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plants due to the sudden failure of a critical water chiller. Excessive heat in the production process had the potential to adversely affect the quality of the tablets and capsules being produced. It quickly became obvious that a short- term temperature control solution was required. The urgent nature of the project, coupled with the potential loss of a large amount of valuable finished product, necessitated an immediate and effective response. By quickly assessing the temperature reductions required, fluid flows, power arrangements and logistical constraints, a high capacity fluid chiller was installed within hours. This worked so effectively that it was retained on hire for far longer than originally anticipated. Normal output levels were not only restored but maintained until the client’s permanent cooling system could be repaired and recommissioned. A further benefit of hired equipment is its tendency to be modern and incorporate the latest technology. The high level of equipment utilisation achieved by efficient rental organisations enables them to renew their equipment fleets frequently. This ensures improved efficiency and performance of models in their hire range whilst also ensuring compliance with increasingly stringent health, safety and environmental legislation. Such regulations often place onerous responsibilities on the managers, owners and operators of building services plant in relation to its co-efficient of performance, suitability to the application, energy efficiency and safety in use. The plethora of standards and expectations can be bewildering but by employing the technical expertise available from a competent hire organisation, a prudent facilities manager is able to ensure full compliance and thus maximise the benefits and service levels to their clients. In early 2014 a large refiner of sugar beet – faced with the need to store and protect a bumper harvest – was contemplating the installation of a high capacity humidity control system at one of its production facilities. Not only was there a requirement to ensure humidity levels were maintained within tightly proscribed limits but, due to the large space under consideration, there was also a need to ensure any system was as energy-efficient as possible. This requirement, coupled with the client’s uncertain demand patterns in future years, encouraged them to opt for a long-term rental solution in favour of outright purchase. This demonstrates that, by regularly bringing new and


innovative products to market, hire companies are able to provide facilities managers with a broader choice of powerful, cost-effective and legally compliant equipment. Once the need for increased or replacement capacity subsides, a temporary system can be quickly decommissioned, disconnected and removed from site. All the necessary engineering, lifting and transport resources will be organised and managed by the hire company. Owned equipment which is used sporadically still requires storage space during those periods when it is not in use. This highlights another, commonly overlooked, advantage of hiring – the burden of removing and storing equipment when it is not in use falls on the rental company, thereby absolving the FM or its client of the need to maintain a suitable storage location.


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Where a client’s needs are variable, unpredictable, unexpected or of uncertain duration, equipment rental is unquestionably the ideal solution





Hiring is most cost-effective when a client’s needs fall into one or more of the following categories – short or uncertain duration, intermittent demand, or uncertain and potentially changing volume. Many clients who choose to hire do so because they require only very sporadic support, possibly for just a few days or weeks a year. In instances such as these it is important that the correct equipment is delivered when and where it is needed, and subsequently removed promptly once its purpose has been served. The summer and winter months often place particular demands on facilities managers (particularly in the retail, education and healthcare sectors) to provide additional short-term cooling or heating whilst seasonal temperatures reach their extremes. The expertise available from specialist hire providers is often a crucial part of the contingency and business continuity planning processes of facilities managers. Although it is commonplace to prepare careful plans for upcoming maintenance, upgrade and replacement projects, unexpected equipment failures and other emergencies can strike at any time. In mid-2015, when the underground plant rooms of a busy city-centre hospital were flooded by the sudden rupture of a massive water main, electrical power to the installed gas boilers was lost. Only the swift provision of a multi-megawatt temporary boiler solution, within hours of the initial flooding, complete with auxiliary generators, fuel tanks, air handlers and warm air ducting, prevented the costly and hugely disruptive transfer of hundreds of patients to surrounding hospitals. In addition to the above benefits, professional providers of temporary climate control offer free site surveys to ensure a thorough understanding of each application and the selection of the most suitable equipment. Technical advice comes from expert engineers whose direct industry experience guides customers towards the best solution for their particular project. Unacceptable capital costs are avoided and all equipment is fully prepared prior to, and properly maintained during, each hire. For any instance where a client’s needs are variable, unpredictable, unexpected or of uncertain duration, equipment rental is unquestionably the ideal solution.


Further information


As the UK’s largest provider of temporary climate control equipment, Andrews Sykes works with numerous clients in the facilities management industry. We provide the very best cooling, heating, ventilation and dehumidification solutions at competitive prices. Our nationwide depot network allows us to respond within four hours, guaranteeing a fast and effective solution whatever or wherever your problems may be.


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