DES PLAINES, Ill. - The RSES has announced some of the educational sessions that will take place during its 2003 annual conference.

DES PLAINES, Ill. - The Refrigeration Service Engineers Society has announced some of the educational sessions that will take place during its 2003 annual conference, Oct. 1-4 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.

"Determining Whether High Voltage Surge Caused a Hermetic Compressor to Fail." Led by Richard "Buzz" Estes, this educational session is tentatively scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

Estes has published many compressor articles and holds two patents on energy recovery devices.

"R-22 Alternatives" is scheduled for 9:45 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2. Led by Stephen Spletzer of Atofina Chemicals Inc., this session will discuss Atofina's role in the refrigerant marketplace, phase-out schedule of R-22, replacement refrigerants (Forane 410A), refrigerant types and classifications, retrofit-service issues, retrofit refrigerants (Forane 407C and R-417A, Forane 408A and 409A) and Atofina Chemicals' service and support.

Spletzer is a senior applications engineer for Atofina's Refrigerants Group.

"DX Files: the Unsolved Mysteries of Refrigeration." is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

Led by Garth Denison of Sporlan Valve Co., this session will bring to light various engineering, application, service and diagnostic techniques the modern refrigeration technician needs to know, may encounter and must overcome in his or her daily work environment.

Denison is a senior product application engineer with Sporlan Valve Company.

"Alternative Refrigerants and Refrigerant Management" is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 4. Led by Don Rodgers, Ph.D., from RMS of Georgia LLC, this session will discuss the 1987 Montreal Protocol, the 1990 U.S. Clean Air Act, the 1992 Copenhagen Amendments; recovery, recycling and reclamation; record keeping and alternative refrigerants.

Rodgers is the national sales and marketing manager for RMS.

"Determining Whether High Voltage Surge Caused a Hermetic Compressor to Fail." Led by Richard "Buzz" Estes, CMS, this educational session is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

Estes has published many compressor articles and holds two patents on energy-recovery devices.

A joint presentation titled "Preventing and Solving Air Intake Problems with Air Intake Filtration Technology" and "Maintenance and Upgrade Opportunities for Evaporative Cooling Equipment is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4.

Air-intake problems

Randy Simmons of Air Solution Co. will lead the first portion of "Preventing and Solving Air Intake Problems with Air Intake Filtration Technology."

This session will discuss how air-intake filtration helps stop airborne debris from getting into HVAC and cooling tower systems and how it can drive cost out of day-to-day maintenance operations while optimizing up time in both environmental and process cooling applications.

As a principal of Air Solution Co., Simmons leads the development and marketing initiatives for the company.

Andy Garay and Dave Holman of Baltimore Aircoil will lead the second portion of "Maintenance and Upgrade Opportunities for Evaporative Cooling Equipment." This session will discuss maintenance of evaporative cooling equipment (air moving components, water distribution components, heat transfer components and corrosion) and upgrade opportunities (capacity upgrades and water management upgrades).

Garay has served as manager of Aftersale Products and Services since joining BAC's North America Division in 2000. In this capacity, he is responsible for both marketing and customer service aspects of BAC's after-market business.

Holman assumed his current position of after-market marketing manager in 1996.

"What Killed the Compressor" will be held 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 4. Led by Mary Hammerstein of Tecumseh Cool Products, this educational session will discuss compressor failures, causes of failures, diagnosis of errors, troubleshooting, display of parts from tear downs and will conclude with a group discussion.

Hammerstein is a long-time employee of Tecumseh Products Co. For the past three years, she has been the manager of Technical Services at the Cool Products Division.

"R-410A RSES Training" is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 4. Led by Nick Reggi, this educational session will provide R-410A facts, alternative refrigerant comparisons, differences of using R-410A, cylinder safety, unique components, typical comfort cooling design criteria, system characteristics using the PH diagram and basic servicing techniques.

Reggi is program coordinator of the HVACR and energy management programs at Humber College in Toronto.

Conference registration fees are $250 for RSES members and $300 for non-members before Aug. 1. Fees will be $280 and $330, respectively, before Sept. 1, and $310 and $360, thereafter.

For additional information, contact Kirby Kirkpatrick at Success Express at (800) 310-6853 or by e-mail at rses@successexpressmp.com.