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On-board Compressor Technology Leads to Smarter Compressors

A new “smart compressor” features electronics platform that senses and interprets information found inside the compressor to provide new levels of diagnostics, protection and communication.

CoreSense technology from Emerson Climate Technologies advances the company’s “smart compressor” strategy using the compressor as a sensor, which includes on-board modules for select new compressor lines. This electronics platform enhances compressor and system performance by sensing and interpreting information found inside the compressor, providing new levels of diagnostics, protection, and communication.

Emerson launched the concept of compressor electronics eight years ago when its engineers developed a method to use the compressor as a sensor to detect system and electrical problems. Since then. the company has developed products for the HVACR market that help diagnose system problems before severe compressor damaging faults occur

In developing CoreSense compressor technology, pain points were sought to be identified throughout the distribution channel and drive technology that would extend system and compressor life, drive down maintenance costs, reduce system failures, and decrease warranty claims.

Emerson has begun rolling out new compressors featuring CoreSense technology on-board. Last month the company launched Copeland Discus with CoreSense Protection, an advancement to its semi-hermetic compressor line that uses the compressor as a sensor to monitor operating conditions within the compressor. Building on its compressor electronics strategy, Emerson now integrates CoreSense technology across the entire Copeland Discus compressor line up to 6 cylinder capacity.

By using the Copeland Discus compressor as a sensor, CoreSense Protection monitors and interprets system and electrical information within the compressor, shutting it down before damage occurs. Copeland Discus with CoreSense Protection alerts technicians to the most serious faults first so they can accurately and rapidly correct problems and prevent compressor failures that could suddenly generate product spoilage.

Coming soon to the commercial air conditioning market, Copeland Scroll with CoreSense Communications provides compressor data to a commercial system controller, allowing technicians to troubleshoot remotely and prepare for a job in advance.

With CoreSense Communications, Copeland Scroll compressors can stream real-time diagnostics information on the compressor's operation to the system controller. By using the compressor as a sensor, valuable data from inside the system can be accessed and monitored in real time by the controller, improving performance and reliability – even proactively shutting down the compressor to prevent a catastrophic failure.

Not only can Copeland Scroll compressors with CoreSense Communications provide real time data to the system controller, but it can also provide historical information. Faults that might have occurred in the past week and over the entire life of the compressor are available. Having this information allows the technician on the job to know exactly what the system is experiencing.

Emerson also offers CoreSense Diagnostics for Copeland Scroll compressors, a standalone module that can be installed in new or existing systems. It is designed to proactively protect compressors and help contractors troubleshoot residential air conditioning system failures.

CoreSense technology gives contractors, facility maintenance and building owners access to information inside the compressor so they can identify performance issues quickly and accurately to ensure greater reliability. When adverse operating conditions are detected, CoreSense shuts down the compressor to help avoid system damage, saving contractors, homeowners and businesses alike, valuable time and money.

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