Fusionframe

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The patented cold storage panel system from KPS Global offers the best of both worlds by integrating the structural benefits of wood with the high-performing insulative properties of foam, drastically enhancing the thermal performance and energy savings of cold storage units.

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FUSIONFRAME® Named Winner at the RAC Cooling Industry Awards 2019

Each year, the RAC Cooling Industry Awards shines a spotlight on the refrigeration and air conditioning industry’s most successful innovations and achievements. KPS Global® is thrilled to announce FUSIONFRAME®, its patented cold storage panel system, has been named a 2019 winner in the following categories: “Refrigeration Product of the Year-Components & Peripherals” and “Refrigeration Innovation of the Year-System/Process/Standalone”.

FUSIONFRAME is a new insulated polyurethane panel frame system for walk-in coolers and freezers that provides four times the R-value, or thermal performance, and has comparable structural performance to wood in span tests.

Best of Both Worlds.

In tests of a 5-inch FUSIONFRAME® insulated panel against a 5-inch woodframe panel

Hybrid rail solution combines a structural core fused together with high-performing polyurethane foam insulation.

The structural core is comparable to the structural performance of wood.

Eliminates the thermal bridge associated with wood frame panels.

Insulation jacket surrounding panel joints prevents ice buildup in the frame.

Significantly lowers condensation risk.

Increased R-Value provides 4x higher thermal performance than a traditional wood rail system.

Increased energy efficiency due to reduced heat gain.

Significantly reduces carbon footprint.

STRUCTURAL PERFORMANCE

Comparable to traditional wood framed panels in span tests.

ENERGY PERFORMANCE

Reduce heat gain through the envelope in POS freezers by 50%

THERMAL PERFORMANCE

4X Better Thermal Performance

THERMAL PERFORMANCE

Reduces life-cycle performance issues of traditional wood cold storage envelopes

FUSIONFRAME® provides the best of both worlds for grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, big-box retailers and warehousing operations by combining the structural benefits of wood with the insulative properties of foam. Store owners, operators and building designers will no longer have to compromise performance for cost again when it comes to walk-in coolers and freezers.

Mike Eakins

CEO, KPS Global

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Heat is constantly trying to fight its way into the walk-in unit through the thermal envelope – walls, ceilings, floors, doors and windows. Operators in the grocery, foodservice, convenience store, big box retail, restaurant, warehousing and scientific industries have been battling this problem since they first deployed walk-in coolers and freezers.

FUSIONFRAME®: How It Works

FUSIONFRAME® Panel System R-Value

The patented FUSIONFRAME® system is available from five strategically located facilities across the United States. Each order is custom-built to project-specific specifications.

Interested in more information on FUSIONFRAME®, contact us at (800) 633-3426 or by email at [email protected].

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Disrupting the status quo in a sector that has seen little to no innovation over the past 30 years, KPS Global® introduced FUSIONFRAME® to the industry earlier this year! Insulated panels for walk-in coolers and freezers typically require framing, and historically, those frames have been made of wood. Wood has been a popular material due to cost and the structural support they provide. However, the R-value of wood is lower than that of foam, meaning it has low resistance to conductive heat transfer. With FUSIONFRAME, KPSG delivers a patented frame system that features both the structural properties of wood-framed panels and the higher R-value of foam-framed panels. Recognized by the industry for its performance, FUSIONFRAME took home two RAC Cooling Industry awards this year!

What R-Value Is and Why It’s So Important in Walk-in Coolers and Freezers

In general terms, R-value is a measure of how well a barrier resists the conductive flow of heat from the warmer to the colder surface under steady-state conditions. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance to heat transfer. When building freezers or walk-in coolers, it’s desirable to avoid materials that create opportunities for heat transfer, such as ordinary wood framing. FUSIONFRAME, from KPSG, has 4 times the thermal performance of wood. In addition, KPSG uses closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation in their panels, not extruded polystyrene, or XPS, as some other manufacturers do. That’s because XPS only has an insulative value of R-5 per inch of thickness, whereas polyurethane insulation offers up to R-8.06 per inch thickness—the highest R-Value of any insulation used in the industry!

FUSIONFRAME® Provides a Thermally Efficient Alternative to Wood Frames

FUSIONFRAME is a high-performing polyurethane insulating tongue-and-groove component with a structural element embedded in it. This results in a framing system that increases walk-in unit R-values to a level that significantly reduces the rate of heat/humidity flow and condensation formation, while limiting issues affecting life-cycle performance that can plague traditional wood-framed systems. The key to the improved performance of this new panel-frame system is a method of construction that injects a closed-cell polyurethane foam insulation jacket around the structural member. The polyurethane is injected with a blowing agent that can form a rigid plastic, but only 3% of the material in the foam insulation is a solid. The other 97% consists of millions of minuscule air bubbles that have a blowing-agent gas inside them. These air bubbles are better able to resist the flow of heat compared to wood.

FUSIONFRAME® Offers a Number of Benefits

A traditional wood-frame system only offers an R-value of 6.25 in testing. However, KPSG’s recently introduced FUSIONFRAME system provides an R-value of 29.30—more than four times higher—without sacrificing structural integrity. In addition, the new rails use a tongue-and-groove connection, fitting together more snugly at the joints than wood, thereby creating a seal that limits moisture vapor from entering the panel joint. Further, FUSIONFRAME’s innovative design also extends walk-in cooler and freezer lifecycles by eliminating condensation development and panel joint icing. And in tests, when compared to a 5-inch wood frame panel, a 5-inch FUSIONFRAME insulated panel reduced heat gain through the freezer envelope by 50% while performing comparably in span tests. Enhancing energy efficiency for our eco-conscious customers, the FUSIONFRAME system is an environmentally friendly solution, offering a significantly reduced carbon footprint when compared to its wood counterpart.

In short, FUSIONFRAME combines the structural benefits of wood framing with the insulative properties of foam, delivering the best of both worlds for grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, big-box retailers, warehousing, and cold storage operations. KPS Global’s patented FUSIONFRAME system is available from five strategically located facilities across the United States, and each order is custom-built to project-specific specifications. Click here to find out more about FUSIONFRAME.