Northern Plains April 2019 RETA Chapter meeting
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When: 4/18/2019
6:00 PM
Where: West Central Turkey
704 North Broadway
Pelican Rapids, Minnesota  56572
United States
Contact: Tim Kohrs

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Good Day. Well it looks like the weather is finally changing towards spring and summer, except for the next couple of days. Button down the hatches, could be a couple rough days but the weather men are wrong sometimes. Still have a way to go but looks promising. Once again for the people that are keeping track, I hit number 46 on March 21st and number 47 on April 4th. My poor vehicles.


The March meeting was held at the Cargill in Monticello, MN. The facility was great, the food was great, and the company was great. I think these guys set the bar a little higher for some of us. The video that was running when we walked in was great, it showed us the production floor without given out any trade secrets. We saw what we needed to see to understand what the operation was.  Thanks to Loren, Travis, and crew. The presentation was done by Brian Hughes from Houghton Chemical. His presentation was on Heat Transfer Fluids.

He explained that water is the best but freezes at 32F and boils at 212F.

If you add glycol to it you can change the range in most cases to -60F and 250F along with taking care of the corrosion that water alone causes. When you have a system that needs glycol you should never use soft water, Deionized is the best. As we all hear if a little is good a lot is better however this is not true in the heat transfer world. We also learned that you should be testing your loops for the buffering solution so corrosion does not happen. Bottom line is that there is more to Heat Transfer Solution is forgiving but you need to monitor it. Thanks to Brian for a great presentation. It was a good meeting all the way around. Thanks again to all the helped making it a success.


The April 18th meeting will be held at West Central Turkey in Pelican Rapids, MN. at 704 North Broadway. Park on the North Side of the building but make sure to leave enough room for the shag truck to get thru. About midway down the north wall there is a stair case climb to the top and enter thru door N5. The meeting will be held up stairs. It will start at 6 pm with a light lunch, with a presentation starting at 7 pm. The topic for the presentation will be on What is a Electrical Maintenance Program, how to start, how to maintain, what not to do, and what can a service tech do when they show up by code. I am working with 3 presenter, one (who is a great speaker and understands the code) has committed to do it but of course he thinks the other 2 would do a better job, so we will see who shows up. All 3 will do a great job. After the presentation there will be a tour.


This will be the last time you can get tickets or turn in money for the grand door prize given away before the Refrigeration Day. Remember if you sale one of the winning tickets for the Pellet Grill or Under Water Camera, or the Amazon Fire you win $200. Also when selling these tickets there will be more than these 3 prizes, there will be some gift cards.


Just a reminder, if you attended a meeting thru the year you have a chance of winning $500 for each time you attended. After the March meeting we had 225 people attend meeting. There has been 3 people that have attended all the meetings. Make sure when you attend a meeting to sign in along check to see if I updated it correctly.


The Refrigeration Awareness Day is just around the corner. We have 21 vendors that have contacted us and confirmed that they will be setting up booths. I know that there is still a couple out there that are still considering it. I have attached the invites and the schedule for your viewing pleasure.


Like always pass this e-mail on to anyone you think that can benefit from attending a meeting.



Tim Kohrs


Northern Plains Chapter of RETA









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