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Surface Technology

Founded in 1989, Surface Technology International is a leading global Electronic Solutions Provider that specialises in contract electronics design and manufacturing. A newly refurbished factory in Hampshire needed an HVAC solution, one that would provide a comfortable working environment all year around...

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Surface Technology International the HVAC hat-trick!

Heating, Cooling and Ventilation –  all three were a necessity to provide a comfortable working environment at Surface Technology International (STI) new factory. This is not uncommon, indeed the skill in integrating such technologies is what sits Clean Air apart from other HVAC companies. Less often is involvement of air conditioning, evaporative cooling, ventilation and commercial boilers in the mix.

Front Runners

A number of HVAC companies had been considered for the task, but a visit to our stand at the Southern Electronic Manufacturing Show was enough to help STI decide Clean Air were the front runners to move the project forward. As Aaron Leaves, Facilities Manager summed it up:

“Clean Air set the bar for other contractors, it’s a hard act to follow”

Impressed by the obvious knowledge and expertise of the Clean Air staff, STI visited aircraft ejector seat manufacturer Martin Baker to see an example of our work ‘at work’. The decision was immediate, Clean Air began design and feasibility studies in earnest.

The solution an integrated HVAC system

High efficiency, inverter powered Mitsubishi air conditioning units served ducts to the mezzanine area and then, using larger ducts, via air socks, the canteen. Wall mounted air conditioning units served the facilities and dispatch offices.  The main production area was cooled by fresh, filtered air from a number of low energy, but incredibly powerful, Cool Breeze QAD230 evaporative cooling units. Heating for the main production area was from highly efficient and reliable Winterwarm industrial heaters, along with a Honeywell energy efficient boiler supply. Extract ventilation was then installed to the showers and washrooms.

Outstanding Results

The project was expertly installed and commissioned with speed and remarkably little disruption. The results are proving the HVAC system an outstanding success. Workers enjoy a consistently comfortable workplace and the accountants are pleasantly surprised by just how low the running costs are. So much so that Clean Air have been invited to look at replacing the HVAC in three other factories that STI operate.

As Aaron Leaves, Facilities Manager, concluded:

“At every stage, from design to quotation and delivery, Clean Air deliver, and in bundles.There is no question, Clean Air are our preferred HVAC partner as we move forward with our UK operations”