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Air conditioning from Launch

Published:  06 May, 2014

A dual gas station from Launch recovers, recycles and recharges R134a and R1234yf refrigerants automatically. The ECK Twin enables a quick change from one gas to the other without the risk of cross contamination as there are two separate units in the machine. Functions include oil discharge, vacuum, leak test, UV tracer dye and oil regeneration. Launch also supplies single gas stations and a range of tools and consumables, backed by technical support an on-site training.

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