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Q&A with Honeywell Steve Schaeber R ick Winick, Business Director, leads the Honeywell Fluorine Products Automotive Refrigerants segment. Rick and his team work to ensure global automotive OEM and aftermarket customers can turn to Honeywell as their long-term supplier to meet their need for near drop-in, low-global-warming-potential (LGWP) refrigerants. Under Rick's direction, the Automotive Refrigerants team collaborates with customers throughout the implementation process-from beginning to end-to be certain the refrigerants Honeywell develops can be easily and economically adapted by global customers, allowing vehicle and equipment manufacturers to meet current and future environmental regulations. MACS recently had another opportunity to ask Honeywell a few questions, and we're sharing the conversation with our members. I asked Rick about the ongoing rollout of R-1234yf refrigerant, and what's going on with regulations and Heavy Duty A/C. Core Competence from R1234yf and beyond. s Systems Design s OE Quality Manufacturing s TS16949 certified Visit and sign up for our Newsletter 800.288.1804 x8814 8 ACTION * September/October 2016 1. MACS: Are small cans of R-1234yf being manufactured and/or sold at this time? Has a submission been made / approved by US EPA regarding a unique fitting for small cans of R-1234yf? Honeywell: No, small cans have not yet been approved by the EPA. Specifically, a SNAP application needs to be submitted and approved. 2. MACS: When produced, will small cans of R1234yf be equipped with self-sealing valves? Honeywell: The EPA has addressed this as a part of the proposed Section 608 modifications. We believe that any application for the small cans should be aligned with the EPA's requirements and will work to ensure Solstice yf complies with those requirements, while providing optimal performance for customers. 3. MACS: What is Honeywell's position regarding EPA's proposed rule to extend the ODS sales restriction to include all mobile A/C refrigerants? Honeywell: Honeywell supports efforts to reduce emissions of all refrigerants through training and proper services practices. 4. MACS: What special considerations must be made by shops regarding the storage of a single cylinder of R-1234yf refrigerant? Honeywell: NFPA (the National Fire Protection Association) has recommended practices for storing flammable compressed gases. Local regulations generally adopt the NFPA recommended practices. Some, however, may implement more stringent standards. All businesses storing or handling R-1234yf should consult a local regulatory expert on facility design and acceptable practices related to the occupancy class limitations for their operations and businesses. 5. MACS: Are there any further considerations necessary for the storage of more than one cylinder, such as a special storage cabinet? Honeywell: The regulations are not generally related to the number of cylinders but rather the total volume stored in a specific area of the building. The total volume stored dictates the occupancy classification and the requirements. NFPA standards should be referenced along with local building codes. 6. MACS: What concerns, if any, are associated with using R-134a in a vehicle originally designed to use R-1234yf? For example, what would happen if R134a was used to "top off" a vehicle which already contains R-1234yf?

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ACtion Magazine - September/October 2016

ACtion Magazine - September/October 2016
Outlook — Andrew Fiffick
Service Port — Steve Schaeber
Leonard’s Law — Keith Leonard, Esq.
Cooling Corner
Virtual View — Angie Kilbourne
What you should know about A/C hose compatibility with R-1234yf
By The Numbers
Member Profile
CO2 air conditioning development comes alive in Germany
Industry News
Association News
New Products and Services
Last Watch — Elvis Hoffpauir

ACtion Magazine - September/October 2016