Refrigeration Industry Sector

AHRI's membership is divided into four broad groups called Industry Sectors, each overseen by a Leadership Council. The Sector scope, membership, and related standards and certification programs are listed below.

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Refrigeration Sector Scope

The Refrigeration Sector includes both products and components.

Detailed Scope

Equipment designed and used in refrigeration applications. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, both open and closed type storage and display refrigerators, freezers, refrigerators/freezers, walk-in refrigerators, walk-in freezers, commercial unit coolers, condensing units, air-cooled/evaporative condensers, remote condensers, blast coolers/freezers, and packaged refrigeration units. All types of mechanical refrigeration systems designed for installation in Railway freight cars, trucks and trailers and U.S. Domestic (demountable truck body) containers over 64 square feet floor area. Automatic ice makers, ice storage bins, ice dispensers of all sizes, and all combination ice machines, including combination ice machines and beverage dispensers, sold for use in commercial applications.

The sector also includes companies that manufacture chemical compounds that have significant applications in conjunction with the manufacture, operation, or service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and containers and equipment used to transport, store, or process these chemicals or who reclaim recovered refrigerants to the AHRI purity specifications. Compressors and compressor units designed for HVACR equipment and building systems, Controllers and auxiliary control devices, which are primarily designed to aid in unattended operation, energy efficiency, electric utility demand reduction, cloud connectivity, fault detection and diagnosis, cybersecurity or safety in the operation of components of comfort conditioning equipment, commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment and Air and combustion gas moving devices, consisting of impellers, motors, and associated components, produced for other manufacturers in the air-conditioning, heating, and refrigeration industry.

Specifically excluded are parts, components, or products included within the scope of other AHRI product sectors, and equipment designed specifically for:

  1. Medical, scientific, or research purposes
  2. Telecommunications and switchgear
  3. Direct expansion application using refrigerants classified as B2 and B3 in ASHRAE Standard 34

The Refrigeration Sector includes both products and components.


Products
Automatic Commercial Ice Maker & Ice Storage Bins

Automatic ice makers, ice storage bins, ice dispensers of all sizes, and all combination ice machines, including combination ice machines and beverage dispensers, sold for use in commercial applications.

Air Cooled & Evaporative Condensers

Air cooled and evaporative condensers primarily, but not exclusively, using ammonia-based refrigerants. For reference: Air-cooled refrigerant condensers, remote type, which consists of a condensing coil, a means for air circulation (including drive if furnished), frame and enclosure.

Evaporative condensers which consist of a condensing coil, spray system and pump (if furnished), a means for air circulation (including drive if furnished), frame and enclosure.

Chemicals & Refrigerant Reclaimers

Chemical compounds that have significant application in conjunction with the manufacture, operation, or service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and containers and equipment used to transport, store, or process these chemicals.

Reclaim recovered refrigerants to the purity specifications outlined in the current version of AHRI Standard 700 (Specification for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants). The process can be used to reclaim customer-owned refrigerants or to reclaim used refrigerant that will subsequently be sold to third parties. Specifically excluded are refrigerants synthesized from virgin materials.

Condensing Units

Dedicated condensing unit means a positive displacement condensing unit that is part of a refrigeration system (as defined in 10 CFR 431.302) and is a factory-made assembly that (1) includes 1 or more compressors, a condenser, and one refrigeration circuit and (2) is designed to serve one refrigerated load.

Matched condensing unit is a dedicated condensing unit that is distributed in commerce with one or more unit cooler(s) specified by the condensing unit manufacturer.

Outdoor condensing unit means a dedicated condensing unit or matched condensing unit that is encased and is capable of maintaining the medium temperature or low temperature DOE test procedure box conditions (as specified in 10 CFR Part 431.304) for an extended period at the 35 degree F outdoor temperature condition.

Industrial Unit Coolers

Industrial unit Coolers primarily using ammonia-based refrigerants. For reference: A unit cooler is a factory-made assembly, including means for forced air circulation and elements by which heat is transferred from air to refrigerant without any element external to the cooler imposing air resistance. These may also be referred to as air coolers, cooling units, air units or evaporators. Commercial unit coolers are considered separately under WCIF applications.

Liquid to Refrigerants Heat Exchangers and Liquid Receivers
  • Shell-and-tube, shell-and-U-tube, tube-in-tube, and shell-and-coil condensers
  • Shell-and-tube, shell-and-U-tube, tube-in-tube, and shell-and-coil liquid coolers
  • Liquid suction heat exchangers
  • Liquid receivers
  • Plate-type heat exchangers
Refrigeration Racks

A Refrigeration Rack is a piece of OEM refrigerating equipment that is a subsystem of a larger field assembled refrigerating system. It consists of one or more Compressor or Compressor Unit components along with associated accessory components or sub-subsystems, (such as the oil management systems, piping manifolds, control valves, etc). A Refrigeration Rack must also include hardware and software that control not only the Compressor or Compressor Unit components but also other subsystems that are not physically located within the rack that form the rest of the refrigeration system, (such as the condenser, evaporator cases etc). As a subsystem of a larger refrigeration system, Refrigeration Racks are typically sold by the OEM to the end-user.

Self-Contained/Remote Commercial Display Merchandisers and Storage Cabinets

An open or closed cabinet, used in a commercial application, cooled by a refrigerating system for displaying, or storing, chilled and/or frozen product. Self-contained commercial display merchandisers and storage cabinets have the condensing unit mounted in, or on, the unit. Remote commercial display merchandisers and storage cabinets do not have the condensing unit mounted in, or on, the unit. Specifically excluded are parts, components, or products included within the scope of other AHRI product types, and equipment designed specifically for:

  • Medical, scientific, or research purposes
  • Telecommunications and switchgear
  • Direct expansion application using refrigerants classified as B2 and B3 in ASHRAE Standard 34.

Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A cabinet cooled by a refrigerating system for displaying chilled and/or frozen food to be maintained within prescribed temperature limits.

Closed Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A refrigerated display merchandiser where food is accessible for removal by opening or moving doors or panels.

Open Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A refrigerated display merchandiser where food is accessible for removal without opening or moving doors or panels.

Remote Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A refrigerated display merchandiser that has a remote condensing unit.

Self-Contained Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A refrigerated display merchandiser that has a completely factory-assembled and factory-tested refrigerating system in which all of the refrigerant-containing parts are permanently connected at the factory.

Self-Service Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A refrigerated display merchandiser, either open or closed, where food is readily accessible and intended to be removed by the consumer.

Service Commercial Refrigerated Display Merchandiser
A closed refrigerated display merchandiser where food is served from behind the unit.

Commercial Refrigerated Storage Cabinet
A closed cabinet cooled by a refrigerating system for storing chilled and/or frozen food to be maintained within prescribed temperature limits. Remote Commercial Refrigerated Storage Cabinet A refrigerated storage cabinet that has a remote condensing unit.

Self-Contained Commercial Refrigerated Storage Cabinet
A refrigerated storage cabinet that has a completely factory-assembled and factory-tested refrigerating system in which all of the refrigerant-containing parts are permanently connected at the factory.

Transport Refrigeration

All types of mechanical refrigeration systems designed for installation in:

  • Railway freight cars
  • Trucks and trailers
  • U.S. domestic (demountable truck body) containers over 64 square feet floor area
Walk–in Coolers and Freezers (WICF)

An enclosed storage space refrigerated to temperatures, respectively, above, and at or below 32 °F that can be walked into, and has a total chilled storage area of less than 3,000 ft2. Equipment includes, but is not limited to, walk-in refrigerators, walk-in freezers, commercial unit coolers, condensing units, air-cooled/evaporative condensers, blast coolers/freezers, and packaged refrigeration units. Specifically excluded are parts, components, or products included within the scope of other AHRI product types, and equipment designed specifically for:

  • Medical, scientific, or research purposes
  • Telecommunications and switchgear
  • Direct expansion application using refrigerants classified as B2 and B3 in ASHRAE Standard 34

WICF – Commercial Unit Coolers

Commercial unit coolers primarily using refrigerants other than ammonia for commercial refrigeration applications. For reference: A unit cooler is a factory-made assembly, including means for forced air circulation and elements by which heat is transferred from air to refrigerant without any element external to the cooler imposing air resistance. These may also be referred to as air coolers, cooling units, air units or evaporators.

WICF – Single-packaged Refrigeration Systems

Single-packaged refrigeration system (single-packaged). A Matched Refrigeration System that is a Single-packaged assembly that includes one or more compressors, a condenser, a means for forced circulation of refrigerated air, and elements by which heat is transferred from air to refrigerant, without any element external to the system imposing resistance to flow of the refrigerated air.

WICF – Panels and Doors

Doors and panels used in WICF applications.

Door means a movable panel that separates the interior volume of a unit of commercial refrigeration equipment from the ambient environment and is designed to facilitate access to the refrigerated space for the purpose of loading and unloading product. This includes hinged doors, sliding doors, and drawers. This does not include night curtains.

Panel means a construction component that is not a door and is used to construct the envelope of the walk-in, i.e., elements that separate the interior refrigerated environment of the walk-in from the exterior.

Display panel means a panel that is entirely or partially comprised of glass, a transparent material, or both and is used for display purposes.

Wine Cellar Cooling Units

Cooling equipment designed for an enclosed storage space used for the long-term cooling and storing of wine.

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Components
Blowers, Fans, and Motors

Air and combustion gas moving devices, consisting of impellers, motors, and associated components, produced for other HVACR manufacturers.

Chemicals and Refrigerant Reclaimers

    Chemical compounds that have significant application in conjunction with the manufacture, operation, or service of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and containers and equipment used to transport, store, or process these chemicals.

    Reclaim recovered refrigerants to the purity specifications outlined in the current version of AHRI Standard 700 (Specification for Fluorocarbon Refrigerants). The process can be used to reclaim customer-owned refrigerants or to reclaim used refrigerant that will subsequently be sold to third parties. Specifically excluded are refrigerants synthesized from virgin materials.

Compressors

Compressors and compressor units designed for use in HVACR equipment and building systems and not included in another product scope, with the specific exclusion of compressors and compressor units intended for use in:

  • Household refrigerators
  • Farm and home freezers
  • Automotive air conditioners
  • Room air conditioners
  • Household dehumidifiers
Controls (Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Electronic Controls) (ACR)

Controllers and auxiliary control devices, which are primarily designed to aid in unattended operation, energy efficiency, electric utility demand reduction, cloud connectivity, fault detection & diagnosis, cyber security or safety in the operation of components of comfort conditioning equipment, commercial and industrial refrigeration equipment covered by the scopes of AHRI product types. Such devices are to be responsive to, but not limited to, one or more of the following conditions: time, temperature, pressure, humidity, fluid flow, air quality (this includes all air contaminants including leaked refrigerants), current, voltage, or, power, and demand reduction or pricing signals.

Specifically excluded are:

  • General purpose motor starters and circuit breakers.
  • All low voltage thermostats.
  • Component controllers and auxiliary controlling devices used in equipment not covered by AHRI product scopes, e.g. automotive and recreational vehicles, domestic refrigerators, freezers, and room air conditioners.
  • Gas controls

Controls (Flow and Contaminant Control Products) (FCCP)

Manufacturers of solenoid valves; 2-, 3-, 4-way reversing valves; thermostatic, electronic and automatic expansion valves of all capacities; temperature and pressure regulating valves, which function alone or in combination with other controls or sources, that are designed primarily for the purpose of automatically controlling refrigerant flow (liquids or gases) or the flow of fluids supporting the refrigeration cycle in refrigeration or air conditioning systems.

All manually operated valves used to control the flow of refrigerant or flow of fluids supporting the refrigeration cycle.

Sealed filter-driers having solid core desiccant, loose-fill desiccant, or a combination of the two; replaceable core filter-driers for use in liquid or vapor refrigerant lines; sealed or replaceable element suction filters; cores or elements for shells; receiver driers; strainers; and liquid or moisture-liquid indicators.

These products alone or in combination are intended for use primarily in refrigeration or air conditioning systems for the purpose of detecting and/or removing system contaminants.

Excluded are devices used with:

  • Automotive and recreational vehicle air conditioning
  • Domestic refrigerators/freezers, and Individual room air conditioners not included in the scopes of AHRI air conditioning product types
  • Hydronic system flow control valves that are included with hydronics products

Variable Frequency Drives

All low voltages, 690 volts ac and below, adjustable frequency motor controllers used in HVACR applications shall be included. Specifically excluded are brushless DC motor controllers and external control automation.


Members

The following member companies are participants in the Refrigeration Industry Sector.

Refrigeration Industry Sector Members

Aaon, Inc.
ABB, Inc.
A-Gas
AHT Cooling Systems USA, Inc.
Air Innovations
Ametek Dynamic Fluid Solutions
Amtrol, Inc.
Arkema, Inc.
Arneg USA
Aspen Refrigerants, Inc.
Bacharach, Inc.
Bally Refrigerated Boxes, Inc.
Baltimore Aircoil Company
Beckett Air Inc.
Beckett Thermal Solutions
Bitzer U.S. Inc.
Carrier Corporation
CellarPro Cooling Systems
Continental Refrigerator
Cornelius, Inc.
CPI Fluid Engineering
Daikin Applied Americas Inc.
Daikin Industries
Danfoss
Direct Coil Inc.
DunAn Precision Inc.
ebm-papst Inc.
Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions
EVAPCO, Incorporated
Everidge
Fasco Industries, Inc.
Federal Industries
Guntner U.S. LLC
Hangzhou Shenshi Energy Conservation Technology Co., Ltd
Heat Transfer Products Group, LLC (HTPG)
Heatcraft Worldwide Refrigeration LLC
Hillphoenix
Honeywell Performance Materials & Technologies
Hoshizaki America, Inc.
Hudson Technologies Company
Hussmann Corporation
Indus Thermal LLC
INFICON, Inc.
ITV Ice Makers SA
Johnson Controls, Inc.
KeepRite Refrigeration
Kelvion Inc.
Killion Industries
Kold-Draft International LLC
Kysor Warren EPTA USA
Manchester Tank
Master-Bilt
Mexichem Fluor Inc.
Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating
Modine Grenada LLC
Morrison Products, Inc.
Mueller Industries, Inc.
National Refrigerants, Inc.
National Refrigeration Products
Nidec Motor Corporation
Packless Industries, Inc.
Parker Hannifin Corporation
RAE Corporation
RapRec Support Inc
RefPlus, Inc.
Resideo
Revcor, Inc.
Ritchie Engineering Co., Inc.
Sanhua Zhejiang Co.
Schneider Electric
Scotsman Ice Systems
Shanghai Highly Electrical Appliances Co., LTD
Shrieve Chemical Products
Southern CaseArts
SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.
Structural Concepts Corporation
SWEP International AB
Tecumseh Products Company
The Chemours Company FC, LLC
Thermal Solutions Products, LLC
Trane Technologies
Turbotec Products Inc.
Vinotemp International
Welbilt, Inc.
Westermeyer Industries Inc.
Whisperkool
Worthington Cylinders
Zero Zone, Inc.
Zhejiang Dunan Artificial Environment Co., Ltd.
ZIEHL-ABEGG, INC

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Standards
Air-Cooled and Evaporative Condensers
Automatic Commercial Ice Makers
Compressors
Condensing Units
  • AHRI 450-2007, Performance Rating of Water-cooled Refrigerant Condensers, Remote Type
  • ANSI/AHRI 520-2004, Performance Rating of Positive Displacement Condensing Units
Flow and Contaminant Control Products
Ice Storage Bins
Liquid to Refrigerant Heat Exchangers
Self-Contained/Remote Commercial Display Merchandisers and Storage Units
Transport Refrigeration
Unit Coolers
Walk-in Coolers/Freezers


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