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Heating and Cooling

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Manufacturer looks to strengthen position in HVAC sector

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive is looking to strengthen its foothold within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector, having entered into the market last year. SEW national sales manager Norman Maleka comments that at present, the company is building up its experience... 

Manufacturer looks  to strengthen position  in HVAC sector
ENHANCED CLIMATE CONTROL The improved functionality of the LTP-B Eco HVAC drive enures that managers can run a fan when needed, representing a major advantage in terms of energy-saving

New chillers, heat pumps launch next month

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Multinational heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment producer Johnson Controls is launching its Amichi series of chillers and heat pumps for the South African market on October 1. Johnson Controls building efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron explains that the series has... 

New chillers, heat pumps launch next month
NEIL CAMERON The main driver of the mid-capacity sector is the type of construction currently favoured by South African developers

Product presentation showcases VRF technology

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Last month, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) product distributor AHI Carrier South Africa – the official distributor for Japanese air-conditioning manufacturer Toshiba – hosted a product presentation and training event for the Toshiba SHRM-e variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.... 

Product presentation  showcases VRF technology
NEW & IMPROVED The SHRM-e series variable refrigerant flow system has various new features and improves on the shortcomings of previous systems

Water Diagnostic Consultants

By: Zandile Mavuso     22nd September 2017 Water Diagnostic Consultants (WDC) is a water-related consulting company that offers a broad spectrum of services to a range of clients. WDC is committed to quality assessments and service that will add value to any operation, while providing integrated solutions for the real needs of clients in... 

Water Diagnostic Consultants

New VSDs in high demand

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Following the launch of its Movitrac LTP B HVAC, or heating ventilation and air-conditioning, variable-speed drives (VSDs) last year, automation manufacturer SEW-Eurodrive says the demand from the HVAC industry has been high. 

New VSDs in high demand
VENTILATION ASSURED SEW’s HVAC VSD supply smooth ventilation to any given building

Company completes cooling system installation

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) contracting company 52 Engineering has completed the installation of a cooling system at tyre manufacturing company Bridgestone, in Brits, in the North West. 

Company completes cooling system installation
COOLING SYSTEM FITTINGS 52 Engineering provides its clients with high-quality heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products

Quality offering in a competitive market key

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Now is the right time to focus on supplying a high-quality offering while remaining relatively competitive, says South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors' Association (Saracca) director Barney Richardson. He highlights that it is not worth the profit, if anything, to work on... 

Quality offering in a competitive market key
REMAINING POPULAR Businesses that offer a good service, reliability and value are often in high demand at significant cost

New training course offered on refrigeration units

     24th February 2017 Transportation and logistics solutions company Eqstra Flexi Fleet has introduced a new training course at its training academy, specifically designed to equip qualified auto-electricians and diesel mechanics to work on refrigeration units fitted within cold chain vehicles.  

Japanese-manufactured variable refrigerant flow introduced into South Africa

By: Sascha Solomons     24th February 2017 Electronics and electrical products manufacturer Toshiba’s super heat recovery multi (SHRM) variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology for the air-conditioning industry has been introduced to the South African market by distribution company AHI Carrier South Africa. 

Keeping up with technology trends imperative for efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th February 2017 With the growing woes of electricity costs in South Africa, engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff believes that it is imperative to keep up with air-conditioning technology trends that promote energy efficiency and ease of maintenance. 

Keeping up with technology trends imperative for efficiency
PIETER DE BOD Frequent upkeep maintains a standard of sustained energy efficiency

Demand for improved efficiency drives competition

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 The demand for increased efficiency of heating and cooling solutions at affordable prices has created stiff competition for companies in the industry, says engineering professional services consulting firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff technical director Pieter de Bod, a registered professional... 

Demand for improved efficiency drives competition
INVERTERS PLAY A MAJOR ROLE A major part of the increased efficiencies of heating and cooling solutions is the adoption of inverter technology

Automotive HVAC market set to garner higher revenue globally

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 Syndicated market research provider Allied Market Research (AMR) projects that the automotive heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems market will garner revenue worth $22.8-billion by 2022.  

Automotive HVAC  market set to garner  higher revenue globally
ASIA: A KEY PLAYER Based on geography, Asia-Pacific was the highest revenue-generating region, accounting for more than a 46% share in 2015

Cooling solution to negate need for owning refrigeration plants

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 Leading energy solutions provider Energy Partners in June launched its new refrigeration solution, which enables clients to buy low-cost cooling without having to buy or maintain a refrigeration plant.  

Year-on-year 6% growth for local RLC segment

By: Sebastian Whyle     16th September 2016 The local residential and light commercial (RLC) segment of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) sector showed 6% year-on-year growth, says batteries, electronics, and HVAC equipment provider Johnson Controls GM Neil Cameron.  

Year-on-year 6%  growth for local  RLC segment
‘FOLLOW ME’ FUNCTIONALITY A new feature has been developed through which a remote control becomes a temperature sensor

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled

     16th September 2016 Container refrigeration equipment provider Carrier Transicold will introduce a prototype natural refrigerant trailer unit as well as a new generation of engineless transport refrigeration systems at the 2016 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) show, an international trade fare for... 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled
IMPROVED POWER MODULE The Carrier stand will feature an example of the ground-breaking eco-drive power module

Focus increased on residential HVAC activities

     16th September 2016 Europe’s industry association for indoor climate, process cooling, and food cold chain technologies Eurovent took the decision, in June, during its 2016 annual meeting in Verona, Northern Italy, to strengthen its activities in the residential ventilation area.  

Focus increased on residential HVAC activities
RESIDENTIAL HVAC EMPHASISED Eurovent members from more than 20 countries have jointly decided to strengthen activities related to residential ventilation

Time switches to increase temperature control efficiency

     16th September 2016 Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand’s new generation of programmable time switch technology encompasses AlphaRex³ and MicroRex time switches for precise temperature control in domestic, commercial and industrial environments.  

Time switches to  increase temperature  control efficiency
TIME SWITCHES SUITED TO MANUFACTURERS Legrand’s Rex time switches, with analogue and digital dials, are ideally suited for original-equipment manufacturers

Australian coolers suitable for SA environment

By: Bruce Montiea     5th February 2016 Owing to the hot and dry conditions in South Africa, evaporative cooling company Air-Dale Engineering notes that the Cool Breeze evaporative coolers are well-suited for local use, as these conditions are prevalent in most parts of the country. The company has been importing the coolers from... 

Australian coolers suitable  for SA environment
Photo by Bloomberg
SCORCHING Cool Breeze evaporative coolers are suitable for South Africa’s hot and dry conditions as they have been built for the Australian outback, which is also hot and dry

Cooling solution benefits outdoor industrial processes

By: Bruce Montiea     5th February 2016 Companies operating in hot and harsh environments are benefiting from Germany-headquartered engineering electronic instruments protection company Intertec’s active cooling solution for small outdoor electronics and instrumentation equipment.  Intertec commercial director Hans Geiger tells... 

Cooling solution benefits outdoor industrial processes
FULLPROOF The MULTICOOL 1100 cooler does not get affected by rain and dust

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers

     5th February 2016 The upgrading of a cooling tower’s fill media with components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or stainless steel can lead to cost-effective ways of extending the life of a cooling tower. According to cooling tower... 

Robust, nonclogging materials extend life of cooling towers
RENOVATION Regularly upgrading the cooling tower reduces maintenance downtime

New lightweight humidity verification system saves space

     5th February 2016 High-precision sensing company Michell Instruments’ lightweight humidity verification system for humidity probes saves space as it is designed with portability in mind. Michell Instruments says the HygroCal100, with a battery life of up to eight hours, weighs 3.2 kg, making it less than 25% of... 

New lightweight humidity verification system  saves space
LIGHTWEIGHT The HygroCal100 weighs 3.2 kg, making it less than 25% of the weight of its closest competitor

Malaysian company plans a successful year

     5th February 2016 Following its business taking a knock in South Africa as a result of the weak rand last year, Malaysia-headquartered cooling solutions company Dunham-Bush (DB) plans to grow from strength to strength this year. “There is no doubt that 2016 will bring even more challenges. The current economic... 

Malaysian company plans a successful year
Photo by Bloomberg
UP AND DOWN Dunham-Bush’s business suffered in South Africa as a result of sharp currency exchange rate fluctuations

Company redesigns air compressors

     5th February 2016 Compressor manufacturer CompAir has redesigned its 160 kW to 250 kW oil-injected screw compressors in an effort to meet evolving customer requirements. “By listening to our customer’s needs and wishes, and incorporating the latest technology and design concepts, we have delivered an impressive... 

Company redesigns  air compressors
Photo by Bloomberg
LATEST COMPRESSOR TECHNOLOGY Companies are always keen to use the latest compressor technologies that can reduce their overall energy consumption

Optimisation system launched to reduce energy consumption

     5th February 2016 Diversified technology and industrial company Johnson Controls Building Efficiency last month launched its latest version of the Central Plant Optimisation (CPO) system that can be used with any chiller, pump or tower brand to reduce plant energy consumption. Johnson Controls Building Efficiency... 

Optimisation system launched to reduce  energy consumption

Cooling system produces reduced noise pollution

     5th February 2016 Multinational electronics company Samsung Electronics’ Free Joint Multi (FJM) air conditioning system is able to create required temperatures while producing less noise pollution and preserving outdoor space. The company says the FJM is capable of doing this as it runs off a single outdoor unit,... 

Cooling system produces reduced noise pollution
INVENTING FOR CHANGING LIVES Samsung invents technology that positively impacts on consumers’ lives

TFR’s locomotives to receive advanced HVAC systems

     5th February 2016 Custom made mobile air-handling systems designer, developer and manufacturer Booyco Engineering is currently working on the manufacturing of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that will be delivered to train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation in 2018. The HVAC systems... 

TFR’s locomotives  to receive advanced HVAC systems
Photo by Duane
SPECIALIST DESIGNER Booyco Engineering specialises in the design, development and manufacture of custom made and specialised mobile air handling systems for special applications

New 6 MW cooling plant targets 2017 completion

     5th February 2016 The installation of a 6 MW cooling plant by heating and air-conditioning solutions provider Carrier is due for completion in 2017. The cooling plant will provide cooling and heating solutions to the mixed-use sustainable district project at the V&A Waterfront’s Silo District to silos No.3 to 6. 

New 6 MW cooling plant targets 2017 completion
TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED The AquaEdge 23XRV chiller makes use of a non-ozone-depleting refrigerant and next-generation screw compressor technology

Cooling technology for plastic injection launched

     5th February 2016 Technology and manufacturing solutions provider RocTool last month launched its RocTool Performance Cooling (RPC) unit to complement its induction heating process for plastic injection and composites processes. “This is in keeping with the work that has been done by RocTool systems and... 

Cooling technology for plastic injection launched
Photo by Bloomberg
TEMPERATURE CONTROL RocTool’s technology enables users to have better control over temperature changes and save valuable production time

Meat warehouse receives efficient cold storage facility

     5th February 2016 Pork products supplier Lynca Meats has, since December, been able to streamline its storage, handling and distribution logistics without the need for double handling and storing through a third party.  

Meat warehouse receives efficient cold storage facility
EFFICIENT STORAGE Lynca Meats’ warehouse has been equipped with an on-site cold storage facility to store its pork products

Fan manufacturer focuses on R&D amid challenging economy

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Owing to the sluggish local and global economy, South African fan manufacturer CFW Fans is homing in on research and development (R&D), particularly in terms of developing large fans for heavy industry and mining, says CFW Gauteng branch manager Bart Ziemski. 

Efficient solutions for economical heat and steam generation

     18th September 2015 Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann announced in March that it is introducing new high-pressure steam boilers into the market this year. 

Small thermal oil heater to be released next month

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Oil and gas specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies will launch its new Apek-mini thermal oil heater onto the South African market next month, says Energas product engineer Laetitia Botha. 

Industrial elements manufacturer upgrades technology  

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Benoni-based industrial elements manufacturer Independent Elements is adopting a number of new technologies that will enhance the reliability of the company’s product range, says Independent Elements chairperson Harry Flowers. 

Industrial elements manufacturer upgrades technology
Independent Elements chairperson Harry Flowers discusses the company’s operations amid a trying economy

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Heating, refrigeration and air-conditioning solutions provider Carrier is installing a 6 MW district cooling plant that uses the cold Atlantic seawater in the harbour, at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, to provide cooling for the property’s Silo District development, says Carrier business development... 

V&A Waterfront harnesses seawater cooling technology
SMOOTH SAILING The final phase of the V&A Waterfront’s Silo district is on track for completion in early 2017 at a substantial investment of R1.5-billion

End-to-end operation optimises all chilled water plant components

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Up to 40% of the energy consumed by a building’s cooling system can be saved by designing an end-to-end solution that monitors, controls and operates all the components of the system, says Johnson Controls Building Efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron. 

End-to-end operation  optimises all chilled  water plant components
NEIL CAMERON Johnson Controls aims to question the practicality of most cooling systems

BIM enhances HVAC installations

By: Dylan Stewart     18th September 2015 Building information modelling (BIM) enables quicker, more economical and more sustainable installation of heating, cooling and ventilation (HVAC) systems, says mechanical pipe-joining service provider Victaulic, which has helped in the BIM stage of development of numerous projects, including the... 

BIM enhances  HVAC installations
INTERSECTING EXPERTISE BIM promotes collaboration between architects, engineers, contractors and owners

Energy-saving unit ideal for SA energy needs

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 South Africa is implementing stricter electricity- and water-saving regulations, which will automatically create opportunity for those operating in the green solutions industry, as companies and individuals will be forced to consider alternative heating and cooling solutions, says green building... 

Energy-saving unit ideal for SA energy needs
SOPHISTICATION The system is supported by a sophisticated automation system that enables the user to save money without compromising comfort
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