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Are you ready for the R404A phase out?

12th Apr 2017
Many manufacturers are still using R404A in commercial and professional cabinets. Recently Honeywell (one of the largest manufacturers of refrigerants) stated that they intend to stop selling high GWP refrigerants such as R404A in Europe from next year (2018). The price of R404A has risen dramatically over the last year and is predicted to continue increasing (consecutive monthly price rises of 25% and 30% have recently been announced by Chemours). There is now a strong business case to move to a low GWP refrigerant alternative.

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Professional energy labelling - are you compliant?

12th Apr 2017
Labelling of professional cabinets has been a legal requirement since 1 July 2016. Read out latest free brochure to make sure you comply. Download the brochure by clicking here.

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New regulations affecting professional cabinet manufacturers

19th Jul 2016
A number of new regulations are now in force that affects manufactures of professional refrigerated cabinets. It is now a legal requirement to label all professional refrigerated cabinets sold in EU member states. Also regulations affecting refrigerants will restrict the use of HFC refrigerants that you can use. We have created 2 information leaflets for professional cabinet manufacturers that explain the rules surrounding energy labelling and the use of F-gas refrigerants.

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Whale tales

23rd Mar 2016
What feeds on a whale carcass? Over the past 2 years RD&T have been involved in a project with TV company BigWave to find the answer to this question. The culmination of this is 2 TV programmes that are due to be aired on 25th March. ‘Britain’s Whales’ is at 20:00 and ‘Britain’s Sharks’ is at 21:00, both on ITV. The shows features a dead humpback whale that was washed up on a Scottish beach and needed to be preserved for filming at a future date.

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The Big Freeze

9th Sep 2015
At RD&T we are often involved in freezing projects but we have never been asked to freeze anything as large as a whale! This was the challenge that we were asked to take on several months ago in a top secret TV project to preserve a whale that had been washed up on the north coast of Scotland. The carcass needed to be frozen to preserve it for the filming that was carried out at the end of August. The aim of the TV programme, featuring Ben Fogle, was to determine what would feed on the whale carcass at sea. What feeds on whale carcasses is not very well documented and so the TV crew were hoping to find whether sharks or other animals were the major predators.

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ISO 9001 for test packs and witness testing

27th Jul 2015
RD&T has recently been certified to ISO 9001 for manufacture of refrigerated test packs and for witness testing. We have found that our customers value the quality of our test packs and so decided that we should include the manufacture of them under out ISO certification. We are also beginning to carry out more witness testing, especially now that the Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme requires independent validation of test results in many areas. The certification means that our products and services consistently meet the requirements of our customers and are carried out to a consistent quality related to international and European standards.

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Energy labelling regulation published

9th Jul 2015
The EU has just published the requirements for energy labelling of professional refrigerated cabinets. The full text is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=OJ:L:2015:177:TOC The regulation is mandatory for all professional cabinets sold across Europe and applies from 1 July 2016.

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Witness testing

21st May 2015
With eco-design requirements for commercial and professional refrigerated cabinets over the horizon, now is the time to determine the performance of your cabinets. We can test the performance of commercial of professional cabinets in our test facilities but also we can witness tests at manufacturers own facilities. This provides independent test results and can often be an economic option if several cabinets can be witness tested during a visit. As part of the witness testing RD&T will: Verify performance of the test facility Witness testing being carried out Check compliance with the relevant test standard Check equipment for accuracy and compliance with test standards Independently check and verify test results Provide an independent test report For further details contact Judith Evans at RD&T (j.

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Energy Technology List Update

21st May 2015
Carbon Trust who manage the Energy Technology List (ETL) have recently announced that updates will be made to the ETL. These will be submitted to Government during June 2015 with changes expected to come into force in late summer/early autumn 2015. The ETL lists energy efficient products that can claim an Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) when bought.  The scheme encourages end users to purchase energy efficient technologies and products.

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Detangling eco-design

1st Oct 2014
Commercial and professional cabinets will be energy labelled in the near future.  The latest (October) edition of RAC magazine (http://www.racplus.com/ to login to view the article) contains information from RD&T on eco-design requirements and how they will be applied.

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