UK: Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has introduced a new rapid response service for plastic valves and actuator packages aimed at installers, skid builders and end users.
It provides dedicated technical support for the selection, quotation and next-day delivery of plastic valve automation and actuation products.
The rapid response service, which sees assembly take place at Valvestock’s Fareham facility, is initially available with GF actuated valve packages although further types of valve will be added in the near future.
Due to their resistance to aggressive chemicals, plastic valves are ideal for use in applications involving contact with acids, alkalis, inorganic and organic media. Compared with traditional metal components, plastic valves are lightweight, quick to install, and easy to modify to meet complex installation requirements.
Heading up the initiative is Adrian Squibb, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industrial market, with particular knowledge of diaphragm valves for use in oil and petrochemicals, power, chemical, waste and water and other process and manufacturing industries.
The company will stock GF automation products as part of its speedy valve service, enabling it to carry out builds from stock and provide rapid turnaround. It will also hold stocks of its own-brand Jet electric actuator, and supply the complimentary Durapipe range with standard lead times.
The new service has helped Valvestock secure a significant order for components for a bio-digester at a Midlands sewage treatment works. The plastic components replace traditional metal solenoid valves that were costly and only available on long lead-times. The plastic valves offered an ideal problem-solving alternative.
The contract includes plastic manual and actuated valves, plus on-site modification of existing valves, spindle extensions and retrofit actuation.
The new plastic valve service compliments Valvestock’s existing metal ball, butterfly, gate, globe and diaphragm valves, plus its Saunders industrial valve range, built by Valvestock from stock under licence.
Marcus Sampson, general manager (inset) of Valvestock, said: “I believe our offering is unique in the market. Valvestock is the only supplier in the UK offering plastic GF valve packages alongside Saunders industrial diaphragm valves, all built from stock and supplied in a 24-hour turnaround time.”
He added: “It gives customers access to rapid solutions to meet pressing replacement needs, particularly in the event of a failure. Depending on the application, down-time costs can be extremely high. With a 24-hour response time, problems can be remedied quickly before costs escalate out of control.”
For further information contact Nicola Toulson, tel: 01925 705435 or email email@example.com
About Pipe Centre
Pipe Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating, pipe and related products to the commercial and industrial building services industry. With an unrivalled product range, extensive branch network and expert technical support, Pipe Center provides an outstanding service to contractors across the UK. For further information, go to:www.pipecenter.co.uk.
Got an old Air Conditioning system but don't want to fork out for a new one, well Tado may have the product just for you.
Tado has developed a new product called Tado Cooling. The Cooling box sits on the user’s wall and, along with a Smartphone app, provides an interface between the user and their AC unit.
This genius app knows when a user is heading home through location tracking, so that the system can be up and running by the time you walk through the door.
The Tado Cooling unit is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and also performs indoor tracking via Bluetooth Low Energy, iBeacon and light and motion sensors, so it only cools when someone is in the room.
Tado Cooling is compatible with numerous types of AC units:
The Tado Cooling box communicates with the unit via infrared, so it will work with nearly all AC units that already work with a remote control.
Using Kickstarter as a way of getting itself out there on a global basis. Tado will compete with products currently on the market such as the connected vent covers from Keen and maybe even with the connected window units from GE’s partnership.
“We know that the U.S. and Asia are the biggest markets, but it’s very difficult to foresee how big the demand will be,” Deilmann said. “Right now the product is working, but before we go into mass production, we want to see what is the demand, how many units we need to build… Kickstarter can do all countries [at once].”
The Cooling box is only $99 as a Kickstarter pledge and it is anticipated it will be $149 retail price.
About Tado: Tado° have been working to optimize energy consumption of buildings and adjusting it to the actual demand of the residents since autumn 2010. To find out more about Tado Click here.
UK: As a direct result of the increasing success of the Reflok aluminium piping system a new company, Reflok (Europe) Limited has been formed. The new company will commence trading in May this year and is part of the global strategy to promote the ‘Reflok’ brand.
Howard Noble has been appointed as Managing Director of Reflok (Europe) Ltd which is wholly owned by Reflok North America. He comments “The combination of both businesses into one global brand results in a stronger brand offering and allows the UK operation to meet the ever increasing sales with global buying power”
"We’ve had 2 years of intense trials, discussions and testing which has resulted in a number of recent approvals/nominations. As a result we are now seeing a real upturn in the number of contractors using Reflok. It’s always been Jon’s (Jon Shipman, co-founder of Reflok) intention to turn the product into a global brand, and forming Reflok Europe Ltd is the next stage in that strategy.
Following the creation of a single worldwide Reflok business, John Shipman Contracting Ltd, whose business included the design and manufacture of copper Refnets and Reflok products will close. Jon Shipman, co-founder and Director of the parent company, says “This will enable the management team to concentrate 100% on the Reflok business which is the future.”
He continued, “Our copper business suffered as a direct result of both the amount of effort we have put into the development of the Reflok brand and a declining order book for traditional copper Refnets.”
Reflok (Europe) Limited will operate from South Cerney in Gloucestershire and can be contacted using the existing telephone numbers.
For further information please contact Howard Noble:
Tel: +44(0) 7887 474227
About Reflok: Reflok® is a system developed by and patented by JSC to simplify the installation of VRF systems without the use of heat. JSC's manufacturing processes cater for all aspects of the VRF pipe component business.
The company manufactures a large range of pipe joint kits, and pipe apparatus, for the world's leading VRF systems and is the only manufacturer of these components throughout the world.
UK: Green Point UK was officially launched on April 24 2014 and established to remanufacture and repair compressors to the highest OEM standards. This covers covering not only all BITZER products, but also all other major brands.
Based at BITZER UK's UK headquarters in Bletchley, near Milton Keynes. Green Point UK is based in a purpose-built 2600 square metre facility and represents a highly significant investment by BITZER. This underlines the company's long term commitment to the buoyant and growing remanufacturing market. Green Point UK is led by Managing Director Kevin Glass, General Manager Will Pribyl and a team with extensive experience and technical know-how. Green Point UK's website www.greenpointuk.co.uk will provides customers with comprehensive real time information on remanufactured stock availability as well as comprehensive details of the services on offer.
Green Point UK and BITZER UK’s Managing Director Kevin Glass says: “Remanufacturing services for compressors already exist in the UK and indeed there is an established market. We, however, are offering something different in terms of the quality of product and the services that we can offer. Green Point UK’s operation follows the same pattern as other members of the Green Point global network and has been set up in response to our UK customer requests and feedback. We pay particular attention to the types of compressors that are most in use and demand to ensure they are always readily available from Green Point UK. We are also the only UK based operation that can completely remanufacture BITZER screw compressors.”
Green Point UK will enable customers to benefit from all the expertise and experience that the BITZER organisation offers - but in a remanufactured unit from small semi-hermetics to the largest screw compressors. These products will sit comfortably alongside BITZER branded products in the new compressor market and together they will provide complete, competitively priced solutions.
The model for the whole Green Point network is based on close co-operation with the BITZER Group and it uses the processes that have made BITZER a world leader in new compressor technology. This approach means the highest quality standards, consistent workmanship and close consideration of environmental issues. By taking in scrap/used compressors from customers and remanufacturing them, Green Point is removing the problem of disposal from the end user. Also central to the operation of Green Point UK is the commitment to recycle all scrap components as well as initiatives that include ensuring through vigorous testing procedures that all compressors have the highest operational efficiency.
Green Point UK provides customers with a like for like swap of an old compressor for a remanufactured unit with the quickest possible turnaround. The initial phase of the operation therefore has centred upon building up stock of popular compressors that are then completely remanufactured and put into stock ready to swap. Phase one is the popular BITZER second generation compressor range along with the predecessors of the Octagon range and the older BHS range along with the open drive versions. Screw compressors are also in this phase target.
The background experience of the Green Point team and knowledge of BITZER products ensures full awareness of the latest developments in BITZER technology. Therefore alternative remanufactured compressor solutions may be recommended to meet specific customer needs and based on factors such as environmental concerns and improved energy efficiency.
The remanufacture of compressors by Green Point UK is a thorough process. It includes the replacement of an existing motor with a brand new one as well as completely new valve plates, bearings, piston rings, bearings and pressure relief valves. The Green Point Quality kit contains all the critical safety, wear and tear parts.
The remanufacture of BITZER compressors uses only BITZER 100% original parts – from the smallest component to the most critical mechanical part. This concept guarantees high performance, reliability and the achievement of product life expectancy. Green Point UK always holds a comprehensive stock of these genuine original parts to ensure fast customer service. For other brands of compressor, wherever possible original manufacturer parts will also be used or alternatively quality approved pattern parts that meet OEM tolerances and specifications.
Quality control is built into the whole remanufacturing process, with batches tested for quality and detailed testing taking place at the end of the complete remanufacturing process. Green Point UK is also looking to acquire ISO 9000 accreditation for its quality procedures. New investments in tooling and facilities at the plant include cleaning/ washing equipment and comprehensive leak testing equipment. A specialist heated drying room is central to the whole process, ensuring that each compressor is delivered totally dehydrated.
The repair of BITZER compressors is also a major activity and the organisation's trained and skilled engineers will follow set procedures covering the testing and repair of BITZER compressors, including those within and outside their original warranty period.
Each compressor that arrives is documented and analysed to determine the possible root cause of failure. It is then repaired and the replacement of parts is carried out only after careful evaluation and not randomly. Components still in good condition are checked, cleaned and repositioned whilst lubricant, washers and gaskets are always replaced to help ensure safe and reliable operation. They are fully tested before despatch and Green Point UK is equipped with a dedicated bench test facility to check the operational efficiency of the repaired compressor against those of an original new compressor.
For further information contact Green Point UK, Advantage One, Third Avenue, Denbigh West, Bletchley, MK1 1DR, tel: +44 (0) 1908 642966, fax: +44 (0) 1908 644330, email: sales@BITZERuk.com or downloadable from www.BITZERgreenpoint.com
The dmTouch, data manager is one of RDM’s most advanced and innovative products, selling more than 14,000 systems worldwide since its launch. The platform has been developed with more than 30 man-years of software development, comprising in excess of one million lines of code.
The latest version is equipped with the industry’s first fully interactive colour multi-touch-screen interface, enabling installers, clients and service staff to quickly configure the system and navigate to areas of interest.
A complete redesign of the electronics at its heart has resulted in a new CPU that runs faster and cooler to deliver increased processing power and speed. Software has been enhanced to make full use of the new touch interface and higher screen resolution.
Andrew Chandler, RDM managing director, says: “The key design aim was to enhance the feature-rich functionality of the Data Manager, adding power, speed and ease-of-use, while maintaining the affordability and competitiveness of the system against more expensive rivals - that struggle to match the Data Manager’s capabilities.”
As with all RDM systems, it is based on an open protocol, enabling all types of equipment to be connected into a single intelligent control and monitoring network.
It provides a universal end-to-end solution to meet all requirements, overcoming the “locked-in” risk of certain proprietary systems. It also offers the ability to communicate via the open web services interface.
Andrew Chandler says: “The dmTouch represents a huge step forward, offering an unbeatable combination of power, speed, flexibility, features and ease-of-use that rivals simply can’t match.
“The system is uniquely flexible and enables users to draw together and quickly analyse multiple streams of data from energy-using plant in a building or industrial process, to save energy and even predict potential equipment failures before they happen.”
To find out more about the dmTouch call UK 0141 810 2828 or USA (+1) (612) 354 3923
About Resorce Data Management (RDM)
RDM are fast becoming one of the world’s leading control and remote monitoring specialist, with a worldwide distribution and support network. With offices in the UK, US and a manufacturing plant in Taiwan, RDM specialize in two key areas:
RDM designs and manufactures a wide range of control equipment for applications such as Refrigeration, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning(HVAC) and Building Control (BMS). Designed to provide maximum networking flexibility.
As well as manufacture of controls, RDM provide a 24/7 remote monitoring and management call center. The call center provides access data over networks with their team constantly monitoring live data.
Toshiba Air Conditioning has introduced a new control and monitoring system called Black Pear, which it believes is one of the most powerful and versatile on the market today.
Black Pear connects directly to the HVAC control bus, overcoming the need for a central controller and interfaces, providing instant connectivity to Building Management Systems.
The control system is said to compatible with all the major communications systems enabling virtual universal applications for Toshiba air conditioning equipment, with one module connecting up to 64 indoor units, meaning it can cater for large applications without having to be doubled up or multiplexed.
David Dunn, general manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning, said: “The aim was to provide a cost-effective and simple-to-use control solution that would overcome the need for a central control system. Black Pear provides just that, saving engineers time, saving space on-site and making commissioning quick, accurate and straightforward.”
He added: “The device is easily configured to communicate with connected air conditioning units in the same way that a standard central controller communicates with devices across a building - but with all its inherent advantages. We believe Black Pear is the control solution the industry has been waiting for.”
To find out more about Black Pear click here
CANADA: Smartcool Systems has announced initial results of 18% energy savings from an evaluation of their energy efficiency technology on two sea-going refrigerated containers.
George Burnes, President and CEO of Smartcool said:
"This is an exciting new market that we are entering, not only does it offer a huge amount of potential on its own, but it is also highly complementary to our established customer base of food retailers. Our major supermarket customers depend on refrigerated transportation as an integral part of their business. Offering a new solution to address the costly energy consumption in this sector will open the doors to new customers and provide a lucrative value-added offering to our existing customers."
Chris Lefaivre, VP of Operations, said:
"This market has vast untapped potential. Options for refrigerated transportation companies to reduce their operating costs are few and far between. By offering our solution to make their refrigeration systems more energy efficient, we will be assisting cold freight transportation companies with their bottom line and their green initiatives. It is a multi-million dollar opportunity for Smartcool and we are thrilled to be seeing such strong test results right at the start."
Currently, the ECO3 hardware platform is being used to deliver Smartcool's proprietary software algorithms to this new application. Further testing on over-the-road refrigerated trailers will be completed in the second quarter, prior to a number of pilot installations.
If the testing proves successful, it could lead the development of a new hardware platform powered by Smartcool’s software, a platform designed specifically for the refrigerated transportation sector which includes over-the-road trailers, box trucks, sea-going containers and rail containers. Globally, there are over 5.5 million refrigerated trucks and trailers, and an additional 2 million refrigerated sea-going containers
Smartcool Systems Inc. is a clean technology company, publicly listed on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSX-V: SSC). Smartcool works with customers around the world to make their Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump systems more energy efficient using own unique technology.
GEA Refrigeration Technologies have launched a new open source control panel, said to be user friendly, highly versatile and delivers maximum efficiencies.
The Omni™ control panel monitors and controls not only GEA components but also those of other brand manufacturers. The system is preconfigured at the factory and then can be adjusted to site conditions during commissioning.
The system openness makes it an all-inclusive command centre, which eliminates the need for auxiliary controls. The management system controls valves, pumps and compressors all from the one control panel.
Some of the Omni™ control panels key features include:
The GEA Omni™ is manufactured in North America, Europe, and Asia, design engineered to meet the needs of a global customer base. Preconfigured in more than 25 languages, GEA Omni carries the benefit of global sales and support network.
About GEA Refrigeration Technologies
GEA Refrigeration Technologies is a leading global Group in Industrial Refrigeration. They design, engineer, install, and maintain innovative key components and technological solutions to its customers for whom refrigeration is an essential part in their primary process.
Reflok’s revolutionary connection system, which combines aerospace technology using aluminium in place of copper tube, has been given the approval by Mitsubishi Electric (UK) for use in the installation of its air conditioning systems.
Mitsubishi Electric (UK) Living Environmental Systems, Steve Hayward said “The use of Reflok’s aluminium joining system means our customers can benefit from not having to heat joints in pipework, leading to a quicker and a more cost effective installation. Reflok’s products also provide the correct solution to prevent any galvanic corrosion, which is one of the most important requirements when joining two dissimilar metals together.”
Jon Shipman, MD of Reflok manufacturer JSC said. “We had always thought of Mitsubishi’s blessing as the likely game changer, mainly because they are so big. It’s an endorsement which we have been striving for since Reflok was introduced and the timing is perfect. This year is the big R22 refrigerant change out and Mitsubishi can barely keep their stuff on the shelves at the moment. Now they are happy, it gives the green light to the other manufacturers”
Reflok® is a revolutionary system developed to simplify the installation of VRF systems without the use of heat.
To find out more about Reflok click here
Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) is introducing a major advance to its award-winning refrigerant leak detection and management system.
In the event of a refrigerant leak, the new system isolates the specific section of refrigerant pipework containing the leak, enabling the rest of the system to continue functioning as normal.
Conventional approaches shut down the entire system in the event of a leak, impacting occupants throughout a building until the source of the leak can be identified and repaired. The new technology means that only the immediate area served by the compromised circuit suffers loss of service.
David Dunn, general manager, says: “This technology is a major step forward and extremely useful for applications such as hotels and multi-tenanted buildings. It means that, in the unlikely event of a leak, those areas unaffected can continue to function as normal and receive cooling and heating as required. The benefits are obvious, from both a commercial and customer service point of view.”
Toshiba’s new refrigerant detection and isolation technology uses a number of separate “isolation cells” throughout a building, consisting of an RBC-RD3 refrigerant concentration sensor, a pair of motorised isolation valves, and an RBC-RD7 control box.
The motorised valves are fitted in refrigerant pipework (Liquid and Gas) outside each conditioned space, the room sensor is located within the space at low level, and the control box is mounted next to the indoor unit.
If the sensor detects refrigerant in the room, it triggers an alarm and an L30 fault code on the indoor unit, detected in turn by a central controller or BMS, and initiating the isolation sequence. The motorised valves close automatically, effectively isolating the conditioned space from the rest of the system.
At the same time, on-site maintenance staff and service contractors are notified of the alarm status and its location, and can zero-in on the problem to resolve it.
The technology is primarily designed for use with Toshiba VRF systems (SMMS, SMMSi, SHRM, SHRMi, Mini SMMS), but can also be used with split systems. It can be specified on new installations or retrofitted on Toshiba equipment on existing sites.
Alongside the introduction of the new system, Toshiba has developed an improved version of the RBC-RD3 in-room refrigerant concentration sensor. The new unit has a recessed design to protect it from accidental damage, and can be fitted into a standard, single electrical back box.
While the standard version is supplied in white plastic, the design of the face-plate can be changed to match the room décor or client specification, particularly important for application in hotels.
The device is recessed into a wall approximately 150mm from floor level within the conditioned space, and connected to the indoor unit via supplied leads. On detection of a higher-than-normal refrigerant concentration, it shuts down the indoor unit and gives an audible and visual alarm.
About Toshiba Air Conditioning
Toshiba Air Conditioning is a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Ltd. Toshiba Air Conditioning provides sustainable solutions integrating energy efficient products for residential and light commercial customers.