Hands-on Refrigeration Training
Thermotron understands that the most effective way to help a student learn is through hands-on experience. Retention and efficiency improves when skills are practiced and applied in a setting that simulates an actual real work experience. That’s why when instructors from a local vocation education program approached Thermotron with a concept for an unconventional Refrigeration Trainer that would allow students to build a working refrigeration system, Thermotron designed and developed the S4-T Refrigeration Trainer.
The self-contained training unit allows students to build a functional refrigeration and heating system in a safe classroom environment where they can make and learn from their mistakes. The Trainer can be tailored to meet the needs of students with a wide range of skill sets and experience levels, from the beginner to intermediate and advanced levels. Instructors have the ability to inject failures or faults into the Trainer that students must troubleshoot and repair.
An insulated and conditioned test space controls high and low temperatures and allows students to get positive feedback. The Trainer can be run for extended periods of time, providing meaningful test duration and indicating whether the students’ project is functioning to specifications. The S4-T has been built with student safety in mind. An electrical disconnect switch shuts off power to the electrical panel when the electrical compartment door is opening, keeping the student safe. A transparent Plexiglas guard over the rear plenum wall provides finger safe protection from circulator fan blades, cold evaporator coils and hot heater elements.
Lending a clean and professional appearance to any program’s classroom setting, the S4-T utilizes casters and can be stocked with inventory and safely removed to storage when not in use. The Trainer can simulate low, medium or high temperature refrigeration cycles and can be assembled using capillary tubes or expansion valves as required to emulate a variety of refrigeration configurations. The versatile S-4T Trainer can be used for programs to teach adult or community education as well as high school through college level programs.
For more information about Thermotron’s S4-T Refrigeration Trainer or to learn if its right for your program, contact one of our Thermotron application engineers.