Swegon trusts ABB HVAC drives for testing its versatile cooling systems

Swegon trusts ABB HVAC drives for testing its versatile cooling systems

The Swegon Group produces a wide range of ventilation equipment and climate systems renowned for high-reliability cooling. This includes the popular BlueBox smart cooling solution for both residential and industrial premises with a focus on fluid cooling and heating for industrial operations.

Testing is critical for quality

In Italy, Swegon Operations Srl in Cantarana di Cona, near Venice, makes a comprehensive climate-control system portfolio. To ensure the highest quality of the air conditioning equipment it produces, Swegon operates a Testing Room laboratory entirely dedicated to R&D and product testing. The lab has three climate-controlled chambers and end-of-line benches to allow thorough testing of every single piece of equipment, before delivery to customers.

Swegon Operations Srl production site in Italy
Swegon Operations Srl production site in Italy
center

The testing lab accurately replicates the climatic conditions the equipment will encounter in the field. It allows simulation of outdoor environments with temperatures from -15C to +55C, ranging from freezing winters and extremely hot summers.

New CHIL testing lab needed quickly

To meet the growing needs of its expanding business, and continuously evolving European standards, Swegon Operations needed to build a new test room with high capacity and flexibility.

The new CHIL – “Cooling & Heating Innovation Lab” - is dedicated to chillers and heat pumps testing
The new CHIL – “Cooling & Heating Innovation Lab” - is dedicated to chillers and heat pumps testing
center

In just 18 months, Swegon was able to design and build the new CHIL – “Cooling & Heating Innovation Lab”. In here, technicians test chillers and heat pumps with air or water condensation with single chamber or split chamber configurations. The only limit is one machine cannot exceed 800 kW.

To allow “Witness Tests” attended by the customer, the new Swegon laboratory is equipped with six cameras to enable remote attendance in real time, plus recording of the test if desired.

ABB inverters are the natural choice

For many years Swegon has relied on ABB technology built into its chillers, heat pumps and multifunction systems. When equipping the new CHIL climate chamber, Swegon didn’t hesitate about installing six ABB ACH580 frequency converters, which are programmed based on the signals from the field. The ACH580 drives support the control room, the “heart” of the operation which must manage and balance huge quantities of heat, to guarantee constant temperatures for the required time.

ABB drives for HVAC are also widely used in Swegon’s systems delivered to customers
ABB drives for HVAC are also widely used in Swegon’s systems delivered to customers
center

Favorite in the lab and the field

“Wherever we need an converter to drive pumps on the hydronic side as in variable compressors, our favorite one is ABB,” said the managers of the company. “So, when adding the new climate chamber, it didn’t make much sense for us to look for a different converter. We know ABB drives, they are reliable and they perform, so we repeated our choice again for this critical testing application for precise control of the pump operations.”

To run compressors or fans, Swegon’s engineers prefer an external converter that can be programmed with the specific know-how developed by the company over the years. “This is a strategic advantage for us,” they said. “A more compact unit with an integrated converter is a solution that can meet the space saving requirements, but it has limited application control capabilities onboard. We prefer an external drive to make best use of our know-how and develop proprietary features, rather than an off-the-shelf solution. The same applies to our refrigerating compressors. By using our proprietary control software, we can give our customers higher efficiency, and differentiate ourselves from competitors’ products.”

Links

Contact us

Downloads

Share this article

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter WhatsApp