Bob Hurley FInstR, Director of Retail Engineering Solutions, looks at these two visible ways of driving cabinet efficiency and highlights the challenges and benefits involved.
During my career at Tesco, we trialled many door options – sliding, hinged and the fatally flawed universal door; hinged for replenishment, sliding for customers. These solutions were subject to myriad and diverse opinions which makes the decision-making process difficult and few of these were based on fact. Often, the retailer in an end user business felt the door was a barrier; the engineer felt it was an energy saver. And then there is the decision of which door ‘type’ is best!
SURE Solutions has completed a £1million contract for a multi-national dairy producer to provide a complete redesign of its refrigeration capabilities and provide 5,200Kw of cooling.
The project has enabled Muller Milk and Ingredients to significantly increase production at its Droitwich facility.
Where should the ACR industry aim its efforts to get the greatest ‘bang for its buck’ in terms of energy efficiency? The answer is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which is larger than automotive and aerospace combined. John Grenville, Managing Director of ECEX, explains.
All the statistics concerning food and drink manufacture point to a compelling case for boosting the sector’s energy efficiency and, therefore, a potentially enormous market for ACR installers and manufacturers.
Food and drink is a £95.4 billion turnover industry making it the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a Gross Value Added (the measure of the value of goods and services produced) of £21.9bn.
The ACR Journal talks to Hayley Nunn of Acorn Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, based in Bury St Edmunds.
Thomas Lergenmüller, Product Manager Screw Compressor Packages at GEA Grasso, looks at bringing down the all-important total cost of ownership.
Cost and competitive pressure on companies keeps growing in almost every industry where industrial refrigeration or air conditioning cooling is concerned. Efficient refrigeration systems are vital for economic, safe and sustainable production and storage in this area.
The focus of planners and investors aiming at modernisation or new construction of systems has long changed to encompass more than just low investment costs. The total cost of ownership (TCO) for the entire service life of a facility has become decisive instead.
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.
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.