Manufacturers (OEMs) that assemble components from different vendors in their systems often find it hard to select the optimal components from the wealth of possibilities. One of the reasons: The performance data of the components from different manufacturers are not always available in a reliable and comparable form. Therefore, ASERCOM encourages component manufacturers certify their products. The results are representative data that are based on standardised test procedures and allow for objective comparison and selection.
ASERCOM has developed and implemented two certification processes: the certification of compressors and the certification of condensing units.
The certification for compressors was established 15 years ago in order to assist manufacturers of commercial refrigeration and air conditioning systems by delivering comparable data at common rating conditions for all manufacturers. Using common test methods, products certified by ASERCOM provide reliable performance data which are presented in a comparable manner to optimise product comparison and selection.
The extension of the certification process to also include condensing units was initiated by ASERCOM’s members at the end of 2010 as a logical next step to continue ASERCOM’s successful certification programs.
The European directive 2009/125/EC concerning “energy related products” has pushed the EU to consider products and components falling into the “professional refrigeration” and “eco-design” categories, which were established by ENTR Lot1 in 2011. By July 2016, these specific directives will make the declaration of Minimum Energy Performance (MEPS) mandatory for all manufacturers and assemblers of condensing units being brought to the EU market. The ASERCOM condensing unit certification program, which will be in place by the end of 2014, will allow the market actors to confidently select products according to the dedicated standard EN 13215 – the declaration of performances for condensing units. So ASERCOM already creates the necessary transparency to meet the future legal framework.