Heatcraft’s Stan Osborne to Examine Electrical Controls for Commercial Refrigeration at AEC BuildTech
The inaugural AEC BuildTech Conference & Expo is a unique event spotlighting the latest design & building processes, products, and emerging technologies. This interactive, three-day convention — scheduled for April 30 to May 2 in Rosemont, Illinois — is designed to inform and inspire today’s entire building team, from innovative and influential architects to engineers, contractors, facility managers, owners, and more.
Educational sessions will include six separate tracks focused on HVACR/mechanical systems, building envelope, general contracting, flooring, plumbing, and roofing. As an attendee, you will walk away from this event with the connections and knowledge necessary to leverage tomorrow’s building processes and construction technologies.
Leading up to the event, Engineered Systems will showcase several of the presenters in the HVACR/mechanical systems track on www.esmagazine.com.
Stan Osborne’s HVACR journey dates back to the late 1980s, when, as an electrical contractor, he decided to go back to school at his local technical college to get a diploma in HVAC.
“I was interested in adding to my knowledge of the trades and increase my business capabilities,” said Osborne, who now serves as a senior technical training consultant for Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration.
He temporarily shut down his electrical company and began working for a large commercial HVAC company in order to obtain some much needed on-the-job training.
“During this time, I also worked in the research and development department of a large compressor manufacturer, where I obtained a firsthand knowledge of reciprocating compressor technology and expertise.”
After a couple of years, he restarted his company, implementing his electrical and HVACR skills in residential new and retrofit construction.
“My compay excelled for close to 20 years as I specialized in certain niches like commercial refrigeration refrigerant conversions, geothermal heat pumps, radiant in-floor heating, automatic damper zoning, various types of low-voltage systems, and IAQ systems.”
At AEC BuildTech, Osborne will present “Electronic Controls for Commercial Refrigeration Made Simple” on Wednesday, May 1.
“The main points that will be covered are the way commercial refrigeration has worked in the past with mechanical components and now how electronic components can make a significant difference in both operation and energy savings,” he said. “Attendees will learn a lot of how the commercial refrigeration system has evolved to meet todays’ technology requirements.”
The commercial refrigeration industry is the biggest energy user within supermarkets, accounting for about 40-60 percent of electricity consumption, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Osborne said there is an urgent need to share information about advances in commercial refrigeration technology as the industry aims to comply with DOE rulings scheduled for 2020.
Diversity is the key to innovation, and AEC BuildTech is the place where all trades can come together to showcase their latest products, where contractors can network with each other to establish new alliances and friendships, and where the end user can find both a new, innovative product – and someone to install it properly – at the same place.
“If you are in the trades, you should definitely attend this show to see what new products may be available for your company to get involved with to help increase your bottom line and help set you apart from the competition,” Osborne said. “You’ll likely be saying to yourself, ‘I’ve got to have one of those.’”
For more information, visit www.aecbuildtech.com.
Be able to identify the difference between electro/mechanical systems and electronic systems as it pertains to commercial refrigeration;
Describe how an electronic control works compared to the current electro/mechanical control standard;
Be able to investigate the many possibilities of where these electronic type commercial refrigeration control systems can be used effectively; and
Analyze the prospect of better climate control and energy savings from using electronic controls in commercial refrigeration.