I would guess as little as three or four years ago if you ordered something from a factory in the UK you would be waiting more than four or five days and paying a hefty price for shipping it. So this next piece of information may be somewhat unbelievable, but I kid you not, today companies, mainly retail businesses, are launching phenomenally good shipping offers. So phenomenal, it’s FREE! Yes, free shipping, including international shipping from countries all over the world to the United States. So how can this even be possible and who’s paying for it?
E-commerce is changing the rules of shipping, is your loading dock up-to-speed?
Hydraulic equipment offers customers unparalleled power and performance. This technology is becoming more and more popular in material handling as people begin to truly recognize the significant improvements such power can add to their productivity levels. So if you manage a distribution center that deals with e-commerce type demand such as ‘free shipping’ and if you have an insatiable drive for success you should investigate hydraulics.
Find out what a difference this power could make for you.
The HK Hydraulic Dock Leveler is a pit-style, powered dock leveler that takes automation a step further by providing an assortment of standard automated features as well as several options to tailor the automation where you need it most. The HK can be equipped with an independent hydraulic lip control, to cycle the lip in and out wherever you need it to during the operating cycle, automatic return-to-dock which returns the leveler to its stored, level position automatically, a Mushroom –style stop button to freeze the leveler operation in the event of an emergency, and the ability to interlock controls with other equipment so that they operate in a predetermined sequence. It’s hard to beat this hydraulic dock leveler when it comes to performance.
THE leveler for handling unconventional loads.
Kelley’s VERSADOCK is the big dog around town. Air-ride suspensions, high-capacity “low-boy” trailers and the increasingly popular low-profile tires typically put the trailer bed outside the working range of most traditional pit-style dock levelers. This can make unloading/loading impossible in some cases. Same applies to the wider trailer widths that are becoming more and more common. Averaging 8’ 6”, compared to the conventional 7’ 0”. Wider levelers make it near impossible to maneuver a forklift and when handlers attempt to "cube out" the trailer, loads are often impossible to end-load without the use of dedicated docks or expensive truck-leveling devices. This leveler gives you power, reliable performance and higher functionality while also avoiding safety issues like stump-out.
The VERSADOCK is sure to prevent holdups at the dock that could cost your supply chain in lost time and other damages.
The key to staying on top of the latest trends is technology. By outfitting your loading dock with the most capable innovative equipment you can meet and exceed the latest expectations of demand.
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Halloween is behind us, you know what that means? Christmas is right around the corner. As stores fill the aisles with holiday decorations, holiday music is sure to fill the air and customers flood the stores searching for their holiday gifts. Yes the race is on! But what does this mean for distribution centers across the country? For many it means increased sales as we near closer to the big day. To handle this increase in demand many companies hire seasonal staff. As an employer you have an obligation to ensure your staff is safe. On the loading dock, where traffic moves fast, workers should be trained on the safest way to handle equipment. A Master Control Panel is a great way to ensure safety for seasonal workers.
Kelley’s Master Control Panel allows you to simplify your loading dock. By installing one control panel as opposed to three or more individual panels for each piece of equipment, training for seasonal staff will be far less complicated. A Master Control Panel also establishes an energy efficient loading dock.
The Safety Sequence
It’s all in the sequence, once you program your master control panel to work in a specific order all you need to do is push a button. You can program it so that the trailer must be securely locked in place by the vehicle restraint first before any other equipment will operate. The dock leveler can be interlocked with the other dock devices, preventing operation until all the safety systems are operational and your dock doors are open. You can even setup your dock lights to be programmed to switch on just before the dock equipment begins to function. Whatever works for your loading dock, whatever you determine to be the best sequence to ensure safety each and every time?
The Energy-saving Plus
While safety benefits of the master control panel are enough to impress most, there is another benefit that is worth a mention. Most, if not all DC’s are interested in saving energy, it’s better for the environment and it keeps costs down. With a Master Control Panel you can be sure that the only equipment in operation is the equipment being used at that point in time. If the dock door is open it is because loading or unloading is taking place, as soon as it is complete the energy saving dock doors will be closed as part of the sequence and no unnecessary energy loss will occur. The same concept applies to your dock lights, you will never leave a dock light on accidently again because it will only turn on or off as part of the sequence initiated by the push of the button on your master control panel. Saving energy is a true highlight of the master control panel and increases your return on investment at the loading dock.
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Happy Halloween to all our readers! In this blog and in the spirit of Halloween, we decided to have some fun and take a look at some facts about this scary festival. Join us as we look at the Top 5 unusual facts about ‘All Hallows Eve’
- Halloween is believed to be derived from a number of different festivals or celebrations around the world. For example people in China celebrate Teng Chieh. They place food and water in front of family photographs of family members who have departed. Also lanterns are lit in order to light the paths of the spirits as they travel the earth on Halloween night.
- In most countries around the world Halloween comes in second place after Christmas or third place after Christmas and Easter as being the highest grossing holiday of year. People spend bucket loads of money on children costumes, adult costumes, house decorations, pumpkin heads and of course, candy!
- This Halloween Guinness & Co. will offer customers a seasonal beer in honor of Celtic traditions called Guinness Red Harvest Stout. The limited edition stout is intended to be different from the usually festive Halloween beers that are generally pumpkin flavored. Guinness Red Harvest Stout has a unique ancient Celtic connection with Halloween through the story of Samhain, the Irish celebration. Remember always drink responsibility, and find more info here (Are you in the beverage industry? Check out some tips especially for beverage distributors at the end of this blog).
- It’s not Halloween without some pumpkin carving, and ghostly faces lighting up doorsteps across the country. The concept of carving faces on pumpkins, fondly called Jack O Lanterns, originated many years ago in Europe. In fact it used to be carved on turnips and became pumpkins when the tradition landed in America because pumpkins are more readily available here… and let’s be honest they smell a lot better too!
- Halloween isn’t only for ghosts, ghouls, monsters and witches, no, Halloween is also considered a night for magic. On Halloween night in 1926, the famous magician Houdini died from acute appendicitis. The Madigan pledged to make contact from the other side and for 10 years after his death his wife Bess Houdini held a séance annually on the anniversary of his death.
We hope you enjoyed these unusual facts about Halloween, now we invite you to discover our ‘Tip of the Week!’
Tip of the Week!
We understand how important it is for a facility running a food/beverage operation to remainsanitary. We have the ideal solution for moving products and maintaining an extremely clean and efficient loading dock. Kelley’s Vertical Storing Dock Leveler (photographed right) stores upright allowing full, safe access in front of the leveler for complete sanitary control. Wash downs are made easy and efficient thanks to the upright nature of this unique leveler. Another factor in the beverage distribution industry is temperature control, yes beer soils too! This leveler will help prevent spoilage, the VSL, stores upright and out of the way of the dock door, meaning your door can close tight against the warehouse floor, leaving no opportunity for air infiltration.
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Fall is such a beautiful time of year, leaves start to change colors, hats, scarves and warmer clothes gradually appear, and the year begins its final scene. It is also a perfect time of year to assess your loading dock to ensure that you are equipped for an energy efficient and productive winter. Easier said than done? Not really, take a look at these tips for bundling your loading dock up so your facility and your employees stay nice and snug when the temperatures really drop.
Let’s work our way from the outside in.
Restraining a vehicle at the loading dock is not only a smart safety measure to avoid costly mishaps, like early departure, but they can also help keep trailers snug against the dock to help prevent energy gaps. There are a variety of restraints available but an In-Ground Wheel Restraint is ideal for colder climates that receive snowfall. The AUTO CHOCK™ In-Ground Wheel Restraint provides continuous restraining force to the wheel being chocked and therefor prevents trailer movement away from the dock. It’s permanently installed and flush with the ground so it doesn’t obstruct snow ploughs or drive clean-up.
Next turn around and look at the face of the dock.
When it’s cold outside and you want your facility to remain warm, dry, and comfortable for your employee's there is no better way to achieve this at the loading dock than by installing a dock seal or a shelter. If you receive a lot of different sized trailers at your dock than most likely a shelter would be the best choice. However, a seal provides the ultimate energy protection. When a trailer backs into a seal it compresses it and creates a consistent seal around the perimeter of the opening. This helps maintain energy-efficiency during loading/unloading at the dock. Sometimes we want the best of both worlds and that exactly what you get with the V-Seal® VS Foam Dock Seal with Head Pad This seal is in a word, versatile! Even if a trailer backs in off-center, you still get a consistent seal and that is because of the V-Seal’s unique design. The head pad on this seal compresses along the top edge of the trailer and the side pads seal the hinge air gap which means you have FULL access to the back of trailer during loading/unloading.
Let’s go inside the facility to get warm.
The Kelley FUSION HVLS fan, the fan that leads the industry in energy efficiency, is also an extremely useful piece of equipment during the colder months. This fan moves massive amounts of air and it can run in reverse to force warm air trapped at the ceiling of your facility down toward workers on the floor to create a far more comfortable environment. This process ofequalizing the air inside the facility is called destratifcation.
Kelley offers customers a variety of energy-efficient ways to outfit their facilities for colder temperatures. Don’t let rain, snow or icy-conditions hinder your business objectives, be proactive invest in equipment that will protect your assets and increase your productivity levels.
With over 60 years of experience, we’re here to answer any of your loading dock questions. Don’t hesitate pick up the phone and give one of our Dock Experts a call today: 1-800-558-6960
Who likes to work out when it’s stuffy, hot and humid? These conditions make you wanna hang up your running shoes and head back to the sofa with your TV remote in hand. No, in order to have a really successful workout session you need to be as comfortable as possible so when your body temperature rises, you don’t collapse from heat stress. That’s where Kelley steps in and offers up the fan that’s leading the industry in energy efficiency. Meet Planet Fitness and the Kelley® FUSION™ HVLS Fan.
Located in sunny Miami, FL where the year-round average temperature is a balmy 84.3% and it’s always swimsuit season, Planet Fitness Miami offers members an affordable option to stay healthy and fit in the city where the locals are almost as beautiful as the ocean and city-skyline views. Founded in 1992, Planet Fitness has seen tremendous growth with a boom in memberships over the last twenty years.
Planet Fitness writes in its mission statement, “We at Planet Fitness are here to provide a unique environment where anyone – and we mean anyone – can be comfortable.”
The design of the Miami-based club incorporates multiple areas and stations, each dedicated to a specific type of workout. While the facility has a wide-open feel, the year-round hot, humid temperatures and tough workouts oftentimes create heat in the facility that can lead to uncomfortable patrons and a decline in attendance.
“Our members are such great assets and we want to support their health and fitness goals while helping keep them cool and comfortable,” mentioned Linsky. “We tried other types of fans in our other facilities, but at the end of the day, we went with the Kelley FUSION HVLS fans because we wanted a quality fan that was also energy efficient, and looked like it belonged in the facility with the custom design that incorporates the Planet Fitness colors, purple and yellow, and the company logo.” he said.
It was ultimately the need to keep patrons cool by assisting the HVAC unit and circulating air that drove Planet Fitness to look into installing HVLS fans throughout the facility. The goal was clear, reduce the temperature and the potential humidity in the facility. So working with Dan Linder, national sales manager for Kelley HVLS Fans, Linsky and his partner David Bidwell opted to install three, 12’ Kelley HVLS FUSION fans with custom Planet Fitness colors and graphics. “They are impressive with the amount of air they move around the gym,” Linsky said. “Our members seem to appreciate them and they’ve done the job to help circulate air with the unique HVAC we opted to install. “The Kelley FUSION HVLS fan is designed to create a comfortable environment while maintaining an energy efficient facility. They are available in a large selection of sizes and power configurations that are suitable for a variety of environments, and ceiling heights as demonstrated by Planet Fitness.
HVLS fans are designed to keep Planet Fitness patrons (and employees) cool and comfortable as well as serve as an energy efficient supplement to any HVAC system. While Planet Fitness is getting the most out of their new fans through energy savings and improved air circulation, the Kelley FUSION fans have also proven to be a great compliment to another key initiative, increasing Planet Fitness memberships. Who doesn’t want to work out under the coolest energy efficient fan?
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Life moves fast, sometimes it moves too fast for most of us. As vacations gets shorter and chill-out time wears thinner, it’s important to remember that sometimes a little reflection is needed. I mean, just think about the loading dock, it’s a potential hazard zone with moving product, traffic and busy people. If everyone was stressed out and deprived of any form of downtime you can pretty much guarantee accident/incident rates would be soaring. We are all about efficiency, so let’s take a look at some fun ideas and ways to save time during your workday, even at the loading dock, even if your facility has 30 or more HVLS fans. It’s possible with Kelley!
1. "Walk the Talk" it’s not just a metaphor for following through on your word.
Are you wasting labor hours with workers, walking aimlessly from fan to fan and adjusting settings? Install iFAN and automate your HVLS fan network today. Put an end to repeatedly walking to fans, instead walk to get fit and tackle company agendas. Use meetings with your employees as a time to exercise. Not only do you gain some healthy points by moving and being active but studies suggest that people are more relaxed and likely to communicate clearly when their hands and/or feet are busy. Use this creative technique to consolidate your daily exercise and meetings into one healthy fix.
2. Is it time to call a friend?
Outsourcing jobs that just aren’t your forte is not lazy, it’s downright smart! Just because you have always done something doesn’t make it right, healthy, effective or efficient. Take an honest look at your daily routine; are there jobs that you could delegate to another employee who is more suited? Even if you decide to change something minor about your routine it could be worth precious time to you, time that you could invest into other pressing responsibilities. You can always trust iFAN to control your network of HVLS fans in an efficient manner. Lean on iFAN to monitor by time, temperature setting or variance and even interconnect with fire suppression systems for increased safety. Start putting time back into your wallet today.
3. Clean-up time.
Stop wasting time looking for misplaced or lost items. Clutter can get in the way and cause other problems, like lost paperwork or confusion on project objectives. Every now and then make a point of cleaning and clearing, whether you sit behind a desk or a forklift, take pride in your work and declutter your workspace. Look at your system of fans, are there wires draped around the place? Creating potential safety hazards and just holding things up? With iFAN and a HVLS fan network in place your facility will benefit from extreme efficiency, daisy chained together, these fans, create clarity and function within your facility. Control your fans settings automatically from a user friendly interface and watch your time management tick over to success.
4. Communicate better.
Be clear with your guidelines and plans for your day. If you want to spend an hour every day responding to emails then communicate this clearly with your staff. If you expect your team to check that the equipment is turned off correctly before locking up for at night ensure that you communicate it sufficiently. iFAN establishes clear communication between your HVLS fan network trust and a centralized computer with navigation buttons that turn fans on or off, control temperature settings and the ability to troubleshoot from a single location. Now that’s clear communication and if communication is clear between you, your team and your operations you will save yourself time with the added value of increased safety. A team that communicates clearly at the loading dock is sure to spot potential hazards sooner.
5. Save time and headaches at the loading dock, why not automate your HVLS fans.
There is nothing more fun than walking from fan to fan, adjusting setting after setting, eh, yeah right! Automate your way to increased energy-savings and a more stress free facility. Thankfully there is a system available which will step in and do just that! iFAN® from Kelley means you can adjust settings on your HVLS fans individually, collectively or by targeted zone. Just think about the time that you save every day, then think about how you can reinvest this time into your business. Using an easy-to-use interface you can remotely control your network of 30 or more fans, so you can catch up on other areas of concern.
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AS promised, to all of our faithful readers who absolutely loved our seals and shelter series here is another little nugget of wisdom to keep you going.
As you may well know by now, Kelley, manufacturer’s products for loading docks and one of these products happens to be the KI-450 air inflatable dock shelter, which provides an energy seal for climate-controlled loading docks.
What’s really terrific about this product is the ability to interlock it with other Kelley loading dock equipment to ensure proper operational sequence while also increasing energy efficiency.
So why would you need a dock shelter that inflates?
Unlike the more traditional dock shelters, which require trailers to back through them in order to make a ‘seal’ this inflatable dock shelter is designed to “envelop” the back of a trailer that is already positioned at a loading dock. It works by inflating against the top and sides of the trailer creating a tight seal that prevents air from escaping out of the building and thus ensuring that ‘cold storage facilities remain ‘cool’.
Curious as to HOW it works?
A blower assembly pushes air into the header and then the side chambers. This action causes the seal to increase in size and cushion around the trailer or container. This is exceptionally helpful during loading and unloading to increase energy efficiency and help maintain a consistent dock
The KI-450 inflatable shelter has been designed and manufactured to accommodate a large variety of vehicle heights and sizes. The top seal is a roller design that automatically activates for lower or higher vehicles. In addition, it follows all vertical movements of the docked vehicle that are produced by a forklift driving in and out of the back of the vehicle to continuously provide a tight seal. Once the load is complete, the shelters’ air chambers quickly return to the retracted position before the vehicle departs.
Design highlights include:
- The standard air bag fabric is 10-ounce vinyl.
- The standard side and head storage curtain fabric is 22-ounce vinyl and includes fiberglass stays.
- The head storage curtain includes yellow guide stripes on 8-foot-6-inch centers.
- The side curtains are 16 inches wide; the head curtain is 26 inches high at the peak of the head frame.
- Frames are galvanized steel.
Kelley provides a catalog of loading dock solutions including dock levelers, vehicle restraints, dock seals and shelters, ergonomic lift products, environmental control systems, energy-efficient HVLS fans, and aftermarket dock accessories. The company is owned by 4Front Entrematic, which designs and manufactures truck and rail loading dock equipment for warehousing, manufacturing, retail and distribution center customers around the world.
With over 60 years of experience, we’re here to answer any of your loading dock questions. Don’t hesitate pick up the phone and give one of our Dock Experts a call today: 1-800-558-6960
Over the past few years, manufacturing articles across main stream and trade publications have been dominated by the woes of economic strain. Things are gradually beginning to change as you flick the pages of your favorite publications you will see a new trend, positive change. Thanks to an increase in demand and advances in technology, US manufacturing firms saw a gradual (still positive) increase in growth in 2012 and this increase is set to ‘steadily’ continue into the future. It is time to look honestly at your distribution system and ask “is your warehouse sustainable?” and “is your loading dock energy efficient?”
Start at the root.
The loading dock is the beginning of all manufacturing; raw materials come through it and your product will most certainly pass over a dock leveler on its way to its final destination. So it makes sense to have an energy efficient loading dock. An operation where you can rest assured that your employees are comfortable, happy to work and operating costs are low. Kelley has been offering material handling solutions since 1953 and today it focuses on providing sustainable, energy efficient solutions that are sure to increase operational efficiency. One such product is the FUSION HVLS fan. The type of warehouse fans you choose make a big difference to your sustainability goals.
Fan your plant with hefty benefits.
The Kelley FUSION HVLS fan is designed to create a comfortable environment while maintaining an energy efficient facility. These energy saving big warehouse fans are available in a large selection of sizes and power configurations that are suitable for a variety of environments. The lightweight, single piece anodized aluminum blades of these fans produce a massive column of air that flows down toward the floor and outward in all directions before it is pulled back vertically toward the blades to create what is known as a horizontal floor jet. It is this floor jet that produces the circulation that provides the benefits Kelley HVLS fans have become known for over the years.
Sustainability isn’t just a word.
Sustainability is all about impact, be smart by using hvls fans to cool employees. Every decision that your business makes must be a considered one to see what impact it will have on the environment. Through using products that are more energy efficient you can actually reserve resources such as electricity, water, fossil fuels, etc. In a warehouse that stores food or beverages, air circulation is extremely important and works to protect the integrity of your products. By reducing energy consumption and preventing spoilage and/or waste you can contribute to making your DC more sustainable.
More fan benefits.
Yes, the benefits of a Kelley FUSION HVLS fan go further, thanks to the floor jet (mentioned above). The fan creates a slow moving breeze at 2 to 3 miles per hour and many facilities have reported a reduction in perceived temperature equivalent to 7 to 11 degrees Fahrenheit. The sensation of coolness is not dependent on air temperature; instead it is the circulation that causes the air to feel cooler than it actually is as the breeze passes over employees’ skin.
The good news is there are experts who can come out to your facility to assess what areas might need to be updated to be more energy efficient, sustainable and save you money once installed.
Call one of our HVLS fan experts today at 1-800-558-6960 or visit KelleyFans.com
It’s true, not only does water concern these Texans, they want air to work the right way too. Mark’s Plumbing Parts, located in Fort Worth, Texas is a leading nationwide distributor of genuine OEM and aftermarket plumbing parts as well as maintenance repair products for just about any plumbing application or problem. These guys celebrate a great history dating back to 1980 as a small, family-owned business. Mark’s is now a national distributor of plumbing parts and MRO products, tracking nearly 30,000 SKUs shipped from its main warehouse.
In the hot Texas summers, Mark’s provided portable fans to help keep employees cool because the facility does not have a centralized HVAC system. These coolers and fans were strategically placed throughout the facility in an effort to cool employees down in the triple digit, midday summer heat, and ultimately protect workers against heat-related illnesses.
Clearing blockages, clearing air ways and clearing walk ways.
However, in order to move the fans to locations where they were the most effective, Mark’s needed to utilize large, industrial extension cords throughout the warehouse area. These extension cords not only created a tripping hazard for employees, they also, as Mark’s found out during a 2011 inspection by the Fire Marshal, created a potential fire hazard that needed to be addressed. With no centralized HVAC system , they definitely needed another cooling solution.
“We knew we couldn’t just remove the fans and not provide any alternative method of cooling,” said Jason Marbut, Operations Manager for Mark’s Plumbing Parts. “Since having no alternative was not an option, we started to look into other solutions to keep our employees cool as well as be compliant with the orders of the Fire Marshal, when we came across Kelley HVLS Fans,” he added.
Throw us a wrench and we’ll solve the problem.
Mark’s did what anybody would do, they sought out an expert in air movement, Craig Sommerfeldt with Miner Equipment Texas, the local Kelley Fans distributor. They also did their due diligence and visited the Kelley Fan Lab located at Kelley Corporate headquarters in Carrollton, TX for a side-by-side comparative testing of several competitive fans. After much consideration, Marbut decided to install three Kelley FUSION HVLS fans in the warehouse and stocking areas to ensure a safe and productive work environment for the warehouse employees that were busy picking, packing and shipping orders.
The fan for the job.
The Kelley FUSION HVLS fan is designed to create a comfortable environment while maintaining an energy efficient facility when used in addition to or in this case, in place of an HVAC system. Kelley fans are available in a large selection of sizes and power configurations that are suitable for just about any environment, from warehouses to manufacturing facilities to sporting arenas and more.
And the cooling effectiveness of these fans has really been seen within the warehouse and shipping/receiving areas. “Not only have we seen a reduction in temperature,” Marbut said, “but the sheer amount of air movement caused by the fans helps to keep the warehouse area from getting stuffy and humid. This assists in maintaining a consistent temperature in the building from June through September, when it climbs into the 100’s outside and big temperature fluctuations can be costly.”
Happy campers, happy plumbers.
“The fans provide a lower operating cost for us,” Marbut mentioned. “We typically see an increase in our energy consumption in the summer months of upwards of 30 percent, but running the fans on the optimal energy efficient setting of seven helps us manage that increase a little better.” added Marbut. And managing the building’s internal temperature creates the opportunity for energy savings of up to 4 percent per degree change.
In addition to increasing energy efficiency and employee comfort, they have helped Mark’s Plumbing Parts stay in compliance with fire regulations.
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Jim Lupient Infiniti in Minneapolis was trying to combat high temperatures while providing a safe and comfortable environment for their employees. Read on to see how they found out about the great benefits of HVLS fans and discover why they reached for a Kelley FUSION HVLS fan to solve their problem.
The customer’s side of things.
“The service area of the dealership runs extremely hot in the summer,” Reynolds said. “Between the heat from the car engines, the hot, humid weather and the service area only having one door for vehicles to enter and exit the facility, we were experiencing dead, stagnant air that was just unbearable,” he added.
Two summers ago, temperatures skyrocketed into the upper-90s and technicians working on vehicles were going home early with symptoms of heat exhaustion. “We had to do something to keep our technicians productive, and even more importantly, safe from heat-related injuries and illnesses,” mentioned Service Manager, Brandon Reynolds.
“The dealership purchased floor fans and provided gallons and gallons of Gatorade for the guys, but at the end of the days, the fans were noisy and simply pushed hot air around and the Gatorade just wasn’t enough.”
The plan of action.
So, Brandon decided to do his part and researched some options, finally consulting with Kelley HVLS fan expert, Paul Duwell with Star Equipment. He decided to install aKelley FUSION HVLS fan in the service area where there is no HVAC system. The goal was to provide a safe area for workers through improved air circulation.
The Kelley HVLS fan is designed to create a comfortable environment while maintaining an energy efficient facility when used in with or in this case, in place of a HVAC system. Kelley FUSION fans are available in a large selection of sizes and power configurations that are suitable for a variety of environments. Jim Lupient Infiniti chose a 24’ diameter fan. The light-weight, anodized, single piece aluminum blades of the Kelley fan produce a massive column of air that flows down toward the floor and outward in all directions before it is pulled back vertically toward the blades to create what is known as a horizontal floor jet. It is this floor jet that produces the circulation that provides the benefits Kelley fans have become known for over the years.
By creating this slow moving breeze at 2 to 3 miles per hour, many facilities have reported a reduction in perceived temperature equivalent to 7 to 11-degrees. And the cooling effectiveness of the fan has really been seen within the service area of this dealership. “I would say we’ve seen a reduction in temperature well above what we were expecting, upward of 15-degrees,” Reynolds said. “Not only does the air movement caused by the fan help to keep the service area cooler, it also forces a lot of the humidity out which really makes a big difference in managing the temperature in the building.”
Happy workers, happy boss, happy fans (well our fans are always happy). The Kelley HVLS fan has proved to be a great addition to Jim Lupient Infiniti by moving more air and in turn increasing employee comfort. The benefits don’t stop there, now the facility is more energy efficient with a smarter cooling option when compared to a full HVAC system for the service area. It has also helped to regulate the facility’s temperature from floor to ceiling avoiding costly temperature changes and shifts. Managing the internal temperature of the building creates the opportunity for energy savings of up to 4 percent per degree change.
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