Hoshizaki America has transitioned its entire Steelheart commercial kitchen refrigeration series to environmentally friendly, non-toxic R290 refrigerants.
The company is sourcing refrigerant from Diversified CPC International (DCPC), which specialises in the design, production, and distribution of high purity hydrocarbon refrigerants.
Its high purity hydrocarbon natural refrigerants are 99.5% to 99.8+% pure, providing a more stable product than other hydrocarbon refrigerants available on the market.
“Protecting the environment has never been more important than right now,” said Sally Ray, director of marketing at Hoshizaki.
“DCPC’s R290 refrigerant enables us to produce efficient, low GWP products, with a smaller carbon impact. Hoshizaki America is dedicated to energy efficiency in every aspect of our business.”
Retrofitting the company’s manufacturing facility in Georgia to accommodate R290 was a planned undertaking for Hoshizaki.
To support its transition, DCPC installed a 2,000-gallon bulk storage tank and assisted in the training of Hoshizaki technicians in the proper procedures for safely handling the product.
“We decided to focus on the R290 refrigerant because we believe it will be the dominant future option for this industry,” said Ray.
R290 is produced at DCPC’s state-of-the-art purification plant in Channahon, Illinois.
To meet growing customer demand, a second production facility is currently under construction in Beaumont, Texas.
In addition to meeting or exceeding AHRI industry standards, DCPC’s high-purity products keep refrigerated systems running at peak efficiency for longer periods.
The result is lower utility bills and a reduction in costly maintenance and equipment failures while increasing the appliance’s lifespan.
Hoshizaki is the world’s largest maker of ice machines, refrigerators, freezers, prep tables, display cases, and dispensers.
Its corporate headquarters is based in Peachtree City, Georgia, and it operates a second manufacturing facility in Griffin, Georgia. Hoshizaki America employs more than 700 people.