Refrigeration Research Blogs

The Norge Rollator

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The Norge Company rose to prominence in the refrigeration industry to become the second leading manufacturer under the leadership of the president of the company,Howard Blood in the 1930's.Blood combined style and innovation to produce the most efficient and reliable models. The unique "Rollator" rotary compressor was the heart of their system unlike all the other models on the market which used reciprocating compressors. 

A Pioneer Dies

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Herbert C. Kellogg established the Temprite Products Company in 1929 and it continues today as a major manufacturer of components for the refrigeration industry. However, before it focused on components it was also a manufacturer of complete assemblies, most notably the Temprite Cooler which was the fruit of meticulous experimentation by Mr. Kellogg.  

The Inventor of Fast Food

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Louis A.M. Phelan and Clifford Hotchkiss combined their fertile minds to produce many original ideas for the control of refrigeration equipment. After applying for and receiving several patents in the area of electrical switches, they formed the Absolute Con-Tac-Tor Corporation in Beloit, Wisconsin. They were the first to effectively utilize mercury as a conducting fluid inside an evacuated tube containing contacts which became the forerunner of the thermostat of the Honeywell Corporation after they purchased the rights from Phelan and Hotchkiss. The two men also developed the first electro-mechanical switches which became the forerunners for contactor switches and relays so widely used throughout the refrigeration industry.

The Leonard Refrigerator

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Charles Leonard improved the sanitation of the Ice Box by introducing removable liners and flues. The Leonard Refrigerator Company eventually produced electric refrigerators and became one of the largest producers in the USA until it merged with Kelvinator Corporation.

The First Oil Separator

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Feed back from the field has historically inspired new ideas for components such as the oil separator. Often it is the service person who recognizes a need and offers a solution to problems in the field that has lead to new designs and innovations.