Client - SIG Trading LTD
Client: Large European supplier of insulation with multiple premises across Europe.
Main Concerns: Our client contacted OKEL in May 2018 as they were soon to be relocating to a newly refurbished warehouse in the North West of England with no existing form of heat.
OKEL’s Director visited the premises and met with the client’s Operations and QSHE Directors to understand the client’s business in greater detail, including aim of the heating project, temperature requirements and purpose of the warehouses.
Prior to contacting OKEL our client had engaged a commercial heating company who had recommended and quoted for a radiant tube heating system – OKEL were asked to provide a like for like quote.
Whilst on site, several photographs and measurements were captured, to enable our design team to refer to these when deciding on the best solution for our client.
- To deliver a heating solution that would maintain a level of comfort for warehouse employees and support the temperature requirements of the items being stored / machinery.
- A solution that would run as lean as possible to ensure running costs were kept to an absolute minimum
OKEL Solution – Warm air
The most important factor when looking at a heating solution for a commercial warehouse is to identify one that can accommodate high ceilings, different qualities of insulation and vast expanse of space and as importantly ensure running costs are kept to an absolute minimum.
Although OKEL were originally asked to provide a comparative quote for a radiant tube heating system, once our team started to work on the proposal it soon became apparent that a radiant tube solution wouldn’t necessarily be the best heating solution for our clients premises. The kw’s required for radiant heating would be almost double that of an effective high efficiency warm air and destratification system and would therefore have a negative impact on the running costs of the new radiant system. Our competitor’s radiant tube design required a total of 830 kw to maintain the required temperature whilst OKEL’s high efficiency warm air units and destratification fans would require only 480 kw to maintain the same temperature.
Our client voted in favour of OKEL’s warm air and destratification solution opposed to our competitors radiant tube solution as life time running costs were considered a key factor in the decision making.
On Day 1 of the installation and prior to works commencing our lead engineer met with our clients QSHE Manager to sign off all risk assessments and method statements that had been produced for the installation project.
As our client had a tight deadline to ensure their new premises was fully operational within only a matter of weeks, OKEL’s engineers worked closely with our client to ensure the heating installation didn’t impact the new machinery that was having to be built and housed within the same warehouse that our engineers were working.
Upon project completion our lead engineer arranged a training / handover session with our client to ensure they were confident on the capabilities of the heaters and able to maximise the efficiencies by effective use of the intelligent thermostatic controls.
A handover email was sent and included copies of the gas and electrical certificates, electronic copies of the user guides / manuals, images of the installation and diagram of the heater positions.