A proud history of innovation

There was a time when innovation was synonymous with industries like information technology or biotechnology, but that’s certainly changed.

Innovation has become necessary for any company seeking market leadership and it certainly applies to HVACR.

While HVACR is a well established leader in energy efficiency and sustainability, there are so many other areas where this industry is making a difference.

Just take a look at past winners of this award including Samit Sen of Johnson Controls.

In 2016 the winner was Steve Oakey, Managing Director of Heuch Refrigeration, a company that commercialised that worlds first 100 per cent solar powered refrigeration container.

Her we are in 2018 and the search is on for this years innovator of the year. Its an opportunity to recognise an innovative project, program or product that has made a difference in HVACR.

Are you an innovator or do you know an innovator that is worthy of an award?

The sponsor of this award, Toshiba Air Conditioning, recognises the importance of supporting industry innovators.

The company’s business unit manager, John Caione, describes innovation as the lifeblood of growth.

“Innovation needs to be encouraged, we want to inspire the next generation of innovators through this awards program”, Caione said.

Article as published in the Climate Control News July 2018 Edition.

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Department of Defence Environmental Test Chamber

This Environmental Test Chamber & associated equipment was designed, constructed, installed & commissioned by Heuch for the Australian Department of Defence.

This Test Chamber was featured in a segment of ABC’s Catalyst program, presenting the Chambers use as a testing enviroment for Australian Defence Force uniforms. View the video below.

Further information about this project can be found here.

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LAND 400 Phase 2 decision revealed

After months of anticipation, Defence Connect can reveal that Rheinmetall Australia has been selected as the successful tenderer for the hotly-contested LAND 400 Phase 2 program.

Rheinmetall’s bid, comprising of the Boxer CRV, has beaten out BAE Systems Australia AMV-35 offering.

The project, worth up to $5 billion, will see Rheinmetall deliver up to 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles to the Australia Army.

Under the company’s offering to the Commonwealth, Rheinmetall will build a majority of the vehicles in Queensland. The first 25 vehicles will be built in Germany in a move Rheinmetall says will support the transfer of technology. Australians will be embedded into teams in Germany to learn the necessary skills before transferring back to Australia for the build of the remaining 200 CRVs.

While the first 25 vehicles are being built overseas, Rheinmetall will establish its manufacturing hub, the Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE) in Brisbane.

The MILVEHCOE was announced by Rheinmetall last July and will act as a sovereign industrial capability for the continuous design, manufacture, export and support for military vehicles, turrets and tactical systems.

As a centre of excellence, the MILVEHCOE will be the focal point for the LAND 400 combat vehicles, LAND 121 logistics vehicles and other complex defence projects. Under the LAND 121 Phase 3B program, Rheinmetall is delivering more than 2,500 logistics trucks to the Australian Army.

Rheinmetall has partnered with several Australian SMEs for the project, including Melbourne’s Heuch, Cablex and Tectonica Australia, Burnie-based Direct Edge, Brisbane-based G&O Kert, Melbourne/Brisbane-based Hilton Manufacturing, Perth-based Hoffman Engineering, Melbourne-based Nezkot Precision Tooling and Engineering, Adelaide-based Plasteel and Adelaide-based Redarc.

Read the full article here.

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Victorian technology company wins export contract for Boxer program

A Dandenong company’s revolutionary transportable power and dehumidification packs will go into service with Rheinmetall’s Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicles in Lithuania.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia and Victoria’s Heuch, which has been a supplier to the Australian Defence Force since shortly after its inception in 1970, will today announce the major export agreement.

Under the agreement with LAND 400 Phase 2 bidder Rheinmetall Defence Australia, family-owned Heuch will design, develop and manufacture 88 made-to-order mobile units that will increase the lifetime of batteries operating in each Boxer vehicle. The mobile unit is placed next to each stationary Boxer and delivers a charge to batteries ensuring it is immediately operational.

The technology, designed at the company’s Dandenong South operations, will also incorporate a dehumidifier that delivers dry air into the interior of the vehicle when it is stationary to eliminate corrosion and mould.

Rheinmetall Defence Australia managing director Gary Stewart said Heuch’s commitment to innovation, capability and high performance gave it the leading edge over other international suppliers.

“Heuch has demonstrated how Australian manufacturing capability can open up new and exciting opportunities for local SMEs in offshore markets under our global supply chain agreement,” Stewart said.

“This comes at a critical time for many Australian companies seeking new markets and Rheinmetall’s worldwide leadership in the military vehicles sector will provide a new pathway to global markets.”

Heuch managing director Steve Oakley said the company, which has 16 direct employees and counts the Royal Australian Air Force, Thales and the Defence Science and Technology Group as its customers, was pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Rheinmetall and to achieve international recognition for a new product designed and developed in Victoria.

“The team at Heuch are very proud to have such a strong history meeting defence force requirements and this project is no exception,” Oakley said.

“We heavily leverage our continuing R&D program and our association with Monash University and RMIT University to keep abreast of international trends and opportunities.”

The export agreement will form part of the Boxer Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) Project in Lithuania, which will be delivered by ARTEC – a joint venture between Rheinmetall and KMW.

The Republic of Lithuania has signed a contract for the procurement of 88 Boxer vehicles in four Infantry Fighting Vehicle versions, called “VILKAS” within the Lithuanian Armed Forces. The Infantry Fighting Vehicles will be equipped with a remote controlled turret with a 30mm cannon and an anti-tank missile.

Rheinmetall is bidding its Boxer Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle in Australia through the LAND 400 Phase 2 program, and the vehicle is also being offered to the UK through the ARTEC joint venture bid for the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) program. The Boxer has also just been selected by the Republic of Slovenia for a new Central Battalion Battle Group.

This latest announcement between Rheinmetall and Heuch comes after West Melbourne’s Tectonica Australia landed an export agreement with Rheinmetall for its Australian-designed and developed local situational awareness system (LSAS), which acts as the eyes and ears for soldiers in combat to increase awareness and protection.

Rheinmetall is up against BAE Systems, which has offered the AMV-35 to be built in Victoria, for LAND 400 Phase 2.

Under the German company’s bid for the project, which is worth up to $5 billion, 225 combat reconnaissance vehicles for the Australian Army will be built in Queensland if Rheinmetall is successful.

Along with Heuch and Tectonica Australia, Rheinmetall has partnered with several other Australian SMEs for the project, including Melbourne-based Cablex, Burnie-based Direct Edge, Brisbane-based G&O Kert, Melbourne/Brisbane-based Hilton Manufacturing, Perth-based Hoffman Engineering, Melbourne-based Nezkot Precision Tooling and Engineering, Adelaide-based Plasteel and Adelaide-based Redarc.

Rheinmetall has also partnered with BlueScope, which would see the Port Kembla steelworks company deliver thousands of tonnes of feedstock for the LAND 400 Phase 2 project.

The company has also committed to establishing a Military Vehicle Centre of Excellence (MILVEHCOE), which will be the global manufacturing base for the Boxer CRV, the company’s new Lynx Infantry Fighting Vehicle and range of Lance turrets under its LAND 400 offering to Australia.

The government will make a decision on the LAND 400 Phase 2 project in the first half of this year, with the national security committee expected to make a decision on the project this month.

The original article can be found here.

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Our March Newsletter, and a fun MARU fact!

In this edition, a fun fact about our Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility, we share a case study on a project we did with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and provide information on our mobile air conditioning units.

We would also like to thank everyone who came past and saw us at the Avalon Airshow this year. The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility (MARU) has received some fantastic feedback and we also received a great write up in Climate Control News which you can read here. We are looking forward to working with everyone over the coming months!

FUN FACT: Since our return back to the factory, we kept the unit running internally in our state of the art test chamber, and the MARU unit ran for 116 hours with zero solar energy input.

ABC – OUTSIDE BROADCASTING VEHICLES

Major cultural and sporting events are broadcast to national and international audiences by a fleet of 8 mobile broadcasting studios fitted into a fleet of drop deck semi-trailer chassis. The trailers are complete with control for multiple cameras and include editing and mixing suites.

Heuch was commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) to implement the environmental temperature controls for their outside broadcasting vehicles.

Read our case study on this great project we did here.

MOBILE AIR CONDITIONERS

Did you know that Heuch manufacture a series of lightweight mobile air conditioning equipment, designed for Australian roads and ambient extremes? We have placed several of the auxiliary cooling units within the Australian Defence Force land transportation. Find out more here.

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LAUNCHING: MARU – The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility

At the Avalon Air Show in 2017, you will see plenty of state of the art jet fighters and the latest engineering innovations from the military, but you will also see something new!

Enter the Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility. An engineering innovation by a collaboration between Heuch Refrigeration and Able Industries Engineering. We sat down with Martin Oakley, Business Development Manager from Heuch Refrigeration to discuss the new project.

Tell us a bit about the Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility.
The Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utility or MARU as we call it, is an innovation we have been working on for the last ten years. We envisioned a product suitable for help with aid efforts after disasters around Asia Pacific and even further internationally. We wanted to provide the capacity for long and short term refrigeration storage units that could be customised to suit a plethora of requirements.

To put it simply, MARU is a solar powered 10-foot refrigerated container. We have designed this to be a modular system and fit in with military off the shelf (MOTS) standards. It is a complete energy independent unit that has negated the requirement for grid, generator or fuel logistics which makes it perfect for disaster aid relief situations and rapid deployments.

How did you get started in this field?
We originally started with designs for 20-foot and 40-foot solar power off grid refrigeration systems. These were for more long term storage, refrigeration and even converting to remote site offices and medical centres.

We wanted to make the application even more user friendly in emergency disaster relief situations and realised that we needed the capacity for the units to be air transportable. We approached Able Industries Engineering to assist us in designing and fabricating the units to fit in accordance with NATO Master Pallet 463L specifications to suit military airfreight requirements.

Heuch and Able are long time collaborators, our first project beginning in 1980 building -18oC Tricons for the RAAF. Collaborating with local partners benefits all of us and is something we often do. Able Industries Engineering have helped accelerate the lead time to market. I can say we are very proud of the results.

You mentioned MARU could be customised, what are some of the options you have worked on?
We have designed a range of systems primarily for aid and health care. The systems can cater for medical supplies and mortuary aid through to food and tech storage. The units can even be adapted to become water filtration units, power distribution centres and even portable lighting.

We are looking to expand this offering by teaming with medical suppliers to supply and support deployable field medical infrastructure with on-board power supply, HEPA filtration and HVAC-R systems.

The sky is the limit with these Mobile Autonomous Refrigeration Utilities, as we can tailor to suit client needs!

Our main goal was to make sure it tied in the the Defence Department Joint Project 2060 aims. They need partners for supply and support of deployable field infrastructure and we feel we have created a product that caters to their joint project.

Come down and see MARU at the Avalon Air Show and meet the whole team.

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