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Are they an effective long-term solution, or a temporary quick fix?
What comes to mind when the topic is leak-stop additives for refrigeration systems? Do you use them at your company?
I was speaking with a well-respected and very knowledgeable source the other day. This gentleman has been in the refrigerants industry for decades. His company manufactures and distributes air conditioning and refrigeration products, including an R-22 replacement, and provides refrigerant-related diagnostic support, as well as an online virtual training center. It’s important to note that his company does not manufacture or distribute a refrigerant leak-stop agent.
This person is as Midwestern plain-spoken as they come: he will speak his mind and leave you with no doubt where he stands or what he believes. (And I know that for a fact because our political views are about 180 degrees apart, which leads to many friendly disagreements.)
In the course of our conversation, he mentioned that the refrigerants industry in general and — most recently HFCs in particular — are under fire from regulators, despite the fact that leak rates are at historic lows. “Refrigerants only do harm to the environment — IF they do the harm to the environment that the scientists claim — when they escape from a system,” he correctly pointed out.
He went on to give some credit for the low leak rates to good manufacturing techniques, citing it as another example of the refrigeration industry rising to meet a challenge. But then he surprised me by giving even more credit to leak-stop additives.
“I know leak-stop additives are not endorsed by the OEMs, but they’ve proven themselves as highly effective and efficient,” he said. “They’re not degrading system performance or causing system failures, and over the past five to 10 years they’ve helped keep vast amounts of refrigerants inside systems.”
He added that he rarely goes to the local distributorship without seeing technicians purchasing leak-stop additives, and, when he asks them, the technicians all say the same thing: “They work great.”
“I’m telling you,” he added, “these things are the best-kept secrets in refrigeration. Everybody uses them but nobody talks about them.”
So, let’s talk. Do you use leak-stop additives at your company? If so, when do you use them? And have you found that they provide an effective, long-term solution to refrigerant leaks? If you don’t use them, why not?
Houston–RectorSeal® Corp., a manufacturer of quality HVAC/R products, acquired the assets of Universal Technologies Inc., Baltimore, Md., and its AC Leak Freeze™ brands of refrigeration and air conditioning system leak repair sealants on Dec. 16.
Universal Technologies is a leader in the booming refrigerant leak repair industry for most sizes of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment under the AC Leak Freeze™ and AC Leak Freeze™ with Magic Frost brands. It also offers AC Leak Freeze™ R for smaller appliances. AC Leak Freeze is a non-polymer formula that seals environmentally-damaging refrigerant leaks internally and doesn’t react to moisture or oxygen. Once applied with its industry-unique injector system, AC Leak Freeze also remains in the system to seal future leaks as they occur, while also reducing component friction.
The acquisition supplements RectorSeal’s expansive product line and complements its refrigerant service product category that includes, Acid-Away®, Acid-Detector™ and Oil-ID™. “We had the opportunity to buy a company with a ‘best-in-class’ product, so we took advantage of it,” said Larry Kaiser, vice president–sales, RectorSeal, a portfolio company of publicly-traded CSW Industrials, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSWI), Dallas.
Traditional HVAC/R wholesalers and contractors will experience a seamless, unnoticeable changeover when RectorSeal transitions to marketing, sales and customer support of AC Leak Freeze™ and its website, www.leakfreeze.com.
The Universal Technologies transaction is RectorSeal’s fifth acquisition since 2011 when it acquired Airtec, Fall River, Mass. Other recent acquisitions include Resource Conservation Technologies, Glue-On-Nozzle, SureSeal®, and the Evo-Crete™ and PolySlab™ brands from Australian-based Evolve Group.
DALLAS, Dec. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CSW Industrials, Inc. (“CSW Industrials”) (Nasdaq:CSWI) is pleased to announce several organizational changes that will consolidate and enhance the senior management team, effective January 2016. CSWI manages its business across three segments – Industrial Products, Coatings Sealants & Adhesives, and Specialty Chemicals. This approach provides the optimum structure to deliver profitable growth, allocate capital, capture cost synergies and drive efficiencies between our well-established industrial brands in a variety of end markets.
Don Sullivan, currently Chief Operating Officer for RectorSeal, will be promoted to Sr. Vice President & General Manager of the Industrial Products division. Mr. Sullivan will have full P&L responsibility for this segment and will be charged with creating and implementing business strategies to grow the Industrial Products division. Mr. Sullivan will also have administrative responsibility for RectorSeal and the Company’s architecturally specified building products businesses, Smoke Guard and Balco. Mr. Sullivan joined RectorSeal in May 2015 from Goodman Global, where he was Division President. Prior to that Mr. Sullivan held a variety of management positions at Carrier Corporation in sales, product management and general management. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Mr. Sullivan will remain located in Houston, Texas.
Mark Lee will assume the role of Sr. Vice President & General Manager of the Coatings Sealants & Adhesives division. In this role he will have complete P&L responsibility including Strathmore, which was acquired by CSWI in April 2015, plus the integration of Deacon Sealants, acquired in October 2015. Mr. Lee has spent his career in various General Management roles, most recently as Managing Director of Asia Pacific located in Shanghai, China, for Waukesha Bearings Corporation – the global bearings and sealants business unit of Dover Corporation. Prior to that, he held leadership roles with Nalco Company, GE Plastics and Dow Corning, where he was responsible for adhesives and coatings. Mr. Lee has degrees in Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He will be located in Houston, Texas.
Craig Foster will assume the role of Sr. Vice President & General Manager of the Specialty Chemicals division. He will have full P&L responsibility for this business segment, and will also have administrative responsibility for Whitmore and Jet-Lube. Mr. Foster was most recently VP and General Manager, Elastomers Division at Zeon Chemicals. Prior to that, he served as President at Flint Group where he had direct P&L responsibility for a number of diverse businesses and geographic regions with revenues of $1.3 billion. He also served as the functional Executive responsible for the Global Operations of the company, encompassing over 150 locations globally of varying size and complexity. Prior to joining Flint, Mr. Foster was with Akzo Nobel Coatings as purchasing supervisor and earlier served over 7 years in the U.S. Navy within the Nuclear Submarine Force and the Naval Mobile Construction Force (SeaBees). He has a BBA in Management from Northwood University, and will be located in the Dallas, Texas area.
David Smith, who has served as President and CEO of RectorSeal since 1990, will be promoted to the position of Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Board of CSW Industrials. Mr. Smith has led the RectorSeal team admirably for the past 25 years and will continue to be an important part of the company in this new role, effective January 2016. Joseph B. Armes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CSW Industrials commented, “The recruitment and development of talented and experienced business segment leaders is a key component of our plan to build a leading industrial growth company. That is why we are so pleased to promote Don Sullivan and welcome Mark Lee and Craig Foster to the CSWI team. I am confident that these outstanding executives will contribute meaningfully to the success of CSW Industrials as we execute on our growth strategy and drive shareholder value.”
Christopher J. Mudd, President & Chief Operating Officer added, “We are excited to implement these important changes to our senior leadership team as we continue to execute CSWI’s corporate strategy to break down silos between businesses, exploit cross selling opportunities within the portfolio, allocate capital more efficiently, integrate acquisitions, capture cost synergies, and leverage our innovative technologies to serve customers.”
Hands-on ductless mini-split installation project cools classrooms and gives HVAC/R program students at William R. Moore Technical College complete start to finish training.
Thanks to donated equipment and training from RectorSeal Corp. and Haier Ductless Air, William R. Moore College of Technology (Moore Tech) students will enter the local Memphis, Tenn., HVAC service/installation workforce with ductless mini-split air conditioning system expertise.
RectorSeal’s National Technical Manager, James Bowman and Haier’s Technical Support Manager, Karreen Mann spent July 6-9 assisting and training Moore Tech Air Conditioning Instructor, Colin Ford and his 18 HVAC/R program students during the installation. The group installed the donated multi-zone rooftop condenser, four evaporator coils, condensate pumps, overflow switches, line set protection ducting and many other installation accessories integral to mini-split installation. The equipment is now cooling the vocational school’s remodeled machine shop, plus welding and HVAC/R classrooms. One classroom sports an additional working evaporator that provides on-going demonstration and hands-on learning, a founding principle of the school’s educational philosophy. “They already learned the classroom/textbook principles of air conditioning, so this was pure on-the-job training where students performed every part of the installation,” said Ford, a NATE and EPA-certified technician and Moore Tech alumni.