SCM REF Australia launched the Lean Line 2.0 transcritical CO2 rack at the ARBS trade show in Sydney.
SCM REF Australia launched the Lean Line 2.0 at the ARBS trade show in Sydney.

SCM REF Australia Targets New Market Segment with Launch of Transcritical CO2 Rack for Commercial Applications

The Lean Line 2.0 has been designed for small- and medium-sized metro stores with a focus on serviceability.

SCM REF Australia, Beijer Ref Australia’s manufacturing operation, has said that it is targeting a new market segment with the launch of its Lean Line 2.0 transcritical CO2 (R744) booster for commercial applications.

Designed for small- and medium-sized metro format stores, the manufacturer is “hoping to capture a new segment in the marketplace,” Inderpal Saund, APAC Business Development Director at Beijer Ref, told NaturalRefrigerants.com during an interview at the Air Conditioning Refrigeration and Building Services (ARBS) 2024 trade show. Lean Line 2.0 was launched at ARBS 2024, which was held in Sydney from May 28–30.

“This unit is specifically designed with serviceability in mind for small plant rooms where access is limited,” added Jason Pearce, Sales Manager at SCM REF Australia. “We have a reach-in model, which is for outdoor enclosures and walk-in plants, and the plug’n cool option with integrated gas cooler.”

According to the manufacturer, all components are easily accessible from one side, offering the possibility to install the unit against a wall. The rack can serve both medium- and low-temperature applications.

The Lean Line 2.0 booster system has also been developed to offer flexibility, with optional add-ons including heat recovery, air-conditioning load and ejectors for added system efficiency. It can also use any parametric controller on the market, including Dixell, Carel and Danfoss, said Pearce.

While the product was designed in Italy by SCM Frigo, a subsidiary of Beijer Ref, it is manufactured locally by SCM REF Australia.

“It being built here in Australia gives us speed to market,” explained Saund.

Training still essential

Training is “still essential” for the widespread adoption of CO2 technologies in Australia, noted Saund and Pearce during the interview. They highlighted the importance of the company’s courses at the Beijer Ref Academy in Sydney.

“The Beijer Ref Academy is going strong,” said Saund. “We’re getting good numbers through there, and we’re seeing interest develop further in the marketplace with regard to training.”

For the coming year, the pair will focus on training programs with more advanced formats, such as the commissioning of systems, he added. Saund delivered similar remarks during his presentation at the ATMOsphere (ATMO) APAC Summit 2024, which was held in Tokyo February 6–7. ATMOsphere is the publisher of NaturalRefrigerants.com.

“The Beijer Ref Academy is going strong. We’re getting good numbers through there, and we’re seeing interest develop further in the marketplace with regard to training.”

Inderpal Saund, Beijer Ref

Beijer Ref Academy’s CO2 Safety, Repair and Service Training course, created by SCM REF Australia and Superior Training Centre (STC), won in the Outstanding Industry Education and Training category at the ARBS 2024 Industry Awards.

“A collaborative effort and the result of many years of dedication and passion for training and driving natural technologies,” says SCM REF Australia in a LinkedIn Post about the award.

According to the manufacturer, this is the first time that national accreditation has been combined with “industry experience and leading CO2 technology in a bespoke facility.”

In addition to the training facility in Sydney, Beijer Ref has centers in Padua (Italy), Lyon (France), Wuxi (China) and Bangkok (Thailand). At AMTO APAC, Saund added that the company hopes to open a new center in Japan by the end of 2024 in collaboration with local partner Mtass Refrigeration.

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