In summer, most people are thinking about longer days and holidays. However, spare a thought for plant managers when the temperature gauge starts to rise. Jonathan Wilkins, marketing director at obsolete industrial parts supplier EU Automation, explains how to keep electrical enclosures running efficiently.
High temperatures are the most common cause of sensitive electronic automation components tripping or even failing. When one component fails, it can cause an entire manufacturing line to shut down, leading to costly downtime for the plant manager. To prevent this, manufacturers need to ensure that they are prepared for the summer heat by inspecting their equipment and, in particular, their enclosures to identify the level of risk.
A specialist hospital in Northumbria is using the Daikin on Site remote monitoring system to help makes sure its operating theatres and wards are available to care for seriously ill and injured patients across the region.
DoS has been developed by the Daikin Applied (UK) (DAPUK) applied chiller engineering design team, working closely with Daikin Applied Service (DAPS UK) to provide a browser-based real-time view of a site’s chiller and AHU operation.
The number of models and options available for fan coil units can be confusing, even for the initiated. ACR Journal reports on a new tool by CIAT which promises to speed up selection, and produce fast and accurate project quotes for installers and designers.
Despite inroads by DX multi-splits and VRF systems in recent years, fan coil units (FCUs) remain an important product category in the UK’s building services industry. Advances in design have dramatically improved FCU efficiency in recent years compared with traditional early systems, which has given them a boost.
ACR Journal talks to Rinku Patel, CFD and Mechanical Design Engineer at Airedale International Air Conditioning.
The Institute of Refrigeration held a career development workshop for Women in RACHP to coincide with the International Women in Engineering Day.
The two-part networking session, hosted by training and consultancy specialists Cool Concerns in Tewkesbury, began with a practical event enabling non-technical staff to gain a hands-on understanding of refrigerant handling and brazing. This was followed by an interactive career development workshop with handy tips on career management and planning.
Toshiba is now one of the largest providers of air conditioning training in the country, with almost 5,000 people attending its courses over the past three years. ACR Journal reports on the company’s practical approach and the latest initiatives in development.
“The major air conditioning manufacturers have a responsibility to take a lead on training. It is in everyone’s interests to improve skills and the level of professionalism and competence across the industry.”
So says David Dunn, Director and General Manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning and CIAT Ozonair, who has made training one of the key strategic priorities for the company. It is not just lip service; the manufacturer has invested significant sums in training infrastructure and initiatives, and this continues with a number of fresh initiatives that put training and skills at the centre of its approach to the market.
From 2013 to 2014 only 3.4% of those applying for engineering apprenticeships were women. National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) takes place on Friday (June 23), celebrating female engineering role models. Here, Martina Antalova, MSc in Building Services, and lead mechanical design engineer at cleanroom and laboratory design and construction specialist Boulting Environmental Services, explains how we can encourage more women to become engineers.
A shaky economic climate has led many people to adopt a 'make-do-and-mend' approach to HVAC plant rather than investing in new equipment. In fact, says John Grenville, Managing Director of ECEX, there is a useful halfway house – retrofitting – which offers an ideal opportunity to improve a building’s efficiency relatively inexpensively.