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Heating and Cooling

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.  

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.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

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. 

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

Copper used in HVAC systems to reduce air contamination

     6th February 2015 Microbial growth in heating ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems with the subsequent contamination of indoor air is of increasing concern, as airborne bacteria and fungi have the potential to adversely impact human health by causing infections, allergic responses or toxic effects, says... 

Couplings manufacturer extends product range

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 Mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic has extended its patented installation-ready line, making Style 107 QuickVic rigid couplings for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems available in DN250-DN300 10- and 12-inch sizes. The additional sizes provide more... 

Couplings manufacturer extends product range
EFFICIENCY OPPORTUNITY The additional sizes provide more opportunities for contractors, engineers and owners to increase efficiency by reducing installation time and increasing safety

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

Heat exchangers recover and recycle excess and wasted energy

     6th February 2015 The heat generated during copper production extraction processes can be harnessed and transferred back into the system using heat exchangers, resulting in significant energy savings and unparalleled yield, says evaporative water cooling specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) CEO Roger Rusch.... 

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 With industrial processes placing an ever-increasing demand on the environment, it is imperative for equipment manufacturers to streamline product development processes with energy conservation, energy management and the preservation of natural resources to ensure a sustainable future, says... 

Heat transfer specialist commits to sustainability
Photo by reuters
SUSTAINABLITY The design of the coolers and condensers offers improved system efficiency and environmental responsibility by reducing water and electricity use

HVAC OEM signs contract with naval vessels supplier

     6th February 2015 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Booyco Engineering has recently completed a contract to manufacture heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment for two ship sets, which will be supplied by an international naval vessels OEM for a major North African end-user. The contract,... 

HVAC OEM signs contract with naval vessels supplier
JEREMY POUGNET The company complies with global standards, as is evidenced by its Bureau Veritas accreditation

Improved range of heat pumps introduced

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th February 2015 Technology group Johnson Controls’ latest offering in its York YLRA pump series – the air-to-water reversible heat pump YLRA – was launched in August last year to replace the discontinued YLAE HP pump. The YLRA heat pump features several new technological advances, including a more ecofriendly... 

Ventilated airflow integral to business operations

     6th February 2015 Digital air solutions that cater for well-regulated, ventilated airflow and temperature control within the workplace form an integral part of employee productivity and equipment longevity, says technology company Samsung South Africa. However, with the wide range of appliances currently available... 

Gold mine orders ice cooling system

     19th September 2014 Germany-based refrigeration company KTI-Plersch Kältetechnik announced last month that it received a large order to cool a South African gold mine with a surface ice system, which will be used to cool the two-kilometre-deep mine and will provide a total capacity of 8 MW. The company explains that... 

HVAC installation to prevent Sistine Chapel deterioration

     19th September 2014 The governate of the Vatican City State and heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technology company Carrier announced the start of the installation of a landmark HVAC system for the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican, in June, which is specially designed to address the challenges of... 

HVAC solution delivered to Limpopo hospital

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Johannesburg-based air-conditioning solutions provider Fourways Airconditioning is supplying heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to private hospital chain Netcare’s Polokwane hospital, in Limpopo. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015. 

HVAC solution  delivered to Limpopo hospital
Photo by Fourways Airconditioning
CONTROLLER CHALLENGES The biggest challenge during the project was linking the controls of the digital variable multi system to the direct expansion air-handling units

Modular HVAC system improves efficiency

By: David Oliveira     19th September 2014 Technology group Johnson Controls launched its mini-chiller heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) solution, which can be used in series as a modular solution, in May this year. Johnson Controls building efficiency GM Neil Cameron notes that the South African market is not ideal for... 

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