The Axiom Cloud™ platform applies artificial intelligence to grocery refrigeration systems, solving some of the most painful energy and maintenance problems that grocery stores face
Richmond, CA /PRNewswire/ - Axiom Exergy and Clima-Tech Refrigeration & HVAC today announced an agreement in which Clima-Tech will be a preferred reseller and installer of the Axiom Cloud platform, and will deploy it in 200 or more supermarkets in the next few years. Clima-Tech provides refrigeration system installation, operation, and maintenance services to their customers. The Axiom Cloud's Virtual TechnicianTM service enables maintenance providers to provide higher quality service at lower prices by identifying and fixing problems before they become expensive emergencies.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) have already transformed many industries, such as automotive, aviation, and power generation. Until now, the refrigeration industry has not taken advantage of the opportunities that come with intelligent software and cloud computing. Clima-Tech plans to deploy the Axiom Cloud platform to grocery stores with these opportunities in mind.
"We will resell, install and commission the Axiom Cloud as a stand-alone product for grocery stores across our footprint whether or not we provide these stores with other maintenance services. Almost every grocery store can benefit from this technology whether they handle their maintenance inhouse or through maintenance contractors," said Ramez Naguib, CEO of Clima-Tech. "We are especially excited to combine Axiom's 'Virtual Technician' software with our large team of field technicians so that we can provide significantly better maintenance at lower costs to our customers."
The Axiom Cloud platform can be deployed to a grocery store within a single day, it connects with existing control systems and sensors rather than adding new ones, it doesn't require any changes to existing operation, and it often pays for itself in the first year of operation. The Axiom Cloud will be available for other buildings with central refrigeration systems (such as cold storage warehouses, food processing plants, and convenience stores) in the future.
Currently, customers can subscribe to two automated services through the Axiom Cloud platform:
- Virtual Technician: The Axiom Cloud leverages AI and machine learning to predict equipment failures before they occur and autonomously improve system energy efficiency and performance over time.
- Virtual BatteryTM: The Axiom Cloud transforms frozen inventory into a thermal battery, thus providing the same benefits as an intelligent electrochemical battery (demand charge management, demand response, etc.) without the expensive hardware.
Axiom Exergy initially developed the Axiom Cloud software to operate its Refrigeration Battery® solution, which adds thermal storage capacity to existing commercial refrigeration systems. The company then realized that the software had standalone value and began developing additional features that leverage AI to deliver significant benefits for customers with large cooling loads.
"The Axiom team developed the 'Virtual Technician' service accidentally," said Amrit Robbins, CEO of Axiom Exergy. "Our engineers realized that our cloud-based digital twin models can be used to predict catastrophic refrigeration failures before they occur and diagnose the root causes. Our customers were amazed when the events we predicted occurred just like we said they would. We are excited to partner with Clima-Tech so that more grocery stores can benefit from this new predictive maintenance paradigm."
Axiom Exergy and Clima-Tech are currently accepting new Axiom Cloud subscriptions.
About Axiom Exergy
Axiom Exergy uses Artificial Intelligence to transform the world's thermal systems into intelligent, flexible, and resilient assets. Our mission is to create a more sustainable future by improving the way that the world's cooling systems interact with the power grid and the atmosphere.
Axiom Exergy is a technology company based in Richmond, California with investors that include Shell Ventures, Evergy Ventures and former Tesla CTO JB Straubel. It was founded in 2015 by Amrit Robbins and Anthony Diamond, both of whom were named to Forbes "30 under 30" list in 2017. www.axiomexergy.com
Clima-Tech LLC (est. 2002) is a leading provider of refrigeration and HVAC maintenance and installation services. Clima-Tech combines best-in-class technicians with technology to serve over 1,000 commercial and light industrial buildings across California, Nevada, Arizona, and Texas. www.climatechref.com/