A brand new technology center has started operation on Embraco Europe premises in Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. The new R&D and innovation hub will focus on development of commercial compressors.
The TechCenter includes Application and Electrical laboratories. There, compressors will be tested for use with propane or isobutane, the hydrocarbon refrigerants with low Global Warming Potential (GWP) index. As of 2020, these refrigerants will be compulsory in Europe also for commercial applications – for which the plant in Spisska Nova Ves produces most of its portfolio.
To keep testing in line with said regulations, the labs needed to be expanded and upgraded. Moreover, as customers are expecting from Embraco rapid responses in terms of testing and development of new applications, the new Application Lab will have four chambers. The two chambers used so far were booked by Embraco customers for several months in advance. In the Electrical Lab, seven test cabins for calorimeters have been implemented to perform a wide array of electrical tests.
Embraco is a multinational focused on innovative solutions for refrigeration. With global operations and annual production capacity of 40 million hermetic compressors, the company holds over 1,700 patents in force and offers solutions that are differentiated for their innovation and low energy consumption. Embraco directly employs 11,000 employees worldwide, counting on 11 business units located in Brazil, China, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, USA and Russia, and is present in more than 80 countries.In 2017, Slovakia plant celebrates its 20 years.