May 23, 2019
The first World Refrigeration Day (WRD) will be celebrated across
the globe on June 26, the 195th Birthday of Lord Kelvin. WRD will be celebrated by interested
governments, associations, and industry which each will select the theme and
focus of their celebration. A 90-minute
unifying international webinar is planned for that day at 9:00am EDT, featuring
among other speakers Emerson’s Rajan Rajendran.
Additional details can be found on the WRD website, https://ior.org.uk/events/worldrefrigerationday.
ISO TC 161, Control and protective devices for gas and/or
oil, and some of its working groups (WGs) met May 13-17 in Cleveland, Ohio.
During the Plenary meeting, TC 161 decided to initiate a
Committee Draft (CD) ballot for Part 6, Thermoelectric flame supervision
controls and Part 9: Mechanical gas thermostats, before the fall
meetings. The edits to these drafts mostly contain updates to the new
edition of the general requirements, ISO 23550: Safety and control devices
for gas and/or oil burners and appliances -- General requirements.
Working Group 3, Controls, discussed revisions to ISO
23551-1, Automatic and semi-automatic gas valves up to 500 kPa, such as
merging the regional requirements for endurance cycling in the main body of the
text. WG 3 members also reviewed comments from the various countries and
updated draft ISO 23551-11, High-pressure (HP) automatic and semi-automatic
gas valves above 500 kPa.
Working Group 4, Multifunctional Controls, reviewed
final updates and incorporated them into draft ISO 23551-5, Manual Gas
Valves, with a draft international standard (DIS) ballot to be issued in
the next few weeks for comments to be reviewed at the fall meetings. ISO
23551-8, Multifunctional Controls Amd 1 for Overheating Safety Devices,
is at the final ballot stage for a vote, with publication planned by the end of
this year. There is also a DIS ballot for voting on ISO 23551-8, Multifunctional
Controls Amd 2 for burner control components, and WG 4 members will review
comments at the fall meetings.
The Fall meetings will be held October 14-17, in Berlin,
Germany. Contact: Maryline Lamborn.
The first edition of CSA EXP07:19, Load-based and
climate-specific testing and rating procedures for heat pumps and air
conditioners, was released for comment until March 31, 2020. The document
can be downloaded from the CSA store.
EXP07's testing methodology and performance metrics are intended to support the
appropriate adoption of advanced energy efficient technologies, such as
variable-speed and multi-stage compressors, for use in the residential sector,
in a wide range of climatic conditions, particularly cold climates. This
Express Document is not a consensus product; that is, it is not a standard and
it has not been formally reviewed or approved by a CSA Technical Committee.
Questions and comments may be officially registered through the EXP07
Public Review portal. Any technical bulletins, errata, or supplemental
materials that are developed to improve the procedure will be posted with this
first published edition of EXP07 in the CSA
A Working Group (WG) has been established to conduct testing
and develop comments responding to EXP07 and other test protocols for
multi-stage and variable speed residential air conditioners and heat pumps. The
first meeting of the WG has been scheduled for 2:00 pm, ET, on Friday, June 7. Contact: Xudong Wang.
Review/Deadline: June 16, 2019
Public Review/Deadline: July 1, 2019
To view details, refer to the recent
issue of ASHRAE’s
Standards Action. Contact: Cesar Eizaga Colmenares.
On May 15, AHRI staff and members of the AHRI International
Committee welcomed Scott Bates, Chief Legal Officer at Rheem Manufacturing, as
its new Chairman. The committee met via web
conference to evaluate current and developing international engagements,
threats, and opportunities.
AHRI COO John Lanier joined the meeting to update the
committee on AHRI’s Reinvent objectives and the results of the Sector
Leadership Council meetings at the AHRI Spring Meeting. Members and staff also
discussed several ongoing trade issues such as the Section 232 steel and
aluminum tariffs, the Section 301 tariffs, and the United States-Mexico-Canada
Agreement (USMCA). The Committee will meet again for a web conference on
September 16 and for an in-person meeting on Saturday, November 9 in
conjunction with the AHRI Leadership Forum in Puerto Rico. Contact: Jim Walters.
On May 17, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. announced
plans to remove Section 232 tariffs on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) for
Canada and Mexico by May 19, 2019. Among
other things, the agreement aims to “prevent the importation of aluminum and
steel that is unfairly subsidized” and to “prevent the transshipment” of these
metals. The countries will establish a
process to monitor aluminum and steel trade among them. If the tenets of the agreement are not
upheld, the agreement allows for tariffs to be imposed.
AHRI opposes tariffs, which it views as a tax, and supports
this action by the U.S. government. Removal of the Section 232 tariffs also
increases the likelihood of all three parties passing the United
States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would be another positive
development for AHRI members.
The U.S. imposed Section 232 tariffs on Canada and Mexico (steel,aluminum)
on June 1, 2018, and both countries retaliated by implementing their own sets
of retaliatory tariffs. With this agreement, Canada and Mexico will eliminate
these retaliatory tariffs, which affected a number of different AHRI member equipment
exports to Canada (refrigeration equipment, water heaters), and to Mexico
For more information, please consult AHRI’s Tariff Tracker. Contact: Michael LaGiglia.
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