IDS Refrigeration has announced a dedicated service for businesses that need to take action to meet the requirements of the ODS regulations, which ban the use of virgin HCFC for servicing and maintenance of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment from midnight on 31 December 2009.
The IDS Experienced Conversion Contractor Register was launched in conjunction with a number of refrigeration contractors with specialist knowledge and many years’ experience of converting R22 and HCFC plant to non-ozone depleting alternatives, such as the DuPont™ ISCEON® 9 Series direct replacement refrigerants.
Headed up by IDS technical specialist, Peter Dinnage, the Experienced Conversion Contractor Register brings together the knowledge and refrigerant expertise of the IDS team, and the hands-on experience of refrigeration contractors specialising in equipment conversion and replacement programmes. The initiative is also supported by DuPont Fluorochemicals.
Commenting on the Register, Peter Dinnage says: “This new IDS service has been created to meet a rapidly growing market demand for experienced contractors who have already converted similar systems to those owned by the user. Many HCFC equipment users complain they receive conflicting information from some in the market place. While they know they need to do something about replacing HCFCs, they want to use a contractor who has experience of converting their type of equipment.
“By directing them to IDS customers, who have already carried out a number of conversions, we provide a route for advice and experience to pass to those who need it.
“End users and contractors have the full support of IDS, who can not only share their knowledge and experience of refrigerant conversion over the last 10 years, but also provide a reclamation service for recovered R22. This is particularly important given that there is only 9 months remaining until the legislation really bites.”
Contractors like Temperature Control, who have worked closely with IDS and DuPont™, are part of the Experienced Conversion Contractor Register. They have been proactive with their customer base, making them aware of legislation, sharing with them their conversion experiences, and also making recommendations on new equipment.
In the Industrial sector IDS work closely with a number of contractors, including Brooktherm Refrigeration in Birkenhead, which has been particularly successful in converting a range of different equipment for their customers, from small units through to large process plant. They have also produced a number of guidance notes on legislation along with recommendations on successfully meeting the phase out deadline.
IDS is also committed to assisting all contractors gain the experience they will need to assist their customers with conversion programmes.
Wayne Buckley of Temperature Control says: “We have taken the phase out of HCFCs very seriously and see it as an important part of our service to customers to ensure they are prepared. Working in conjunction with IDS and DuPont, we form part of what is one of the UK’s most experienced HCFC phase out teams.”
Mark Hughes of DuPont Fluorochemicals says: “DuPont is very supportive of the actions of IDS and all the contractors who are playing their part in raising the awareness of successful conversions and the need to do something with HCFC plant before the end of 2009.”
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