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21 September 2020
In a country where two day shipping is almost considered the norm, it’s easy to forget about the facilities that make it all possible. When one shipping facility’s main chiller system broke down, and the workers’ union threatened to strike if cooling was not restored in a timely manner, it became crucial to quickly provide temporary cooling while repairs were made.
The mechanical contractor hired to repair the system quickly called American Spot Cooling & Power Rental, who responded promptly and was on site the same day. ASCAPR coordinated with the facility’s trucking department, and rental equipment was delivered the next day without blocking loading bays or interrupting the overall hustle and bustle of the facility. This was imperative because shipments could not be delayed, yet cooling needed to be restored as soon as possible. ASCAPR’s fast response time and ability to provide turnkey solutions meant that these needs were met. With a team of four technicians and one project manager they were able to install the rental cooling equipment in just two days.
The site included 8 80-ton rental air conditioners, as well as rental distribution panels and transformers in order to use the facility’s own electrical supply. From June until August of last year, the rental air conditioners provided cooling while the mechanical contractor was able to repair the broken system. During that time, technicians performed routine maintenance such as oil changes and air filter replacements. With the help of American Spot Cooling & Power Rental, this facility was able to keep up with all of their shipments of office supplies, BOGO jeggings, and more.
15 September 2020
Among the busy streets of Boston, one building suffered a failure of almost half its cooling system in the heat of the summer. A mechanical contractor, tasked with fixing the 400 ton direct expansion cooler on the roof, needed to provide the building with temporary cooling while they made their repairs. They called on American Spot Cooling & Power Rental for their rental air conditioning needs, and we were immediately ready to respond with the perfect solution for the building. Once the job had been assessed and planned out, the ASCAPR team was ready to roll out.
ASCAPR delivered two 30 ton rental air conditioners, rental generators needed to supply the system’s power, and other accessory components such as ducting and power cables. In just one day, a team of five technicians and management staff installed the entire site. A rather narrow side street made placement of the rental coolers particularly tough, but the team was able to park the units in a manner befitting that of Boston’s unforgiving roads — half on the street, half on the sidewalk.
The ducting had to be placed on the outside wall, so part of the day was spent running a duct up the length of the building. Strong winds and the building's significant height meant that the duct had to be secured and tied off at regular intervals. Once the job had been completed, the rental cooling system served the contractor for over a month while they made the necessary repairs on the DX cooler.
3 September 2020
Boston is one of the world’s leading tech cities, featuring innovative firms like Boston Dynamics and educational institutions such as MIT. However, even the brightest minds in the world can’t work at their best when equipment and room temperatures get too hot! Such is the case for one engineering co-op, where tech innovators work on projects like NASA space suits and advanced robots.
Unfortunately, the company is located in a rather poorly air conditioned brick loft, where the electronic assembly room becomes excessively hot during the summer. The high rise isn’t an inviting site for HVAC installations — two 12 inch openings in the building are all that’s available for ducting, whereas equipment ducts are usually a minimum of 20 inches. For this reason, other rental spot cooling companies turned down this job; but where others saw a problem not worth dealing with, American Spot Cooling & Power Rental found a challenge in proving its ability to always find a solution.
The site is rather small, thus only requiring a single 5-ton air conditioning unit. One technician spends a few hours every year installing a rental air conditioner at the loft, but even a job that seems simple has its challenges. To manage the building’s ducting restriction, a splitter converts the cooler’s 20 inch port into two 12 inch ports, just small enough for two ducts to fit through the openings. The employees also disfavor emptying condensate tanks, so a 50 foot hose runs partly through the ceiling to the nearest drain. Once installed, the unit operates for the entire summer. Thanks to ASCAPR’s commitment to never saying no to a problem, the tech firm relies on us each year for their cooling needs.
25 August 2020
Despite the endless challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, many organizations and institutions are taking whatever means necessary to return to some meaningful sense of normalcy. For some universities, this means resuming classes for the fall semester while remaining in accordance with regulations and suggestions from government authorities. One Massachusetts university specifically wanted to resume in-person classes for the fall. Unfortunately, they found that some parts of their campus had insufficient ventilation. In order to provide a safe environment for its students, the university called on Mobile Air & Power Rentals to provide a temporary cooling and ventilation solution to some of its facilities.
The university specifically sought a ventilation solution for its gymnasium as well as its dining hall. Adequate Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for these spaces would require about 13 air changes per hour in the dining hall and 6 air changes per hour in the gym. This would require an additional 40,000 CFM in the dining hall and 20,000 CFM in gym. Since the gym didn’t have any cooling, however, they also desired the ventilation to be provided by rental cooling equipment.
Soon after the turnkey solution was ordered by the director of facilities, a team of four technicians arrived onsite to install the equipment. For the gymnasium, the team spent six hours installing four 25-ton air conditioners just outside the facility. The install went smoothly, but not without challenges: since the units could only be placed on top of a parking garage connected to the gym, the team needed to use multiple smaller units and a low mast forklift to carry each air conditioner to the top level.
Eventually it was time to work on the dining hall. Since the dining hall already had cooling, it only needed two 20,000 CFM air handling units to supplement the existing ventilation. Polyduct ran across the hall’s ceiling joists to better distribute the airflow, although a raised platform in the facility meant that technicians needed to use a single man lift to secure the ducting. After an additional eight hours, the ventilation solution was finally complete.
Each unit was tied into the campus’ power. The director of facilities wanted to use their own power disconnect, but the ordered disconnect was on backorder for quite a while. Instead, we provided our own rental disconnect for the time being. The university is providing their own MERV 13 filters for every unit and will replace them while the equipment is in place for the entire fall semester. With the help of a ventilation and cooling solution from Mobile Air & Power Rentals, this university was able to successfully provide as safe of an environment as possible for its students in the face of a pandemic.
19 August 2020
Leaky pipes are never good news, but when the pipe in question supplies drinking water to thousands of people, the problem takes on a new level of seriousness. Thus, when a New England Water Authority identified a leak in one of their reservoir pipelines, it wasn’t just a simple fix for the local plumber. Inspecting and repairing such a leak necessitated the diversion of water from the pipe via the use of water pumps, which in turn required a temporary source of power.
With nine water pumps in place and ready to be powered, the reservoir’s pump contractor called upon American Spot Cooling & Power Rental to provide the necessary rental power supply. Since the reservoir must be free of any pollutants, the job required vital environmental considerations and had to comply with various regulations. ASCAPR’s gas powered rental generators needed to be at least 100 feet away from any water, and had to be contained within berms in order to contain any possible equipment leakage.
A team of four technicians spent three days on-site installing the rental equipment. Land had to be cleared and covered with pads to provide stable support for nine generators, each supplying up to 500 kilowatts. 10,000 feet of rental cable supplied power to the contractor’s variable frequency drive controllers, and additional cabling ran to the pumps. Since the generators had to be a significant distance away from the water and pumps, the power cables were run through 18 inch high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, partially buried underground.
Once American Spot Cooling & Power Rental had finished the installation, the water supply successfully bypassed the damaged pipe and the Water Authority could make their repairs over the next five months. During that time, the pump contractor hired 24/7 maintenance staff to monitor the site. The pumps operated during the winter, so part of that maintenance included freeze protection measures for all of the equipment. Additionally, American Spot Cooling & Power Rental provided 250 hours of maintenance service including oil changes, filter changes, and leak inspections, although with extreme care due to the environmental considerations of the job.
11 August 2020
In October of 2018, Hurricane Michael left a trail of devastation in the Florida Panhandle, causing around $25 billion in damages that are still felt to this day. It made landfall in Mexico Beach, a nine mile strip of beach with numerous condominiums and single family homes. The beach was the hurricane’s “ground zero”, and had experienced extensive damage and a crippled infrastructure in its aftermath. It is no surprise, then, that six different customers called American Spot Cooling & Power Rental to service the beach after Hurricane Michael, culminating in the largest logistical task taken on by ASCAPR to date.
Between the six customers, nine condominiums and eleven single family homes were in need of rental power distribution, climate stabilization, and even property security. Overall, the project was massive in scope: 15 trucks delivered the rental equipment, and at one point ASCAPR processed 106 invoices a week. This job was especially challenging to coordinate, because employees came from nine different branches and equipment deliveries spanned multiple time zones, arriving at a ravaged locale with debris, sewage, and power lines scattered throughout the streets. On top of that, 350,000 gallons of contaminated water had to be pumped out of the area in an environmentally safe manner, and several hundred laborers needed housing in man camps.
The project has been finished for a while now, but at its peak eight technicians were present at any given moment to install various equipment. Additionally, about half of ASCAPR’s operations management staff visited the site at various points in the project, some staying to orchestrate the process through its entirety. At one point, 90 rental generators were installed, ranging from 25kW to 400kW, along with about 100 distribution panels and 15 miles of power cable. Almost all of ASCAPR’s smaller rental air conditioners were installed on Mexico Beach, consisting of about 500 units from one to one and a half tons capacity.
With lighting and 10 miles of fencing, American Spot Cooling & Power Rental provided property security to part of the beach. We also facilitated 60 climate-controlled containers to house victims of the storm while restoration efforts were made. Considering all aspects of the job, Mexico Beach has proven to be one of the most complex and multifaceted projects we have handled in our history. However, thanks to our prompt response times, experienced management and technician staff, and adeptness in creating the best solutions, ASCAPR was able to significantly aid restoration efforts in an area most critically impacted by Hurricane Michael.
3 August 2020
When it comes to shipping distribution centers, there's little room for error in the already frantic work environment. Any setback can create a massive challenge for a facility’s operations, and suddenly losing air conditioning poses quite a burden. At best, it’s a detriment that makes every employee’s life miserable for a few days, but at worst, it’s cause for a facility shutdown and even a worker’s strike. As one Pennsylvania warehouse faced an abrupt disruption of cooling amid the replacement of their chiller system, they called an engineering firm to design a solution. After estimating that cooling would take a week to restore, the firm then contacted American Spot Cooling & Power Rental, who was able to implement a solution within 48 hours.
Following the request by the engineering firm, American Spot Cooling & Power Rental designed their temporary cooling solution and delivered equipment immediately afterwards. What arrived on site was two 100-ton chillers, two 30-ton air conditioners, four 50-ton air handlers, 1000 feet of hose, and two miles of power cable. One operations manager spent 23 straight hours installing the rental chillers and cooling system, which included running cable along a 48 foot ceiling. After his committed effort towards a fast install, the distribution center had its cooling restored with minimum disruption.
As of right now, it is not clear how long the equipment will be in use before the permanent system is finally replaced. The fact that it can be used indefinitely, along with our fast response time, makes this case a prime example of the breathing room that our emergency services can provide.
27 July 2020
Every bud of cannabis sold at a dispensary is fine-tuned by growers to provide the best possible product for customers. Behind the scenes, curing is one of the final steps growers perform before the product is ready to ship off to dispensaries. Curing helps increase the potency and flavor of cannabis, and can make the difference between flower that is subpar and flower that delivers a powerful high with a great taste.
Last year, one of the largest growers in Arizona had installed a new curing chamber for their facility when they received bad news: the installation of their chiller system was six weeks behind schedule. They would not be able to properly cure their product without adequate temperature control, so the grower called on American Spot Cooling & Power Rental to quickly provide a temporary cooling solution.
A Sales Representative visited the site to size out the curing chamber and engineered a proper cooling solution. Then came time for a turnkey install of the rental cooling equipment. Everything had to be planned out perfectly: several hours from Phoenix and far from any hardware store, preparation would be key for a smooth installation. Two technicians installed a 100-ton air chiller and two 40-ton air handlers within a day, although spatial limitations made it feel like much longer. Moving a 10,000+ pound chiller into the tight space of the curing chamber was no easy feat. It required the skillful operation of two forklifts and perhaps the world’s largest supply of patience.
Once the rental chillers and air handlers were installed, however, the grower was able to proceed with curing and deliver a product that met their standards. Thanks to American Spot Cooling & Power Rental’s ability to overcome any challenge, the grower’s remote location and tight chamber spacing were no match for the skills of our installation team.
20 July 2020
When you can expect the same seasonal heat to overwhelm your facility year after year, you might assume that permanently installing a new cooling system is the best option for you. This is not always the case. Take, for instance, one company that manufactures gaskets for hydroelectric equipment. Between outdoor temperatures and heat from manufacturing equipment, which includes a large oven to mold twine into basic gasket forms, the company’s plant becomes uncomfortably hot during the summer. For almost a decade, they have depended on American Spot Cooling & Power Rental to provide rental air conditioners in order to maintain a comfortable floor temperature.
The plant, which is similar in size to many big-box stores, could hypothetically be equipped with several rooftop air conditioning units. However, for a building of that scale, such an installation could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. From the manufacturer’s perspective, renting cooling equipment every summer is the preferable and more affordable option. So each year, American Spot Cooling & Power Rental delivers three five-ton and two seven and a half-ton air conditioners, ready for use. Within just a few hours, our technicians install the rental units, and the plant is once again at a suitable temperature for both the employees and equipment. The manufacturer helps with minor cleaning of the units, but any major service or off-season maintenance is performed by ASCAPR technicians.
A job such as this demonstrates the numerous advantages of temporary cooling. Not only is renting financially beneficial for the manufacturer, it also saves them the burden of servicing their own units. ASCAPR’s rental coolers also offer one substantial advantage to rooftop units: their portability means that a unit can easily be directed to spot cool a particularly hot area at any time. For the manufacturer, this flexibility is key to maintaining peak productivity, and is partly why they call on American Spot Cooling & Power Rental year after year.
7 July 2020
Whether you have noticed or not, the produce that is sold both whole and processed at grocery stores is typically the best that is available to American consumers. Between sorting out quality fruit and vegetables at harvest, transportation, and more, there is much that goes on to ensure that shoppers have access to fresh and delicious produce. One facility in Texas, which processes and cuts up to 75,000 pounds of fruit and vegetables a day, is very much a part of the journey from farm to home. So when their current refrigeration system failed to keep their produce coolers at 40 degrees Fahrenheit, they looked to American Spot Cooling & Power Rental for supplemental cooling.
A representative visited the facility and engineered a solution based on the qualities of the building and the preexisting equipment, as well as the conditions that needed to be met. A mechanical contractor was hired to install the equipment, and four of their technicians spent three days on the install. A single 125-ton air-cooled chiller, one 50 kVA generator, and a few air handlers were used to bring the produce down to 40 degrees. Any temperature higher than that would risk the produce losing its freshness and even beginning to break down before it hit store shelves.
The rental generator and chiller is expected to be in use until December, essentially until the milder temperatures of fall reduce the strain on the facility’s cooling system. Until then workers can cut strawberries and pineapples in peace, knowing they won’t give their consumers a fermented surprise.