The annual International Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association (IBDEA) conference recently took place in Orlando, Florida and Analox were there to talk rules, regulations and all things gas related.
The IBDEA is an international non-profit trade association representing companies that sell, lease, rent, manufacture and service beverage dispensing equipment and supplies.
IBDEA was formed in 1971 as the National Soda Dispensing Equipment Association when a group of business people decided it was in their best interests to share common information and approach industry-wide problems, focusing on resolutions for the advancement and future proofing of the beverage dispensing equipment industry.
This year’s conference covered several prominent themes within the industry including the hotly debated topic surrounding the ever-changing regulations and codes implemented by fire departments across different states, county’s and cities in the US.
Members provided several examples where their local fire department had told them they didn’t need a carbon dioxide (CO2) monitor and then two weeks later changed the regulations to enforce the installation of a CO2 monitor where gas was being stored, or where it could collect as a result of poor ventilation.
In other instances fire departments have changed their standards to impact the alarm setpoints and percentage levels of CO2 needed to be monitored. As a result, those businesses in the industry, installing beverage dispensing units using CO2, have not only been left confused but also hit with large costs when projects have been put on hold due to not being compliant with the changing standards.
These issues arise when individual fire departments interpret the NFPA and IFC codes of practice completely differently and implement their own regulations across their specific county or city.
Analox listened to these issues which are becoming more and more common in the industry and came up with a solution, the Ax60+. The new unit allows for a fully customizable set-up by the user. Alarm set-points can be changed easily by the user to adhere to any regulations implemented by fire departments, regardless of the differences in regulations state by state.
The added benefit of choosing an Analox Ax60+ monitor is you don’t have to purchase a new unit if the regulations change again after you’ve installed the unit. The user is able to change the alarm set points in-line with percentage levels that are required.
To make the monitor even more adaptable, the central unit has the capability to add more sensors for different gasses. The next available sensor will be able to monitor for oxygen, both enrichment and depletion, and will be available to buy from Summer 2017. The Ax60+ has the flexibility to monitor up to four sensors and eight alarms, of any gas combination.
With the ability to monitor oxygen levels as well as carbon dioxide, the Ax60+ is the ideal solution for bars and restaurants who are using both CO2 and nitrogen, or even helium in their installations.
Alongside the recurring discussion of changing regulations the members had several round table meetings where other issues affecting the industry could be highlighted. This included retention in recruitment challenges, software licensing, fraud in food and how to counteract it, and highlighted the importance of face to face customer relations.
The conference provided opportunities to network with all attendees during sponsored breakfasts, refreshment breaks and evening dinners, which were held to honour long established Members and welcome other Members onto the board of IBDEA. The association also encourages joint activities for all Members including a golf tournament and lawn games, creating a really enjoyable atmosphere to conduct business.
Attendees of IBDEA hold a wealth of knowledge across the entire beverage dispensing equipment industry and Analox are proud to be a part of the Association.
Apart from ‘complaining’ that they had come back a few pounds heavier and full of fizzy pop (as Coca Cola were a main sponsor) our colleagues returned feeling enlightened and more knowledgeable about the industry as a whole, and positive that Analox can provide a solution to ease some of the Members’ pain when dealing with ever changing regulations and standards of gas detection.
Author: Mel Smith, Marketing Coordinator
Founded in 1981, Analox Sensor Technology provides niche and custom gas detection solutions to industries including beverage and fast food, commercial diving and laboratories. Analox has over 325 years of collective, specialist electronics and software engineering expertise, as well as a worldwide distributor network. Contact us to see how we can provide expert gas monitoring solutions and help you achieve your goals.