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Adam Dent joins Kerrigan Mechanical

Adam Dent, Project Manager, Kerrigan Mechanical

Adam Dent, B.Eng, has been appointed Project Manager at Kerrigan Mechanical, the multi-disciplined engineering contractors with a wide range of experience in commercial plumbing, heating, ventilation and extract systems. Kerrigan Mechanical evolved from Midland Heating and Plumbing, which was originally established in 1998, and has now commenced a new strategic development phase.

Adam is a DIT building services engineering graduate with broad experience across the entire building services spectrum. He has been involved in technical design and technical sales with Hevac Group, Ireland’s leading heating, plumbing and renewable energy suppliers, and now brings this experience to bear on the contracting sector.

As Project Manager with Kerrigan Mechanical Adam’s duties entail new client business development, negotiation of tenders, as-built design drawings and project management to include all aspects of the contract. This involves procurement of materials, overseeing installation, managing specialised sub-contractors, and all other requirements to legal completion of the project.

Contact: Project Manager, Kerrigan Mechanical Tel: 087 – 259 4066; email: adam@kerriganmechanical.ie


S&P appoints Holmes MD

Robert Holmes, Managing Director, Soler & PalauVentilation

Robert Holmes, Managing Director, Soler & PalauVentilation

Robert Holmes has been appointed Managing Director of Soler and Palau Ventilation Ltd. Robert has extensive experience in the air movement sector, having worked in both contracting and sales throughout an extensive career that took in senior management positions in Ireland and Canada.

He joined Soler and Palau Ventilation as Technical Sales Manager approximately 12 months ago and took up his new role as Managing Director in June of this year.

Contact: Robert Holmes, Managing Director, Soler and Palau Ventilation. Tel: 01 – 412 4020; Mobile: 087 – 091 8429; email: rholmes@solerpalau.com

Informed decision-making requires accurate information

Enda Ruxton

Energy costs are typically among the top three operational expenses incurred by businesses. Consequently, large savings can be made by achieving small increases in efficiency. However, the greatest challenge lies in identifying precisely where best to make those savings.

Enter Enda Ruxton of Energy Supervisor … he has the experience and tools to reveal energy inefficiencies within a business, and the ability to devise customised solutions to tackle and eliminate them. An added bonus is that these monitoring measures can be installed on a temporary basis to begin with, thus ensuring that the solution proposed on foot of the information captured is guaranteed to deliver energy savings.

Energy Supervisor Ltd offers a variety of energy monitoring solutions capable of measuring electrical loads, oil and gas consumption, thermal energy utilisation and water usage. All tools and protocols are all based on existing standards, requiring no proprietary hardware or software for installation or data access. The hardware is specifically designed to be non-invasive, requiring minimal downtime on installation and reducing the up-front cost of implementation.

What cannot be measured cannot be improved                                                                        All of the data gathered by the sensor technology is reported through the Cloud to Energy Supervisor’s secure servers where it can be retrieved and analysed with the convenient click of a mouse. Precise activity-based, cost analysis can be performed on that data to reveal “hidden” energy wastage that can be proactively tackled and eliminated.

This analysis and targeted solution-solving is ideal when looking at different aspects of an operation. Take for instance the following examples:

Refrigeration                                                                                                                                                                               Older refrigeration and aircon systems can be inefficient in comparison to new products on the market, but providing clients with an estimated analysis based on product data sheets is very often not enough to convince them that investment in the new kit is worthwhile. Measuring the actual performance of existing systems and attributing costs based on activity provides real tangible costs for customers to instill them with the confidence to invest.

Energy monitoring systems can assist in maximizing the performance of expensive capital assets. For example, chiller systems require flow rate measurement to ensure that they are operating within manufacturers’ recommended tolerances during commissioning and during their operating life.

Heating                                                                                                                                                                                              Energy measurement of oil or gas consumption of a boiler, and heat output from the boiler, provides the boilers’ operating efficiency showing when maintenance is due. Finding out where heat use and heat loss is within the distribution network can be achieved using heat meters. These can also be used for individual billing.

Lighting                                                                                                                                                                                           The continuous debate between the merits of T5 lamps and LED products to substitute T8 flourescent lighting causes many people to invest without measuring the “before and after “effect of their investment. Hence they never know if their decision was the correct one. Various lighting products have different lumen/watt performances, coupled with different life expectancy and lifetime performance.

Additional benefits                                                                                                                                                                    Apart from the obvious direct energy related savings, there are numerous other benefits to consider. These include:

– The ability to forecast energy expenditure on a month-to-month business contributes to the cash flow management of any business;

– Measurement of individual machines and devices can be used to predict maintenance requirements, e.g., if a motor normally operates at 1.5Kw and the load increases to 2kw, this is an indicator that the mechanical device it drives needs maintenance, the motor is overheating etc;

– Bench-marking of multiple machines, production lines, individual sites;

– Use of the software as a decision support system for investment decisions;

– Use for implementation and measurement of ISO standards such as 50001;

– Automatic meter reading to allocate costs to particular cost centres.

Contact: Enda Ruxton, EnergySupervisor. Tel: 042 – 950 0150

email: info@energysypervisor.ie




What’s new with pumps? … Class A efficiency is the new benchmark

The change from standard efficiency to high efficiency pumps is driven by legislation via the ErP Directive that demands all circulating pumps move to a high efficiency model in new systems from 1 January 2013.

With the ErP Directive 2009/125/EC, the European Union is promoting climate protection further. This legal regulation for energy-related products – ErP for short – limits electricity consumption considerably, even for heating circulation pumps. In effect, this Directive signals the end of inefficient pumps.

Uncontrolled pumps are responsible for 20% of the world’s electricity consumption. This means that all pump manufacturers will have to cease production of standard-efficiency pumps from the end of this year.

Very often the imposition of new legislation or directives presents difficulties and challenges for the industry sector affected. This is not the case with the new ErP Directive. If anything, it will provide a business stimulus.

The running cost savings delivered by the reduced power consumption of ErP-compliant pumps is great news for the entire industry. Specifiers, and especially installers, are now armed with the ammunition to undertake a major pump upgrade/replacement campaign.

Calling all contractors – this is an excellent opportunity for you to increase your business while, at the same time, delivering value for money services – in addition to genuine costs savings – to your customers.

Tech Appoints Barry Hennessy

Tech Refrigeration & Air Conditioning has appointed Barry Hennessy Group Account Manager to spearhead its latest strategic development phase.

Tech has experienced sustained growth and market penetration over the last 16 years and today the company – which provides air conditioning, refrigeration and catering equipment, complemented by its service, maintenance and installation – enjoys market-leading status across all market segments.

Service excellence has been at the heart of this development process and it is now the cornerstone for the company’s future plans. Barry Hennessy has been involved in the sector for nearly 20 years and is widely known and respected by consultants, installers, government bodies and local authority specifiers. His experience, knowledge and technical expertise offers the perfect complement to the service-driven Tech Group philosophy.

Contact: Barry Hennessy, Group Account Manager, Tech Refrigeration. Tel: 01 – 820 8544; email: barryh@techrefrigeration.com; www.techrefrigeration.com