Heuch exports Support Master for Rheinmetall Germany

Keeping military vehicles in fighting shape is no easy task:

Keeping dirt, water and mould at bay, battery preservation and limiting engine run time are significant maintenance issues for military land systems.  The Victorian designed and manufactured Support Master by Heuch drastically reduces the effort and costs associated with systems life cycle maintenance and maintains vehicles in a mission ready state at all times.  The Support Master also allows of continuous operation of electronic systems during training without increasing engine running hours, further reducing the maintenance burden.

Heuch’s Support Master combines generation of dry air for the conservation of electronics and materials, as well as providing smart battery conditioning and support charging.  Dry air passes through the interior of vehicles and equipment kits preventing corrosion and mould growth.

(Picture 2 – Corrosion)

(Picture 2 – Mould Growth)

 

While the intelligent battery charger maintains the vehicle in a mission ready state, increases life and reduces costs of batteries and operation of systems without idling engine.

Rheinmetall ordered the Support Masters as part of a larger land systems deal to Lithuania, with more orders expected from NATO allies soon.

Glen Hardham, Engineering Manager for Heuch, attributed their export success to their innovative solution and ability to rapidly move from prototype to production.  “We received great support from Rheinmetall Australia to help get this world class product into their global supply chain.  I’m proud that we have proven Australian SME manufacturers can still compete and win on a global scale.”

However, Glen is most enthusiastic about the benefit the project brought to Heuch’ s team.  “To pursue this opportunity, we took on an engineering intern from one of Melbourne’s leading Universities and brought on two new apprentices full time.  While the intern has returned to studies, I’m proud he’ll have a significant project win to place on his resume and the apprentices have simply been fantastic, taking real ownership of this job!  With continued export success we are looking to add another to our team.”

(Picture 4 – Heuch MD, Steve Oakley during prototype trials with Rheinmetall’s’ Boxer in Germany; late 2018)

(Picture 5 – Heuch Apprentice Refrigeration Mechanic Emma, with two production units; 2019)

While the Support Master was designed for Rheinmetall’s Boxer, it is compatible with most military vehicles.  “There is an opportunity for us to significantly reduce the ADF’s vehicle life cycle costs with our unit. Not just with the recently ordered Boxers, but with all our land systems.  Similarly, with further help from Government and Rheinmetall Australia, we hope to see the Support Master in service with other EU defence forces into the future”, explained Glen.

Service Master Benefits:

  • Reduction of scheduled maintenance at crew-level
    • Time saving of monthly crew service  => 8 h/vehicle
  • Eliminate mould risks
    • No hygienic risk for the crew
    • No downtime of the vehicle
    • No decontamination costs
      (ca. 10,000 € per vehicle excluding exchange of spare parts)
  • Avoidance of corrosion
    • Extension of equipment life time
    • Reduction of maintenance time and effort
    • (Removal of corrosion damage accounts for approx. 20% of the maintenance budgets)
  • Batteries/ electrical system and equipment
    • Extension of life time of batteries
    • Reduction of spare part costs
    • Reduction of engine run time and maintenance
  • Storage costs
    • Reduction of stocks for a lower capital commitment
    • Reduction of administration and clearing efforts at depot
  • Maintenance effort (corrective)
    • Reduction of unplanned maintenance activities
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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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How do solar panels work?

The Earth intercepts a lot of solar power: 173,000 terawatts. That’s 10,000 times more power than the planet’s population uses. So is it possible that one day the world could be completely reliant on solar energy?

Richard Komp examines how solar panels convert solar energy to electrical energy.

This is posted as part of the TED-ED Original lessons and the full lesson can be found here

You can also read up further on our solar power packages below. 

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Longer Lasting Fruit, Better Quality Produce: Solar Refrigeration Has The Answers

Australian company Heuch seeks to empower business and communities. Ten years ago, the company developed a solar powered rail container for transporting chocolate across the harsh Australian desert. Since that time, Heuch has been leading its industry in the development of solar powered refrigeration solutions.

Heuch’s 100% solar powered cold chain and drying products provide communities and businesses with reliable and free access to electricity and refrigeration and drying, without the uncertainly and cost of supply via generators or grid connection.

Heuch recently made its European market debut at Berlin’s Fruit Logistica. The company’s Solar Chiller was an instant hit with growers and distributors.

The ability to set the desired beginning of a cold chain at the point of harvest, without any additional infrastructure was attractive to those growers focused on harvest time, whilst others, such as potato farmers, were attracted to the prospect of no cost cold storage extending the saleable life of their product.

Heuch’s solar powered dryer also attracted attention from mango growers, looking for more quality and consistency in the drying of their mangos.

Heuch is now working with several parties to continue to develop products for the European market.

Elsewhere Heuch is working to provide the Indonesian government with an entire cold chain solution for their remote fishing communities. From hook to plate, community level solar ice makers for the fishermen will ensure the catch is put on ice as soon as it’s out of the water, and from there into local cold storage, to ultra low temperature freezers and cold room market places in regional hubs, to plates all around Indonesia and beyond.

Marty Oakley of Heuch said, “It’s satisfying to be working on projects that promise to help communities and businesses thrive. This is what Heuch is all about.  We are looking forward to assisting the Produce communities of Europe to grow and prosper.”

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Solar Power Refrigeration Solutions

A direct replacement for diesel powered refrigeration equipment, Heuch’s solar power units are designed to operate in the harshest and most remote environments. They are suitable for areas without a reliable grid connection, emergency services, disaster relief and defence applications.

Our award winning solar refrigeration solutions are designed to be transportable world wide and can be deployed and operating, at no cost, in minutes. There are no fuel costs or fuel quality and logistical problems that accompany current diesel solutions.

The mobile solar powered refrigerators units are supplied as turn key packages in 20′ and 40′ ISO high cube shipping containers and are fully customisable internally. +4°C and -18°C variants are available and provide 24 hour cooling in any environment.

Potential applications range from food and medical storage, post harvest, in-field pre-cooling, server rooms, research labs and morgues. Removing cooling equipment allows for offices and first aid centres, powered workshops or a uninterruptible power supply.

Read more about our solar refrigeration containers here.

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Our December Newsletter

We would like to wish you a safe and happy festive season from the entire team at Heuch!

In this edition of our monthly newsletter, we share some huge savings potential for your refrigeration service, delve into how refrigerant phase outs affect you and discuss if solar can actually benefit your business.

Seasons Greetings from Heuch Refrigeration Services

Huge savings potential for your refrigeration service! 

A while back we wrote an article regarding waste heat recovery opportunities, and now further research has come out in support of the huge savings potential! More information here.

Refrigerants, and what they mean for you…

There has been a lot of discussion around the industry moving towards natural refrigerants over synthetic refrigerants, and this can be a great step forward. But is it the right decision for you? Read more here.

Want to know if solar can really benefit your business?

Today’s industries are demanding more and more energy to operate, with machinery efficiency increasing, unfortunately so to is our reliance on electricity. So can solar power benefit your business and increase your profit margins with this “free” electricity? Find out more here.

We are also going to be at the Avalon Air Show next year! Don’t forget to get your tickets and we hope to see you there!

Heuch will be at the Avalon Airshow in 2017

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