Leading consultants and engineers were given an insight into the latest developments in air conditioning technology at a recent event hosted by Toshiba at its Plymouth facility.
It included a tour of the company’s European development support centre, which is equipped with R&D and test facilities for new air conditioning technology and controls.
The event, organised by Toshiba’s South West regional sales manager Wayne Dolley, was attended by representatives from three leading consultants – AECOM, Hoare Lea and Building Mechanical Electrical Ltd (BME), which are all based in Plymouth – and from building services specialist Totus Engineering.
The programme covered how to speed up project design using Toshiba’s new web-based equipment selection and technical support tools. These include a SEER/SCOP calculation package, a refrigerant charge app and fault code identification software.
Those attending received continuing professional development (CPD) credits for undertaking Toshiba’s CIBSE-approved modules on BREEAM and EN378 Compliance, and VRF Design and Selection.
SME senior engineer Ivor Oatway said: “Toshiba is doing some pioneering work on the technology front, particularly with its refrigerant management and containment system. It has also identified market requirements – such as over-door heaters for VRF systems – that few manufactures are able to offer.
“I can see how holding Europe-wide spares in Plymouth is not only great for local contractors, who able to collect spares the same day, but nationally with next day delivery also.”
He added: “Overall, it was excellent day, and provided an opportunity not only to see behind the scenes at a leading manufacturer, but update our own skills and knowledge. It is always good to keep abreast of current thinking and developments in the pipeline.”