James Caylor, PE, is an independent consulting Mechanical Engineer specializing in NH3 and CO2 Refrigeration Systems used in process and cold storage applications. Clients have included Leprino Foods, Safeway, Dreyer’s, Tyson, ConAgra, Unilever, Nestlé, Imperial Irrigation District, Lineage Logistics, and Grupo Kuo (Kekén).
Background Information - Mr. Caylor's first 15 years in the refrigeration business were spent as a service and startup technician, including a UA steamfitter apprenticeship, 11 years in the industrial field and the final 8 years self-employed as Caylor Refrigeration. He then returned to college and graduated from Arizona State University in 2000 with a BSME.
Mr. Caylor worked as a project engineer for two design/build contractors and became a PE before moving to Tyson Foods’ corporate design group in 2005. He joined Jacobs Engineering’s Food and Beverage Group in Fort Worth in 2007, finished in 2013 as Deputy Director in charge of all refrigeration projects and opened his own consulting firm in 2014.
Litigation Support - Mr. Caylor has been retained in seven expert witness cases, including one completed and two more scheduled depositions. Two of these are currently preparing for trial and one for arbitration. Disputes tend to fall into one of three categories:
Component Function - System Design / Installation/ Operation - Regulatory Compliance
Mr. Caylor has also consulted for lawyers representing a food processing firm facing EPA citations at multiple plants. His forensic analysis services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include site review, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
Areas of Expertise:
- System Design and Design Review (owner’s agent)
- Mechanical Code Review (IIAR, IFC/IMC, ASME B31.5, ASHRAE Std 15)
- Operational analysis
- Industrial Process Refrigeration
- Cold Storage
- Carbon Dioxide
- OSHA / EPA
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Refrigeration system designers and users incur regulatory liability from their design documents’ claims of B31.5 compliance when these are based on only partial knowledge of its requirements. This article will clarify these requirements, suggest current and legacy resources for accomplishing the calculations and hopefully promote a greater overall familiarity with B31.5.