August 31, 2011

Ingersoll Rand Offers Refrigeration Expertise At International Institute of Refrigeration’s International Congress

Participation included tour of Engineering Center in Hostivice, Czech Republic

Experts from Ingersoll Rand were on hand to listen and share breakthrough information on trends and key technology developments for industrial and academic stakeholders at the recent International Institute of Refrigeration’s (IIR) 23rd International Congress of Refrigeration. Occurring in Prague from August 21-26, the Congress is held once every four years with attendees from more than 61 countries; this session’s theme was “Refrigeration for Sustainable Development”.

Ingersoll Rand is committed to providing and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. To those ends, our world-class experts were deeply involved in this year’s congress. In addition to sponsorship, our technical and scientific experts provided technical papers (presentations available at and a hosted a visit to our local engineering center from Congress members:

  • Manolo Caballer Escribano, global director of Engineering Excellence & Technology Business Development at Ingersoll Rand, gave the opening conference remarks and opening comments at the gala dinner on Thursday, August 25.
  • Three of Ingersoll Rand’s distinguished engineers provided insights into a range of technical topics to more than 1,100 experts, corporate and private members attending the congress:
    • William Francis Mohs – senior engineer, R&D (Minneapolis, U.S.): A critical review of heat and mass transfer of the defrost process
    • Vladimír Šulc - senior engineer (Minneapolis, U.S.): Feasibility of Hydrofluoroether Fluid for Low Temperature (LT) Retail Secondary Systems
    • Markéta Kopecká - senior engineer, Refrigeration and Power Supply Systems (Engineering and Technology Center, Prague): New method for fuel consumption measurement of bus Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) units

On Thursday, August 25, 2011, Ingersoll Rand hosted 26 world class engineers at our IR Engineering and Technology Center in Prague, the Czech Republic (IR ETC Prague). The visitors included R. S. AGARWAL, past UNEP RTOC co-chair, India, D. HAVENAAR, member of Board of Directors of the Royal Dutch Association of Refrigeration, K. FIKIIN, Professor at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and many other experts from factually all continents.

The day included a presentation and a tour of the test facilities, where the visitors experienced the Ingersoll Rand’s dedication to quality, reliability and new technology development. The laboratories visited included an authorized laboratory for ATP tests of transport refrigeration equipment, a laboratory for tests of heat exchangers and HVAC test and refrigeration test laboratory. The tour was highlighted by a visit to the unique multi-axial shaker table laboratory for vibration tests of Ingersoll Rand products up to a weight of 50 t. We also showcased our research in new refrigerants, power supply systems and indoor air quality (IAQ) technologies.

One attendee mentioned that “he was extremely impressed by the scope of work, focus and dedication of the Prague facility, which turns out to be top-in-class by all international measures”.

Special thanks go out to our team that made this happen including, Daniel Žmola, the IR ETC Manager, Filip Král, the Reliability and Test Engineering Manager, EMEIA and Lubomír Hejl, the Test Lab Manager in IR ETC Prague.



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