Emerson Climate Technologies has released the Copeland Next Gen C-Series Compressor for Ice (CSKIE), a reciprocating hermetic compressor geared toward any business with ice machines and designed to optimize the performance of the ice cycle. The compressor will be in full production at the beginning of 2016.
Emerson Climate Technologies and the Design Service Network test facility analyzed many popular ice machines on the market today during a rigorous product development cycle. The performance of the ice cycle was tested to validate the engineering design. Pertaining to ice conditions, the CSKIE will have up to 12 percent efficiency over existing products.
Unlike a typical reach-in or walk-in system with a fixed temperature application, the ice machine runs in duty cycles at different conditions. Compressors currently operating in ice machines are optimized for a 20-degree evaporator and 120-degree condensing temperature. The CSKIE is optimized for the ice cycle, ensuring that efficiency is maximized at the optimal condition during the cycle with the greatest run time.
“When compressors are optimized for specific applications with niche temperature cycles, this eliminates the need for shoe-horning standard compressors to fit the niche and force it to work,” said Don Newlon, vice president, refrigeration marketing, Emerson Climate Technologies. “This optimization prevents costly system changes and lowers the potential for other application issues. Typical ice machines incorporate a harvest cycle which requires the hot discharge gas to melt the ice off the evaporator plate and enable the ice to fall into a bin. High mass flow from the compressor can assist in efficiency gains and is a key point for future product development.”
The CSKIE comes in 12 models between capacities 10K BTU/HR and 20K BTU/HR, and will be qualified for R-404A (and R-448A upon customer request) in both single-phase and three-phase.