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New GEA/FES Compressors @ GCAP

by on Aug.27, 2015, under News

These two new machines came in today and will be part of GCAP’s new engine room for Technician 1.   We are very excited to see this equipment and look forward to setting them.  One is thermosyphon oil cooled, VFD and the other is liquid injection slide valve(s).  Six more compressors arrive in the next 20 days.  The freezers  are almost done as well and starting to run piping to the engine room.  Look for pictures soon.



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Cornell Refrigerant Pump Seal Replacement

by on Aug.25, 2015, under News

Cornell Refrigerant Seal Replacement

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This is a nice video from Cornell on shaft seal replacement.

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New MYCOM Screws

by on Aug.13, 2015, under News

Look at what arrived this week.  These are the first 2 of 12 new compressors that will be in GCAP’s new engine room.  Getting very excitided around here and would like to thank Mayekawa for their support.  One of the screws is liquid injection with automatic control the other is thermosiphon.

GCAP's Screw 2

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NewTon 3000

by on Jul.13, 2015, under News

GCAP is proud to have the first ever running NewTon 3000 manufactured by Mayekawa installed in the US.  The voyage to get it here started in 2009 when GCAP traveled to Japan.  The system was operational in August of 2012.  Here is a link to this story.

GCAP Newton 3000



GCAP offers CO2 Technician training about every 3 months and has trained over 100 professionals in the new adventure with CO2 applications for both industrial and commercial refrigeration.  For class dates see this link.

CIMCO Refrigeration partners with Mayekawa to bring the NH3/CO2 Newton 3000 to the U.S.  In order to offer a new industrial solution to our market and trying to avoid some of the pitfalls of large-scale NH3 processes, including large charges and inventories throughout the plant.  This package is pre-fabricated and low-charge for the ammonia side, with automatic controls, single or two stage design, with option ecomonization.  It will include a semi-hermeitc IPM motor for the screws.  GCAP is very proud to say they have the first running semi-hermetic ammonia screw compressor running the the United States for ammonia design.

To date, around 500 NewTons have been successfully installed, and GCAP was at the celebration in Japan last year when they reached 300.  In the U.S, CIMCO recently completed its second installation in California.  CIMCO says they have another 10 projects with the NewTon in the workings.

NH3/ CO2 cascade refrigeration system for a grocery store remodel proves energy savings.

We look forward to this growth and look forward to be in the best position to offer training on this design and system.


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Freon Phaseouts?

by on Jul.08, 2015, under News

In support of President Obama’s Climate Action, under this final rule, various hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and HFC-containing blends that were previously listed as acceptable alternatives under the SNAP program are now listed as unacceptable for specific uses. This rule is part of the SNAP program’s continuous review of alternatives to find those that pose less overall risk to human health and the environment. Specifically, this action changes the listing status for certain HFCs in various end-uses in the aerosols, refrigeration and air conditioning, and foam blowing sectors. This action also changes the status from acceptable to unacceptable for certain hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) being phased out of production under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and section 605(a) of the Clean Air Act, where substitutes are available that pose overall lower risk to human health and/or the environment.

Link to final rule proposal 

In its original delisting announcement in August 2014, EPA jarred the HVAC&R industry by proposing that the indicated refrigerants be phased out as of January 2016. However, in its final rule, the agency moved those dates back by at least one year. First projected was January 1st, 2016.
For retail food refrigeration applications, the use of HFCs R404A, R507A and other HFCs in new supermarket systems will be deemed unacceptable as of January 1, 2017. R404A, R507A and other HFCs will be delisted from use in new remote condensing units in supermarkets as of January 1, 2018.

In retrofit systems, roughly the same refrigerants will become unacceptable one year from the date of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.
The rule also listed revised dates for a slew of refrigerants, including R134a, R404A, R407A and R507A, in new stand-alone medium-temperature and low-temperature units in supermarkets. These refrigerants will be unacceptable as of January 1, 2020 for low-temperature units as well as medium-temperature units with a compressor capacity of at least 2,200 BTU/hour and medium temperature units containing a flooded evaporator.

The same refrigerants will be delisted as of January 1, 2019 in new medium-temperature units with a compressor capacity below 2,200 BTU/hour and those not containing a flooded evaporator.
The EPA designated January 1, 2019 as the date when refrigerants such as R134a, R404A, R507A and several others will be unacceptable in new vending machines. In retrofit vending machines, R404A and R507A will be unacceptable as of one year from the date of publication of the final rule.

In motor vehicle air conditioning, R134a will be unacceptable as of model year 2021, except where allowed under a narrowed use limit through model year 2025.

Consistent with President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, EPA is providing additional options for refrigerants in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. EPA is listing certain climate-friendly hydrocarbons (ethane, isobutane, and propane) and a hydrocarbon blend (R-441A) as acceptable in stand-alone commercial and household refrigerators and freezers, very low temperature refrigeration, non-mechanical heat transfer, vending machines, and room air conditioning units. EPA is also listing HFC-32 as acceptable in room air conditioning units. HFC-32 has one-third the GWP of the conventional refrigerants currently being used in room air conditioning units. Through this rulemaking, EPA is also exempting ethane, isobutane, propane, and R-441A from the §608 venting prohibition for the specific applications listed above.


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GCAP Remembers Ronnie Peek

by on Jun.22, 2015, under News

GCAP remembers Ronnie Peek with annual scholarships  for public safety employees’ children

To honor the Finney County men and women who provide for its citizens public safety, Garden City Ammonia Program, also known as G.C.A.P., has established the Ronnie Peek Memorial Scholarship Fund that will provide three $1,000 scholarships for the children and stepchildren of the Garden City Police department, Garden City Fire Department, and Finney County EMS.

Ronnie Peek

Ronnie Peek

The scholarship fund was named in memory of 16-year Garden City fire department veteran Ronnie Peek who died during training exercises in January 2015. “We have done safety training with the GCFD for a lot of years and Ron had gone through many of our classes,” said Randy Williams, president of the Garden City Ammonia Program (GCAP). “We know these men and women put their lives on the line for us every day so we made the decision to offer scholarships for their children and stepchildren as a way of recognizing their efforts and saying thanks.”

The scholarships, which have been set up and will be managed by Western Kansas Community Foundation, will offer three $1,000 awards each year—one each for police, fire, and EMS. Only children and stepchildren of those departments’ employees are eligible for award consideration. These students must have graduated or be graduating from a Kansas high school, have attained a 2.5 or better GPA, and must complete a scholarship application form.

“The scholarships will be utilized toward the student’s tuition and/or books,” said Shea Sinclair, Western Kansas Community Foundation executive director. “The post-secondary school must be accredited and may be a four- or two-year college, a vocational-technical program, or other state-recognized certification program. We are so pleased and honored to be part of helping make this scholarship available to the children of those who serve and protect in Finney County.”

Funding to continue the yearly awards will be provided from the proceeds gleaned from the Region 7 Ammonia Safety Day held each May at the Kansas City Community College. Williams, along with his son Jeremy and several other staff members and instructors, present refresher courses and training throughout an entire day to 350-400 participants. Vendors are also on hand to display and demonstrate the latest equipment and technology being used in ammonia and carbon dioxide refrigeration, boiler operations, and process safety management.

“We provide recertification and OSHA training to groups of technicians with varied skill levels and sets,” said Williams. “We understand the importance of education and the challenges that can arise when trying to pay for that education. From Ron’s tragedy came the opportunity for us to offer some help as well as to show our appreciation for these unsung heroes. It’s a start.”

Melissa Gallegos, WKCF program officer, Shea Sinclair, executive director, Lana Peek, Rachel Williams, GCAP office manager, and Jeremy Williams, GCAP managing director.

Melissa Gallegos, WKCF program officer, Shea Sinclair, executive director, Lana Peek, Rachel Williams, GCAP office manager, and Jeremy Williams, GCAP managing director.

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Hot Off The Shelf

by on Jun.15, 2015, under News

GCAP’s two newest edition of books are ready for sale.

Understanding Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out (Edition 3)


Implementing Process Safety Management for Ammonia Refrigeration (Edition 5)

Understanding Industrial Refrigeration from the Inside Out can be obtained by attending one of GCAP’s Ammonia Operator I Courses or purchased for $285.00 plus shipping. Please contact Kristen De La Pena @ 620.271.0037 or ammonia@pld.com

To see a detailed index of the book see this link GCAP’s Ammonia Operator I Book

GCAP's Ammonia Book

Implementing Process Safety Management for Ammonia Refrigeration came back this last March with our 5th Edition. This book is received with taking GCAP’s PSM/RMP course or can be purchased for $895.00.  Please contact Kristen De La Pena of GCAP at 620.271.0037 or ammonia@pld.com.   The look at a detailed index of the book please visit this link.

PSM Book Cover

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2015 Safety Day

by on Jun.09, 2015, under News

This years safety day in Kansas City was a great success.  We want to thank you all for coming and vendors and sponsor for support.  We had over 35 vendors and 350 participants in this years event.  Lucy Tyler of the CSB gave a great presentation as well as the other speakers.  Presentations are available at this link.

2015 GCAP Safety Day 30

2015 GCAP Safety Day 41

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Last Chance To Register

by on May.11, 2015, under News

Participants from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Each year brings new topics. Guest speakers on ammonia safety, ammonia refrigeration, PSM/RMP, and RAGAGEP. Lunch will be served and a great chance to continue your education.

Special guest from the CSB (Chemical Safety Board) will give a presentation of lessons learned of the Mobile, AL accident.


May 28, 2015 @ Kansas City Community College

Register Today

KC SD Agenda

GCAP Safety Day

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Keeping It In The Pipes!

by on May.05, 2015, under News

New Shirt Available


Certified Ammonia Technician

Various styles of shirts and sizes.  Limited production and availability.  Order yours today.

 Click Here to see styles and prices.


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