Our customer a leading European manufacturer of the design, manufacture and assembly of steel components and frames for construction contacted OKEL to discuss options to introduce a high-efficiency heating solution into their large 85,000 sq. ft factory premises.
Built pre-2000, the premises are constructed from double-skinned brick and cladding walls and an asbestos roof which was not able to be penetrated.
The customer reported that the factory was exceptionally hot in the summer months (with temps of 38°C reported) and exceptionally cold in the winter months due to there being no other form of heating throughout the factory.
OKEL’s Director visited site to meet with the customer to fully understand their heating requirements and to complete a survey of the premises to identify the most effective and efficient heating solution available.
Considering all of the findings OKEL proposed a high efficiency warm air and destratification solution that would introduce 900 kw of warm air, consisting of 6 x wall mounted Winterwarm TR150 warm air heaters and 15 WCU destratification fans to prevent heat loss and ensure heat remained on the lower ground where it was of most benefit to the work force and production.
In addition to the heat benefit, OKEL’s carefully thought-out design had the added benefit of a summer ventilation mode that would provide continuous air circulation and help to maintain a comfortable working temperature for the staff.
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At the initial enquiry stage our customer had also engaged with another commercial heating provider who had proposed heating the factory with a gas fired radiant heating system rather than warm air and destratification recommended by OKEL.
Due to the customer having been presented with 2 different solutions and unsure which company / solution to progress with they chose to instruct an independent heating consultant to review each proposal and to make a final recommendation – the heating consultant chose in favour of OKEL’s high efficiency warm air and destratification design based on the improved overall spread of heat, minimising of hot and cold spots throughout the factory and reduced running costs throughout the year.
Based on feedback from the independent heating consultant OKEL were assigned the heating project and works scheduled to commence November 2019.
A preinstall engineer visit took place prior to the installation to agree with the customer and sign off the exact positioning of the heaters and fans to allow for the most even spread of heat whilst considering the layout of the factory.
For health and safety reasons our customer requested that the installation took place outside of SIGMAT’s working hours and with OKEL’S installation team installing the new system over several weekends when the factory was unoccupied.
The installation was completed to schedule and with gas safety commissioning certification being issued to the customer upon project completion.