Actom Mechanical Equipment has signed an agreement with its main international technology principal, Fläkt Woods, which sees the local company appointed the sole agent in Southern Africa for Fläkt Woods’ world-class modular heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems.
Actom Mechanical Equipment has a longstanding association with Fläkt Woods of Europe relating to the use of its advanced fan technologies and the manufacture and sale of its axial flow and centrifugal fans for industrial and mining ventilation applications.
The new agreement is the first in which Actom Mechanical Equipment has linked up with Fläkt Woods in the field of HVAC technology and equipment.
Nuno Pereira, product manager, HVAC, at Actom Mechanical Equipment says, “The agency agreement with Fläkt Woods’ Climate Control division, which came into effect in May this year, is for their cutting-edge air handling units for HVAC applications. The product is manufactured and assembled in Sweden and, in terms of the agreement, we provide the sales and marketing services in the local market, plus after-sales service support, including spares, repairs and maintenance.”
The Fläkt Woods modular air-handling units, already well-proven worldwide, offer significant advantages over traditional HVAC technologies.
“The modular design means that the components – consisting of fan, filters, silencer, humidifier and heat recovery system – are self-contained, so that during the original design and assembly phase the ready-made modules of the required capacity for a particular application are selected and assembled quickly and efficiently. The same applies to repair and replacement of components, with only the module requiring attention being dealt with and none of its companion components having to be interfered with,” Pereira explains.
The Fläkt Woods air-handling units are heat- and energy-efficient and hygienic. They feature an advanced energy-efficient heat recovery system, use of direct-drive plug fans, in preference to the conventional belt-driven fans, and of electronically commutated motors, in preference to synchronous motors, to ensure more accurate and speedier responsiveness. “Eighty-five per cent of the life-cycle cost of an air-handling unit is energy, so the gains offered by the Fläkt Woods system are substantial,” Pereira points out.
Actom Mechanical Equipment and Fläkt Woods’ Climate Control division have already landed their first local contract – for the supply of 60 air-handling units for the University of Botswana’s new 450-bed Academic Hospital currently under construction in Gaborone. Delivery of the units will start later this year to be completed in February 2012.
The contract was awarded by the joint venture contractor: Enviroware Construction of Midrand, Gauteng, and Pipework Services of Botswana.
Paul Norton, chief mechanical engineer of the consulting engineers on the project, Gaborone-based North Atlantic Engineering Consultants, said, “We specified Fläkt Woods air-handling units as our design required a tried-and-tested quality product that would combine high levels of energy recovery in 100% outdoor air systems, which serve most areas of the hospital. This requirement is met by the predominant use of the innovative Econet system.”