Arkansas ASHRAE Newsletter: The Razorback Report

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President's Report

First, I want remind everyone that the ASHRAE meeting has been moved to April 11th.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank each of you for allowing me to serve as your President this year. I have had an absolute blast! It has been fun watching new people get involved and grow in the chapter. I am very proud that the North West Section is becoming a Chapter next year. A tremendous amount of work has gone into it and I would like to congratulate them. What a great year!

Arkansas is a strong Chapter and has been for a long time. This is because of the quality of the people who selflessly volunteer and the tradition of community found here. You should be really proud to be a part of it.

One again, thank you for the amazing experience!

Max Good



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Calendar of Events

Agenda for April 11th, 2018 @ Corky's:

11:00 - 11:30 Board of Governor's meeting

11:30 – 12:00 Lunch Buffet and Announcements

12:00 – 1:00 – Program by Tom Gorman

Speaker Spotlight:Tom Gorman

Tom Gorman is a Product Manager for the Trane Industrial Refrigeration business.  In this role, Tom is leading the Trane chiller-based HFC and HFO refrigerant applications, development of service products, and expanding capabilities to offer digital and intelligent services for this market.

Tom started with Trane in 1995 and has been involved with the support of many of Trane’s commercial product offerings. Over the years, his experience has included the leading of the La Crosse Product Support Department focused on Centrifugal and Absorption chillers to leading the Customer Direct Support (C.D.S.) department that develops designs and supports Trane’s building design and analysis software. He has also supported the Air and Water cooled rotary/scroll chillers product built at Trane’s Pueblo plant and managed a number of other Trane products that were distributed through Trane’s aftermarket program (CTV replacement motors and compressors). Tom received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University.

ASHRAE Presentation

Industrial Refrigeration – “Changing Opportunity”

  • Overview of the North American Industrial Refrigeration Market

  • Impact from changes in refrigerants (Ammonia & HFCs)

  • New opportunities

  • Review of project designs

The need for cold storage and processing facilities in North America is growing. This market has typically been serviced by custom refrigeration systems. Tom will speak on the opportunities that arise for using commercial HVAC equipment in conjunction with refrigeration systems, typically in a cascade design approach. The need for systems such as these are seen in food storage, meat processing, industrial and ice rink applications. Typically, the cold (sub 30F) temperatures and very cold (sub -10F) only relate to a portion of a building with most areas able to use standard HVAC equipment. This discussion will focus on applying standard design principles to what used to be custom refrigeration and review successful project designs. Some of this change in the market is being driven by customers’ request to move from refrigerants such as Ammonia to something easier to handle.






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