When SPX Cooling Technologies (SPX) secured a contract to supply and construct a new field erected cooling tower on a site in Hungary, the company turned to Brentwood Industries to supply the essential fill media.

SPX is a leading full-line, full-service manufacturer of Marley and Recold cooling towers. With headquarters in Kansas, US and more than 150 offices, subsidiaries, and partners worldwide, SPX offers the combination of global reach and local services necessary to deliver solutions for its customers.

Having worked together on several previous projects, we understood – and shared – SPX’s commitment to delivering a complete solution that ensured total customer satisfaction. Because of this, the solution we proposed covered all the factors we and SPX believed were important.

Top of the list was the type, quality and volume of media

Choosing the correct type of fill media, in the correct quantity and configuration, is key to the effective cooling tower performance.

In very simple terms, cooling tower fills speed up the process of heat transfer. This is achieved by maintaining the connection between water and fill surface area for as long as possible thereby allowing hot water to be cooled more quickly.

But not all fills are suitable for all industries, applications, water flows or qualities. That’s why Brentwood offers a comprehensive range of fill pack solutions suitable for different water qualities and almost any industrial and power generation applications. The different structures and surfaces offered by our core product ranges – PLASdek, CLEANdek and NET 150 – ensure optimum performance for every application in any cooling tower design.

Drawing on our knowledge of the client’s operational requirements, and over 30 years’ experience, we recommended a combination of Brentwood media fill products that would meet SPX’s, and the client’s performance requirements. The proposed solution also met SPX’s demands for exceptional quality, reliability and price.

Reducing Carbon Emissions

Given that the client was located in Hungary, we had to devise a way of dealing with supply-chain and delivery logistics that met SPX’s cost and environmental objectives. By working with Brentwood in Germany and the Czech Republic, we were able to reduce the costs associated with transport and the overall carbon emissions associated with delivering the goods to the client’s site in Hungary.

Our solution was based on a ‘Global’ approach, utilizing the services and locations of several Brentwood companies.

Here’s how the approach worked. The foils were manufactured at the production facility in Germany and then transported as corrugated, nested sheets to the Brentwood assembly facility in the Czech Republic. Transporting the material as foils closer to the job site reduced the miles and associated costs for the delivery process. The foils were then assembled into blocks and delivered, ready for installation, to the client site in Hungary.

Reducing the overall transport miles of our assembled products makes a significant difference to carbon emissions. The carbon cost, and, importantly, potential reduction of emissions depends on many different factors, notably the volume of assembled media to be transported and the distance.

A collaborative approach

The process was managed from our UK office which also provided a readily accessible point of contact for our project colleagues at SPX in Worcestershire, England.

By working together, with a collaborative approach that involved Brentwood businesses in three countries and SPX, we delivered a complete solution that maintained the quality of the Brentwood products, met all SPX and the client’s objectives, and minimized the impact on the environment.

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