PRODUCTS: Less than a year after its launch, a new transactional website enabling engineers to purchase chiller spares online has proved to be a multi-million-pound success for Johnson Controls.
The EasyParts website enables engineers to purchase major spare parts such as compressor rotors, valves and motors online. Top selling items like oil filters, sensors and chiller safety devices are all easily accessible.
John Pritchard, Parts Director HVAC & R said: “The aim in setting up the service was simple - to make it as easy as possible for engineers and maintenance companies to order genuine replacement parts for York brand chillers online. It has worked incredibly well, and we are pleased with the rapid take-up.”
For engineers, there are several benefits of ordering online. The site gives 24/7 access to spares with expedited delivery, important in situations where plant has suffered a breakdown. Orders placed before 2.30pm can be delivered next day.
Users can see real-time stock levels for replacement components, and the
current status of orders, enabling engineers to track deliveries. It also provides access to order history and associated paperwork, such as invoices.
Importantly, the site uses photographs of spares to provide visual confirmation of the relevant part. It includes pictures for most of the company’s 15,000 active lines of stock.
“We wanted to create an Amazon-type site for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. This is now part of everyday life, and most people are familiar with it and comfortable using it,” says John Pritchard.
The site is underpinned by a huge knowledge bank, containing details of most of the components used in the manufacture of York brand chillers since production began. The database contains some 200,000,000 individual records, taken from the Bills of Materials (BOMs) for York chillers.
These contain detailed engineering data and component lists for every machine made. Chillers are identified with a unique serial number, printed on the data plate inside the chillers’ controls cabinet. There are believed to be around 10,000 York chillers installed in the UK and many more further afield across Europe.
The site is designed to be dynamic and grow over time. As new chillers are manufactured and installed, the knowledge base is constantly updated.
“We began with information on chillers made in the original York Basildon plant, and then expanded to include machines made at other factories across the globe. That process is continuing as we build the knowledge bank,” says John Pritchard. “It is an ongoing project, and as the database expands it becomes evermore useful for customers.”
Johnson Controls provides training in the use of the system at its Basildon site, or on-line, and will also be demonstrating how it works to visitors at the forthcoming ACR Show 2016, taking place at the NEC from 16 to 18 February 2016.
The website is located at https://easyparts.johnsoncontrols.com
UK: Carrier Rental Systems (UK) Ltd, the UK’s leading temperature control hire specialist, has introduced full Building Energy Management System (BEMS) capability for its fleet of chillers, enabling chillers on temporary cooling duty to be fully integrated into a building’s existing control system.
The addition of BEMS capability to temporary chillers enables the customer’s existing BEMS to automatically control the machine and send signals for run, fault, remote on/off. It also allows end-users to optimise chiller performance for occupant comfort and energy consumption. It will particularly benefit temporary cooling projects in complex and critical applications such as hospitals, data centres, manufacturing industry and large commercial offices.
“Traditionally, rental chillers operate as stand-alone units, independent of existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems,” says Marc White, director, Carrier Rental Systems. “With the addition of the new BEMS capability, temporary unitsm can be fully integrated into a building’s existing systems and work seamlessly to optimise building control and energy efficiency.”
A temporary cooling system operating independently, without BEMS capability, may work in opposition to existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) systems, which can incur a large energy penalty and result in high running costs.
The company’s solution is to offer a new range of hire chillers with full BEMS connectivity built in, enabling them to be linked into the existing building system and come under its overarching supervision.
“Today’s buildings have intelligent, algorithm-based controls designed to integrate the operation of the existing HVAC system. The arrival of a stand-alone temporary chiller can have a negative impact on the carefully calibrated balance of the system, particularly as the temporary chiller is often a replacement for an existing chiller that is either being repaired or replaced – and therefore offline,” said Marc White.
The new approach addresses and overcomes this problem, offering end-users and building managers a significant additional benefit to maintain overall building performance, optimise occupant comfort, and minimise running costs and environmental impact during chiller rental periods.
A Carrier chiller with onboard BEMS capability was deployed recently as part of a temporary cooling project at a hospital in Northern Ireland. It enabled the chiller to be fully integrated within the hospital’s central building control and monitoring system, ensuring conditions were maintained within required limits for patients and staff in medical wards and operating theatres.
The company’s new chiller fleet with full BEMS capability is available nationwide for hire, for a variety of commercial applications.
UK: Daikin Applied (UK) Ltd has announced the appointment of Bob Cowlard as their new Managing Director. Bob’s appointment will enable the company to move onto the next stage of its development and growth following the April ’15 name change from McQuay (UK) Ltd.
Bob’s extensive HVAC industry experience includes UK distribution, leading European roles at another Japanese manufacturer as well as most recently the MD’s role at Electronic controls company Carel.
"I feel very fortunate to have this chance as it is one of those rare opportunities where the new MD gets to join an already successful business with an existing senior management team in place, as no one is leaving to make space for me, this allows me the chance to review the business and then focus upon the improvements that I can bring. Having Jim Henley leading the sales I know that these will go from strength to strength, so whilst not wanting to pre-empt anything at this stage, I do know that I will be focusing a good amount of my time at the manufacturing facility at Cramlington and also upon the marketing and brand positioning of the product range, both the current and the future development that we will put In place’’ Bob stated.
‘’No one needs to be reminded what the Daikin name represents in the air conditioning market and it is now clear that the same market leading approach needs to be brought to the Applied (AHU & Chiller) side of the business. To some people it is not clear what the difference between the two businesses are in the UK, in short, it is all about the sales channel and customer experience but I’m hoping that in the next few months that will become much clearer as the Daikin Applied offering is strengthened.’’
For more information about Daikin Applied (UK) Ltd and Daikin Applied Service visit www.daikinapplied.uk
UK: The first UK installation of Rhoss EXP hybrid cooling and heating technology from Klima-Therm has been completed at the new Creative Industries Centre at Kingston College, London.
The three-storey state-of-the art facility is designed to offer outstanding energy efficiency, and houses the college’s programmes in art and design, fashion, photography, music and games design.
The innovative heat pump-based chiller was installed by Lowe & Oliver, and specified by consultant Hamson JPA for its excellent energy efficiency and ability to provide simultaneous chilled water and hot water, linked to whole-building energy harvesting.
Standing for excellence in polyvalent technology, EXP is a new type of hybrid chiller heat pump and heat recovery system that automatically balances simultaneous cooling and heating demands, optimising total energy use and heat recovery within multi-compartmented buildings, to deliver maximum efficiency and occupant comfort.
It is a unique combination of three technologies: a high efficiency heat pump based chiller, an energy recovery system, and a sophisticated control system that regulates and optimises the functioning of the combined system across a building to deliver the lowest possible energy usage while delivering set conditions.
Predicted load profiles for the new college building suggested EXP would provide an ideal solution, given the requirement for simultaneous heating and cooling across the building for much of the year. The unit specified, an EXP TXAETY 2100 with cooling capacity of 105kW and heating capacity of 83kW, has intelligent on-board controls to ensure delivery of heating and cooling to meet the building’s changing demands with little BMS intervention.
The chiller has separate heat exchangers for chilled and hot water production, and unlike other heat pump-based systems these are connected separately to their respective hot and chilled circuits by dedicated pipe work.
Temperature sensors across the relevant evaporator or hot water production heat exchanger enable the chiller to sense changes in cooling and heating requirements. When demand is for cooling only or heating only, the air-cooled condenser section of the chiller is used to reject or absorb heat as required, boosting efficiency and improving overall sytem performance for the comfort of building occupants.
Andrew Latus, who headed the project for Klima-Therm said: “The building design and diverse use lends itself to EXP technology. This, coupled with the requirements for class leading efficiency to meet the building’s green credentials, provided an excellent application for the technology.”
Michael White, who headed up the project for Lowe & Oliver, said: “We have worked with Klima-Therm on previous occasions, and they were able to provide comprehensive technical documentation and proof of performance for the EXP system. EXP provides a good solution in situations where there is a simultaneous demand for cooling and hot water, and particularly in a building where there is significant potential for internal heat recovery.”
For more details, contact: Klima-Therm, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call +44(0) 208 971 4195.
UK: Toshiba has expanded its UK distribution network with the appointment of Alpha Air Building Management Systems as a distributor of its full range of air conditioning products.
The agreement covers Toshiba split systems, heat pumps and high efficiency VRF air conditioning. This includes the manufacturer’s class-leading SMMS-e VRF system, launched last month, which perfectly complements Alpha Air’s focus on end user and specification sales.
The move, which will see Alpha Air supply Toshiba products on an exclusive basis, is part of Toshiba’s ambitious growth strategy to double sales by 2020, announced earlier this year.
Alpha Air is headed by Steve Shoubridge, a well-known industry figure with a track record in air conditioning distribution. After establishing a successful high-level building controls business, Alpha Air is now looking to combine its proprietary technology with Toshiba air conditioning to create a unique offering.
Steve Shoubridge said: “The Toshiba product is outstanding in terms of efficiency and reliability. The company is also leading the industry in terms of warranty and support. We believe a combination of Toshiba air conditioning and Alpha Air building controls will provide end users with a complete solution that will be hard to beat.”
Alpha Air is working with a number of national chains, including food retailers, car manufacturers and financial services companies, on the roll-out of its new approach to managing and controlling HVAC plant in multi-branch estates.
“The key is energy efficiency and sustainability,” says Steve Shoubridge. “Nationals have a number of objectives - they want to reduce running costs for their estates and cut carbon emissions, while ensuring a productive and comfortable environment for staff and customers.
“Toshiba’s new SMMS-e, in particular, is a star product that delivers exceptional savings, while ensuring the resilience and reliability required for high quality buildings.”
Alpha Air’s new building control platform, Hyperion, is designed to be compatible and easy to integrate with air conditioning systems and related plant. Installers can use its drag-and-drop interface to quickly configure systems, opening up new opportunities for the trade.
Alpha Air joins existing Toshiba distributors AMP Air, Cool Designs, CSD, DYSK and Hushon in the UK, plus GT Phelan in Ireland, and nationwide wholesaler Climate Center.
To find out more about Alpha Air visit www.alpha-air.co.uk
UK: Refrigeration specialist, Adande, has announced that the company and its consortium partners is to invest over £4 million in the further development of Aircell technology. Designed to improve the energy efficiency and operational performance of open front, multi deck refrigerated display cabinets.
The investment, funded by equity finance and a £2.1 million AMSCI grant will allow the company and its consortium partners, including refrigerated cabinet manufacturer, The Bond Group, to take the technology to new levels and meet retailers’ specific merchandising requirements in the UK and abroad.
Part of the investment is to go towards the construction of three state-of-the-art test chambers for the research, development and testing of refrigeration systems at the Adande factory in Lowestoft.
In addition to the establishment of the research, development and test chambers, Adande will be creating a dedicated facility, housing CAD resources and a sophisticated computational fluid dynamics’ suite, for the numerical analysis of complex issues, relating to fluid flows and simulation scenarios such as turbulent flows.
Furthermore, the ongoing Aircell development programme will also have positive recruitment implications. It is projected that the establishment of technical and engineering teams, as well as associated management, sales and administrative roles, will lead to 12 new jobs at Adande within the next twelve months, with nearly 100 jobs created by 2024.
How it works
Aircell is a unique and patented airflow management system, which has been designed to improve the energy efficiency and operational performance of open front, refrigerated multi deck retail display cabinets.
It works by dividing the merchandising envelope of the refrigerated display case into separate airflow managed cells with small, low-pressure air columns. Each cell has its own air curtain, which is more efficient than a full height air curtain on a conventional multi deck case. The net result is less pressure on the air curtain of each cell and a substantial reduction in cold air spillage from the case.
Crucially, Aircell does not require back panel flow to support the air curtain, so it does not over cool and freeze food at the rear of the cabinet.
The key benefits of Aircell for the retailer
Adande Managing Director Ian Wood said, “Aircell has been successfully tested under independent laboratory conditions and a pre-production model has undergone live trials.
“Our investment plans and the AMSCI grant will enable us to accelerate the development of the technology to meet the requirements of retailers and original equipment manufacturers, at home and abroad.”
To find out more about the Adande Aircell technology visit http://adanderefrigeration.com/products/Aircell
UK: Carrier has announced the launch of a new monitoring solution that offers unprecedented levels of choice and performance by providing building owners and maintenance staff to track and remotely monitor their heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems, and receive expert analysis and recommendations from Carrier experts.
To meet the needs of each user, the solution comes in three levels: standard, premium and infinite, with services including automatic alarm notification and corrective actions, data analysis and specific recommendations from Carrier experts to optimize resource allocation.
The service enables improved response through alarm monitoring and pre-diagnostics, allowing the identification of a potential issue before it occurs. Corrective actions can be taken quickly, either on site or via a remote connection to the equipment.
This monitoring solution adapts to a broad range of systems, new or existing, and can also be connected to non-Carrier equipment.
A Web portal offers customers a single point of connection to access and monitor all their sites at the chiller or chiller plant level. The system links the equipment to Carrier’s data center through a dedicated virtual network via dedicated Access Point Name: no data will circulate through the Internet, and there are no extra telecom costs.
“Through this new offering, Carrier delivers an advanced monitoring solution with Carrier’s expert know-how. It is an effective way for our customers to monitor their sites and installations and maintain them at top performance levels,” said Adam Pinfold, Technical Development Manager, Carrier Controls UK Ltd.
To find out more about Carrier’s new monitoring solution contact Phil Treacher on 01372 220 220, or email email@example.com
Carrier operates in the UK as Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd and is the world leader in high performance heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls and Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
UK: Hubbard Products, the world-leading Suffolk refrigeration manufacturer has announced plans that it is to relocate its research, development and manufacturing facilities to a prestigious 50,000 sq ft site at Europark, Ipswich.
After 42 years at its current home in Otley, north of Ipswich the UK’s leading developer of energy efficient, low-carbon refrigeration will be moving its 165 strong workforce in stages from November 2015 to January 2016.
Pat Maughan, Chief Executive Hubbard Products Ltd, said “Our success at developing innovative refrigeration solutions in collaboration with some of the UK’s best-known retailers and developers of zero carbon technology means that we have outgrown the site.
“The new site is well-placed for transport links alongside the A14 for UK wide access and within minutes of the main East Coast container ports that service our increasing export sales to North America, Europe and Asia. The Europark location offers us the opportunity to reorganise and update our future manufacturing systems to suit our growing ambitions and technical requirements. This development will enable us to respond promptly and precisely to the changing needs of the global markets we sell to.”
The company will occupy a group of three units consisting of over 46,500 sq ft of manufacturing and storage facility and an additional 3,000 sq ft of administrative, sales and marketing suites.
The news comes following the announcement of the Dearman Engine Company and Hubbard Products exclusive refrigeration technology partnership.
The development of Hubbard’s Dearman powered nitrogen transport refrigeration system is expected to have a major effect on removing diesel particulates (NOx) from city environments in coming years and is receiving significant global support from policy makers, environmental lobbyists and governments.
UK: Dearman, has renewed its’ technology partnership with Hubbard Products, Europe’s leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of commercial and transport refrigeration equipment.
The partnership will see both companies work together to further develop and bring to market a highly efficient and cost-effective zero-emission transport refrigeration system based around the revolutionary Dearman engine.
The agreement cements their relationship and confirms that both companies will work together, not only to continue to develop the zero-emission transport refrigeration technology, but also to bring it to market internationally.
Pat Maughan, Managing Director of Hubbard Products said: “Revolution is crucial for the future of Transport Refrigeration, for a long while the refrigeration industry has relied on improving old technologies. We believe that approach is a compromise too far and is now irrelevant to the needs of the future. The fresh thinking that Dearman has brought to the table has been revelatory. New ideas create huge opportunities, and the Dearman Hubbard partnership is a chance to create a cost-effective, cleaner and more sustainable environment.”
The Dearman-powered Hubbard transport refrigeration system will build upon on- vehicle trials already conducted by Dearman and extensive lab testing.
The zero emission system eliminates all of the PM and NOx emissions associated with diesel. This is a significant improvement, as existing transport refrigeration units can be up to 29 times more polluting than much larger Euro VI diesel engines.
Commercial trials of the system will begin in the UK later this year, with extended international trials to begin in 2016.
UK: The warm autumn spell could give way to one of the coldest winters for many years, according to forecasters, with a high risk of significant snowfall. Following the warning, temporary heating and cooling specialist Carrier Rental Systems is gearing up to ensure it is able to support customers.
The Met Office says the El Niño effect, a major influence on UK winter weather conditions, will be the strongest since 1950. Scientists warn that conditions could be similar to those in the winter of 2009-10, when heavy snow caused widespread disruption across the country, closing airports and affecting rail and roads. During December 2009, the average UK temperature was 1deg C, the coldest month on record.
In preparation for expected high demand, Carrier Rental Systems has further expanded its heating rental fleet, to ensure it can respond to requests from customers for emergency top-up heating and replacement systems for plant breakdowns during an extended cold snap.
The company has invested in a new fleet of high efficiency boilers, integrated heating packages, fan-powered systems and radiant heaters as part of its plans to support customers this winter. This equipment is now available for hire across the UK and Ireland.
Carrier Rental System’s range includes high efficiency back-up and replacement heating systems
Marc White, Carrier Rental System director, says: “There is concern that the Indian summer may lull people into a false sense of security, and result in buildings and industrial premises being exposed. Forecasters agree that conditions point to a particularly cold winter this year, with a high risk of severe and prolonged snowfall.”
In the event of a sudden arrival of cold conditions, the impact on older heating equipment in particular can be significant, resulting in undiagnosed problems coming to light, as systems attempt to go from standby to maximum output very quickly. This can result in plant failure and create an emergency situation, with implications for building use and company productivity.
Marc White says: “The other issue during extended periods of very cold weather is head-room. Some heating systems in the depths of the 2009/10 winter were unable to cope with the unremitting low temperatures, which for the best part of a month hovered around freezing. Top-up temporary heating can provide the necessary additional capacity to maintain comfort conditions and keep buildings and industrial facilities operating.”
He added: “We have invested significantly in extending our hire fleet, with the addition of new, high efficiency systems. However, equipment availability is finite. Those who secure hire systems early have a vital safety net, and can reassure building occupants and owners that they have the situation covered.”