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Better use of refrigeration - WRAP report published

29th Jul 2013
A significant proportion of the 4.4 million tonnes of avoidable household food and drink thrown away each year in the UK comprises products that require, or benefit from, refrigerated storage e.g. meat and fish, dairy products, most fruit and vegetables.

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RD&T offer free test standards information

5th Mar 2013
There are many test standards available Worldwide to test the performance of retail/commercial cabinets. The primary standards are ISO 23953 (used primarily in Europe), ASHRAE 72-2005 and ARI Standard 1200 (used in the USA) and AS 1731 Standard (used in Australia and NZ). RD&T have recently reviewed these standards and have created a document providing information on the standards. We are giving away copies of this document.

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Funding for projects

18th Feb 2013
Although many companies prefer to fund projects directly there are many opportunities to obtain funding for projects. Funding is available from a variety of sources including Government bodies, independent not-for-profit company’s and charitable foundations. Generally most funding is aimed at innovation and investigating new technologies that either encouraging business growth or have an impact on the environment or quality of life. Often projects need to be collaborative and so require two or more partners.

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Bottle cooler crisis?

10th Dec 2012
Is there a crisis brewing for bottle coolers? The ubiquitous bottle cooler seen in all pubs, clubs and restaurants is a common sight, but will all bottle coolers comply with the ErP? The ErP or Energy Related Products Framework Directive (formerly known as the Energy Using Products Directive) will be applied to all display cabinets in the future. The ErP will prevent the sale of cabinets in Europe unless they meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). These standards will relate to the temperature and energy performance of the cabinet. It seems almost certain that the test standard used for assessment of MEPS will be EN23953:2005 (probably with the 2012 amendment included).

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Reducing infiltration in retail cabinets with doors

9th Oct 2012
Retail cabinets with doors are becoming more popular due to their reduced energy. Doors on frozen cabinets have been used by supermarkets for many years but doors on chilled cabinets are a relatively new innovation. Cabinets with doors have less ambient air infiltration (ambient air becomes mixed with the cabinet air and is a heat load on the cabinet) than open fronted cabinets. However, many cabinets with doors have not been optimised to reduce air infiltration during door openings.

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Energy labelling

7th Sep 2012
The Energy Related Products Framework Directive (ErP), formerly known as the Energy Using Products Directive will prevent sale of commercial/professional service cabinets unless they meet certain Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS). MEPS and energy labelling will be implemented for commercial/professional service cabinets on 1 January 2014. Download RD&T's free document on 'What you need to know about energy labelling'. This lists in 10 main points the issues you need to know about to make sure your business is not affected by this new regulation.

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Innovation vouchers to help companies

7th Sep 2012
Small UK businesses can obtain Government funding to help them develop and grow. From 24 September 2012 Innovation Vouchers of up to £5,000 will be available from the Technology Strategy Board to enable start-up, micro, small and medium-sized businesses to work with an external expert for the first time by paying towards the cost of their services. Initially vouchers are available to businesses that are working on ideas relevant to the agrifood and built environment sectors. Further information can be found on the TSB (Technology Strategy Board) web site.

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New update to retail display testing standard

8th Jun 2012
Several amendments to BS EN ISO 23953:2005, the test standard used to test retail display cabinets, have recently been published: Refrigerated display cabinets - Part 1: Vocabulary – Amendment 1 (ISO 23953-1:2005/Amd 1:2012) Refrigerated display cabinets - Part 2: Classification, requirements and test conditions - Amendment 1 (ISO 23953-2:2005/Amd 1:2012) The amendments provide an update to the test standard. The overall methodologies and requirements are barely altered but there are a few significant changes that have an impact on testing the temperature and energy performance of retail cabinets. These include: Filler test packs are now allowed in certain areas of the cabinet. Changes to the door opening regime for chilled full glass and half glass door cabinets.

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Filler test packs now available

8th Jun 2012
Most retail display cabinets are tested to BS EN ISO 23953. Recently a new amendment to the test standard (ISO 23953:2005/Amd 1:2012) has been published. This has several new items including the use of filler test packages. In the past the test cabinet had to be loaded entirely with ‘tylose’ test packs.

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BBC 'world of freezing'

11th May 2012
The 'world of freezing' was featured on the BBC One Show earlier this week. The programme featured the UK's largest cold store in Wisbech which is fully automated. The technical content of the programme was excellent and provided viewers with information on what happens to food when it is frozen and how quality and safety change when food is frozen. The programme also demonstrated why larger cold stores should be more efficient than smaller stores.

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