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Labeling an Ammonia Receiver

May 25th, 2015

Question: What are the labeling requirements for a High Pressure Receiver in an ammonia refrigeration system? Answer: To properly label any piece of equipment within an ammonia refrigeration system you  must first know which codes and standards are recognized in your jurisdiction. As a resident of California, the following codes/standards are often consulted regarding ammonia equipment […]

Excerpts from ANSI/IIAR 8-2015

March 30th, 2015

Last week, I summarized the requirements from ANSI/IIAR 4-2015 Installation of Closed-Circuit Refrigeration Systems. Today, I’ll do the same with ANSI/IIAR 8-2015 Decommissioning of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems Unlike IIAR 4, which had IIAR 2 as its foundation, IIAR 8 is a standard that was essentially written from scratch. The general outline of the document is as […]

Excerpts from ANSI/IIAR 4-2015

March 24th, 2015

After years of hard work, IIAR has recently published two (2) new refrigeration standards: ANSI/IIAR 4-2015 Installation of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems ANSI/IIAR 8-2015 Decommissioning of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems In this blog and the next, I will summarize each of the standards and provide excerpts that are important to be aware of. Be sure […]

Q&A | NFPA 704 and Ammonia

February 25th, 2015

Question: What is the correct NFPA 704 placard for an ammonia refrigeration system?   Answer: This question has caused enormous confusion in the ammonia refrigeration industry, so I will attempt to bring some clarity to the issue. ANSI/IIAR 2-2008 Addendum B §13.1.10.4 requires that “Refrigerating systems shall be provided with approved informative signs, emergency signs, charts and […]

Q&A | Compressor Relief Valves

October 14th, 2014

Question: What is the proper procedure for selecting the pressure relief valve capacity for a positive displacement compressor? Answer: ANSI/IIAR 2-2008 Addendum B §6.1.2.1 addresses this very question. Furthermore, Appendix E (Informative) of that same document gives a detailed example of one acceptable method for determining the proper capacity. A summary of the steps in Appendix […]