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Sky’s The Limit For Our Cloud-Based Monitoring System

Aqua’s latest remote monitoring system allows you to have complete visibility of the performance of your cooling equipment via state-of-the-art cloud-based technology. You’ll have the reassurance everything’s running at 100%, even if you’re not there in person!

The premise is simple, a small box is installed on site capable of communicating with up to 8 industrial chillers (or other equipment). You then simply need a mobile link – or hardwired internet connection – to link to the cloud to retrieve and download the information. The system also interfaces with other types of equipment, and from different manufacturers, essentially anything that has a controller able to communicate with a Building Management System (BMS).

The technology can manage key performance indicators, you simply set those required and the system monitors real time performance. Should your equipment start operating outside of those parameters, you’ll receive an email alert meaning you’re aware of a potential problem before it even happens.

Should a full-blown fault ever occur, you’ll be instantly notified, wherever you are, giving you time to react quickly and put contingency planning into full effect as early as possible. As well as forewarning you of any issue, the system gives you peace of mind – you don’t need to be physically on site to know that everything is operating as required.

Sometimes fault diagnostics can be tricky. Even when you’re certain the equipment hasn’t been performing optimally, proving it is another matter. Add to this the many variables involved with a cooling system and it can be difficult even for a specialist engineer, to replicate a fault. The Aqua system logs & graphs the data enabling an engineer to easily analyse past performance, resulting in a quicker diagnosis, saving time and labour costs.

The cloud-based technology works on an independent communications network which allows only single-phase traffic, eliminating any concerns over information security.

“In a world where information is key, and more and more people are using remote systems within their domestic environment, taking this technology into manufacturing and other environments makes perfect sense” explains Mike West, Senior Technical Engineer at Aqua Group.

“Historically, customers have had no visibility of the performance of their cooling equipment unless they’re physically stood in front of them. Our technology gives them total remote monitoring capability and has a number of exciting possibilities longer term.”

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Aqua Makes a Move to New Northern Office

Aqua Cooling Solutions have just completed a move into new office space at Thorpe Park business park in Leeds as part of an ongoing expansion strategy.

Aqua launched in the UK in 2000 and opened their first North of England office in York in 2012. The business has grown and diversified over recent years and has recently recruited four new members of staff, making now an opportune time to move.

Mike West who heads up Aqua’s Northern sales division explains; “Thorpe Park is the ideal base for us as it’s so accessible and well connected geographically. As the team’s grown it’s become more and more important that we have a central base where our sales, service and project management teams can meet up face to face and clients can easily visit.”

Thorpe Park business park is close to the main motorway links as well as very near to Leeds Bradford International Airport. The new office will act as a base for Aqua’s regional sales and service engineers as well as their project management resource.

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Network Computing Awards 2018

Aqua Group’s unique Leak Prevention System (LPS) has been shortlisted as a finalist for Data Centre Product of the Year at the 2018 Network Computing Awards.

The Leak Prevention System has already won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation and an Innovation commendation from The Institute of Physics (IOP).

Simon Davis, Director and Founder of Aqua Cooling Solutions designed the LPS technology which is based on a simple principle of physics. Simon explains; “At the heart of our LPS is a Venturi tube which turns water pressure from positive to negative. This simple change in pressure prevents water escaping from any damaged pipework, hoses or connection. Unlike competitor products, this isn’t a leak detection system but gives guaranteed leak free operation. Energy savings of up to 98% have been proven when compared with traditional data centre cooling set ups.”

The LPS enables clients to gain all the benefits that a water-cooled solution can offer the data centre environment but with complete peace of mind. It can also be fully integrated with the majority of data centre cooling products in the marketplace, whether that be rear doors, in rows or CRAC units.

Winners will be announced during an awards dinner in London in March. The dinner will take place at The Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on the evening of 22nd March.

To vote go to http://www.networkcomputingawards.co.uk/

New Appointment Boosts Aqua’s Northern Offering For 2018

Aqua Group are pleased to confirm that Senior Design & Projects Manager, Mike West, will be heading up their Northern division with immediate effect.

Since opening their first Northern office in 2012, Aqua have built up a strong client base across the UK as well as overseas. With plans to develop the business even further during 2018, Mike will support and mentor the area sales team. He’ll also work alongside the service team, led by Regional Service Manager Pete Dewsbury and with Ian Clynes on project management.

Born just outside Leeds, Mike spent his childhood in the area, only leaving his hometown to pursue engineering qualifications at Southampton Solent University. Mike then took a graduate sales position within the Aqua team, being quickly promoted to a fully-fledged Sales Engineer within the first year.

Mike brings with him a decade of sales and applications experience, working on cooling projects with clients across the world, including the USA, Middle East and most of Europe. In addition, Mike has played a key role in product development for Aqua as well as developing new business opportunities.

Mike design managed Aqua’s award winning Leak Prevention System (LPS), bringing unique cooling technology to data centres and other close control applications. He oversaw the LPS from conceptual stage right through to patent and production. The LPS won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation in 2015 as well as finalist accreditation in the 2016 DCS Awards for Data Centre Cooling Product of the Year.

Despite years of travelling across the globe, Mike very much sees the North of England as his home; “The area holds a special place in my heart, not only because it’s home to close family and friends, but it’s also somewhere that holds very fond memories from my childhood. I’m delighted to be starting 2018 leading the Northern team for Aqua and am really looking forward to working with new clients as well as catching up with existing customers over the next few months. It’s going to be an exciting year for Aqua and I’m thrilled to be part of that.”

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Top Safety Accreditation For Aqua Cooling

Aqua Group are delighted to have been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third-party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

Aqua’s SafeContractor accreditation shows that a uniform standard is achieved across the business and further demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to safety. Aqua Cooling are already accredited to CHAS (Contractors’ Health and Safety Scheme) and employees undergo CDM (Construction & Design Management) training.

“The Safe Contractor accreditation gives the stamp of approval that our operations are running smoothly and safely throughout the organisation. It is only given to businesses that pass their audit on health and safety, risk management and property safety” explains Aqua Cooling Quality, Health & Safety Manager, Shaun Tribbeck.

The new accreditation also gives peace of mind to clients of how important safety is regarded when engineers are visiting and working on their sites and with their own employees and other contractors. Kevin Lancaster, company Managing Director, explains: “Health and safety is something we take very seriously here, and we’re pleased to be able to show our customers that they can put their trust in us and the way that we operate.”

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Refrigerant Phase Out And The Rise Of HFOs

2015 heralded a new era for refrigerants as R22, the last of the hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), was finally banned within Europe and a legislative phase down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) got underway.

Updated legislation addressed these man-made fluorinated gases and their use across industrial applications. In an attempt to control and limit their production over a 15-year period, manufacturers now require an EU quota to supply and distribute them. By 2030 the EU have set out to reduce the availability of HFCs by 79%.

HFC refrigerants have been commonly used as replacements to HCFCs over recent years but their global warming potential is still very high. For example, R134a has a GWP of 1430.

From 2020 the legislation will no longer allow commercial refrigeration equipment to be serviced with new refrigerant if it’s GWP is over 2500, meaning the use of R404A will be obsolete.

Introducing R1234ze

With an extremely low GWP figure, R1234ze has already been identified within the cooling industry as an ideal replacement to R134a. This refrigerant is from the hydrofluroolefin family, put simply it’s an unsaturated hydrocarbon (HFO). With a reported GWP figure of <10 it’s easy to see how it could be a worthy successor.

A number of Aqua Group’s chiller units are already available with R1234ze as an option, including our popular EET and EEF ranges and chillers with centrifugal Turbocor compressor chillers.

A Natural Alternative?

Aqua also offer chiller units with R290 or propane refrigerant which is completely natural, as opposed to man made, and has a GWP of just 3. This has been popular previously with clients looking for an alternative to an ammonia based cooling system.

System Design Is Key

When looking at alternative refrigerants the overall design of the system is key to ensure desirable levels of energy efficiency and cooling power are achieved. Our design engineers are always on hand to offer free technical advice to help you choose the correct chiller for your requirement and to help you design the best cooling solution possible.

F-Gas Regulations

Our engineers are up to date with all the latest legislation and developments within the refrigerant market place. All are F-Gas trained meaning they’re familiar with all legislative requirements when it comes to handling refrigerants, detecting leaks, recovering refrigerant from legacy equipment and the necessary documentation and label that’s needed. To work on, or service equipment containing F-gases, it is a legal requirement to be F-gas trained. A service/maintenance contract from Aqua Cooling will ensure your legal obligations are always met.

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Putting Safety First

Aqua Group have successfully renewed their accreditation of the Contractors’ Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).

CHAS was initially developed by health and safety professionals in 1997 as part of a drive to improve health and safety standards within the UK. The aim was to simplify contractor assessment by standardising health & safety requirements across the board.

To achieve accreditation an IOSH (Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) qualified CHAS representative evaluates all areas of a company’s health and safety procedures. This includes analysing risk assessments and method statements, inspection plans, site visits and relevant COSHH documentation (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health).

For Quality, Health & Safety Manager, Shaun Tribbeck, the continued CHAS accreditation is part of Aqua’s ongoing commitment to health and safety. Shaun explains, “CHAS demonstrates our compliance and commitment to health and safety legislation within our industry. Not only does it give reassurance to clients and potential customers but also ensures the safety of our engineers and project managers when they’re working onsite.”

In addition, Aqua Group’s team of project managers and sales engineers have undergone CDM (Construction & Design Management) training. The CDM programme originated from the Construction, Design & Management Regulations legislation in 2015 and ensures contractors understand their legal requirements and duties when working on construction projects.

“Health and safety is just something that can’t be compromised”, comments Shaun. “We have an obligation to ourselves, our staff and customer base to adhere to any changes in legislation and to make sure our procedures are as rigorous and robust as possible. CHAS and CDM all work towards this end and their principles are at the forefront of our internal processes and procedures.”

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Aqua Goes Nuts for Endurance Challenge

This spring, more than 20 hardy Aqua employees turned out to take on the Nuts Challenge, a gruelling mud run featuring 100 obstacles that’s set in seven kilometres of the Surrey countryside.

Our 23-strong team, the Aqua Cooling Coolconuts, conquered mud and fatigue to complete one lap of the ‘More Nuts’ challenge on Saturday 4 March organised at the Action Days Out military assault course near Dorking, Surrey. They faced a muddy course littered with daunting wayside obstacles including the ‘bunker’, the ‘wall’, ‘commando assault’, ‘apocalypse now’, and ‘kamikase’.

In preparation for the ultra-tough challenge, Aqua’s committed team members endured weekly 50-minute workouts at a corporate fitness boot-camp training course. Their instructor, Dan from fitness consultancy Get Focused, comes highly recommended – Aqua’s hire specialist, James Fry, achieved an excellent result with a lap-time of 1:40.

Fitness is a key part of Aqua’s company culture and our competitive Coolconuts are excited to get involved again: despite numerous bruises and even a few injuries the team had so much fun taking on this challenge that they’re already looking towards the next run, set for September.

Sue Davis, Aqua’s Marketing Manager, said: “Personally, it was one of the hardest challenges I’ve ever faced on a physical, mental and emotional level. I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus, with the bruises to prove it!”

“The team were amazing. Everyone demonstrated real character and tenacity, and there were some fantastic examples of teamwork – from pulling people up muddy banks to talking them down from really high obstacles.”

If you fancy a challenge you can follow in Aqua’s footsteps by registering for the next Nuts event!

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Finalists For ACR News Awards 2017

Aqua Group have reached the finals of this year’s ACR News Awards.

Shortlisted for Refrigeration Product of the Year, Aqua have been recognised for supplying a highly efficient, bespoke refrigeration system to one of the UK’s leading food industry suppliers.

The installation for Anson Packaging Ltd, part of the Danish-based Faerch Plast Group, focused on achieving ultra high levels of energy efficiency.

Aqua supplied glycol-free free cooling, Turbocor compressor chillers and took the project through from initial design right through to installation and commissioning.

Simon Davis, Aqua Cooling co-founder and Director said:“We’re delighted that one of our systems has made it through to the final stage of these awards, it’s always very special to be recognised within your industry. However credit really goes to all those involved in the project, which includes our designers, sales & projects engineers and service & commissioning engineers.”

Established for over twenty years ago, The ACR News Awards celebrate success within the air conditioning and refrigeration industry. For 2017 entries are still being judged by an independent expert panel, although for the first time the industry are being asked to get involved and vote for some categories.

Winners will be announced at a gala awards dinner on 23rd March at London’s Chelsea Harbour Hotel. Hosting the dinner will be Ed Byrne, one of the UK’s leading performers and a popular face on shows such as Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You.

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Cool Apprenticeships On Offer At Jobs Fair

Aqua was delighted to sponsor this year’s Fareham Apprenticeship and Jobs Fair, organised by local Member of Parliament Suella Fernandes and held at the town’s Ferneham Hall.

Suella said:“There is so much talent right here in Fareham, with innovating and ambitious businesses like Aqua based locally. It’s great that they’re giving something back to local people, equipping them with vital skills for work through their apprenticeship programmes, and I’m proud to be involved.”

Aqua is expanding rapidly. The company opened a second Segensworth office at the end of last year and is looking to recruit apprentices to fill engineering, sales and administrative roles.

Simon Davis, Aqua Director, said:“We are proud of our continued growth and success and pleased to be investing in the future through these apprenticeships. An apprenticeship with Aqua is more than a training scheme and we hope that the successful candidates will view their roles as stepping stones to life-long careers with us.”

Aqua has previously recruited apprentices who have been offered full time permanent design and sales positions at the end of their training.

Natalee Hunt, a full-time accounts assistant at Aqua, said:“It is an honour to represent Aqua at this event, which is a great opportunity for students and job-seekers to meet a variety of potential employers. Aqua is a great place to work.”

Natalee received sponsorship and support from Aqua whilst attending evening courses at Fareham College to complete her Level 4 Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) examinations. She attained her diploma in accounting and bookkeeping last year and has earned membership of the AAT.

Aqua spoke to more than 40 hopeful candidates at the event, the second of its kind run by the Fareham MP. Last year’s event was held at Fareham College.

This year Aqua joined companies such as SAAB and BAE Systems to meet educational institutions including Fareham College, Highbury College and Southampton Solent University.

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