Airgas introduces automated refrigerant reclamation technology
The Airgas Refrigatron system is designed for large-scale reclamation of used refrigerant gases. Its Refrigatron technology assures that Airgas properly identifies the contents of returned refrigerant gas cylinders, which enables the company to pay HVAC contractors the highest price for used gases. It also makes the reclamation process less labor intensive, safer and more cost-effective.
Airgas Refrigerants Inc. is a full-service refrigerant gases supply and reclamation company with approximately 115 employees nationwide. The company’s first Refrigatron system is installed at its 95,000-sq.-ft. plant based in Smyrna, Ga., which houses an estimated 40,000 refrigerant cylinders. Over the past 10 months, this system has already analyzed and recovered more than a million pounds of used refrigerants. Reclamation is only part of the function of the Smyrna plant. The company also packages its ASPEN brand refrigerant gases here.
With Airgas Refrigatron refrigerant gases are automatically and properly evacuated to nine 10,000-pound storage tanks for storage prior to purification. Airgas estimates that an average shift allows two technicians to test and empty approximately 130 cylinders and evacuate approximately 6,500 to 7,000 pounds of refrigerant. The company expects the machine to help it reclaim about three million pounds of refrigerants in the coming year.
Airgas is pursuing multiple patents on the innovative processes and technologies that comprise Refrigatron. The system is engineered for durability, with easy access to high-wear parts and fast-swappable components to prevent down time. The system currently boasts greater than 99% uptime since its installation.
Airgas is committed to honoring environmental regulations and contributing to the safe repurposing of reclaimed gases. The phasing out of R-22, by far the most widely-used refrigerant in the United States, spurred Airgas Refrigerants to more actively pursue the market and to reengineer and automate the refrigerant gas testing and recovery processes to make them more economically efficient.
Source: Airgas Refrigerants Inc.