Campbell`s Soup Company`s Napoleon facility increases accuracy and reduces inspection times with ESS

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Campbell's Soup Company, one of the largest soup producers in the world, has been a leader in protecting the environment for years. Households around the world have depended on Campbell's to deliver high quality, great tasting soup and to serve as responsible corporate citizen by preserving the environment. So when the Campbell's facility in Napoleon, Ohio needed to find a more efficient and cost-effective way to track all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochloroflurocarbons (HCFCs) as part of its refrigerant compliance management, greenhouse gas observance and EPA compliance programs, it called on ESS.

Campbell's Soup Napoleon utilizes Refrigerant Compliance Management Software from ESS to track repairs, refrigerant disposal and employee tasks in order to ensure that refrigerants are safely handled without the release of CFC's and HCFC's, which can be harmful to the earth's atmosphere. It's a daunting task for Campbell's Napoleon facility whose 65-acre under-roof area makes it the world's largest food manufacturing facility.

For Robert Counselman, the Napoleon facility's refrigeration manager, the goal is to make EPA regulatory inspections as quick and painless as possible for his team. 'If the EPA walks in, I want to give them that instant Mmm, Mmm good feeling that everything is fine, because it is. Our goal is for all future audits to be done in less than an hour with auditors leaving confident it's done right,' Counselman says.

With Refrigerant Compliance Management Software, meeting EPA regulations for refrigerant compliance is easy. This software allows managers to prepare customized refrigerant compliance reports that are readily available in seconds. Managers can now build a comprehensive history of service records that will help manage and control valuable EPA-regulated inventory from purchase to disposal.

Napoleon staff will be able to track refrigerant additions and removal, refrigeration malfunctions, refrigerant leakage and consumption rates, repairs, and employee certifications. All of this information is stored digitally, allowing easy access and efficient data management, therefore reducing paper processes that can hamper communication and accuracy. Policies, procedures and technologies such as these allow Campbell's to show that it is socially responsible and playing it's part in helping to control climate change.

'I use one main contractor for my large repairs and to expedite paperwork. I have him set up with his own licensed copy of the RCM program in which he directly enters the data, and gives me a backup for my machine. This has speeded up the paperwork process 100% and has eliminated inaccuracies, since I could never read his writing anyway,' Counselman says.

To help with unanticipated EPA inspections and internal training, Counselman created a photo journal of exactly how Campbell's pumps down a unit that needs to be disposed, and how it is properly identified for recycling. 'We have our own CFC FREE stickers we attach to units along with a waterproof packet of documents explaining that the unit was properly pumped down,' Counselman said. 'In addition, we maintain a set of blueprints pinpointing the exact location of all CFC units over 50 pound capacity throughout the facility, since that's what the EPA likes to see if they come for inspections. Right now, we are in the process of entering a photo of each unit along with the normal unit data in the RCM program. This is a very nice feature we value with the ESS Refrigerant Compliance Management program; being able to identify the unit with a photo and not just numbers. If the EPA wanted to see the 50 pound unit, they would find it identified with a large warning signage, stating you must be a licensed CFC technician to work on the unit or stay away. The signage also identifies the capacities and contents of the unit.'

Special signage on units notifies EPA auditors and others that Campbell's policies do not allow non-licensed technicians to work on CFC-containing units. It's just another example of Campbell's demonstrating their continuing commitment towards environmental climate control and operational excellence.

For Campbell's, use of cumbersome point processes and multiple programs is no longer necessary for tracking installations, tasks, and employee qualifications. Refrigerant Compliance Management Software reduces complexity by providing access to information within seconds while also improving data integrity.

'When it comes to inaccuracies, we have gone from 5 to 20 every month to just about nil now,' Counselman says.

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