Andrews Sykes has always had close ties with the food and beverage industry, having routinely provided temporary equipment to some of the biggest names in the field. Manufacturing processes, in particular, often go hand in hand with very specific requirements involving cooling, refrigeration or even freezing.
Our expertise was recently called into action by an established refrigeration specialist, who was responsible for maintaining equipment on behalf of one of the country’s best-loved cereal companies.
Last month saw a very poignant relaunch of the eternally popular The Lion King musical, following a difficult year for theatregoers and the arts industry in general.
The acclaimed Disney production is now back up and running, to the delight of 2,000-strong crowds fortunate enough to secure tickets for what have been billed as a celebratory performances in the wake of 16 months of Covid restrictions.
And while we can only imagine the stress and anxiety levels of those performing on the day, we can be candid in admitting that our engineers experienced a slightly different kind of pressure to ensure all was well before the front curtain was raised!
With people and businesses alike anticipating a much-discussed heatwave in August, we’ve seen many organisations take a more proactive approach to planning for warmer conditions. While the summer has been somewhat stop-start in terms of the constantly fluctuating weather, there has at least been sufficient time for our customers to take precautions and not get caught out unexpectedly.
Birmingham Children’s Hospital, to name one example, recently exemplified the advantages of taking pre-emptive action while temperatures are still low to ensure they are ready for the inevitability of the mercury rising.
Following a growing demand for our services across North Scotland and the Highlands, we are delighted to commit to a significant financial investment to further enhance our operations throughout the territory.
In recent years, Andrews Sykes has worked closely with companies immersed in Aberdeen’s major industries – oil, offshore and construction – and this has prompted us to take steps to ensure we can not only accommodate this surge in requirements but also cut response times for our existing customers.
As the country’s largest supplier of specialist climate control solutions, we are acutely aware of our corporate social responsibilities and the need to adhere to the strict ecological regulations that are currently in place.
Prior to introducing a new product, we undertake a scrutinous assessment of its expected performance levels including the long-term environmental impact.
With customers understandably leaning towards suppliers with a desire to promote the virtues of ‘going green’, it gives us great pleasure to unveil our new 550kW chiller which incorporates the R32 refrigerant gas.
Andrews Chiller Hire was recently drafted in to assist a global defence contractor after receiving an urgent enquiry for temporary cooling to restore conditions within their factory.
With summer temperatures soaring, our client was struggling to maintain a comfortable environment inside their machining workshops, causing production to grind to a halt for safety reasons. Usually operating 24 hours a day, the mechanical jigs were actually warping due to the heat and so addressing the problem quickly was of critical importance.
Our colleagues in France recently received an urgent enquiry from a drinks company following a cooling failure at their premises located near Lille.
As a modern facility, the client’s factory had compact cooling units dedicated to different production lines as opposed to a single refrigeration system for the entire plant. This meant that any breakdown or fault would be easy to identify and negate a potential need to replace the whole cooling duty should something go wrong.
An issue with a compressor prompted the customer to contact our regional experts, who were informed that it was costing tens of thousands of euros for each hour the machinery was out of commission. Following a brief telephone conversation in which the root cause of the problem was explained, the installation of a 200kW replacement chiller was immediately suggested.
Data centers are an integral part of every organisation’s business operations, housing critical information and disseminating it as required. Operating 24/7, their security and reliability must be constantly monitored in order to protect a company’s online activities.
In processing large amounts of data at exceptionally high speeds, these computing devices accumulate a significant amount of heat that must be removed from the vicinity. Hardware components rely primarily on fans for cooling, but the premises in which the equipment is installed must be kept at low temperature and at a specific humidity level.
For our many clients in the food and beverage sector, any issue that slows or even completely halts production must be dealt with immediately. This requisite was the very reason that an international food and drink conglomerate asked Andrews Sykes to propose an emergency chiller hire following a problem with a line on their newly installed water-cooling system.
Their existing supplier took more than 48 hours to respond when the fault was originally reported, costing our customer approximately one million pounds in missing output. Given the scale of the impact and the astronomical sums lost, our client was desperate to restore the manufacturing process which prompted them to cut ties with their provider – one of our competitors.
Finding a temporary cooling solution can be a daunting challenge, particularly if your requirement is of an urgent nature. With this in mind, the team at Andrews Chillers have created a short video that explains the functionality of chillers and how to guarantee the perfect outcome for your cooling application.
Using sample scenarios, the animation demonstrates the specific process that a unit goes through to provide the cooling for your requirement.
The aim of the video is to give our customers a better understanding of the chiller units we offer and explain how they apply to different environments. The video shows how you can overcome your cooling challenges while discussing the various types of cooling. These include comfort cooling, high capacity cooling and process cooling.
With comfort cooling in particular, it is important to understand that this type of cooling is used to regulate the temperature and create a comfortable environment for people within a specific area. This type of chiller is normally used in hospitals and hotels in addition to offices and conference rooms. These sectors require an accurate temperature control as a system failure can directly influence the satisfaction of building occupants.