Dometic Wins IBEX Innovation Award for VARC48 Variable Capacity Chiller


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Dometic Wins IBEX Innovation Award for VARC48 Variable Capacity Chiller

The Dometic VARC48 chiller adjusts capacity output based on load demand, reducing energy consumption and stress on a boat’s generator

Tampa, Fla. – Sept. 30, 2013 – Dometic Marine, a division of Dometic Group, a global provider of leisure products for the marine, truck, caravan, motor home and automotive markets, today announced that its new Dometic VARC48 variable capacity chiller has been chosen for an IBEX Innovation Award in the Mechanical Systems category at this year’s International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX).

“We are thrilled that the IBEX judges have recognized the advanced design and engineering of the VARC48, a variable capacity chiller for pleasure boats and workboats,” said Ned Trigg, Senior VP of Global Marine Sales, Dometic Americas. “The Dometic VARC48 is the first chiller of its kind to adjust capacity output based on the current load demand. It is highly efficient, providing just the right amount of needed cooling, reducing energy costs and the size of generator needed on-board.”

The VARC48 has a 1- to 4-ton (12,000 to 48,000 BTU) capacity and continuously adjusts itself to meet load demands. Its steady operation maintains a more constant load on the generator. Instead of turning on or off, it speeds up or slows down as needed to produce more or fewer BTUs. Also, there is no in-rush of current when starting, reducing demand on the entire electrical system.

“While a boat may need a 4-ton chiller to handle extreme conditions and get things comfortable onboard at start-up, it seldom needs all that power thereafter. Yet each time a temperature adjustment is needed from an ordinary marine chiller, the entire 4-ton system comes on and runs for a period, then turns off. This causes large power swings on the generator,” said Trigg. “Boat owners will find that with the VARC48, they use less power, require a smaller generator and have reduced maintenance on their electrical systems due to fewer starts and stops.”

Three operating modes—Econo, Standard, and Boost—let boat owners limit the maximum allowable amperage to one of three adjustable amp limits. Econo mode maximizes efficiency and minimizes power requirements. Standard mode offers a normal balance of capacity and efficiency. Boost can be used at start-up or in extreme conditions, allowing the chiller to run at a higher capacity to make the boat hot or cold on demand.

An optional high-resolution color touchscreen provides users with a dynamic interface, system metrics and control. The Dometic VARC48 also supports Dometic’s optional Smart Touch Integrated Intelligence Control (STIIC) software. STIIC allows boat owners to monitor and troubleshoot their VARC48 marine chiller units, or other Dometic equipment on-board, via a free mobile app from anywhere in the world.

The Dometic VARC48 variable capacity chiller is on display at IBEX Booth 819 Sept. 30-Oct. 2.

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Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, is the world’s largest supplier of innovative and technologically advanced comfort systems and equipment for yachts and pleasure boats and a major supplier of HVAC, engine room ventilation, watermakers, and toilet systems to the commercial, workboat and military markets.

A specialist supplier to OEM, refit and repair and aftermarkets, Dometic Marine has an unmatched support network of company-owned offices located in 12 strategic regions across the globe supported by numerous marine R&D facilities and factories. The products are further supported in the field by factory-authorized distributors, dealers and service engineers offering a global presence in over 100 countries worldwide.

Leisure boats from 20 feet to mega-yachts are users of the company’s premium brands which include Condaria, Cruisair®, Dometic, Marine Air Systems®, SeaLand® and WAECO. Their extensive product range includes marine air conditioning, ship-wide ventilation systems, watermakers, sanitation systems, refrigerators, stoves, battery chargers and other equipment for the leisure market.

Dometic’s commercial HVAC and engine room ventilation systems can be fitted to the broadest range of commercial vessels and conform to NMMA and ASHRAE standards; the company is ISO 9001:2008 certified.

Dometic Group is a customer-driven, world-leading provider of leisure products for the caravan, motor home, automotive, truck and marine markets. Dometic supplies the industry and aftermarket with a complete range of air conditioners, engine room ventilation systems, watermakers, refrigerators, awnings, cookers, sanitation systems, lighting, mobile power equipment, comfort and safety solutions, windows, doors and other equipment that makes leisure life more comfortable away from home. Dometic Group supplies a wide range of workshop equipment for service and maintenance of built-in air conditioning. Dometic Group also provides specially designed refrigerators for hotel rooms, offices, wine storage, and the transport and storage of medical products.

Dometic’s products are sold in almost 100 countries and are produced mainly in wholly owned production facilities around the world. Dometic has approximately 6,000 employees.

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Fastlane Communications
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Dometic Marketing Contact:
Doug Curtis
Vice President, Marketing
Dometic Group Americas

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