One notable project we completed in 2017 was an ammonia/CO2 cascade system for the Ford Motor Company’s dynamometer lab. For engine performance and destructive testing, Ford needed to “slug” the engines with a -55°F liquid, and Innovative was chosen to come back and expand the motor company’s cascade system in 2019.
More recently, a major distributor of natural and organic foods contacted Innovative Refrigeration Systems to switch their Freon-based refrigeration system to one that was more eco-friendly. In response, we installed seven hanging evaporators in the food company’s existing cold dock spaces and designed, fabricated, and installed an ammonia/CO2 cascade system with eleven mini-penthouses, four screw compressors, and three reciprocating compressors to provide refrigeration service for 800,000ft2. The upgrade took only 16 weeks from mobilization to commissioning.
In addition to our ammonia/CO2 systems, Innovative Refrigeration Systems also offers low-charge ammonia refrigeration solutions. This keeps the charge below the amount subject to the requirements of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s process safety management (PSM) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s risk management program.
“Everything we do is prefabricated. We do our own design, fabrication, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, and service.” – Bob Almon, V.P. of Engineering
Moreover, Innovative Refrigeration Systems has expanded our capabilities over the past few years to include the design and fabrication of transcritical CO2 systems, now building transcritical CO2 refrigeration systems for cold storage, food processing, or any other needs that the customer may have. The systems come packaged similarly to our Master Series, with flexible design and manufacturing options to meet the customer’s preferences and needs.
Headquartered in Lyndhurst, Virginia, Innovative Refrigeration Systems started in a garage in 1993, but now operates in a 223,000ft2 facility. Last July, our facility had a shop expansion of 40,069ft2, and we added 6 engineering and 35 manufacturing staff positions.
Innovative Refrigeration Systems’ expertise in ammonia/CO2 and low-charge ammonia refrigeration solutions, as well as our expansion into transcritical CO2 systems, makes us a leader in the refrigeration industry. With our focus on design, fabrication, manufacturing, construction, commissioning, and service, we provide comprehensive solutions for our customers’ refrigeration needs.