Annual Facilities Show appearance bears fruit for Andrews Air Conditioning

With the curtain now down on another successful Facilities Show, Andrews Air Conditioning are left to positively reflect on another fantastic networking exercise that has already reaped some benefits.

Between 19 and 21 June, members of our experienced team were deployed at the ExCel Arena to discuss our extensive range of climate control solutions with key decision makers, facilities managers and other contractors from across the breadth of the country.

Gary Condon, HVAC Southern Sales Manager, said: “It’s been a very positive three days, I must say. We’ve had a lot of enquiries off the back of us being there, with many coming from construction firms.

“As you’d expect we’ve had a lot of interest from FM companies – some that we’ve dealt with in the past but also many that we haven’t. Definitely time well spent.”

The Facilities Show continues to be an excellent platform for us to promote our brand and interact with some of the industry’s other big players. We were also able to demonstrate the simplicity with which our portable air conditioning units work to the many people visiting our stand.

This directly led to dozens of people entering our daily World Cup competitions, and we’ll be announcing the winners of these shortly. We’ve also started to receive entries to our traditionally popular paper fan competition, which will be running throughout the entire summer. Click here to receive regular updates via our Twitter account.

The event has undoubtedly proved a worthwhile venture and enabled us to touch base with a broad spectrum of companies operating within the facilities management sector, among others. We look forward to developing relationships with our new contacts and doing further business with those who have sought our services in the past.

Having enjoyed tremendous success at the Facilities Show for the past five years, we have already booked a stand to reattend next year!

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Andrews Air Conditioning assist Blade movie showcase at Edinburgh International Film Festival

At Andrews Air Conditioning, we have carved out a reputation for delivering bespoke cooling solutions to a wide range of broadcasting, TV and special effects applications. And it was this expertise that prompted the organisers of the world’s oldest continually running film festival to contact us when they sought to create an unusual setting.

As part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, there was a special celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the American superhero horror film Blade – starring Wesley Snipes.

The client responsible for running the event wanted to recreate an entrance which involved passing through a cold meat locker room, and this was to be set-up at the theatre’s entrance. To recreate this scene, some low temperature cooling equipment was supplied to replicate the cold effects that you would expect to find in a real meat storage facility.

A local Andrews technician from our Grangemouth depot visited the site in Leith and was able to propose a solution based on the project’s unique requirements. It was decided that deploying several of our ET21 portable air conditioning units would be the best course of action as the cooling outlets could be extended and moved to ensure cold air reached the desired areas.

The assignment ran perfectly and enabled the recreation of the type of scene that has become synonymous with the age-old box office classic film.

Actor Wesley Snipes obviously enjoyed commemorating one of the movies that helped make his name and shared a variety of social media posts highlighting his presence in the Scottish capital. The festival was widely acclaimed as an ongoing success and we’re very glad to have played our part in helping Blade’s anniversary celebrations run so smoothly.

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Sykes Pumps launch revolutionary Super Wispaset 200 Ecotec unit

Sykes Pumps are pleased to announce another new investment in our environmentally compliant pump range, as we introduce our Super Wispaset 200 Ecotec super silenced model. This market leading innovation has been designed with the latest emission standards in mind and exceeds the criteria set out in all European regulations.

Quiet in operation, the Sykes Super Wispaset 200 Ecotec is perfect for all noise-sensitive applications including residential areas. Its impressive performance capabilities offer heads of 43 metres and a maximum flow rate of 161 litres per second, coupled with a number of groundbreaking high-tech features.

A British-manufactured JCB Ecomax engine ensures the pump maintains optimum performance without causing any disturbance to anyone working or living nearby. The pump also features the most advanced telemetry system ever seen in a product of this kind, delivering performance monitoring statistics, tracking details and even oil pressures to the user. You can even start/stop remotely, enabling an immediate and safe shutdown in emergency situations.

Despite the Super Wispaset 200 Ecotec’s impressive pumping capacities, it uses approximately 10% less fuel on average than comparable pumps available elsewhere the market.

Other features and benefits include:

-          JCB Ecomax engine – British built engine with optimum performance

-          Telemetry – External performance monitoring and location tracking

-          Remote start/stop – full control on or off site

-          Fuel efficiency – consumes around 10% less fuel than comparable models

-          Low fuel emissions – follows latest European legislation

-          65dBA at 7 metres – low noise pollution for built-up areas

-          Central lifting eye – safe and easy manoeuvrability with crane

-          Fork pockets – ease of use for safe loading, offloading and deployment

-          Sykes auto self-priming – fast, automatic priming for dry for ease of use

-          24-hour internal fuel tank – optional separate larger fuel tank available

-          Pre-installed float control – allows for fully automatic and unattended operation

-          Solids handling – suitable for a wide range of applications from clean water to sewage applications



Chris Graham, Sales Director at Sykes Pumps, said: “This new 8” pump features the latest technology and is Tier 4 compliant in relation to engine emissions. An innovative control panel includes a forward-thinking telemetry system and an auto stop/start with floats, while a high-quality canopy substantially reduces noise output when the pump is in operation.

The pump is designed to deliver class leading head and flow performance whilst being highly efficient, to reduce running costs.”

For more information on our latest cutting-edge innovation, click here to see a detailed overview. Alternatively, you can call us today on 0800 211 611 to discuss the many benefits of having a Super Wispaset 200 Ecotec on your site.

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Andrews Air Conditioning raring to go at this year’s Facilities Show

Our stand is now ready for the 2018 Facilities Show and we’re looking forward to connecting with as many people as possible across the three days! Soaring temperatures seem to have hit London at the perfect time for us, so we’re expecting to be as busy as ever once doors open at the ExCel Exhibition Centre.

As usual, the event will provide our team with a fantastic platform for interacting with other companies and developing relationships with clients new and old. You can find us on stand M630 – situated near the exhibition hall’s main entrance – so make sure you come and say hello!

We’ll be running two free-to-enter competitions throughout the Facilities Show, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. The World Cup is now very much in full swing, and we’re inviting you to guess the score of whichever fixture is taking place that evening. The exhibition runs between 19-21 June, meaning you have three chances to win one of our Polar Breeze plus portable air conditioning units.

And if you needed any further incentive to pop along to our stand, we’ll also be running our ever-popular paper fan competition. Selected entrants will win holiday vouchers for the efforts we deem to be the best! All you have to do is follow us on Twitter (@AndrewsSykes) and send a selfie that includes your paper fan. For past examples, search the #CoolAndCalm hashtag on Twitter!

Our experienced sales team will be on hand throughout each day to demonstrate the simplicity with which our range of air conditioning products operate. We’ll have our Polar Wind plus and Polar Breeze plus units on the stand, as well as our PAC 22 split-type model and a powerful ASF50 cooling fan.

As one of the FM industry’s most well-known air conditioning hire suppliers, we’re excited to be showcasing our equipment and discussing projects and applications with anyone looking to review their cooling requirements. Our involvement with the sector spans decades, so you can be confident that there’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

If there’s anything you’re unsure about or you’ve got a query that hasn’t been properly answered, make sure you come and speak to our team of experts at stand M630. We look forward to meeting you!

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Sykes Pumps’ inter-company bowling competition rounds off 160th anniversary celebrations

With Sykes Pumps’ 160th anniversary celebrations now drawing to a close, the last six participants in our company-wide bowling competition took to the alley to compete in the grand final in Essex.

Two previous rounds had seen around 250 employees whittled down to just half a dozen, leaving Ian Lilley, Rob Richards, Chris Medhurst, Jason Watson, John Tomlinson and Chris Wood to battle it out.

Paul Wood, David Himsworth and Mark Page were also present to witness the action.

A simple scoring format meant that whoever had the highest total across two games would be crowned champion – and it went down to the wire!

Little did we know at the time, but the contest’s defining moment came at the end of the first game. With one attempt remaining, Jason Watson needed to knock down a solitary pin for a perfect score of 160. Scoring three would, as it later transpired, have given him the highest score overall. But only two pins fell, which ultimately meant that he finished the night dead level with Rob Richards. A decider was therefore required, with each player getting one more chance to extend their tally.

Jason set the benchmark high with 9 but Rob replied in emphatic fashion by scoring a strike to win the competition outright!

Congratulations to Rob, who proved a worthy winner following his top-scoring exploits in each of the two previous stages. He also performed a clean sweep on the prize front, scooping the winner’s trophy, the winner’s prize and a separate cash prize for scoring exactly 160 in the first round.

Commiserations to Jason who was second, with Chris Wood finishing 3rd, Chris Medhurst 4th, John Tomlinson in 5th and Ian Lilley, minus spectacles, coming 6th.

David Himsworth, who watched proceedings unfold, said: “The process started towards the end of last year and it was great to see that take-up was so high. The final was the pinnacle of the event and produced a close-run fight, which was nice to see.”

We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the event and are pleased that the 250 people who got involved enjoyed themselves and made it a success.

Our 160th anniversary celebrations will now conclude later this month, at the Hillhead Exhibition, where we will be introducing two exciting new pumps. More details to follow shortly.

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Air conditioning hire keeps hospital ward cool during hot spell

When a high-profile hospital was in need of some urgent cooling equipment to reduce temperatures in their pathology department, our specialists were drafted in to provide a temporary cooling hire solution. This was needed with immediate effect, to ensure the correct environment was maintained to protect important medical equipment, meaning a quick response was essential.

Due to the increased quantity of equipment recently installed within the hospital in recent years, everyday temperatures within the area had noticeably increased. This very fact left their highly sensitive equipment in danger of malfunctioning, which could have potentially cost the hospital thousands of pounds.

After discussions, it was decided that three PAC 22 portable air conditioners would provide the necessary level of cooling to reduce temperatures on site. The rental units were placed directly inside the affected area to provide instant, high-powered cooling.

As a result, all electrical equipment remained online and fully functional throughout the time in which our portable air conditioners were on hire – to the benefit of dozens of people who were dependent on their availability.

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Sykes provide pumping equipment for excavation project

Our experts were recently drafted in after a well-known construction company in Essex encountered problems with keeping their site dry. The problem was preventing them from laying concrete foundations as the intended area was too wet.

The construction project was taking place by a large lake which, due to underground digging, was causing water to seep into the site. We were therefore asked to overpump the contaminated water from the excavation area and redirect it back into the lake while removing all sediment and silt.

Following a site survey, it was decided that one of our super silent 6” pumps would be suitable for pumping the water away from the affected area. Our engineers also provided the customer with a settlement tank to filter and remove silt from the water to avoid polluting the lake.

The pump hire package worked perfectly to counteract the problem at hand and was kept on site until the project’s completion. Our customer was extremely pleased with the speed in which our pump rental was implemented as it enabled the first phase of a major development to get underway without polluting or draining the lake nearby.

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Sykes Pumps extend submersible drainage range

We’re delighted to be extending our range of submersible drainage pumps by introducing our latest unit – the P501. All pumps within the Sykes submersible drainage hire fleet have been designed for dewatering and use on construction sites, docks and shipyards, drainage, industrial applications and utilities.

Available with or without a float switch, the P501 is a small, compact unit and is perfect for moving both clean and dirty water. Weighing just 14kgs, the unit offers impressive pumping capacities despite its lightweight frame and provides users with an excellent plug-and-play solution for emergency projects.

Offering flows of up to 5.5 litres per second and heads of 15 metres, the P501 is compatible with a standard 110V power supply and comes with a 10-metre cable as standard, maximising flexibility.

Other features and benefits include:

  • Stainless steel components for high abrasive resistance
  • Highly reliable and suitable for long-term use
  • No vibration allowing smooth running and constant flows
  • Runs off 16A supply and compatible normal site transformers
  • Easily portable so can be positioned quickly
  • Built-in motor protection reduces the risk of damage
  • Simple installation provides fast and easy operation

Manufactured with a broad spectrum of applications in mind, the P501 is one of the industry’s most dependable pumps – rendering it suitable for long-term deployment. A stainless steel body helps protect the unit from abrasive materials and surroundings while its incredible portability facilitates swift installation as soon as the pump reaches site.

For more information on our submersible drainage range, or any other pump in our expansive collection, call 0800 211 611 today to speak to one of our dedicated members of staff. Alternatively, you can click here to see a detailed summary of the product including a specification overview and list of targeted environments.

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Andrews further extend range of high performance air conditioning units

At Andrews Air Conditioning, we are committed to satisfying customer demand and introducing new products that ensure our clients are covered in any eventuality. This pledge has seen us invest further in our popular HPAC range and enabled us to bring a third unit to market – the HPAC30.

The HPAC90 and HPAC45 models have proven extremely well-liked among our clients, with their success a significant factor in us now adding a smaller version to our high-performance range.

Specifically designed for industrial processes, warehouses, factories temporary structures, data centres and even TV & film sets, the HPAC30 – and indeed the whole series – provides customers with a reliable solution to any excessive temperatures that threaten the operationality of your business.

A unique feature of this particular unit is its compact chassis and narrow width of 730mm, which enables the HPAC30 to pass seamlessly through doorways and occupy even the tightest of areas.

The presence of variable speed fans allows air flows to be accurately controlled, while the units’ unique specifications will produce an instant and economical supply of cool air.

All units within the HPAC range have been manufactured with flexibility in mind, providing a simple yet reliable source of cooling for a full spectrum of temperature-sensitive environments.

Features and benefits include:

  • Quiet operation – enabling us within built-up areas
  • Automatic thermostat – for accurate temperature control
  • IP65-rated electrics – can be used safely outside
  • Compact unit – can be used in restricted areas
  • Energy efficient – 30kW of cooling from a 32-amp supply
  • Air recirculation – increases efficiency by using the returned air rather than outside air
  • Easy installation – for quick set-up
  • Manoeuvrability – compact frame enables easily relocation

Efficient in operation and capable of running unattended for extended periods of time, all HPAC units use air recirculation techniques. This characteristic helps to conserve energy by reusing returned air instead of outside air and is one of the reasons why it is so popular among our clients.

For more information on the HPAC30 or the other units in our HPAC range, call us today on 0800 211 611. If you’d like to see a full set of specifications for the product, as well as the list of applications in which it can be used, click here.

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Andrews Air Conditioning Hire provide emergency cooling solution for server room

A high-profile London building was undergoing a major refurbishment project which included the removal of a permanent air conditioning system serving the communications rooms. As a result, our specialists were drafted in to provide the client with a temporary cooling solution to ensure the correct environment was maintained to protect sensitive hardware contained within.

Shortly after initial contact, one of our local specialists visited the site to assess the specifications of the area before proposing a suitable air conditioning hire package to preserve the desired low temperatures.

After discussions, it was decided that three PAC22 air conditioning units would provide the necessary amount of cooling to keep temperatures down on site. Our specialists positioned one PAC22 in each section of the application and used lengths of ducting to transfer warm air outside the building.

The high-volume cooling system proposed was quickly installed by our experts and proved extremely successful in combatting high temperatures within the communications room. As a result, all electrical equipment remained online and fully functional throughout the time in which our portable air conditioners were on hire.

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