EOS Climate — providers of refrigerant lifecycle management systems — reports that the ContractingBusiness.com 2009 Commercial Refrigeration Contractor of the Year — Almcoe Refrigeration, Dallas, TX — has become the first commercial refrigeration contractor to adopt EOS Climate's Refrigeration Asset System (RAS), the first cross-sector business model that focuses on refrigerants as assets.

The Refrigeration Asset System (RAS) provides refrigerant-intensive industries, such as supermarkets, hotels and manufacturers of refrigeration and HVAC equipment as well as their service contractors, with multiple asset optimization paths for their refrigerants.

The Refrigeration Asset System deploys integrated barcode scanning technology across the refrigerant value chain to track every pound of refrigerant, from the point of purchase through the end of life. Deployed at scale, the system can prevent millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from reaching the atmosphere.

After conducting a beta test of RAS in 2013, Almcoe began rolling out the system to its team of refrigeration technicians this year. The company is using the system to track its refrigerant inventory, reduce loss, manage distribution of refrigerants to supermarket customers, provide leak data for EPA compliance reporting, and capture value from refrigerant assets for itself and its customers.

"We saw during our beta test the benefits of tracking inventory with the Refrigeration Asset System and decided on the merits of that alone to implement the system," said Bill Almquist, president and owner of Almcoe Refrigeration and son of the founder. "It's going to be a great management tool for us."

The Refrigerant Asset System will enable Almcoe to treat refrigerant as an asset rather than a commodity, noted Almquist. "By treating it as an asset, we're trying to change the mindset of the industry."