Somerset-based ECH Engineering has made a six figure investment in a new refrigeration test facility, south of Bristol.
The initiative has been supported by Adande Refrigeration, which will be using the laboratory to accelerate the development of its Aircell technology.
Aircell is a patented metalwork system for open front, refrigerated multi-deck cabinets that is designed to deliver more accurate, stable temperatures and significant energy savings compared with conventional displays.
The plant has been custom designed by ECH Engineering’s principal, Dr Ed Hammond, and Adande’s managing director, Ian Wood, to provide a state-of-the-art research, testing and development laboratory, with a minimal carbon footprint.
Staffed by three PhDs, the facility is adopting a scientific and technical approach to the testing and development of refrigerated display equipment, to the industry-recognised standard BS EN ISO 23953.
The 160 square metre laboratory provides the capacity for the testing and development of four refrigerated cabinets. A planned second phase of the project will see floor space doubled, creating the capacity for additional cabinets.
Dr Ed Hammond said: “We have been closely involved in the evolution of Aircell and the establishment of the test facility will allow us to dedicate additional resources to its ongoing development. The laboratory will also be available to third parties, seeking refrigeration research and development services.”
Adande’s chairman, Nigel Bell, added: “Aircell is a significant initiative in the refrigerated display sector, which has attracted considerable interest from major multiple retailers and equipment manufacturers, in the UK and worldwide. This new facility will help us accelerate the delivery of Aircell technology to the market place.”