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Mobility benefits

Increased demand, particularly from the events sector, for high capacity cooling in a unit that can be easily moved, has led to the HPAC90. RAC reports

Temporary cooling specialist Andrews Sykes has claimed the highest capacity mobile air conditioning unit available for hire, with the launch of a unit delivering a huge 90 kW.

The HPAC90 is designed to cool an area of 2,000 sq m, Sykes says, making it ideally suited for large spaces such as temporary structures and marquees, film sets and outside broadcasts. Thanks to reverse cycle configuration, it is equally suited for use as a large volume space heater unit, the firm adds.

The innovation seems all the more remarkable when compared with the previous largest-capacity mobile unit, a split model delivering 17 kW of cooling. Andrews Sykes says the HPAC90 is a response to customer demand for an ultra-high capacity unit that can be used to provide additional capacity during periods of extreme heat, or used as a standalone unit when fixed systems are undergoing planned or emergency maintenance.

The firm contends that while some other companies have adapted roof top units into mobile units, they have a limited performance and therefore are “inevitably a form of compromise”. Andrews Sykes says it designed a unit purpose-built for the hire market, where flexibility, performance and robustness are paramount.

The new unit can be positioned up to 50 m away from the area requiring cooling (or heating) and it is this flexibility of configuration that makes it well-suited for a number of applications. It is also housed within a strong lifting frame which also incorporates fork lift pockets and lifting eyes for ease of transportation and positioning.

“There is growing customer demand for larger units,” says Andrews Sykes managing director Paul Wood. “This arises from the increased cooling loads associated with workplace technology and increasing customer expectations in a wide variety of settings, especially temporary structures at events.”

“This new unit represents a strategic investment in our fleet and will appeal to industries with large volume cooling/heating requirements, but who have previously had to hire multiple units to adequately control their climate. For example, the events sector wants flexibility of heating and cooling at various times of day including ‘round the clock’, given what are increasingly unpredictable prevailing climatic conditions.”

“The HPAC90 is allied to customers in a growing niche who have a requirement for cooling and air handling in one unit,” he says, “Depending on the success of the new unit, we will be looking to develop a more extensive range of bigger capacity units, once our customers become familiar with what is a highly innovative move.”

“We have also added this unit to our hire fleet in Holland, Belgium, Italy and The UAE.”

HPAC90 specifications

  • The HPAC90 has a maximum air flow of 15,000 cu m/hr (compared with the PAC60 at 3,500 cu m/hr).
  • The unit weighs 1,500 kg and measures 2280 x 2030 x 2450 mm (L x W x H) and has a maximum noise level of 75 dBA @ 3 m.
  • The model requires a 415 V, 84 A, three-phase power supply.
  • Fully Automatic Programmable Digital Control Panel - auto mode switches responsively between hot and cold.

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