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I grew up in a small village on the Natal South Coast, one of the many such villages stretching South along the Eastern seaboard from Durban to Port Shepstone. These villages lay on the main South Coast railway line, each with it’s own dedicated station, complete with a ticket office, signal room and station master....
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Dr. Willis Carrier
Overseas travel opportunities on offer from local suppliers and their respective Principals forms an important part of their overall marketing strategy and our Industry is not out-gunned in this department. Yours truly has been extremely privileged over the years in this regard and a quick count confirms that some twelve different countries have enjoyed the...
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Indian
According to the informative 2017 HVAC & R Industry Directory, there are no less than 128 listed Contractors serving the South African HVAC & R Industry. This number includes for (inter alia) Contractors engaged in allied services such as duct cleaning, cooling tower refurbishments, controls, general insulation, insulated panels and sheet metal products. The same...
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I must confess to being an avid armchair pilot. The two local aviation magazines are my favourite reads, fulfilling my life-long interest in all things avionic. Their subject matter is always of great interest and the featured articles amusing as they are informative. The fairly recent coverage of the new St. Helena Airport was certainly...
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water chillers
Chilled water generators, or chillers, to give them their more common description, have been used for comfort cooling since around 1921, when Dr. Wills Carrier patented the first centrifugal water chiller. In South Africa, our first experience with chillers seems to have occurred in the nineteen thirties, when two new Metro (bioscope) cinemas, Durban and...
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Toyota
Many elderly engineers have been called back into service to fulfil a vital intermediary role, while the skills pool plays catch-up — is this really sustainable? Download the Official Article>  It’s around 4:30 on a typical winter’s morning. A vintage Toyota Camry enters the airport car park. The lone occupant draws a parking ticket and...
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Mandela Square
Air conditioning upgrade and refurbishment. By July 2006, Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton City had already enjoyed some 12 years of trading. Its tenancy was by now, well established and an experienced management team was in place. It was time to review its position in terms of energy management and green building initiatives. The new owners were...
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RPM Team
In November, Pat Burke, managing director of RPM Engineering, invited friends, family and colleagues to celebrate his 70th birthday with him. The momentous occasion took place at the Randburg Golf Club, and the tables and room were decorated with 70th birthday memorabilia, making for a festive venue. Formalities were kept to a minimum but during...
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High Rise Buildings
To address my scepticism over using VRF/VRV systems in high-rise buildings, I recently set forth to China to see a real high-rise VRF installation at first hand. Most major manufacturers of unitary equipment are now offering variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems (or variable refrigerant volume [VRV], depending on the manufacturer) to complement their existing range,...
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Cooling System
In the April issue of RACA Journal, there was an article contributed by the well-known and highly experienced Pat Burke from RPM Engineering, describing alterations and upgrades carried out at one of the landmark buildings in Durban, Liberty Towers in West Street. Starting from forty years ago in 1975 when the initial building was completed,...
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