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Air conditioning upgrade

26 November 2007

Fläkt Woods has recently completed an air conditioning upgrade project for Baxter Healthcare, Northampton, where medical products are stored in the client’s National Distribution Centre. Following an inspection of the existing system, Fläkt Woods proposed two EU Air Handling Units (AHUs) to replace the units currently in use on site.

To ensure that the client was able to store the products without deterioration, Fläkt Woods was asked to propose a ventilation solution that would provide not only heating (as the existing units), but also offer controlled cooling, allowing the temperature within the facility to be maintained within set limits.

To accompany the two AHU’s, Flakt Woods has also provided a cooling coil for a third AHU, together with a Climafläkt chiller to provide chilled water to all three AHU’s. The main AHU works were accompanied by the insulation of the ductwork system on site. This was carried out from motorised high-level platforms and out of normal working hours, to avoid disruption to the working pattern within the distribution centre.

Fläkt Woods offers a full range of site services to support the product range. In this instance, they were asked to offer a full supply and install package for this important distribution plant. The offer included the installation of 200m of mains 450A power supply integrated into the site MCC panels, together with the supply and installation of a 450kW chiller, associated pipe work and the upgrading of the existing Staefa control system, including the integration of the new chillers.

Fläkt Woods undertook all final connections and commissioning of the system. Service manager for Fläkt Woods, Andrew Knight, noted, “It is our expectation that the client is left excited by our works and that the high expectations are exceeded. We take time to understand our customers’ needs and aim to propose a solution tailored to these. We are proud to carry out works on site, from a simple bearing change to a full supply and install package similar to this project for Baxter Heath Care”.

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