Engineers play a hard job in ensuring<br />

that every projects deliver according to <strong>the</strong><br />

desired specification. It is only just to make<br />

sure that it is fail-safe and works perfectly.<br />

Demonstrates Unparalleled Analytical<br />

Aptitude. Not only that great engineers are<br />

natural inquisitors but <strong>the</strong>y are also very<br />

passionate in improving <strong>the</strong> way things<br />

work. They do not stop for better but has a<br />

long standing goal to beat what’s already<br />

considered best. Thus, also equates to<br />

unending process <strong>of</strong> examination and<br />

meticulous research.<br />

Is an Excellent Communicator. Superior<br />

assets <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> company are not found<br />

underground covered in dust. An excellent<br />

engineer also needs to speak-up. They<br />

can sell <strong>the</strong> idea and translate complex<br />

methodologies for <strong>the</strong> all <strong>the</strong> clients to<br />

understand.<br />

Remains Constantly Creative. Playing <strong>the</strong> role<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> alpha means breaking <strong>the</strong> old rules<br />

and crafting a better one. Being flexible to<br />

change can mean progress when developing<br />

innovative approach in achieving <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s goals. It isn’t wrong to conform to<br />

<strong>the</strong> norms but to try something new if it means<br />

betterment can be <strong>of</strong> great help.<br />

Has Excellent Problem Solving Skills. From<br />

pinpointing <strong>the</strong> root cause to eventually<br />

finding <strong>the</strong> most effective way to solve <strong>the</strong><br />

problem is a must have skill <strong>of</strong> a master<br />

engineer. Having an eye to immediately figure<br />

where <strong>the</strong> glitch possibly started can prevent<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r loss for <strong>the</strong> company. Also, <strong>the</strong> ability<br />

to forecast what won’t work from a handful set<br />

<strong>of</strong> proposed solutions can save not just time<br />

but valuable resources.

This Unpopular Productivity Tip Might<br />

or Might Not Work With Engineers<br />

What do you think?<br />

Much has been said about creating lists,<br />

scheduling, or making a plan to get everything<br />

done within a work day. It’s about preparing<br />

yourself on what to do and when to do it, you<br />

know, for organization. Engineers are traditionally<br />

taught this since each accomplished task has an<br />

effect with <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>rs.<br />

If you are after finishing tasks as soon as possible,<br />

Josh Zerkel begs to disagree with that style. He<br />

is <strong>the</strong> director <strong>of</strong> global community and training<br />

at Evernote, as well as a certified pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

organizer. That latter part <strong>of</strong> himself should give<br />

him <strong>the</strong> credibility <strong>of</strong> what he is talking about.<br />

Ra<strong>the</strong>r than <strong>the</strong> popular “I will make my to-do list<br />

in <strong>the</strong> first hour <strong>of</strong> work and get all <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>m done<br />

within <strong>the</strong> day” mindset, Zerkel prefers <strong>the</strong> “I will<br />

do this now” rule, whatever that task or job is.<br />

He suggests that you do not need to think about<br />

doing things later when you can do it now.<br />

“If you can do something right now in <strong>the</strong> moment,<br />

without having to close it and <strong>the</strong>n reopen it again<br />

later, get it done now,” he said.<br />

It is related to <strong>the</strong> “two-minute rule” <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> bestselling<br />

author David Allen. That rule can be<br />

summarized as: if a task will take two minutes or<br />

less to complete, you do it now.<br />

Zerkel argued that <strong>the</strong> “do it now” rule should<br />

apply regardless if <strong>the</strong> job is doable in two minutes<br />

or five. Waste no time by completing tasks head<br />

on, he believes.<br />

He mentioned two primary reasons this rule<br />

works: preventing procrastination and building a<br />

sense <strong>of</strong> productivity and momentum.<br />

“I’m not a big fan <strong>of</strong> look at your stuff, review it,<br />

methodically plan it,” Zerkel said, referring to <strong>the</strong><br />

first reason. “If something is short, just take care <strong>of</strong><br />

it.”<br />

One more thing, doing a task at <strong>the</strong> moment it is<br />

remembered works because it “can lead you into<br />

getting to <strong>the</strong> bigger things that might be more<br />

challenging.” Zerkel mentioned that thinking you<br />

are getting a job done should push <strong>the</strong> engineer a<br />

little bit more in future tasks.<br />

He spoke about this in <strong>the</strong> general context <strong>of</strong> an<br />

employee. But because engineers are taught to<br />

plan things out first before tasks are completed so<br />

this might or might not be an effective productivity<br />

tip for us.<br />

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25 Time Management Hacks That Every<br />

Engineer Should Follow<br />

You don’t have to burn your midnight candles<br />

if you just know how to manage your time.<br />

Perhaps it has become a norm for engineers and<br />

engineering students to juggle all tasks toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

in meeting deadlines and preparing for exams.<br />

By trial and error, it can all be figured out; almost<br />

always it entails working late nights with <strong>the</strong> work<br />

and projects rushed. If only <strong>the</strong>y know what true<br />

time management is, this will not be <strong>the</strong> case.<br />

Etienne Garbugli, a product design and<br />

marketing consultant based in Montreal, outlined<br />

time management hacks that engineers and<br />

engineering students can make use <strong>of</strong>:<br />

• There is always time. It’s all about priorities.<br />

• Only plan for 4-5 hours <strong>of</strong> real work per day. The<br />

days always fill up with o<strong>the</strong>r stuff.<br />

• Work more when you’re in <strong>the</strong> zone.<br />

Relax when you’re not.<br />

• Respect your time and make it respected.<br />

• Multi-tasking is a bad idea is it only kills<br />

your focus.<br />

• Make a work routine that you can commit to.<br />

Your body will adapt.<br />

• Think that you only have limited time since that<br />

gives us more focus and productivity.<br />

• Start with short tasks.<br />

• Work iteratively. Expectations to do things<br />

perfectly are stifling.<br />

• More work hours doesn’t mean more<br />

productivity. Use constraints as opportunities.<br />

• Separate brainless and strategic tasks to<br />

become more productive.<br />

• Organize meetings as early as possible.<br />

• Group meetings and communication to create<br />

blocks <strong>of</strong> uninterrupted work.<br />

• Run tasks throughout <strong>the</strong> day that are in <strong>the</strong><br />

same context. Switching between projects and<br />

clients is <strong>of</strong>ten unproductive.<br />

• Work around procrastination. You can<br />

procrastinate between intense sprints <strong>of</strong> work.<br />

• When things are unreasonable, break <strong>the</strong>m<br />

down into reasonable pieces for <strong>the</strong> goal to be<br />

achieved.<br />

• Prioritize. Always! There are no two tasks with<br />

<strong>the</strong> same importance.<br />

• Always know that one thing that needs to be<br />

done for <strong>the</strong> day.<br />

• Break tasks into hour increments.<br />

• Delegate if possible. Make use <strong>of</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r people.<br />

• What’s done is done yesterday. Stop thinking<br />

about it and focus on today and tomorrow.<br />

• Set deadlines for everything. Tasks with no<br />

definite deadline will always take longer.<br />

• Always take notes.<br />

• Writing down anything that distracts you will<br />

stop <strong>the</strong>m from popping up once you are in <strong>the</strong><br />

zone.<br />

• Take a break sometimes.

Is Your Engineering Job Eating You Up?<br />

This is What You Should Do<br />

No matter how engineers say <strong>the</strong>y love <strong>the</strong>ir jobs, it will reach a point<br />

where a day at work is all about stress, stress, stress.<br />

Every engineering job starts with a perspective that<br />

is forward looking. It doesn’t matter if it is your n job,<br />

but whenever you start anew with work – different<br />

environment, people, and routines – an engineer’s<br />

passion and commitment towards <strong>the</strong> new work is<br />

considerably high.<br />

There comes a time when <strong>the</strong> engineering work<br />

curve declines dramatically. Everything at <strong>the</strong><br />

job seems to no longer be fun or exciting so <strong>the</strong><br />

engineer doesn’t <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>the</strong> same commitment when<br />

he or she started.<br />

That curve soon becomes a straight line – <strong>the</strong> work<br />

is meh, and you are just <strong>the</strong>re to do <strong>the</strong> work you<br />

are assigned to do and without passion.<br />

When an engineer is no longer that sharp at work,<br />

<strong>the</strong> best thing is to do is to take a break.<br />

Engineering work routines are detrimental especially<br />

when <strong>the</strong>y’ve been going on for so long. Strip<br />

yourself <strong>of</strong> work even in just one weekend, better if<br />

it’s a long one, and do some unwinding to a point<br />

that you already forgot you have files to attend to by<br />

Monday.<br />

Plan with friends a trip to <strong>the</strong> beach; run a movie<br />

marathon with your family. Anything to get <strong>the</strong> work<br />

<strong>of</strong>f out <strong>of</strong> your mind. You will be surprised how it<br />

will change your perspective coming in to work <strong>the</strong><br />

following week.<br />

You are not allowed to mess it up; you are just <strong>the</strong>re<br />

because you need to be, dragging yourself to work.<br />

This applies to many engineers. No matter how <strong>the</strong>y<br />

say <strong>the</strong>y love <strong>the</strong>ir jobs, it will reach a point where a<br />

day at work is all about stress, stress, stress.<br />

They think <strong>the</strong> work is not what <strong>the</strong>y signed up for<br />

in <strong>the</strong> first place, but really it is just <strong>the</strong> same work<br />

since day one. The time just passed by.<br />

In this situation, engineers can be likened to<br />

machines – susceptible to tear and wear.<br />

Ano<strong>the</strong>r option, although it will take a lot <strong>of</strong> courage,<br />

is to reach out to your boss and ask to be assigned<br />

to a different but related engineering department.<br />

That way you will somehow feel renewed; things will<br />

get a lot more interesting.<br />

There is no option to quit your job just because it is<br />

boring. You were excited on day one – you just need<br />

to get that excitement back. It’s all in <strong>the</strong> mind.<br />

But really, you need to get that weekend <strong>of</strong>f.<br />

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support and improved lead time. Both <strong>the</strong> brands<br />

have accredited with relevant international test<br />

certifications.<br />

We have been continuously investing in our<br />

resources in educating and updating MEP<br />

community by conducting technical workshops,<br />

factory visits and Continuous Pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

Development Programmes throughout <strong>the</strong> year.<br />

The extensive list <strong>of</strong> project references, where<br />

our products have been in operation for years,<br />

is an epitome <strong>of</strong> our product quality and <strong>the</strong><br />

overall service we have been providing to our<br />

stakeholders. We are committed to give back to<br />

our industry by sponsoring events/publications<br />

that enlighten our industry about <strong>the</strong> latest trends<br />

and innovations in <strong>the</strong> MEP Sector.<br />

As a part <strong>of</strong> Corporate Social Responsibility, we<br />

support various philanthropic causes, latest being<br />

our support to children with special needs.<br />

We are diversified geographically and our <strong>of</strong>fices<br />

are located across GCC and North Africa. Due<br />

to our wide networks, we are able to balance our<br />

revenues irrespective <strong>of</strong> market scenarios across<br />

<strong>the</strong> region.<br />

Today, we stand strong as a leading manufacturing<br />

and trading entity <strong>of</strong> a wide range <strong>of</strong> products in<br />

water and air side segments serving <strong>the</strong> Building<br />

Services Industry. Our firm deals with <strong>the</strong> world’s<br />

most renowned and innovative manufacturers<br />

and specializes in <strong>the</strong> MEP fields related to <strong>the</strong><br />

construction industry. With <strong>the</strong> solid commitment<br />

and <strong>the</strong> unwavering dedication <strong>of</strong> our teams,<br />

we strive to remain as <strong>the</strong> preferred partner in<br />

providing products for <strong>the</strong> building services<br />

industry in <strong>the</strong> GCC market.

ROBOX energy screw compressors<br />

Wastewater Treatment Plants<br />

Can Brea<strong>the</strong> Easy<br />

Screw compressors with new drive concept<br />

consume up to 30% less energy<br />

The Robuschi ROBOX energy screw<br />

compressors for <strong>the</strong> low pressure range deliver<br />

considerable energy savings in comparison to<br />

<strong>the</strong> rotary lobe blowers which are widely used<br />

in wastewater treatment plants. The direct drive<br />

with permanent magnet motor reduces energy<br />

consumption by up to 30%. Additional savings<br />

<strong>of</strong> 30% can be achieved by using <strong>the</strong> “Smart<br />

Process Control” control system.<br />

Gardner Denver development engineers have<br />

managed to considerably reduce <strong>the</strong> energy<br />

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costs for <strong>the</strong> aeration <strong>of</strong> sludge tanks in<br />

wastewater treatment plants.<br />

The ROBOX energy series is <strong>the</strong> first to<br />

consistently utilise <strong>the</strong> possibilities <strong>of</strong> gearless,<br />

direct drive technology with permanent magnet<br />

motors. The advantage <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se synchronous<br />

motors is that <strong>the</strong>y <strong>of</strong>fer excellent controllability<br />

within a large speed range while maintaining a<br />

high level <strong>of</strong> efficiency.<br />

The low power consumption <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se electric<br />

motors– better than IE4 – and <strong>the</strong> integration <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> control technology in <strong>the</strong> overall “wastewater<br />

treatment plant” system results in energy<br />

benefits in comparison to <strong>the</strong> blowers that were<br />

previously used in this area with conventional<br />

three-phase asynchronous motors, which drive<br />

<strong>the</strong> compressor screws via gears.<br />

With <strong>the</strong>se new compressors, it is possible to<br />

reduce <strong>the</strong> high energy costs for generating blow<br />

air for <strong>the</strong> biological treatment stage, in which<br />

bacteria break down <strong>the</strong> organic components <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> wastewater, by around 30% in comparison<br />

to <strong>the</strong> rotary lobe blowers which are normally<br />

used. This means that owners <strong>of</strong> wastewater<br />

treatment plants in communal or industrial areas<br />

can brea<strong>the</strong> easy, as <strong>the</strong>y rank as one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

largest energy consumers and more than 40%<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir overall energy requirement is due to <strong>the</strong><br />

sludge tanks. Here, <strong>the</strong>re is enormous potential<br />

for reducing costs and increasing efficiency<br />

which can be tapped with <strong>the</strong> ROBOX energy<br />

technology.<br />

The fact that <strong>the</strong> drive <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> oil-free, proven<br />

Robuschi screw compressor block with patented<br />

rotors now works directly, i.e. without belt and<br />

gear, through <strong>the</strong> permanent magnet motor<br />

technology brings tw<strong>of</strong>old benefits: <strong>the</strong> optimum<br />

ratio between <strong>the</strong> delivery rate and pressure,<br />

which <strong>the</strong> rotors generate, enables <strong>the</strong> high level<br />

<strong>of</strong> efficiency to be maintained from low to high<br />

speeds. The new drive covers <strong>the</strong> large speed<br />

range with high efficiency, and <strong>the</strong> fluctuating air<br />

volume requirement in <strong>the</strong> settling basin – even<br />

or especially for low volume flows –can <strong>the</strong>refore<br />

be precisely controlled. The drive control unit, a<br />

frequency converter, is decentrally housed in an<br />

integrated and air conditioned electrical control<br />

cabinet.<br />

In addition to <strong>the</strong> aforementioned 30%, users<br />

<strong>of</strong> ROBOX energy screw compressors can also<br />

benefit from even fur<strong>the</strong>r energy saving potential.<br />

The “Smart Process Control” control system<br />

lowers <strong>the</strong> energy requirement even fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

in practice by around 20 to 30%, by ensuring<br />

that only <strong>the</strong> required amount <strong>of</strong> compressed<br />

air or blow air is provided. This is achieved by<br />

analysing <strong>the</strong> oxygen data acquired during <strong>the</strong><br />

treatment process, i.e., by intelligently linking to<br />

<strong>the</strong> process control system <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> wastewater<br />

treatment plant.<br />

Its compact design is ano<strong>the</strong>r plus point. In<br />

comparison to <strong>the</strong> ROBOX SCREW series with<br />

conventional drive, <strong>the</strong> space required has<br />

been reduced by approximately 1/3. This is an<br />

important factor when it comes to equipping<br />

existing wastewater treatment plants and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

plants with energy-saving compressor and<br />

blower technology.<br />

The ROBOX energy screw compressors are<br />

controlled via an operating unit with touchscreen.<br />

The intuitive menu structure is user-friendly and<br />

parametrisation can be carried out conveniently<br />

via E<strong>the</strong>rnet or Internet. This means that it<br />

also meets <strong>the</strong> requirements for online remote<br />

diagnostics and continuous plant monitoring.<br />

Recently Gardner Denver has won <strong>the</strong><br />

prestigious Environmental and Energy Efficiency<br />

award for its ROBOX energy screw compressor,<br />

at this year’s Motion Control Industry Awards<br />

2017. This prize is an important milestone in <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s history and in its efforts to promote<br />

green technologies.<br />

135 kW achieve a delivery volume <strong>of</strong> 1,030 to<br />

4,250 m 3 /h over a pressure range <strong>of</strong> 250 to<br />

1,000 mbar (g).

AIRFILTER <strong>New</strong>s: ISO 16890 Is Live<br />

And Replaces EN779:2012<br />

The ISO 16890 standard is LIVE and is <strong>the</strong> new<br />

global standard for testing and classification <strong>of</strong><br />

air filters, and replaces <strong>the</strong> existing EN779:2012<br />

norm. This new ISO 16890 standard is a big<br />

change in <strong>the</strong> way air filters are evaluated.<br />

Today cover an update from AFPRO Filters<br />

explains <strong>the</strong> new ISO 16890 standard to us.<br />

AFPRO Filters stands out from all o<strong>the</strong>r air filter<br />

manufacturers because it manufacturers its own<br />

glass fiber filter medium for <strong>the</strong> best protection<br />

against particulate matter (PM1) according<br />

ISO16890. AFPRO Filters tests all its air filters<br />

according to this new ISO16890 standard<br />

on <strong>the</strong>ir own ISO16890 test rig in its Alkmaar<br />

Laboratory in The Ne<strong>the</strong>rlands.<br />

This new ISO 16890 test standard for air filters<br />

has been published in December 2016.<br />

Why a new filtration standard ISO<br />

16890?<br />

The new ISO16890 test method shifts <strong>the</strong><br />

focus on filtration performance to <strong>the</strong> classes<br />

<strong>of</strong> particulate matter size (PM) and is <strong>the</strong>refore<br />

a much more realistic test criteria than <strong>the</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong>oretical EN779:2012.<br />

What is different?<br />

This means that with <strong>the</strong> new ISO 16890<br />

standard filter efficiencies will be determined<br />

based on particulate matter size classes<br />

PM1, PM2.5 and PM10 which are also used<br />

as evaluation parameters by <strong>the</strong> WHO (World<br />

Health Organization) and o<strong>the</strong>r authorities.<br />

Based on <strong>the</strong>se parameters it will be easier for<br />

users to select <strong>the</strong> right air filter based on <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

requirements.<br />

ISO 16890 – The new group classification<br />

The new ISO16890 standard divides air filters<br />

into four groups. A prerequisite for each group<br />

is that a filter captures at least 50% <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

appropriate particle size range. If a filter, for<br />

example, captures more than 50% <strong>of</strong> PM1<br />

particles, it will be grouped as an ISO ePM1<br />

filter. The respective efficiency is <strong>the</strong>n reported,<br />

rounded in 5 % increments.<br />

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Alongside fine dust filters, <strong>the</strong> new ISO standard also evaluates coarse dust filters as ISO coarse: that<br />

is, filters that capture less than 50 % PM10.<br />

What does PM1 mean?<br />

PM1 means all Particulate Matter with size smaller than 1 micron (a thousandth <strong>of</strong> a millimetre), just<br />

to be clear:<br />

1µ= 0.001mm<br />

2.5µ= 0.0025mm<br />

10µ= 0.01mm<br />

ISO 16890 Group classification:<br />

Group classification according to ISO16890<br />

ISO ePM1<br />

ISO ePM2.5<br />

ISO ePM10<br />

ISO Coarse<br />

ePM1, min ≥ 50% (viruses, nanoparticles, exhaust gasses)<br />

ePM2.5, min ≥ 50% (bacteria, fungal and mold spores, pollen, toner dust)<br />

ePM10 ≥ 50% (pollen, desert dust)<br />

ePM10 ≥ 50% (sand, hair)<br />

With <strong>the</strong> introduction <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> new ISO16890 standard, actual operating conditions will be more<br />

effectively taken into account. Instead <strong>of</strong> considering only <strong>the</strong> particle size 0.4 microns (EN779:2012),<br />

as previously, a broad range between 0.3 microns and 10 microns will be used to determine<br />

separation efficiencies for particulate matter fractions PM10, PM2,5 and PM1 (ISO 16890).<br />

In order for an air filter to be rated to PM1 or any <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r PM sizes it will need to demonstrate a<br />

minimum efficiency <strong>of</strong> 50% and this will be recorded incrementally to <strong>the</strong> closest 5% – so an air filter<br />

performing at 66% to PM1 particles will be rated at ePM1 65%.<br />

For coarse filters <strong>the</strong> new standard will include filters that capture less than 50% <strong>of</strong> particles in <strong>the</strong><br />

PM10 range, <strong>the</strong>se will be known as “ISO Coarse” and will detail <strong>the</strong>ir PM10 performance i.e. “PM<br />

Coarse 45%”.<br />

Comparing EN779 with ISO16890 classes<br />

A simple ‘translation’ <strong>of</strong> classes ISO 16890 to EN779:2012 fails because <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> very different measurement<br />

and assessment methods. As <strong>of</strong> today <strong>the</strong>re is no standard table available. As a guide, we initially <strong>of</strong>fer <strong>the</strong><br />

following translation table:<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Class ISO ePM1 ISO ePM2.5 ISO ePM10 ISO Coarse<br />

G3 - - - > 80<br />

G4 - - - > 90<br />

M5 - - > 50% -<br />

M6 - 50 - 65% > 60% -<br />

F7 50 - 65% 65 - 80% > 85% -<br />

F8 65 - 80% > 80% >90% -<br />

F9 > 80% > 95% > 95% -<br />

* All figures, descriptions, references and technical data contained in this text are given as mere example and are not binding.<br />

The benefits <strong>of</strong> ISO 16890<br />

The new ISO 16890 standard <strong>of</strong>fers several improvements when compared to <strong>the</strong> EN779 Standard:<br />

One global international standard<br />

The ISO16890 records <strong>the</strong>ir performance at a particle spectrum <strong>of</strong> 0.3 up to 10 microns (versus <strong>the</strong><br />

EN779 test which qualified fine filter performance at 0.4 microns)<br />

Fractional efficiencies <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> filter prior to and after IPA discharge <strong>of</strong> any electrostatic properties can<br />

be seen.<br />

Filters can be chosen for <strong>the</strong>ir specific performance related to <strong>the</strong> need <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> application.<br />

If you want to know more about ISO16890 qualified air filters and PM1 protection, please don’t<br />

hesitate to contact AFPRO Filters.<br />

28 <strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

Johnson Controls Helps Create A Green<br />

And Energy Efficient Campus For Ge<br />

General Electric’s Beijing Technology Park (GE<br />

BTP) is an energy efficient hub for GE in Beijing<br />

that has been in operation since October 2016.<br />

It has successfully applied Johnson Controls’<br />

advanced building technologies and solutions<br />

and achieved 20% annual operating cost<br />

reduction (approximately US$300,000 in energy<br />

savings annually).The LEED certified GE BTP<br />

provides over 3,000 employees with a green and<br />

comfortable work environment, and is testament<br />

to a corporate culture that values efficiency and<br />

performance.<br />

Spread over 75,000 square meters, <strong>the</strong> GE BTP<br />

houses multiple business units under one ro<strong>of</strong>,<br />

and includes a main functional area with <strong>of</strong>fices,<br />

laboratories and complementary facilities. The<br />

green features <strong>of</strong> this campus include an open<br />

<strong>of</strong>fice concept to encourage closer collaboration<br />

and resource-sharing, and a car-lite culture that<br />

gives parking priority to vehicle owners who<br />

actively car pools. These are just a few examples<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> green initiatives that have been rolled-out<br />

as part <strong>of</strong> being a LEED certified building – not<br />

only should <strong>the</strong> building and <strong>the</strong> users work to<br />

reduce emissions, <strong>the</strong>y should also live green in<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir daily lives.<br />

To ensure that <strong>the</strong> campus meets stringent<br />

sustainability standards that adhere to LEED<br />

guidelines, Johnson Controls was engaged as a<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional green building consultant from <strong>the</strong><br />

early stages <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> building design process. The<br />

collaborative arrangement has resulted in <strong>the</strong><br />

adoption <strong>of</strong> an innovative hollow-core design for<br />

<strong>the</strong> square park with a glass curtain wall system<br />

and external sunshade that optimizes use <strong>of</strong><br />

daylight in <strong>the</strong> building. The reduction <strong>of</strong> artificial<br />

lighting energy consumption has enhanced <strong>the</strong><br />

overall comfort <strong>of</strong> indoor environment while<br />

meeting <strong>the</strong> shading needs both efficiently and<br />

aes<strong>the</strong>tically.<br />

“We are committed to helping our customers<br />

in Asia and <strong>the</strong> rest <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> world achieve<br />

<strong>the</strong>ir energy saving and sustainability<br />

goals,” said Shi Wen, director <strong>of</strong> sales and<br />

commercial excellence, Johnson Controls<br />

Building Technologies & Solutions China. “<br />

We have successfully collaborated with local<br />

governments, customers and partners to<br />

build several green workplaces and business<br />

parks in Shanghai, Wuxi, Shenzhen and<br />

Guiyang. Johnson Controls strives to meet <strong>the</strong><br />

demands <strong>of</strong> project plan, design, operation and<br />

maintenance through its leading smart building<br />

technologies and solutions, contributing to a<br />

comfortable, efficient, and green workplace and<br />

helping to advance sustainability goals for <strong>the</strong><br />

city.”<br />

In addition, <strong>the</strong> GE BTP is equipped with indoor<br />

<strong>the</strong>rmostats and YORK® variable refrigerant<br />

flow (VRF) chillers <strong>of</strong> Johnson Controls that<br />

are up to 39 percent more energy efficient<br />

compared to conventional HVAC systems.<br />

To fur<strong>the</strong>r improve building efficiency and<br />

ensure comfort, Metasys®, <strong>the</strong> world’s leading<br />

building automation system, is installed to<br />

manage various building systems including<br />

HVAC, lighting and security systems. GE<br />

BTP also installed a heat recovery system<br />

with <strong>the</strong> recovery rate <strong>of</strong> over 70 percent, as<br />

well as a Variable Air Volume System at <strong>the</strong><br />

recommendation <strong>of</strong> Johnson Controls, enabling<br />

a more sustainable and comfortable <strong>the</strong>rmal<br />

environment.<br />

“We have greatly benefited from Johnson<br />

Controls’ extensive experience and pr<strong>of</strong>essional<br />

consultancy services in <strong>the</strong> creation and<br />

efficient operation <strong>of</strong> this new comfortable and<br />

sustainable green workplace. We are confident<br />

that it will help create a more efficient company<br />

culture. It also marks a good start as we<br />

embark on our goal <strong>of</strong> driving digital industrial<br />

transformation.” said Zhang Pei, director <strong>of</strong> real<br />

estate department, GE Healthcare APAC.

Carrier Named 2017 BUILDER <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

Survey HVAC Leader<br />

Carrier is once again proud to announce it is <strong>the</strong><br />

favored heating and cooling brand among <strong>the</strong><br />

homebuilding community, according to <strong>the</strong> 2017<br />

BUILDER <strong>Magazine</strong>’s Brand Use Study. In <strong>the</strong><br />

survey, readers <strong>of</strong> BUILDER magazine ranked<br />

Carrier <strong>the</strong> top brand in three <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> four <strong>of</strong> its<br />

heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC)<br />

subcategories, including Brand Familiarity,<br />

Brand Used Most and Brand Used in <strong>the</strong> Past<br />

Two Years. This year’s results mark <strong>the</strong> fifth<br />

consecutive year Carrier was named <strong>the</strong> most<br />

used HVAC equipment supplier in <strong>the</strong> survey.<br />

Carrier, a world leader in high-technology<br />

heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration<br />

solutions, is a part <strong>of</strong> UTC Climate, Controls &<br />

Security, a unit <strong>of</strong> United Technologies Corp.<br />

(NYSE: UTX).<br />

“Carrier is committed to working with builders<br />

across <strong>the</strong> country to meet <strong>the</strong>ir specifications<br />

for humidity control, code compliance and<br />

reducing Home Energy Rating System (HERS)<br />

Index scores for any new construction project.<br />

We value our strong relationships with builders<br />

and we will continue to stay focused on<br />

delighting <strong>the</strong>se vital customers,” said Casey<br />

Yates, manager, Strategic Accounts, Carrier<br />

Residential. “We strive every day to deliver <strong>the</strong><br />

most innovative and reliable heating and cooling<br />

solutions in <strong>the</strong> industry, so it’s an honor to<br />

see our brand recognized by this independent<br />

research.<br />

Builders listed product performance, warranty<br />

and product availability as <strong>the</strong> three most crucial<br />

categories when selecting an HVAC provider,<br />

according to <strong>the</strong> survey. Builders also cited<br />

strength <strong>of</strong> relationship with manufacturer,<br />

ease <strong>of</strong> installation and sustainable features as<br />

important categories.<br />

The brand use findings are based on a survey<br />

sponsored by Hanley Wood on behalf <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

publication, BUILDER. The online survey was<br />

conducted by The Farnsworth Group and<br />

included Hanley Wood subscribers classified<br />

as builders, builders-developers or general<br />

contractors. The data was collected from<br />

November 2016 through January 2017 and is<br />

based on 936 qualified responses.<br />

For more information or to find your local dealer,<br />

visit www.carrier.com.<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Trane ® Advances Connected<br />

Building Technology to Improve<br />

Energy and Operational Efficiency<br />

<strong>of</strong> Commercial Facilities<br />

Trane, a leading global provider <strong>of</strong> indoor<br />

comfort systems and services and a brand<br />

<strong>of</strong> Ingersoll Rand, is advancing connected<br />

building technology to address one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

world’s most pressing issues, which is to<br />

improve <strong>the</strong> energy and operational efficiency<br />

<strong>of</strong> commercial buildings. According to <strong>the</strong> U.S.<br />

Energy Information Administration, buildings<br />

consumed approximately 40 percent <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

nation’s energy in 2016.<br />

Trane announced two new and enhanced<br />

connected buildings solutions, Trane Tracer®<br />

Ensemble building management system<br />

and Trane Air-Fi ® CO2 Wireless System, which<br />

can optimize building performance and enable<br />

more efficient building management. The<br />

new solutions highlight Trane’s commitment<br />

to provide intelligent systems, building<br />

automation and energy management services<br />

to help optimize a building’s performance.<br />

“Buildings today are full <strong>of</strong> hidden potential and<br />

have wasted energy flowing throughout, due to<br />

inefficient heating, cooling, and lighting,” said<br />

Dave Molin, vice president, controls. “Through<br />

<strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> new Trane technology, we can<br />

access valuable data and insight that can be<br />

<strong>the</strong> catalyst for new levels <strong>of</strong> efficiencies.”<br />

The new Tracer Ensemble and <strong>the</strong> enhanced<br />

Air-Fi Wireless CO2 give facility management<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essionals <strong>the</strong> flexibility to manage<br />

buildings more efficiently with long term data<br />

collection and analysis, while reducing costs<br />

and delivering a better indoor environment<br />

to tenants through secure data-driven,<br />

technology-enabled services. By maintaining<br />

and analyzing building data effectively, facility<br />

managers can use this information to enhance<br />

overall operations and management.<br />

“At Trane, we understand buildings, <strong>the</strong>ir role<br />

in our society and <strong>the</strong>ir impact on our world’s<br />

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sustainability,” said Brad Trevillian, energy<br />

services director at Trane. “By <strong>of</strong>fering efficient<br />

and connected indoor comfort systems that<br />

are maintained, analyzed and improved by our<br />

energy analysts and engineers, we provide<br />

<strong>the</strong> facility management pr<strong>of</strong>essionals <strong>the</strong><br />

tools <strong>the</strong>y need to successfully operate and<br />

maximize <strong>the</strong>ir building’s potential.”<br />

Tracer ® Ensemble ®<br />

Tracer Ensemble is Trane’s newest webenabled<br />

building management system,<br />

which provides an enterprise-wide view into<br />

all building automation systems — whe<strong>the</strong>r<br />

<strong>the</strong>re are two buildings or hundreds. <strong>New</strong><br />

capabilities <strong>of</strong>fer business advantages for both<br />

building owners and <strong>the</strong>ir tenants, and more<br />

secure control <strong>of</strong> vital systems, and include:<br />

· Enhanced user interface – Boost efficiency<br />

and productivity through an easy-to-use<br />

interface that features out-<strong>of</strong>-<strong>the</strong>-box standard<br />

pages and navigation, fully customizable<br />

navigation and an enhanced touch screen.<br />

· Fast, easy troubleshooting – Use any mobile<br />

connected device to address comfort issues,<br />

make schedule changes, adjust set points,<br />

manage alarms and more.<br />

· Target needed improvement – Impact your<br />

bottom line through vital performance metrics<br />

that help you identify areas for improvement<br />

across your entire enterprise<br />

· Enhanced tenant services – Industry-leading<br />

building automation tool <strong>of</strong>fers <strong>the</strong> ability to<br />

increase revenue streams through tenant<br />

satisfaction and retention, built-in billing<br />

capabilities, after hours building management<br />

and more<br />

· Flexibility – The new Tracer Ensemble system<br />

is available in three scalable installation<br />

options – Tracer Ensemble, Tracer Ensemble<br />

Express and Tracer Ensemble Cloud –<br />

ensuring <strong>the</strong>re is one to meet any business<br />

need and budget.<br />

Air-Fi ® CO 2<br />

Many building owners face maintenance<br />

and repair challenges with traditional wired<br />

controls systems, which fail when wires are<br />

cut, disconnected or damaged. An extension<br />

<strong>of</strong> Trane’s Air-Fi Wireless System, Air-Fi CO 2<br />

delivers advanced reliability, faster and easier<br />

installation, low maintenance cost, and easy<br />

integration from space sensors that now<br />

include CO 2 to <strong>the</strong> service tool and to <strong>the</strong><br />

system controller. Features and capabilities<br />

include:<br />

· Optimized building performance – Air-Fi<br />

can help optimize a building’s performance<br />

with less risk, thanks to self-repairing mesh<br />

technology that features redundant signal<br />

paths to help prevent communication failures.<br />

· Signal range – The system <strong>of</strong>fers twice <strong>the</strong><br />

signal range and four times <strong>the</strong> potential paths<br />

to help prevent communication failures.<br />

· Battery life – The lifetime[2] battery eliminates<br />

<strong>the</strong> need to replace batteries over <strong>the</strong> life <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> system and saves time, and money.<br />

· Certified and compliant – Air-Fi wireless<br />

is a ZigBee ® Certified Building Automation<br />

solution, and <strong>the</strong> system is built on a platform<br />

that supports BACnet® open standards.<br />

It also conforms to <strong>the</strong> IEEE ® 802.15.4<br />

standard, giving customers a wireless building<br />

automation communication system that<br />

reliably coexists with o<strong>the</strong>r wireless systems,<br />

including Bluetooth ® and Wi-Fi ® , without<br />

interference.<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


Iceotope Launches<br />

Portable Edge<br />

Server for Harsh<br />

Environments<br />

UK-based Iceotope, <strong>the</strong> class-leading IT<br />

cooling provider, has announced <strong>the</strong> launch<br />

<strong>of</strong> EdgeStationTM - a resilient edge server<br />

designed for challenging environments.<br />

EdgeStationTM cools and protects IT<br />

components from harsh working environments,<br />

delivering maximum performance with<br />

minimum footprint.<br />

Designed to meet <strong>the</strong> growing demand <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Internet <strong>of</strong> Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0,<br />

EdgeStationTM delivers close proximity,<br />

protection and flexibility for <strong>the</strong> data-hungry<br />

business.<br />

Iceotope has developed a device that <strong>of</strong>fers:<br />

- Flexible deployment ideal for <strong>the</strong> “edge”- a<br />

portable design to move computing where<br />

you need it, reducing latency and maximising<br />

performance. Wheel it in, plug it in and go.<br />

- Resiliency for a harsh environments - fanfree,<br />

sealed units that consistently perform<br />

in a manner <strong>of</strong> environments avoiding costly<br />

downtime and delay.<br />

- Virtual silence for quiet and remote areas - no<br />

fans or moving parts delivers whisper-quiet<br />

computing for better workforce productivity.<br />

EdgeStationTM is a fully sealed liquid cooling<br />

system that immerses electronics in a<br />

sophisticated engineered fluid. Without <strong>the</strong><br />

burden <strong>of</strong> air cooling equipment, systems<br />

are virtually silent in operation and can be<br />

deployed into many environments<br />

David Craig, CEO at Iceotope, comments:<br />

“Localised data processing is imperative for<br />

applications such as <strong>the</strong> Internet <strong>of</strong> Things<br />

(IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Industry 4.0.<br />

Air cooling has reached its peak and can no<br />

longer effectively cool such devices. Iceotope<br />

has created a smarter way <strong>of</strong> getting <strong>the</strong><br />

processing power you need, where you need<br />

it.”<br />

Iceotope has already sold EdgeStationTM<br />

into <strong>the</strong> Advanced Manufacturing Research<br />

Centre (AMRC) which needed better protection<br />

<strong>of</strong> its server equipment from hazards such as<br />

dust and debris created by its manufacturing<br />

operations.<br />

Availability<br />

Iceotope’s technology is flexible and<br />

configurable to suit customer requirements.<br />

EdgeStationTM accommodates up to two<br />

server-class CPU and up to two expandable<br />

PCIe devices in a tower-style form factor.<br />

34 <strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

LG Introduces <strong>New</strong> Magnetic Bearing<br />

Centrifugal Chillers in <strong>the</strong> UAE<br />

The latest LG chillers <strong>of</strong>fer oil-free, energy efficient solutions with highest quality<br />

and reliability within <strong>the</strong> market<br />

LG Electronics (LG) has launched across <strong>the</strong><br />

UAE its new generation magnetic bearing chiller<br />

system, an oil-and-contact-free drive solution for<br />

centrifugal compressors in chillers. Combining a<br />

high-speed permanent magnet motor and active<br />

magnetic bearings with integrated controls,<br />

<strong>the</strong> magnetic system can operate with variable<br />

speed drives to deliver energy savings <strong>of</strong> at<br />

least 10 percent versus conventional centrifugal<br />

compressor designs.<br />

LG’s new magnetic bearing centrifugal chiller<br />

lineup is suitable for green building application<br />

and can reward with additional LEED point<br />

energy savings and refrigerant charge amounts.<br />

The chiller boasts excellent efficiency <strong>of</strong> COP<br />

7.0 and IPLV <strong>of</strong> 12.0 at AHRI conditions.<br />

Additionally, <strong>the</strong> lineup <strong>of</strong>fers a capacity range<br />

<strong>of</strong> 260 RT to 1100 RT for single compressor and<br />

from 520 RT to 2200 RT for dual compressor<br />

based on conditions <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Air Conditioning and<br />

Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) standard.<br />

“Our next-generation solutions are what <strong>the</strong><br />

HVAC industry needs today. With <strong>the</strong> rise<br />

<strong>of</strong> smart cities and green<br />

buildings in <strong>the</strong> UAE and in<br />

<strong>the</strong> region, <strong>the</strong> demand for<br />

<strong>the</strong> best solutions places<br />

LG at <strong>the</strong> forefront <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong><br />

nation’s most promising<br />

residential, commercial and<br />

industrial applications. We<br />

are committed to products<br />

that are not only cutting edge<br />

and durable, but also strictly<br />

comply with <strong>the</strong> nation’s<br />

energy efficiency regulations<br />

laid down by government and<br />

green building policy makers,”<br />

said Mr. Yong Geun Choi,<br />

<strong>President</strong> <strong>of</strong> LG Electronics<br />

Gulf.<br />

also reduces maintenance costs for <strong>the</strong> user<br />

and provides reliable and cost-effective air<br />

conditioning. Electromagnets levitate <strong>the</strong><br />

compressor shaft, allowing it to rotate without<br />

contact. By eliminating <strong>the</strong> mechanical contact<br />

and <strong>the</strong> losses that occur with oil-lubricated<br />

bearings, <strong>the</strong> magnetic system from LG reduces<br />

energy use and costs significantly.<br />

Without <strong>the</strong> need for oil lubrication, <strong>the</strong> system<br />

also improves heat transfer efficiency in <strong>the</strong><br />

evaporator and condenser. In addition, <strong>the</strong><br />

system’s vibration and nearly friction-free<br />

performance capabilities enable extremely quiet<br />

operation with a low noise level <strong>of</strong> 73db (A) at<br />

full-load condition.<br />

The permanent magnet motor at <strong>the</strong> heart <strong>of</strong><br />

this LG solution is more energy-efficient than<br />

induction motors at full and partial loads, and it<br />

<strong>of</strong>fers a higher power factor and lower current<br />

draw thanks to LG’s own VSD technology with<br />

high power factor (> 0.95) and low harmonic<br />

distortion with pre-installed AC/DC reactor (THDv<br />

< 5%).<br />

The innovative LG technology<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


The 4 Key Skills <strong>of</strong> an HVAC Engineer<br />

In order for HVAC engineers to become successful in what <strong>the</strong>y do, <strong>the</strong>y have to<br />

possess certain skills. There are only four.<br />

Without <strong>the</strong> integration <strong>of</strong> heating, ventilation, and<br />

air conditioning (HVAC) products and systems in<br />

a building, it is extremely difficult to keep safe and<br />

healthy conditions for <strong>the</strong> people using that facility.<br />

It is this aspect <strong>of</strong> building design which ensures<br />

<strong>the</strong> overall indoor temperature, humidity, and air<br />

quality.<br />

But who are in-charge <strong>of</strong> this kind <strong>of</strong> technology?<br />

The HVAC engineers.<br />

HVAC engineers are typically mechanical engineers<br />

who give greater focus on HVAC systems. They<br />

usually work for HVAC suppliers or contractors,<br />

wherein <strong>the</strong>y design, install, maintain, and repair<br />

products and systems. Much <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir work caters<br />

to <strong>the</strong> HVAC needs <strong>of</strong> residential, industrial,<br />

institutional, and commercial buildings, including<br />

schools, <strong>of</strong>fice buildings, and health care facilities.<br />

Their primary role is to provide <strong>the</strong>rmal comfort and<br />

acceptable indoor quality using different products<br />

and systems for HVAC. Using <strong>the</strong>ir knowledge<br />

in <strong>the</strong>rmodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat<br />

transfer, HVAC engineers design new systems and<br />

find solutions for existing system problems.<br />

In order for HVAC engineers to become successful<br />

in what <strong>the</strong>y do, <strong>the</strong>y have to possess certain skills.<br />

There are four: problem solving, computeraided<br />

drafting, strong attention to detail, and<br />

communication skills.<br />

Problem Solving<br />

HVAC engineers have to meet <strong>the</strong> basic<br />

requirement for <strong>the</strong>m to be called engineers –<br />

having <strong>the</strong> ability to solve problems using technical<br />

knowledge. In <strong>the</strong>ir case, <strong>the</strong>y are bound to think<br />

36 <strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

critically in making products and systems for<br />

HVAC work optimally in buildings. This skill<br />

is learned in engineering school and fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

enhanced through trainings and field work.<br />

Problem solving should be inherent to HVAC<br />

engineers not only in terms <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ory but also in<br />

practice. Computer-aided Design Products and<br />

systems for HVAC today are heavily dependent<br />

on <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong> computer-aided design. For that,<br />

HVAC engineers are required to be pr<strong>of</strong>icient with<br />

<strong>the</strong> design s<strong>of</strong>tware used in <strong>the</strong> industry, enabling<br />

<strong>the</strong>m to translate <strong>the</strong>ir solutions to real-life<br />

applications in <strong>the</strong> most effective way possible.<br />

Strong Attention to Detail<br />

One minor mistake with products for HVAC that<br />

was overlooked can lead to a disaster.<br />

In installation, for example, one duct that was<br />

wrongly installed which was failed to inspect<br />

can have serious repercussions later during<br />

building operations. In <strong>the</strong> design aspect, a small<br />

miscalculation could drastically shorten an HVAC<br />

equipment’s service life.<br />

Moreover, having a strong attention to detail<br />

also applies when HVAC engineers perform cost<br />

estimation. Part <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> job is to prepare estimates<br />

particularly those involved in sales.<br />

Communication Skills<br />

Like in any organization which requires its<br />

employees to collaborate, HVAC engineers have<br />

to communicate effectively. Because <strong>the</strong> entire job<br />

cannot be done alone.<br />

Above that, <strong>the</strong>y also work with clients and<br />

HVAC suppliers, obliging <strong>the</strong>m to engage in<br />

interpersonal relationships to sell products and<br />

systems for HVAC and make <strong>the</strong> necessary<br />

orders, respectively.<br />

HVAC engineers at Rubber World Industries (RWI)<br />

possess <strong>the</strong>se four key skills. Since its inception<br />

in 1993, <strong>the</strong> company boasts itself to have <strong>the</strong><br />

HVAC engineers with <strong>the</strong> highest caliber, serving<br />

its huge number <strong>of</strong> customers especially in <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

home region which is <strong>the</strong> Middle East.<br />

Apart from <strong>the</strong> topnotch quality <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> products<br />

that it <strong>of</strong>fers, RWI built its worldwide success<br />

– with access to over 90 countries globally –<br />

through <strong>the</strong> customer service that it provides.<br />

With Gulf.O.Flex as its flagship brand, <strong>the</strong> HVAC<br />

engineers at RWI knows pretty much what <strong>the</strong><br />

customers want when it comes to flexible rubber<br />


How to Prevent Frost<br />

in Refrigerant Lines: <strong>HVACR</strong> Tips<br />

Doing <strong>the</strong>se preventive measures could save anyone from experiencing<br />

a hot summer day with a broken AC due to frozen refrigerant lines.<br />

There is no engineered product or system that<br />

is perfectly designed to <strong>the</strong> point that <strong>the</strong>y do<br />

not need repairs or fixes. In <strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> & MEP<br />

industry, <strong>the</strong>re are several, especially in <strong>the</strong> air<br />

conditioning part.<br />

One <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> most common problems in air<br />

conditioning systems is <strong>the</strong> formation <strong>of</strong> frost in<br />

<strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines, which leads to loss <strong>of</strong> cooling.<br />

Especially if it happens in a location where <strong>the</strong><br />

wea<strong>the</strong>r is sweltering, <strong>the</strong> situation can really get<br />

into <strong>the</strong> nerves.<br />

But not when one knows how to prevent it.<br />

For starters, <strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines are<br />

<strong>the</strong> two copper lines that connect<br />

<strong>the</strong> outdoor air conditioner or<br />

heat pump to <strong>the</strong> indoor<br />

evaporator coil. This is<br />

visible and not enclosed<br />

to <strong>the</strong> system, so one<br />

could see if <strong>the</strong><br />

refrigerant lines,<br />

in any <strong>of</strong> its<br />

external<br />

parts, get<br />

frozen.<br />

To be able to prevent it, <strong>the</strong> reasons why this<br />

phenomenon happens should be identified first.<br />

There are essentially four:<br />

Blocked air flow.<br />

This happens when <strong>the</strong>re is restrictive air flow<br />

through <strong>the</strong> cooling coil, caused by ei<strong>the</strong>r a dirty<br />

air filter, collapsed duct insulation, or a crimped<br />

flex-duct, among o<strong>the</strong>rs. Heat exchange cannot<br />

take place when <strong>the</strong> air conditioning system is not<br />

properly blowing inside air over <strong>the</strong> evaporator<br />

coil, which, over time, can cause <strong>the</strong> freeze up.<br />

Improper refrigerant charge.<br />

The air conditioning system, including its<br />

refrigerant lines, can freeze if it runs low on<br />

refrigerant – due to lower pressure inside <strong>the</strong><br />

system itself – or <strong>the</strong> fluid is improperly charged.<br />

When parts rub toge<strong>the</strong>r or vibrate over time,<br />

leaks, especially in loose fittings and shoulder<br />

joints, could also cause refrigerant problems.<br />

Malfunctioning refrigerant<br />

metering device.<br />

One such device is <strong>the</strong> <strong>the</strong>rmal expansion valve,<br />

which, when not working properly, could lead<br />

to ice formation in <strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines due to<br />

misreading.<br />

Bad defrost timer control.<br />

When defrosting cannot be controlled due<br />

to a malfunctioning auto-defrost system,<br />

icing in <strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines could<br />


While <strong>the</strong> last two cannot be prevented since<br />

components have a limited service life, <strong>the</strong>re is<br />

something that can be done to prevent <strong>the</strong> first<br />

two from forming frost in <strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines.<br />

The simplest, most cost-effective way to ensure<br />

<strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines do not freeze is to change<br />

<strong>the</strong> air filters regularly, usually about every<br />

three months or so. Once <strong>the</strong> evaporator coils<br />

are seen to be dirty, it needs to be cleaned<br />

by a pr<strong>of</strong>essional to ensure that all <strong>the</strong> dust is<br />

vacuumed out, allowing smooth air flow.<br />

only when <strong>the</strong> outside temperature does not go<br />

below 62 degrees Fahrenheit.<br />

Such is a technique which is common sense.<br />

But it is worth mentioning that below <strong>the</strong><br />

mentioned temperature, <strong>the</strong> pressures inside<br />

<strong>the</strong> air conditioner could drop, which can cause<br />

a freeze up. Plus it would not only prevent<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>HVACR</strong> system from freezing, it saves <strong>the</strong><br />

owner energy and money on utility costs by just<br />

opening <strong>the</strong> windows.<br />

It is also recommended that <strong>the</strong> owners should<br />

not close supply vents, or <strong>the</strong> ones that blow air<br />

out, even in unused rooms as doing this reduces<br />

airflow over <strong>the</strong> evaporator coil.<br />

When it comes to <strong>the</strong> HVAC refrigerant charge,<br />

it takes a technician to test <strong>the</strong> air conditioning<br />

system for potential problems like leaks,<br />

weakened parts, and insufficient coolant. The<br />

owner does not have to worry about <strong>the</strong> icing<br />

in <strong>the</strong> refrigerant lines if <strong>the</strong> testing is done<br />

regularly.<br />

Moreover, frost in refrigerant lines can be<br />

prevented if <strong>the</strong> air conditioning system is run

Daikin Acquires Australian Company Airmaster<br />

Aiming to streng<strong>the</strong>n its service and solutions businesses in Asia and Australia<br />

Summary <strong>of</strong> Daikin Australia<br />

Name<br />

Headquarters<br />

Representative<br />

Capitalization<br />

Established<br />

Description <strong>of</strong><br />

Business<br />

Sales<br />

Daikin Australia Pty., Ltd.<br />

Chipping Norton,<br />

<strong>New</strong> South Wales, Australia<br />

Shoji Uehara, <strong>President</strong><br />

10 million AUD<br />

(*approx. 800 million JPY)<br />

1969 (Formerly known<br />

as Clark Daikin Co.)<br />

Manufacturing, sale and<br />

after sales service<br />

<strong>of</strong> air conditioning equipment<br />

Approx. 50 billion JPY<br />

(Fiscal year 2016)<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> Approx. 500 people<br />

Employees (at <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> March 2017)<br />

Summary <strong>of</strong> Daikin Australia<br />

Name<br />

Headquarters<br />

Representative<br />

Capitalization<br />

Established 1988<br />

Description <strong>of</strong><br />

Business<br />

Airmaster Corporation Pty., Ltd.<br />

Melbourne,<br />

Victoria, Australia<br />

Noel Courtney, CEO<br />

14 million AUD<br />

(*approx. 1.12 billion JPY)<br />

Sale, Maintenance, Control<br />

and installation <strong>of</strong> air<br />

conditioning equipment<br />

Sales 155 million AUD (approx. 12.4<br />

billion JPY for fiscal year 2016)<br />

Number <strong>of</strong> Approx. 600 people<br />

Employees (at <strong>the</strong> end <strong>of</strong> March 2017)<br />

Daikin Industries, Ltd., through its subsidiary Daikin<br />

Australia Pty., Ltd., concluded an agreement on<br />

June 21 to acquire Airmaster Corporation Pty Ltd.,<br />

a leading company in Australia in <strong>the</strong> business<br />

fields <strong>of</strong> service and solutions for air conditioning<br />

equipment. Daikin plans to purchase all company<br />

shares held by Airmaster’s executives at an<br />

acquisition price <strong>of</strong> 100 million Australian dollars<br />

(*approximately 8 billion Japanese yen).<br />

Employing approximately 400 service engineers<br />

at 12 branch <strong>of</strong>fices in <strong>the</strong> main cities <strong>of</strong><br />

Australia, Airmaster has developed business in<br />

<strong>the</strong> installation, after sales service, maintenance,<br />

and controls <strong>of</strong> air conditioners. The company<br />

is particularly adept in providing services and<br />

maintenance for large buildings.<br />

Daikin entered <strong>the</strong> Australian air conditioning<br />

market in 1969 and has been steadily expanding<br />

its presence <strong>the</strong>re with a focus primarily on<br />

residential-use air conditioners and commercialuse<br />

products for small- to medium-sized buildings<br />

such as its multi-split air conditioners for buildings.<br />

As one <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> largest markets in <strong>the</strong> region <strong>of</strong><br />

Asia and Oceania, <strong>the</strong> air conditioning market<br />

in Australia totals approximately 270 billion yen<br />

in equipment sales and sales for services and<br />

solutions. Of this, services and solutions are<br />

estimated to account for roughly half <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> total.<br />

Although <strong>the</strong> greater part <strong>of</strong> demand for services<br />

is currently for large-sized buildings, stricter<br />

environmental regulations are expected to drive<br />

expansion <strong>of</strong> services for small- to medium-sized<br />

buildings.<br />

Through this acquisition, Daikin plans to combine<br />

Airmaster’s service network, which extends<br />

throughout Australia, and its valuable know-how<br />

with Daikin’s expertise on HVAC technologies.<br />

Even as Daikin strives to expand sales <strong>of</strong> largescale<br />

air conditioning equipment to large buildings,<br />

<strong>the</strong> company is also planning a comprehensive<br />

expansion <strong>of</strong> its service and solutions businesses<br />

for small- to medium-sized buildings where<br />

many <strong>of</strong> Daikin air conditioners are installed.<br />

Consequently, its business domain will expand<br />

from sales <strong>of</strong> air conditioning equipment to<br />

services and solutions with expectation <strong>of</strong> even<br />

fur<strong>the</strong>r business growth in Australia.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, expansion <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> air conditioning<br />

business in Asia and Oceania region has been<br />

established as one <strong>of</strong> strategic priorities for Daikin<br />

and is a key <strong>the</strong>me <strong>of</strong> Fusion 20, <strong>the</strong> company’s<br />

strategic management plan aiming for 2020.<br />

With this acquisition, Daikin intends to establish<br />

a business model for its service and solutions<br />

business in Australia that can be expanded to Asia<br />

and Oceania region in future.<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


<strong>ASHRAE</strong>:<br />

Extending Our<br />

Global Community<br />

By <strong>Bjarne</strong> W. <strong>Olesen</strong><br />

2017-2018 <strong>ASHRAE</strong> <strong>President</strong><br />

My name is <strong>Bjarne</strong> <strong>Olesen</strong> and I am <strong>the</strong> 2017-2018<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> <strong>President</strong>. How did I become president<br />

for such an influential organization?<br />

Great question.<br />

I come from Denmark, which is a small<br />

country in Scandinavia. My first contact with<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> was through <strong>the</strong> Handbooks and<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> Transactions, which were regarded<br />

as high-level scientific publications among<br />

researchers. During my Masters and Ph.D.<br />

studies, I met several influential <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

members, including Ralph Nevins, leader <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong> research lab at Kansas State<br />

University, and Pharoe Gagge from <strong>the</strong><br />

John B. Pierce Lab at Yale University who,<br />

for many years, were both regarded as <strong>the</strong><br />

leading researchers in <strong>the</strong>rmal comfort.<br />

So, it was no surprise that my mentor<br />

Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Ole Fanger asked me to attend<br />

<strong>the</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong> annual meeting in Halifax in<br />

<strong>the</strong> summer <strong>of</strong> 1977 to present a paper<br />

based on my Ph.D. study. Since <strong>the</strong>n, I<br />

have been to every meeting and now have<br />

<strong>the</strong> pleasure <strong>of</strong> serving as <strong>the</strong> Society’s<br />

president.<br />

Extending our Community<br />

Although <strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s global presence has grown,<br />

we need to be more strategic as a leader, in some<br />

cases as a partner, and in o<strong>the</strong>r cases as both.<br />

That is why my presidential <strong>the</strong>me is “Extending our<br />

Global Community.”<br />

The world is getting smaller and <strong>ASHRAE</strong> is<br />

getting bigger. The work <strong>of</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong> members<br />

is not constrained by borders. We are a global,

inclusive community united by a common<br />

passion to optimize <strong>the</strong> design and performance<br />

<strong>of</strong> buildings. Is it possible to be global without<br />

speaking <strong>the</strong> same language and without using<br />

<strong>the</strong> same units <strong>of</strong> measure? The answer is yes.<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> has approximately 56,000 members<br />

with 20 percent located outside <strong>of</strong> North America,<br />

representing more than 130 countries. We<br />

have more than 180 chapters and 269 student<br />

branches. Our membership growth is steady in<br />

both North America and in Europe, but we also<br />

have solid growth in Asia and <strong>the</strong> Middle East.<br />

Forty-two <strong>of</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s 44 Chapters chartered<br />

since 1990 have been formed outside <strong>of</strong> North<br />

America.<br />

We only have two regions that are entirely outside<br />

North America: Region XIII that encompasses<br />

East and Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Asia, and Region at Large<br />

(RAL) which encompasses Europe, <strong>the</strong> Middle<br />

East and parts <strong>of</strong> Asia (India, Pakistan, etc.).<br />

Europe is challenged as most <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> 1,800<br />

members do not have <strong>the</strong> benefits <strong>of</strong> a local<br />

Chapter.<br />

To better serve <strong>ASHRAE</strong> European members and<br />

to improve <strong>the</strong> influence <strong>of</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong> members in<br />

Europe, <strong>ASHRAE</strong> has created a new European<br />

region, Region XIV.<br />

This new region will streng<strong>the</strong>n <strong>the</strong> grassroots<br />

Chapter and Regional infrastructure, a strategy<br />

that has proven successful around <strong>the</strong> globe.<br />

With this new region will also come new chapters<br />

in Ireland and UK, which will be vitally important<br />

for collaboration.<br />

Working toge<strong>the</strong>r with <strong>the</strong> individual national<br />

HVAC&R Societies throughout Europe is critically<br />

important. To help drive <strong>the</strong>se relationships,<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> has recently announced new<br />

strategic partnership agreements with CIBSE<br />

(<strong>the</strong> Chartered Institute <strong>of</strong> Building Services<br />

Engineers), which is based in <strong>the</strong> UK, and REHVA<br />

(<strong>the</strong> Federation <strong>of</strong> European Heating, Ventilation<br />

and Air-Conditioning associations). REHVA is a<br />

federation <strong>of</strong> 26 European <strong>HVACR</strong> Societies with<br />

more than 100,000 members. These agreements<br />

will increase <strong>the</strong> knowledge transfer both ways<br />

between North America and Europe.<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> history has proven that <strong>the</strong> impact <strong>of</strong><br />

creating a new region can be very significant.<br />

Take Region XIII, for example, which covers<br />

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Eastern and Sou<strong>the</strong>rn Asia. When it started,<br />

<strong>the</strong>re were only four chapters. Now <strong>the</strong>re are 10.<br />

Developing Economies<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s mission statement states that we will<br />

advance <strong>the</strong> arts and sciences <strong>of</strong> HVAC&R to<br />

serve humanity and create a more sustainable<br />

world. Working in developing economies is one<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s greatest opportunities to serve<br />

humanity – to make lives better.<br />

More than 3.565 billion people live in low<br />

income and lower middle-income countries<br />

with developing economies, according to The<br />

World Bank. <strong>ASHRAE</strong> has approximately 3,500<br />

members in <strong>the</strong>se areas. There are serious<br />

problems in many <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>se countries. According<br />

to <strong>the</strong> World Health Organization, more than<br />

5,000 people die every day in developing<br />

economies due to exposure to bad indoor air<br />

quality. This is primarily women and children<br />

exposed to particles and chemicals from unvented<br />

cooking and fireplaces.<br />

What can <strong>ASHRAE</strong> do?<br />

We need to build upon <strong>the</strong> strong relationship<br />

we have with <strong>the</strong> United Nations Environmental<br />

Program (UNEP) to help people in developing<br />

economies. We have recently signed a new work<br />

plan with UNEP focusing on education related<br />

to conventional and low-GWP (global warning<br />

potential) refrigerants. We need to determine<br />

if <strong>the</strong>re are technologies and educational<br />

opportunities <strong>ASHRAE</strong> can provide to improve<br />

<strong>the</strong> living conditions for people in an energyefficient<br />

and affordable manner.<br />

Extending our global community does not mean<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> is changing course. It means we are<br />

building on our strategic plan, acknowledging<br />

our interconnectedness worldwide and<br />

embracing our shared needs and objectives.<br />

This is something that will benefit all <strong>of</strong> us. The<br />

technical guidance we produce for all members<br />

is made stronger by global diversity.<br />

We will also extend our technological tools<br />

and knowledge to address needs in residential<br />

buildings and in developing economies. This will<br />

help us continue Extending <strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s scope<br />

beyond traditional commercial buildings as we<br />

develop standards, conduct research and fur<strong>the</strong>r<br />

our outreach to broader communities and needs.<br />

Residential<br />

Many believe <strong>ASHRAE</strong> only addresses issues<br />

related to commercial buildings. But, in fact,<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> has long been a participant in critical<br />

aspects <strong>of</strong> residential building performance, from<br />

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fundamentals on heat transfer and equipment<br />

sizing to human comfort. We have technological<br />

<strong>of</strong>ferings such as <strong>ASHRAE</strong> Standard 62.2<br />

addressing <strong>the</strong> indoor air quality needs in<br />

homes, and a renewed effort on <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

Standard 90.2 which addresses residential<br />

building energy use.<br />

People spend more than 50 percent <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

time in homes, and as energy use in residential<br />

buildings is greater than in commercial buildings,<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong> is increasing our activities to serve <strong>the</strong><br />

residential marketplace.<br />

The first step was forming a committee under<br />

<strong>the</strong> Technology Council – <strong>the</strong> “Residential<br />

Buildings Committee” – which will oversee<br />

Extending <strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s presence. Several<br />

initiatives are already underway. We are<br />

working to establish an <strong>ASHRAE</strong> conference<br />

with a robust residential focus. Our Green<br />

Guide publication has been revised to include<br />

specific content related to residential buildings.<br />

Additionally, <strong>the</strong> development <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> first<br />

residential building design guide focusing on<br />

multi-family buildings is underway.<br />

<strong>New</strong> Training Center<br />

Lastly, as part <strong>of</strong> this commitment to Extend <strong>the</strong><br />

Society’s global reach and better support our<br />

membership, we are establishing <strong>the</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

Global Training Center for Building Excellence<br />

in Dubai to serve <strong>ASHRAE</strong> members and o<strong>the</strong>r<br />

building system pr<strong>of</strong>essionals in <strong>the</strong> Gulf Region<br />

and in surrounding areas.<br />

The focus <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> <strong>ASHRAE</strong> Global Training Center<br />

will be to make training conveniently available<br />

on a regular schedule that is curricula based.<br />

Training <strong>of</strong>fered in <strong>the</strong> center will be customized<br />

and scalable, accounting for climate, culture,<br />

suppliers, energy sources, prices, codes and<br />

construction practices. The center’s instructors<br />

will be engineers familiar with <strong>the</strong> intricacies <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>the</strong> Middle East.<br />

This will be an exciting and challenging year<br />

for <strong>ASHRAE</strong> as we work on Extending our<br />

Community.<br />

However, with <strong>the</strong> help <strong>of</strong> our industry leaders<br />

and volunteers who devote many hours <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong>ir<br />

time, we will continue working tirelessly to create<br />

a more sustainable built environment around <strong>the</strong><br />

world.<br />

<strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017<br />


<strong>Bjarne</strong> <strong>Olesen</strong>, Ph.D.<br />

2017-2018 <strong>ASHRAE</strong> <strong>President</strong><br />

<strong>Bjarne</strong> <strong>Olesen</strong>, Ph.D., Fellow <strong>ASHRAE</strong>, is<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong>’s <strong>President</strong> for <strong>the</strong> 2017-2018 term.<br />

<strong>Olesen</strong> has previously served on <strong>the</strong> Board<br />

<strong>of</strong> Directors as Treasurer, Vice <strong>President</strong> and<br />

Director-at-Large.<br />

In <strong>Olesen</strong>’s <strong>the</strong>me, “Extending our Community,”<br />

he focuses his <strong>the</strong>me on three directives:<br />

extend our global community; extend our<br />

technological horizons; and extend our value to<br />

members.<br />

“Extending our global community will<br />

acknowledge our interconnectedness<br />

worldwide and embrace our shared needs<br />

and objectives,” <strong>Olesen</strong> said. “The technical<br />

guidance we produce for all members is made<br />

stronger by global diversity.”<br />

Through <strong>the</strong> start <strong>of</strong> <strong>Olesen</strong>’s time with<br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong>, he did not have <strong>the</strong> opportunity to<br />

get involved with a local chapter to dedicate<br />

his time and efforts to <strong>the</strong> HVAC industry – and<br />

believes in <strong>the</strong> importance <strong>of</strong> working toge<strong>the</strong>r<br />

to create a better built environment.<br />

“Many <strong>of</strong> our members are only active on one<br />

side – ei<strong>the</strong>r <strong>the</strong> technical side, mainly at <strong>the</strong><br />

Society level, or <strong>the</strong> grassroots side at <strong>the</strong> local<br />

chapter level,” <strong>Olesen</strong> said. “However, one<br />

side cannot live without <strong>the</strong> o<strong>the</strong>r. We will work<br />

to extend our global connections and more<br />

strongly link our members worldwide. Doing so<br />

will streng<strong>the</strong>n our Society’s knowledge base,<br />

community reach and ability to shape a more<br />

sustainable world.”<br />

<strong>Olesen</strong> is <strong>the</strong> Director <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> International<br />

Center for Indoor Environment and Energy and<br />

a Pr<strong>of</strong>essor at Danish Technical University.<br />

In addition to his time served on <strong>the</strong> Board<br />

<strong>of</strong> Directors, <strong>Olesen</strong> has been a part <strong>of</strong><br />

many technical committees and been a<br />

Coordinating Officer <strong>of</strong> various committees,<br />

most recently: Conferences and Expositions<br />

Committee, Chapter Technology Transfer<br />

Committee, Honors and Awards Committee,<br />

Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee,<br />

Membership Promotion Committee, Research<br />

Promotion Committee, Student Activities<br />

Committee and Young Engineers in <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

Committee.<br />

For his efforts and dedication to <strong>ASHRAE</strong>,<br />

<strong>Olesen</strong> is <strong>the</strong> recipient <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> Lou Flagg<br />

Historical Award, Fellow Award, Exceptional<br />

Service Award and Distinguished Service<br />

Award.<br />

<strong>Olesen</strong> earned his Ph.D. in Heating and Air<br />

Conditioning in 1975 and Master <strong>of</strong> Science<br />

in Civil Engineering in 1972 – both degrees<br />

obtained from <strong>the</strong> Technical University <strong>of</strong><br />

Denmark.<br />

About <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

<strong>ASHRAE</strong>, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being<br />

through sustainable technology for <strong>the</strong> built environment. The Society and<br />

its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy<br />

efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research,<br />

standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, <strong>ASHRAE</strong><br />

shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at<br />

www.ashrae.org/news.<br />

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Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating<br />

Residential Systems Receive Energy Star ®<br />

Most Efficient 2017 Designation<br />

Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Cooling & Heating<br />

Division (link is external) (Mitsubishi Electric),<br />

a leading manufacturer <strong>of</strong> Zoned Comfort<br />

Solutions and Variable Refrigerant Flow<br />

(VRF) cooling and heating systems, announces<br />

its recognition by <strong>the</strong> U.S. Environmental<br />

Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR®<br />

program. Several Mitsubishi Electric residential<br />

systems have received <strong>the</strong> designation <strong>of</strong><br />

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2017, which<br />

is intended to identify and promote energy<br />

efficient products in <strong>the</strong> marketplace.<br />

Among <strong>the</strong> manufacturers in <strong>the</strong> “Central Air<br />

Conditioners and Air-Source Heat Pump”<br />

category, Mitsubishi Electric had 56 qualifying<br />

systems, in a range <strong>of</strong> capacities, across<br />

<strong>the</strong> M-, P- and S-Series product lines. The<br />

qualifying M-Series models include select<br />

systems from <strong>the</strong> FH, GE, GL, FE and KJ<br />

product lines. The qualifying P-Series models<br />

include select systems from <strong>the</strong> PUZ and<br />

PUY product lines. The qualifying S-Series<br />

models include select systems from <strong>the</strong> PUMY<br />

product line. The Most Efficient designation for<br />

approved models remains when <strong>the</strong> Mitsubishi<br />

Electric kumo cloud controller app is used.<br />

“Energy efficiency has always been a top<br />

priority in <strong>the</strong> design <strong>of</strong> our equipment,” says<br />

Paul Doppel, senior director, industry and<br />

government relations, Mitsubishi Electric US,<br />

Inc. Cooling & Heating Division. “We work<br />

closely with <strong>the</strong> EPA and <strong>the</strong> U.S. Department<br />

<strong>of</strong> Energy in order to ensure <strong>the</strong>ir requirements<br />

are incorporated into our product development<br />

efforts, so this designation is a proud affirmation<br />

that we are honored to have received.”<br />

48 <strong>HVACR</strong> <strong>Leaders</strong> • July 2017

Panasonic Delivers AW-HR140<br />

Integrated PTZ Camera with Dust,<br />

Water-Resistant Enclosure that<br />

Eliminates Need for Outdoor Housing<br />

Panasonic has announced that it is now<br />

delivering <strong>the</strong> AW-HR140 outdoor integrated<br />

pan/tilt/zoom FHD remote camera, which is<br />

enclosed in an IP65 protected case eliminating<br />

<strong>the</strong> need for a separate housing. Primary<br />

applications for this SDI-output camera are<br />

for outdoor live events and sports arenas and<br />

stadiums, as well as for broadcast coverage <strong>of</strong><br />

wea<strong>the</strong>r, traffic and scenics.<br />

Equipped with 1/2.86-type full HD 3MOS<br />

sensors, <strong>the</strong> camera realizes high sensitivity<br />

with low noise and high resolution (1000<br />

horizontal TV lines) through <strong>the</strong> use <strong>of</strong><br />

advanced video processing. In addition to<br />

a sharp, fast F1.6, 20x optical zoom lens,<br />

<strong>the</strong> HR140 boasts an innovative 1.4x digital<br />

extender that can increase <strong>the</strong> effective focal<br />

length <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> lens by 40% while delivering<br />

smooth, high resolution video.<br />

Flexible operation is achieved by features<br />

compatible with tough outdoor environments<br />

such as re-sistance to water and dust, wind<br />

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pressure and severe salt damage, as well as<br />

hot environments. Aluminum and o<strong>the</strong>r metal<br />

parts are coated to protect against severe<br />

salt damage, enabling instal-lation in seaside<br />

areas subject to salt air. PTB/PPS plastic is<br />

employed for <strong>the</strong> exterior, giving ex-cellent<br />

heat resistance.<br />

Frosting, icing and condensation are<br />

prevented by heating in environments as cold<br />

as -5 ºF. Even in blizzards, snow that hits <strong>the</strong><br />

glass surface melts <strong>of</strong>f to maintain visibility.<br />

Moreover, all functions are guaranteed to<br />

operate in wind speeds <strong>of</strong> up to 15 m/s, and<br />

basic performance is maintained at wind<br />

speeds <strong>of</strong> up to 50 m/s without destruction<br />

<strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> camera. A lens wiper, which can be<br />

con-trolled remotely, keeps <strong>the</strong> lens clear<br />

even when <strong>the</strong> camera is being used in harsh<br />

environments.<br />

In addition to stabilization by conventional<br />

optical image stabilization (OIS) technology,<br />

smooth, stable images are captured with<br />

vibration compensation provided by <strong>the</strong> newlydeveloped<br />

Dynamic Image Stabilizing System<br />

(D.I.S.S.), a valuable asset in <strong>the</strong> event <strong>of</strong> high<br />

winds or related unstable wea<strong>the</strong>r conditions.<br />

The HR140 likewise incorporates hazereduction<br />

technology--beneficial for outdoor<br />

environments such as wea<strong>the</strong>r reporting--for<br />

ensuring optimal image reproduction. In certain<br />

situations, picture contrast may be low as<br />

result <strong>of</strong> environmental fog or haze conditions,<br />

and <strong>the</strong> Haze Reduction function will optimize<br />

camera image settings appropriately to assure<br />

that <strong>the</strong> subject <strong>of</strong> shooting is as clear as<br />

possible.<br />

Output formats include 1080/59.94p,<br />

1080/29.97p, 1080/23.98p, 1080/59.94i,<br />

1080/29.97PsF, 1080/23.98PsF, 720/59.94p,<br />

1080/50p, 1080/25p, 1080/50i, 1080/25PsF<br />

and 720/50p. Additional features include three<br />

Auto Tracking White Balance (ATW) modes<br />

(slow/normal/fast), PoE++ sup-port for lower<br />

installation costs, Dynamic Range Stretch<br />

(DRS), Hybrid Digital Noise Reduction, a Night<br />

Mode for infrared shooting, a Freeze During<br />

Preset function, and comprehensive Intelligent<br />

Functions (ATW, Automatic Gain Control, Auto<br />

Iris Control, Auto Digital Shutter, Auto ND<br />

Filter).<br />

Using an IP browser, such as Internet Explorer<br />

or Safari, it is possible to set up and control<br />

<strong>the</strong> HR140 from a remote location. IP video<br />

monitoring and remote camera control can<br />

also be per-formed from mobile terminals<br />

such as an iPhone, iPad or Android devices.<br />

Fur<strong>the</strong>rmore, <strong>the</strong> cam-era features a powerful<br />

internal audio/video encoder that can stream<br />

up to seven channels <strong>of</strong> video at different<br />

resolutions, bitrates and framerates. For this<br />

reason, <strong>the</strong>re is no need for <strong>the</strong> separate<br />

encoder normally required when streaming<br />

video and audio via IP.<br />

Using an IP connection, up to 100 HR140<br />

cameras can be controlled by a single AW-<br />

RP120G, AW-RP50, or PC via a network. One<br />

camera can also be operated by up to ¬five<br />

remote camera controllers (AW-RP120Gs or<br />

AW-RP50s) via IP. The camera can also be<br />

powered by PoE++ (Power over E<strong>the</strong>rnet)<br />

enabling single cable connectivity to <strong>the</strong><br />

camera for power, audio, video, and control.<br />

Thanks to a highly evolved pan-tilt design, <strong>the</strong><br />

HR140 achieves smoo<strong>the</strong>r and more natural<br />

move-ment during on-air shots. The pan-tilt<br />

head also has a wide shooting range, with a<br />

pan range <strong>of</strong> ±175 ° and a tilt range <strong>of</strong> -30 °<br />

to 210 °. The newly developed pan-tilt drive<br />

provides high-speed operation at maximum<br />

60 °/s, excellent response to remote control<br />

operation, and highly precise stop control.<br />

These features combine to accurately capture<br />

fast-action sports scenes or smooth concert<br />

footage. The camera also achieves <strong>the</strong> low<br />

noise level during operation, at NC45 or less at<br />

a pan-tilt speed <strong>of</strong> 60°/s.<br />

The AW-HR140 is immediately available at a<br />

suggested list price <strong>of</strong> $17,950.00.

Johnson Controls Business<br />

Center Celebrates 10 Years<br />

<strong>of</strong> Excellence in Bratislava<br />

In June 2017, Johnson Controls’ Bratislava Business Center<br />

(BBC) celebrated a big milestone – its 10-year anniversary. The<br />

anniversary marks a decade <strong>of</strong> growth providing support for <strong>the</strong><br />

company’s operations and <strong>the</strong> celebration caps a year in which<br />

<strong>the</strong> BBC was voted one <strong>of</strong> Slovakia’ top five employers in <strong>the</strong><br />

manufacturing and industrial sector.<br />

“We had a memorable week celebrating a decade toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

We’re proud <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> BBC – <strong>the</strong> impressive support our employees<br />

provide to <strong>the</strong> business, <strong>the</strong> engagement <strong>the</strong> team shows and<br />

<strong>the</strong> excitement for future opportunities.” -- Marian Užík, director,<br />

Finance – Bratislava Business Center.<br />

Since Johnson Controls established a regional business center in<br />

Bratislava in 2007, <strong>the</strong> BBC has become a center <strong>of</strong> excellence<br />

for <strong>the</strong> company’s Global Business Services. The BBC has grown<br />

steadily during <strong>the</strong> past decade and is well-positioned for future<br />

growth as <strong>the</strong> team moves into a brand new building later this year.<br />

“We had a memorable week celebrating a decade toge<strong>the</strong>r.<br />

We’re proud <strong>of</strong> <strong>the</strong> BBC – <strong>the</strong> impressive support our employees<br />

provide to <strong>the</strong> business, <strong>the</strong> engagement <strong>the</strong> team shows and <strong>the</strong><br />

excitement for future opportunities,” said Marian Užík, director,<br />

Finance – Bratislava Business Center.

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