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Revision to EN 378 Now in Force

The Institute of Refrigeration Ireland (IRI) sits on the EN 378 Technical Committee and the Working Group, and both continue to meet two or three times per year to address outstanding queries and ongoing developments relating to the Standard. The next meeting is scheduled to take place in Aachen in November 2017.

Familiarity with EN 378:2016 is crucial for companies who design, construct, install, commission, operate, maintain or use vapour compression systems for refrigeration, air-conditioning, heat pumps and chillers.

The Standard is published in four parts and, thanks to IRI’s active participation in the Working Group and its engagement with the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI), it has secured a very significant discounted price of €155 for IRI members for the full set of four parts. As far as IRI is aware, this is the lowest price for the Standard in any EU member state, even with the IRI membership fee included!

It is worth noting that Part 2 (and the introduction, terms and definitions of Part 1) of EN 378 are harmonised with the Pressure Equipment Directive and the Machinery Directive. In fact, one of the drivers for the revision was to better align EN 378 with the Pressure Equipment Directive which has itself also been revised.

Members wishing to purchase a copy of the four parts of the EN 378:2016 Standard should contact the NSAI directly. Simply send an email with your name and IRI membership number to info@ standards.ie and quote “special IRI members’ discount for IS EN 378 Parts 1 to 4: 2016”. Alternatively call NSAI at 01- 857 6730.

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Hoctor Refrigeration celebrates 35th anniversary

Liam Hoctor, founder and Managing Director, Hoctor Refrigeration

Liam Hoctor, founder and Managing Director, Hoctor Refrigeration

As with all refrigeration apprentices at the time, he spent 12 months in Cork at the AnCO Training Centre, staying in digs in the city and getting paid £10 a week. The class of 1975 was a talented group with many now running their own businesses in the sector, just like Liam.

Liam more or less fell in to a career in refrigeration through family connections but, having done so, he found he enjoyed it immensely, was obviously good at it, and went on to take a leading role – in partnership with Mitsubishi Electric – in the introduction of modern-day air conditioning to the Irish marketplace.

On completing his 12-month stint in Cork Liam returned to Butler Refrigeration’s Thurles Branch and then subsequently moved to head up the company’s Limerick Branch. However, having gone straight from school to work, Liam had an urge to travel and so resigned his position, bought a Renault 6 for £100, and headed off across Europe. While the car died and was abandoned in Cologne, Liam went on to have a great many adventures travelling all over Europe.

He then considered going to America but, given the border stamps on his passport – including Turkey and Greece – the American authorities considered him a risk and so his visa was refused. So Liam returned to Ireland and considered his options, before setting up Hoctor Refrigeration. As with most similar operations he started out trading from home, specialising in refrigeration for local shops, small supermarkets, local factories, etc.

In the early 1980s the nature of the refrigeration market changed significantly with the more established companies gaining “preferred supplier status” with the larger companies, thus making it difficult for smaller operations to get work.

Coincidentally, air conditioning was coming more to the fore. Technological developments, coupled with a demand for greater comfort in offices and retail outlets, created a demand for competent installers. Mitsubishi Electric was at the vanguard of this development and, recognising that refrigeration specialists were the ideal partners, it set about appointing a nationwide dealer network. Hoctor Refrigeration was appointed to cover the Midlands.

Working closely together for the past 35 years, Hoctor Refrigeration and Mitsubishi Electric have grown and strengthened that partnership. In the early days in particular Mitsubishi provided the training and marketing support to help Hoctor Refrigeration develop the air conditioning side of the business, and that close working relationship continues to this day.

The marketplace of 2017 is unrecognisable when compared with that of 35 years ago when Liam Hoctor first set up in business. However, the fundamentals are still the same. Today’s Hoctor Refrigeration is as renowned as ever for the quality of the service it provides and the technical excellence of its engineers.

Congratulations to Liam and all the team at Hoctor Refrigeration.

Panasonic strengthens Irish operation

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic pictured with Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc Overson, newly-appointed UK & Ireland Country Manager for Panasonic, visited Ireland recently to meet with consulting engineers, dealers and installers in the company of Vincent Mahony, National Account Manager, Panasonic Ireland.

Marc has extensive experience in building services, and the air movement sector in particular, having worked with many of the leading global market players in roles that took him all over Europe on a regular basis.

He will now use the wealth of knowledge accumulated during that time to provide support to the Irish operation and the team headed up by Vincent.

Strengthened portfolio expands GT Phelan offering

Derek Phelan, Sales & Marketing Director with Kevin Phelan, Operations & Service Director, and Rodney Phelan, Managing Director.

Derek Phelan, Sales & Marketing Director with Kevin Phelan, Operations & Service Director, and
Rodney Phelan, Managing Director.

Already synonymous with Toshiba throughout Ireland for just on 35 years, the addition of Samsung in January of this year makes for a far stronger and more diverse, product offering. Both Toshiba and Samsung are recognised market-leading brands and they sit very comfortably as complementary entities within the GT Phelan portfolio.

Indeed, GT Phelan is a renowned brand in itself, serving the industry’s needs in Ireland since 1981. Founder Gerry Phelan was instrumental in establishing and spearheading the company’s early growth and his sons – Kevin, Derek and Rodney – have been very much an integral part of its expansion and development since taking the reins.

All are directors of the company and GT Phelan is every bit a service provider as it is a product supplier. Its objective is to clearly identify the clients requirement, and then to help the consultant and dealer devise the most energy-efficient solution that offers value for money and trouble-free operation.

GT Phelan is one of a handful of independent building services companies in Ireland who pioneered the introduction of air conditioning to Ireland back in the early 1980s. Since then it has played a major role in developing and shaping what was originally an insignificant market segment into the multi-million euro business it represents today.

As product innovations and technological developments were introduced, GT Phelan not only embraced them but championed their adoption by the industry at large. While conscious of its longevity and history, the emphasis has always been on satisfying current market requirements while, at the same time, looking to future solutions.

In essence, GT Phelan brings all the benefits and massive resources of Toshiba and Samsung to bear when using its own considerable experience and expertise to devise tailor-made solutions for the conditions which prevail in Ireland.

Contact: Derek Phelan, GT Phelan. Tel: 01 – 286 4377; info@gtphelan.ie; www.gtphelan.ie

Samsung Electronics’ partners with GT Phelan

Derek Phelan, Sales Director, GT Phelan

Derek Phelan, Sales Director, GT Phelan

This development enhances considerably the product offering from GT Phelan and also allows scope for new opportunities and greater market penetration. The two companies have agreed a partnership deal, covering not just product distribution, but also support and training facilities.

“Because of recent market developments the discussions with Samsung were ideally timed and, given the extent and quality of the Samsung range, we see it as a perfect match to our current portfolio”, says Derek Phelan, Sales Director, GT Phelan. “We are extremely excited about this new partnership and contractors and end users already familiar with GT Phelan’s renowned level of technical support can rest assured that this same level of commitment will be applied to the Samsung range. We look forward with optimism to 2016 and the additional strength this new strategic development brings to our company”.

Charles McAlpine, Air Conditioning Sales Manager at Samsung Electronics UK and Ireland commented: “Samsung enjoys a global reputation as a renowned brand delivering quality and performance. Together with this new dedicated support channel through GT Phelan, we know that we’ll be well received in Ireland”.

Samsung has been manufacturing air conditioning systems for over 40 years, utilising the latest technology and striving to produce the most innovative, efficient and reliable systems on the market today. The year 2016 is set to be a year of great innovation and expansion for Samsung’s air conditioning offering with the launch of a brand new 360° circular cassette unit and the DVM S Eco 14HP – a new 40kW side-discharge VRF air conditioner engineered to deliver a single outdoor unit solution for retail and office buildings.

To find out more on this new exciting development from GT Phelan contact Derek at Tel: 286 4377; info@gtphelan.ie; www.gtphelan.ie

*Air-to-water heat pumps are not covered by the agreement as these are handled by another distributor.

Fergus Daly joins Mitsubishi Electric

Fergus Daly, Area Sales Manager for Eastern Region, Mitsubishi Electric

Fergus Daly, Area Sales Manager for Eastern Region, Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric Ireland has appointed Fergus Daly as Area Sales Manager for the Eastern Region. Fergus has extensive industry experience having worked in the industry for over 15 years with Crystal Air, Dean & Wood and Hitachi.

In his new role Fergus will be responsible for managing and developing Mitsubishi Electric’s customer base in the East of Ireland. His enthusiasm and knowledge of refrigeration and the market will bolster Mitsubishi Electric’s position as market leader.

“Fergus is well respected in the industry and his appointment further strengthens the team and our commitment to supporting our partners in the air-conditioning sector. These are exciting times in the industry and for Mitsubishi Electric”, said Richard Sherlock, Field Sales Manager of the Air-Conditioning and Heating Divisions for the Irish Branch.

email: sales.info@meir.mee.com; www.mitsubishielectric.ie

Órlaith Gillen joins Panasonic Ireland

Órlaith Gillen, Key Account Manager,Air to Air, Panasonic Ireland

Órlaith Gillen, Key Account Manager, Air to Air, Panasonic Ireland

Órlaith Gillen has been appointed Panasonic Ireland’s new Key Account Manager for Air to Air.

Órlaith has worked within building services for some time and has particular experience in the air conditioning sector.

As the new Air to Air Account Manager with Panasonic Ireland, Órlaith will be the first point of contact for business sales and account management.

She will work closely with colleagues Vincent Mahony and Tony Duffy to ensure customer service excellences in all areas.

Contact: Órlaith Gillen, Panasonic Ireland. Tel: 087 – 195 2573; email: orlaith.gillen@eu.panasonic.com

Fridge Spares (W) Hits Gold!

FSW 50 yearsCongratulations to Fridge Spares Wholesale Ltd (FSW) who this year celebrates 50 years servicing the RAC industry in Ireland and the UK. Fridge Spares is a specialist supplier to the refrigeration and air conditioning trade, with locations in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the UK. It has been delivering a combination of quality products and quality service to the sector for over 50 years.

With depots in four locations across Ireland, FSW is a large-scale wholesaler for refrigeration and air conditioning systems as well as replacement parts and ancillary products supplying some of Ireland’s largest resellers and engineering companies. It provides the same diversity of quality products, supported by a similarly-high quality service, throughout the UK.

This year marks a whole programme of events to celebrate FSW’s Golden Anniversary, commencing with two open days this month — 13 May at its Togher Branch in Cork and 15 May at its headquarters in Glasnevin. All are welcome to attend and to avail of the food and refreshments. Attendees will also be entered in a draw for an iPad.

There will be quite a number of other events throughout in the year, culminating in a Gala Dinner scheduled for the K Club in November.

Congratulations to all at FSW and welcome to the elite “50th Club” of long-serving servants of the industry!

F Gas 'Compromise Agreement' Means Product & Market Development Can Now Proceed

Mike Nankivell

ACRIB, on behalf of UK trade associations and professional institutes, has welcomed the news that the European Commission and Parliament reached a compromise agreement on the revision of the F Gas Regulation at the end of 2013. Although the precise details of the phase downs, bans and other changes have not yet been released publicly and are still subject to ratification, the importance of the agreement is that it will allow legislators to move forward and provide certainty for the industry.

With many end-users already facing difficult decisions about replacing R22 equipment and trying to decide on the best long-term solution for new equipment, a clear position from the EU on future availability of HFC refrigerants has got to be a good thing. Had no decision been reached we could have faced a further two years of uncertainty in which many important investment plans could have been put on hold, the stimulation of the heat pump market seriously compromised, and end-users attempting to extend the use of old R22 plant beyond the reasonable life of the system.

A controlled phase down of HFCs and limited bans on specific applications – where cost-effective, proven and energy efficient alternatives are known to be available – is a sensible approach. It will allow the industry to continue to use the most appropriate refrigerant for the application in terms of efficiency, safety, cost and availability in both existing situations and when selecting new equipment.

The timescales will allow for improving our knowledge and skills in the use of alternative refrigerants, particularly those still under development. Other aspects of the regulation such as creating a recycled market for HFCs up until 2030 and encouraging greater legal responsibility of suppliers are also welcomed.

Summary of outcomes of the compromise                                                                                                 – New requirements on containment, use, recovery and destruction of HFCs, as well as possible changes to future training and certification;

– A gradual HFC cap and phase-down from a base of 2009 – 2012 down to 21% by 2030.

– Bans on the use of certain HFCs with higher GWPs in some new equipment such as domestic refrigerators (by 2015), commercial refrigeration (by 2020/2022), and low-charge split system air conditioning (by 2025);

– Restrictions on placing on the market certain products containing or designed to contain F gases;

– Some restrictions on servicing and maintenance of equipment using HFCs;

– Proposed date of entry into force of 1 January 2015.

I am satisfied that the outcome of the Trilogue process is the best the industry could have hoped for given that there were some difficult compromises to be made. Although still subject to a legal check on the text and final endorsement through a vote in the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee and Plenary Session in the first quarter of 2014, the agreement will provide the regulatory certainty in the refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump markets, which is so absolutely vital.

It also represents a consensus on a series of proposals that will not only meet the EC’s GHG emission reduction targets, but also justifies the consistent message that the ACRIB F Gas Group has maintained throughout its close involvement in the review process.

ACRIB met as a Board on 15 January to discuss the next steps and will be seeking further meetings with relevant UK Government Departments to share industry responses and determine the best approach towards disseminating the new requirements.

Meanwhile, we in the F Gas Implementation Group will continue to work with all interested parties to ensure awareness and offer technical advice on the impact of changes to the Regulation, once confirmed. We will also ask the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to hold an industry stakeholder meeting to explain the process of their implementation as the details of new requirements are finalised over the next few months.

Refrigeration Institute looks forward with confidence

Outgoing President Dave Killalea congratulating incoming President Seamus Kerr.

The review of this year’s activities highlighted the successes of the last 12 months, from the popular Refrigerants Initiative series to joint events with CIBSE, Engineers Ireland and AREA to name but a few. The 2012 Dinner and Awards night was another great accomplishment and it was proposed to make this occasion a bi-annual event.

The theme of education and training came up frequently in the meeting, showing the Institute’s concern in the development of the industry and investment in the future. “We are trying to improve standards and practices in our industry, gain knowledge, and share this with our members”, said Seamus Kerr.

The Refrigerants Initiative series of seminars has been particularly successful, highlighting the various choices in refrigerant available today, with individual talks devoted to HFC’s, ammonia, hydrocarbons, etc. Those who attended six or more seminars received a CPD Certificate of Attendance from the Institute.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal commitment to keeping professional knowledge and skills up-to-date. The IRI is strongly committed to supporting its members in meeting this commitment, and in doing so in a systematic and considered way. Nine certificates were awarded at the AGM and the intention is to resume the series after summer.

Concern was raised about the low number of refrigeration apprentices registering, and also the declining interest in RAC and engineering in general in education. Student levels are currently down in DIT & CIT. Seamus Kerr made the point that the Government should be challenged and questioned as to how it is promoting this industry. There will be a future shortage of trained engineers without further action.

That said, there has been a significant growth in Institute membership. Some of that is due to decreasing and discounted membership costs, but it is also due to the proactive work of Council members in promoting the Institute and what it stands for. That effort was duly noted with a round of applause from the floor.

The excellent contribution of outgoing President Dave Killalea was similarly marked. Dave recounted the many achievements of his tenure, acknowledging and crediting the Council and various committee members’ contribution to these successes. In handing over the chain of office to incoming President Seamus Kerr, he urged all to continue with that support.

For further details contact: www.instituteofrefrigerationireland.ie ■