Specialist chemicals supplier Shrieve Products International offers a range of solutions for the air conditioning sector, including the Ice 32 enhancer product for vehicle AC systems that use R134a refrigerant.
The addition of the product to the Budweiser Silver Eagle Fleet from 2007 to 2012 reportedly saved over 66 per cent on historical AC maintenance costs, and reduced its annual compressor failures rom 20 per year to zero.
The product can be applied in 5-10 minutes, says Shrieve, and should also reduce the truck’s fuel use by about 1.1 per cent per year, based on over 40 million installations in the US market.
“The product contains chemistry designed to stop the seals from drying out so there will be fewer leaks; your AC system will need fewer gas replacements and clearly less time off the road,” said the company.
“The use of the product restores the AC performance back to the ‘as new’ state meaning it can take 3-4° C out of the cabin for the driver. On a long journey this can make a huge difference to the driver’s concentration, comfort, and safety.”
Shrieve Products explained: “Over time debris builds up in the tube carrying the refrigerant gas; once the flow of gas is restricted the compressor must work harder to move the gas meaning the wear is increased. The chemistry employed strips the debris from the tube, lessening the load on the compressor.”
The Ice 32 product is designed to work with R134a refrigerant. For newer vehicles using R1234yf refrigerant gas, an alternative solution is available, called Zerol HFO.
A further product called Zerol Ice can be used with refigerated trailer units. It is similar to Ice 32 but designed for use with the multitude of gases employed in a fixed installation.
“Shrieve has been present in the European market for over 40 years and have over 150 years’ industry experience in its technical team,” said the company.
“Shrieve work with the refrigeration compressor OEMs to ensure that whatever gas is required to meet the latest environmental standards there is a suitable lubricant to safely mix with the refrigerant gas and keep the system running smoothly.”