Heating Luxury Yacht and Airports

Manufacturing & Warehouse Applications for Industrial Fan Heaters

With over forty years experience in the design, manufacture and supply of portable electric fan heaters, industrial fan heaters and HVAC equipment, our units sometimes find their way into some unusual applications.

Case study #1 Yacht

The Challenge

With only the wealthiest in the world able to afford them the people usually looking to purchase a luxury yacht can be some of the most demanding customers in the world, which is understandable when you realise these are goods that can easily carry a seven figure price tag.

With all that in mind it is essential the finish is flawless, not only does the client want the very best for their money but the builder also wants to make sureit doesn’t look out of place in the harbors of Cannes, Monaco or the British Virgin Islands. In order to help accelerate the decorative phase of manufacture boat builders will often use industrial electric fan heaters to provide additional heat and therefore speed up the paint drying.

The Solution

In this particular case the boat builder had created a huge temporary structure around the yacht and dry dock and wanted to create a warm, dry environment within it so that the finishing coatings would all cure quickly. Because of the volume of air that had to be treated and the poor insulation of the ‘marquee’ then it was decided two FF42 42kW industrial fan heaters would be needed. Not only are they built to withstand site use but the powerful forward curved impellors can deliver large volumes of air at much higher pressures than standard fan heaters, an essential requirement for this application as the warm air had to come from the heaters and be fed into desiccant dehumidifiers to remove moisture, before finally being fed into the area around the boat. Two large VFK style ventilation units were then used to create a consistent circulation so the drying times were uniform across the build and there was no need to alter the paint application process.

The Result

Another glorious luxury yacht and a happy boat builder.

Industrial fan heaters are a dry, fume free alternative to gas or diesel heaters and it’s not unusual to see them providing heat for processes rather than people, especially in the manufacturing world.

Case Study #2 Airports

Whether it’s business or pleasure air travel is an increasingly important part of life today. A modern airport is now an absolutely critical part of the communication infrastructure, with Europe’s largest airports having to ensure up to 200,000 passengers a day are able to safely, quickly and conveniently board their flights.

Next time you board a flight though spare a thought for the ground staff, especially those airside in winter. As well as baggage handlers and fuel tanker drivers will be people working in hangars, carrying out essential safety checks and maintenance, and with difficult working conditions during the colder months it is absolutely essential these, huge, draughty environments are kept within the range demanded by legislation.

As an important supplier to the climate control industry our Fireflo range of portable industrial fan heaters are the foundation of a number of temporary heating fleets across the country. Amongst them is one company that has the contract to supply heat for a large airport in London, package that total’s almost 3000kW of heat.

Because airfields are very open spaces the hangars are incredibly exposed and the huge doors have to be frequently opened and closed then to keep the temperature within safe working limits then it requires multiple 300kW boilers and a number of air handling units to effectively distribute the heat within four hangars.

Not every application needs such a large amount of heat though, and as every solution is tailored to a specific application a comprehensive fleet of equipment is needed for any serious climate control specialist. With industrial fan heaters ranging from 3-42kW our Fireflo range of portable heaters are a critical part of the nations hire fleets. They provide cover in emergencies, additional capacity during high demand or back up as part of a planned maintenance strategy.