Industrial Cooling

ICS Cool Energy Grows its Fleet with Customised “Ready to Hire” Process Chillers and Air Handling Units


ICS Cool Energy, an international market leader specialising in complete temperature control solutions for manufacturing process and facilities applications, announced today it is increasing investment in its hire fleet and ads close to 150 new “Ready-to-Hire” solutions including i-Chillers and Air Handling Units (AHU). The new units benefit from the close collaboration between the engineering teams of ICS Cool Energy and the original equipment manufacturers MTA and AL-KO Air Technology.

“MTA and AL-KO were recently acquired by Trane Technologies and are part of the organization’s Commercial HVAC portfolio,” said Dave Palmer, general manager for UK at ICS Cool Energy. “As members of the same family, our engineering teams could work closer together to customise the proven equipment and tailor it to the specific requirements of hire projects. These new “Ready-to-Hire” units are now available in ICS Cool Energy rental fleet.”

Ready-to-Hire Air Handling Units

Collaboration with AL-KO Air Technology, a German expert in ventilation and air handling systems that are customized and manufactured for their application, resulted with new AHU solutions in
ICS Cool Energy’s hire offering. Quality and reliability are the decisive factors for ventilation technology in the industrial sector and the new 150kW air handling units offer tight temperature control, which directly translates into energy saving potential from the chiller or heaters within the system. Compared with the older constant-speed systems, the new AHUs feature new controls managing the fan speed and a 3-way valve system for more precise supply of hot or cold water, adapting the operations of the AHU to the desired room temperature.

The new AHUs were designed by the ICS Cool Energy and AL-KO teams as a plug-and-play solution to fit any customer application. The units can also be connected to heat pumps, switching it into cooling or heating mode depending on the ambient temperature or the temperature set point for maximised energy savings and with no interaction requirement from the customer.

Ready-to-Hire i-Chillers

The ICS Cool Energy hire fleet will grow this year with close to 150 new i-Chillers, heat pumps and low-temperature units reaching -25°C, all designed to cope with the rigours of manufacturing and critical processes. These units are suitable for all types of process applications including Food & Beverage, Plastics, Chemical & Pharmaceutical, Metal Works and other demanding.

Unlike other units on the market, the i-Chiller range has been designed with process applications in mind from the ground up. As such they can operate faultlessly and maintain accurate temperature control 24/7 under highly differing, and abruptly fluctuating operating conditions.

Now, together with MTA, an Italian-based manufacturer and distributor of sustainable solutions in industrial process cooling, air conditioning and air treatment, ICS Cool Energy customised the “Ready-to-Hire” units to be even more robust and flexible in transport and customer installation.

“We worked closely with the MTA team, exploring the pain points of hire-destined units and have come up with installation features and solutions so our customers can benefit from the technology quicker and with improved efficiency,” said Jason Lamley, technical manager at ICS Cool Energy. “These 150 new hire chillers are manufactured specifically for ICS Cool Energy, are specified and finalised directly in the factory and can be shipped straight to the customer for installation, significantly speeding up the entire process.”

ICS Cool Energy solutions are available for short or long-term hire, as well as part of the FLEX Membership, long-term exchange programme. FLEX Membership subscription offering gives customers access to the latest process heating and cooling equipment with the flexibility of an operating expense. As part of the flexible package customers receive the equipment, preventive and 24/7 emergency maintenance, replacements and upgrades for an all-inclusive monthly rate. This allows them to transform their process temperature control system from a fixed asset into a dynamic solution that will be up-to-date with their changing business and process needs.

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ICS Cool Energy Introduces ICS Protect Agreements,

New Service Programmes for Temperature Control Equipment

The new ICS Protect service packages offer customers a tailored, cost-efficient approach to their maintenance needs with different preventive and predictive coverage levels.

 ICS Cool Energy, an international market leader specializing in complete temperature control solutions for manufacturing process and facilities applications, introduced ICS Protect Agreements, new extended and enhanced service plans offering for its i-Chiller range and other temperature control equipment.

The new ICS Protect Agreements offer three levels of coverage including preventive maintenance plans, delivering partial to fully comprehensive solutions. This approach allows customers to choose a package that is tailored to their applications and business needs, and ensure the temperature control equipment receives regular inspection, preventive maintenance, and proper calibration minimising the risks of equipment failures.

 The longer the plan, the better the saving potential and reduction of downtime.  In the case of the i-Chiller range of process-designed chillers, the ICS Protect offers customers the option to continue protecting their investment beyond the market leading 5-year parts and labour warranty coverage.

“Facility managers understand their organisation’s dependence on the process temperature control systems to ensure continued manufacturing and business operations. Equipment that is improperly maintained can fail to provide the required level of efficiency,” said Dave Palmer, general manager of ICS Cool Energy in the UK and Ireland.

“We have designed the ICS Protect Agreements to provide our customers with operating efficiency, prolong their system’s life and simply help them cut costs. Keeping the equipment in optimal shape minimises the energy consumption, helps limit downtime and eliminate operating losses. These are critical factors that all manufacturers pay attention to, and with ICS Protect Agreements we can ensure the constant performance of the equipment with no hassle for the customer,” continued Palmer.  

With ICS Protect Agreements customers can choose their level of coverage from Bronze, Silver and Gold packages offering different configurations of Individual Parts, All Parts, and Parts and Labour.  Every level comes with complete market leading preventative maintenance visits (two per annum) and individual asset fluid analysis.

“With an ICS Protect Agreement, besides gaining priority response, proactive maintenance and parts coverage, our customers can decrease their administration-related expenses as well as in-house labour and outside maintenance expenses to save up to 25% in operating costs. The longer the agreement term, the larger the savings, leaving it up to ICS Cool Energy to support the aging equipment,” concluded Palmer.

The ICS Protect agreement covers equipment up to 10 years of age.

ICS Cool Energy is headquartered in Southampton within 100,000 square feet of warehouse, office and yard space facilitating new stock storage and engineering spaces for service operations. The central location is backed up by the depot in Bradford and regional offices in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Dublin, as well as by over 70 mobile service engineers with van stock, to ensure customer support and service across the U.K and Ireland.

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