endoCube FAQ’s

A few frequently asked endoCube questions and answers that you may find useful:-

  1. Has the endoCube been installed in Australia?
  2. What is an endoCube?
  3. What is the endoCubes function?
  4. How much energy will the endoCube save?
  5. It is difficult to install the endoCube or can anyone?
  6. How soon does the endoCube start to save electricity?
  7. How do I know that it is safe for my product?
  8. How does endoCube know what type of product is in the case?
  9. If the fridge is ‘on’ for longer will this not result in freezing of certain types of susceptible foods?
  10. How can the endoCube react to different sizes and densities of food?
  11. Will installing endoCube void my warranty?
  12. We already have a food monitoring system
  13. How does this work with a pressure system?
  14. How does this work with an evaporator system?
  15. How does endoCube affect the temperature inside the refrigerator or freezer?
  16. How does endoCube affect the outside temperature gauge?
  17. Do electronic delays built into refrigeration units do what endoCube does?
  18. Does endoCube meet regulations for health inspection?
  19. I’ve noticed that with the endoCube fitted the air temperature which I monitor varies much more, is that normal?
  20. endoCube or eCube?

1: “Has the endoCube been installed in Australia?”

A: Yes, the endoCube is installed in restaurants, hotels, distribution warehouses and supermarkets Australia wide

2: “What is an endoCube?”

A: Imagine if you could put your existing air temperature sensor in a piece of food without worrying that the food will go off. Now you can – the endoCube is a patented food simulant (Temperature Mimicking Sensor) accredited by HACCP Australia, designed to be fitted to either a thermostat or thermometer sensor.

3: “What is the endoCubes function?

A: Replacing the need to monitor Air Temperature, the endoCube monitors ‘Food’ temperature ensuring temperature management is significantly more accurate. A great by-product is that the endoCube SAVES ENERGY

Used as a TMS (Temperature Mimicking Sensor) ensures the fridge or freezer displays ACTUAL food temperature enhancing your monitoring system. Since the recorded temperature will be that of the food as per the Food Safety Guidelines rather than air temperature – which differs from the food temperature.

Fitted to an existing thermostat probe, the cube significantly reduces the frequency of refrigeration cycles. As your fridge and freezer change their operation from being based on ‘air’ to ‘food’, resulting in electricity savings of between 10-30% and lends to less maintenance and longer life expectancy of the equipment.

4: “How much energy will endoCube save?”

A: This will depend on various factors, which include the type, age, location, insulation and condition of the refrigeration equipment, together with the ambient air temperature. Existing endoCube installations and independent lab tests show savings of 10% to 30%.

5: “Is it difficult to install the endoCube or can anyone?”

A: To install, you need to know where the correct sensor is located and how to access it. For this reason Onergy recommends that installations to be done by a qualified refrigeration mechanic.

6: “How soon does the endoCube start to save electricity?”

A: endoCube begins making savings as soon as it is installed

7: “How do I know this is safe for my product?”

A: Onergy have worked to ensure that the endoCube is accredited by HACCP Australia ensuring our product meets our customer food safety requirements.

8: “How does endoCube know what type of product is in the case?”

A: How does a thermostat know whether it contains hot or cold liquid? It is the same principle. endoCube does not “know” what is in the case it simply insulates the probe with a patented compound that is similar to most foods. In other words, there is much less of a difference between the thermodynamic properties of “endoCube vs. product,” than there is between the thermodynamic properties of “air vs. product.”

9: “If the fridge is ‘on’ for longer will this not result in freezing of certain types of susceptible foods? “

A: All fridges and freezers work to a set differential and temperatures within the food storage area are different in different locations (hot and cold spots) when operated by the air temperature, with the endoCube this is still the same, however with the endoCube fitted the on-cycles are longer leading to a colder storage area and it is important to account for this by simply re-adjusting the thermostat to maintain the correct temperature.

10: “How can the endoCube react to different sizes and densities of food? “

A: It does not react differently and neither does the fridge/freezer if it is operating based on the air temperature. All food parcels will eventually reach the same temperature, some may take a bit longer than others whether you use an endoCube or not. This has been verified by HACCP Australia.

11: “Will installing endoCube void my warranty?”

A: No. Manufacturer’s warranty is for defects in materials or workmanship, neither of which is affected by endoCube. endoCube has no mechanical or electrical parts and is therefore “non-invasive” to the refrigeration system. There is functionally no difference between installing an endoCube and changing the usage pattern of the cooler or freezer.

12: “We already have a food monitoring system…”

A: There are some stand-alone food monitoring systems that allow customers to drop a device into a case that transmits food temperature back to a monitoring system. The important thing to focus on is that endoCube also does that but pays for itself. So, endoCube is a self-financing food monitoring system, which puts it way ahead of the competition.

13: “How does this work with an evaporator system?”

A: By simply substituting the existing evaporator thermostat with an inexpensive air thermostat, endoCube can deliver the same energy and equipment savings in an evaporator system.

14: “How does this work with a pressure system?”

A: It can work with a pressure system, if they have thermostats in the cases and reconfigure the system to regulate refrigeration supply based on changes in endoCube temperature. Alternatively, it can simply be used as a food monitoring system, sending product temperature back to their IT systems for each case or zone.

15: “How does endoCube affect the temperature inside the refrigerator or freezer?”

A: endoCube actually lowers the air (“case”) temperature due to more efficient cooling and, to compensate for this new lower temperature, the thermostat setting is adjusted upward. In other words, endoCube achieves the same air temperature with a higher set point, thus saving energy.

16: “How does endoCube affect the outside temperature gauge?

A: endoCube lowers the inside air temperature and, therefore, the temperature reflected on the outside gauge. The temperature on the display will also be more accurate as it will not be as influenced by warm air rushing into the case from an open door just before the inspection.

17: “Do electronic delays built into refrigeration units do what endoCube does?”

A: No.  They serve two entirely different functions.  Electronic delays are designed to protect the microprocessor while the air probe continues to monitor the ambient temperature.  Electronic delays do not affect the compressor cycling patterns, which is how endoCube ultimately delivers energy savings.

18: “Does endoCube meet regulations for health inspection?”

A: Absolutely, the Onergy endoCube is accredited by HACCP Australia. Food safety inspectors typically probe foods inside refrigeration units to determine food core temperature. Since endoCube regulates core food temperature more accurately and consistently, the inspections will meet guidelines for food safety.

19: ” I’ve noticed that with the endoCube fitted the air temperature which I monitor varies much more, is that normal? “

A. Yes, because you now have a fridge/freezer operating based on the actual food temperature, and you will find that the food temperature will be kept within the set parameters. Generally speaking the guidelines relating to temperature control are all about food temperature and that is logical as it is the food temperature that is important, not the air temperature.

20: “endoCube or eCube?”

A. Previously the endoCube was sold under the name eCube. At the direction of the manufacture all registered and guaranteed product is  sold only as the endoCube and not the eCube.