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Hire Solution Takes Flight

The Client –

Flight Training Centre, Based In Sussex


The Challenge –

Failed Hydraulic Cooling System


The Solution –

Emergency Hire And New System Install

When the hydraulic cooling system failed at a flight training school, getting an Emergency Hire solution delivered and installed was an absolute priority.

The centre, based in Sussex, is home to full flight simulators which operate three, six-hour training sessions across the day, including night time. The facility’s legacy cooling system provided cooling to three of the simulators independently. It’s closed design meant it was difficult to maintain the glycol level, leaving the equipment to run on plain water which offered zero protection against frost and freezing.

The Aqua Hire team responded rapidly, delivering an Air Handler to site which was quickly installed to act as an Air Blast Cooler, getting the affected flight simulator back up and running.

However, the breakdown scenario highlighted the lack of resilience and robustness in the centre’s existing system – something that couldn’t be overcome by simply repairing the equipment. Instead Aqua’s engineers re-evaluated the facility’s complete hydraulic cooling system, designing out the inherent issues within it.

Aqua installed a single cooling system to service the hydraulic cooling of all 3 simulators, which included an Air Blast Cooler, dual pump skid and a 250-litre open tank. The tank ensures the addition of glycol is a very simple exercise – as easy as pouring a 25 litre drum straight in.

The Air Blast unit incorporated 4 x EC, inverter controlled, fans. As well as improving resilience (should 1 fan ever fail, 3 would still be operational) the inverter control boosts efficiency and subsequent energy savings as the fans ramp up and down as required rather than working at full power continually.

The system’s open as opposed to closed design has many benefits. As well as simplifying the process of adding the glycol in the first place, it’s also easy to monitor and top up, protecting the operation and life time of the equipment and ensuring optimum system effectiveness.

The full solution included:

  • Rapid response
  • Emergency hire
  • System design & installation
  • Air blast cooler
  • Dual pump skid
  • 250 litre tank
  • Full hire & sales solution

With their new hydraulic cooling system installed and commissioned the flight training school were back ready for take-off!

chiller hire

Emergency Solution Puts Production Back On Track

The Client –

Midlands Based Plastic Product Manufacturer


The Challenge –

Chiller Breakdown


The Solution –

Temporary Chiller Hire

A plastics manufacturer based in the Midlands turned to Aqua’s hire division when they encountered an emergency breakdown scenario with the Chiller unit on their plastic thermoforming production line.

For clients working within a 24/7 manufacturing facility, equipment breakdown can have disastrous consequences. Any threat of interruption to production can cost heavily in downtime, loss of revenue and even financial penalties. At Aqua Hire we fully understand the challenges our clients face. Our extensive knowledge of the chiller market enables us to arrange a temporary hire solution to site quickly and efficiency, getting that all important production back on line.

Aqua supplied a 300kW Chiller hire unit and flexible hosing which linked to the client’s existing weir tank. This, used in conjunction with a standby pump, enabled the chilled water to be recirculated around the tank, restoring the process cooling. The problem with the malfunctioning chiller could then be further investigated whilst production continued unheeded.

Our hire solution included:

  • 300kW chiller
  • Flexible temporary pipework
  • Full technical system design analysis
  • Installation services

In addition to supplying the short-term hire chiller, the Aqua technical team have undertaken a full review of the thermoforming plant’s process cooling system, giving the client longer term options which will include building additional redundancy into the design.

Senior Design and Project Manager, Shaun Lancaster explains: “Aqua’s sales and hire divisions work hand in hand which enables us to be able to offer the customer the very best solution every time. This is a great example of how short term chiller hire has resolved the client’s immediate issue and given them breathing space to consider the possibilities longer term.”

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bisham abbey

Planned Maintenance Strategy Keeps Sports Centre Active

The Client –

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre


The Challenge –

Chiller Replacement – Planned Maintenance


The Solution –

Short-Term Chiller Hire

When a sports centre in Marlow decided to replace the chiller unit within its air conditioning system, Aqua Hire stepped in to ensure things stayed cool whilst planned maintenance work got underway.

Once a royal home to King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I, Bisham Abbey is now one of three Sport England National Sports Centres. It plays host to several national governing bodies for many sports including the Lawn Tennis Association, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the British Olympics Association.

It also offers world-class facilities to elite athletes including the national canoeing, netball, and hockey teams.

Bisham Abbey took a proactive approach to their maintenance work which ensured they knew well in advance when their equipment would be out of operation. This enabled Aqua Cooling to work closely with them, allocating a replacement Chiller Hire unit for the exact specification and application and delivering and installing it in advance, keeping disruption to an absolute minimum and allowing day-to-day business to carry on unaffected.

Aqua Hire provided a 200kW Chiller Hire unit for a period of four weeks which kept the system running at temperatures of between 7°C and 12°C. This ensured the facility’s ambient temperature was at the optimum level for visitors and staff alike.

Contingency planning is key to a large number of clients, especially those relying on their system 24/7 and/or working within critical market sectors. Hire Sales Engineer, James Fry, explains: “If you’re a busy facilities manager, perhaps running multiple sites, you’ll be only too familiar with having to take cooling equipment out of use whilst you get a new system up and running. Aqua Hire can help you bridge this gap, ensuring you have a temporary cooling solution on site, ready to go, whilst your existing equipment is replaced or upgraded.”

The planned hire solution at Bisham Abbey was a great success. The Chiller unit remained on-site and functioning while the centre’s new Chiller was installed and tested, resulting in a seamless transition, with customers noticing no difference during their visits.

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It’s Business as Usual Thanks to Fast Hire Solution

The Client –

Large Hampshire Based Business Centre


The Challenge –

Failing Comfort Cooling System


The Solution –

Long-Term Chiller Hire

With a legacy glycol Chiller system already struggling to meet the comfort cooling requirements of the business centre it served, a seasonal increase in ambient temperature was the final straw. Whilst maintenance contractors hurriedly called in portable air conditioning units from a local supplier, it soon became clear that a longer-term solution was needed – and quickly.

The Hampshire based centre houses several businesses and their employees, providing office space, training rooms and associated services. With summer just around the corner and temperatures already rising, office workers were quickly becoming uncomfortable and business owners were becoming increasingly concerned that productivity would begin to suffer.

With just one phone call, Aqua Cooling sent an engineer to site to carry out a same day survey, aware that time was of the essence. Senior Design & Project Manager, Shaun Lancaster, explains: “Once on site it quickly became apparent that portable units just weren’t going to provide an efficient solution. The legacy chiller unit was the real cause of the problem, by addressing the issue at source it was going to be relatively straightforward to get an effective comfort cooling system back up and running.”

The existing chiller was supplying air conditioning to 3 floors of the 5-storey business centre. By replacing this unit with a 280kW Chiller Hire unit and flexible hosing the buildings’ air conditioning was quickly restored.

The solution from Aqua Cooling Hire included:

  • 280kW chiller + hosing on a 2-year hire basis
  • Same day site survey
  • Equipment specification, design & installation, including contracted crane lift to the top of a 5-storey building, in a busy city centre location
  • Fast turnaround – from enquiry to installation in just one week

By opting for the 2-year hire option, the business centre now has peace of mind whilst they look at options for replacing the glycol based air conditioning system. In the meantime, for the office workers and the companies sharing the business centre, it’s business as usual!

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who cares

Who Cares? Aqua Hire Do!

When a national charity for young people in care found its Christmas party would be without Heating, temperature control specialists Aqua Cooling stepped in to help.

Who Cares? Scotland is a charity that provides independent support to young people in care and Care Leavers. Each year it hosts a Christmas Day gathering for the young people it works with to make sure no one has to be alone during the festive season.

The problem the charity faced in December was that its venue did not have adequate heating and all the companies they called quoted them enormous costs to heat the space. That was until they contacted Aqua Cooling’s hire division which offered to supply four of its infrared electric heaters to the venue free of charge.

James Fry who heads up Aqua’s hire division, said: “It’s awful to think that young people could be alone at such a time of year if they didn’t have somewhere warm to meet. I know they had been in touch with other companies and the costs had been really high, so it seemed a nice thing to do to supply and deliver our heaters free of charge.”

Heaters are just a small part of a range of cooling and Heater Hire equipment available from Aqua Cooling Hire. Their hire fleet also includes boilers, chillers, air conditioning units and ancillaries. The minimum hire period is just one week and equipment can be delivered and installed nationwide.

For more information on Who Cares? Scotland and how you can get involved visit www.whocaresscotland.org.

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