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Heatcraft supports WorldSkills Global Skills Challenge

WorldSkills Australia Media Release

Pie Creek Refrigeration and Air Conditioning professional, Patrick Brennan, is one of nineteen young Australians who have won the right to compete at the Global Skills Challenge following his success at the 2018 WorldSkills National Championships. Patrick and his Australian team mates will take on international competitors from 16 countries including the United Kingdom, China, Russia and Brazil in 24 skills competitions across the 4-day event.

The Global Skills Challenge is the largest international skills competition taking place in Australia this year. Held in Melbourne (10 – 14 April), the competition will be staged in conjunction with the Victorian Skills Commissioner and WorldSkills Australia in several Victorian TAFE campuses.

20-year-old Patrick, who is employed by Tony Stephens Refrigeration and Air Conditioning and is also a student at QLD TAFE, won a gold medal in the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning category at the 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Championships. Patrick’s win secured his place in the WorldSkills Australia training team, and he is hoping that the last seven months of training has set him up for success at the Global Skills Challenge, which will be the final stage for selection in his bid to become a Skillaroo; an elite team of young Australian apprentices and trainees who will represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia in August.

Patrick is excited about the Global Skills Challenge and potentially representing his country at the WorldSkills International Competition.

“Representing Australia in anything is a great honour and would be the highlight of my life,” he said.

“My training journey so far has greatly improved my skills and has made me more confident in my trade as well as in public speaking. My training expert Carl Balke is always pushing me to be better and finding new things to challenge me.

“I love my skill because it involves a lot of problem solving; I’m always up for a challenge,” he continued.

On behalf of Heatcraft, the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning gold category partner, Brett Hedge, sales and marketing manager, extended his support. 

"Heatcraft wishes Patrick all the best in his quest to become a Skillaroo. The WorldSkills Australia Global Skills Challenge is not only an excellent opportunity for all the competitors to test their skills against the other competing countries, but also allows us to unite and celebrate the young talent that we have in Australia”.

WorldSkills Australia CEO, Brett Judd said, “The young Australian’s competing are the nation’s top up and coming skill and trade specialists. They are supported by some of our country’s best trades and skill experts who act as their trainers and mentors. They have been training since September last year, and all of them are vying for a spot on the Skillaroo team, and their chance to represent Australia in Russia this August.

“Australia is regarded as a high performing Vocational Education Nation, and we are currently 10th on the WorldSkills rankings after the 2017 International Championships.

“Countries taking part in the Global Skills Challenge, many of whom are important Australian trade partners including China, United Kingdom, Korea, Japan and India, are eager to see the Victorian TAFE facilities while they measure their performance against the Australian team before the world championships in August,” continues Mr Judd.

About WorldSkills Australia
WorldSkills Australia is a social enterprise that passionately believes that skills drive your future and Australia’s prosperity. Since 1981 we have been the leading voice for skills excellence in vocational, technological and service-oriented careers in Australia and have raised the awareness of hundreds of thousands of young Australians, as well as their parents, industry and employers that our nation’s future depends on an effective skills training system. For more information visit www.worldskills.org.au

About Global Skills Challenge
2019 Global Skills Challenge will be the biggest international skills excellence event to be held in Australia in 2019 with 500 competitors, from 16 different countries taking part in 24 different skills competitions. The four-day competition will be hosted in several Victorian TAFE Institutes including: Holmesglen Institute, Kangan Institute and RMIT University. The championship will simulate International competition conditions. The event is the final training exercise for the WorldSkills Australian Skills Squad before the Skillaroo selection, the team that will go on to represent Australia at the WorldSkills International Championship.

About 45th WorldSkills International Competition
The 45th WorldSkills Competition – the leading international event of 2019 in Russia – will bring together more than 1,600 young professionals representing over 60 countries and regions who will compete in 56 skills. It will take place in Kazan, Russia on 22-27 August 2019. It is expected that more than 250,000 spectators will attend the Competition and associated events.

Gas2Go Cylinder management just got a whole lot smarter

The latest release of the Heatcraft Smart@ccess Portal now includes improved features with a new Gas2Go app to better manage your cylinder fleet. Exclusively available to Heatcraft customers with a smart@ccess account, the Gas2Go app is an extension of the smart access customer portal, so users can choose to manage their fleet from a desktop, tablet or mobile - now enhanced with the introduction of the app.

Incredibly simple to use, business owners and contractors now have complete visibility of their fleet with the ability to assign and transfer cylinder holders, bar code scan and geo-locate cylinders.

For even greater visibility, users can assign locations and add activity notes against each cylinder.

Adjusting fill weights to fully understand how much refrigerant is being held across the fleet is also easily done via mobile or desktop.

Heatcraft has also built in alerts to notify users when cylinders are due for leak testing. Alerts also notify when cylinders are due to be returned, reducing the risk of cylinders being invoiced as lost.

Feedback following a successful pilot launch highlighted the responsiveness of the app and has allowed Heatcraft to configure significant functionality enhancements before transitioning to the APP platform.

The enhancements provided customers greater confidence knowing their own information was instantly recorded against their assigned cylinders.

Commenting on the app and complete smart@ccess cylinder management program, Heatcraft Sales and Marketing Manager Brett Hedge said refrigerant and cylinder management was identified as a huge risk by customers and the cost of mismanagement can be significant.

“Our customers want a simple yet comprehensive way to manage their cylinder activity and highlight cylinder ownership to their technicians. We’re pleased to be able to offer them this new functionality, free of charge,” he said.

“As we progress through the early stages of the HFC refrigerant phase-down, tools such as this which alert business owners of leak test requirements and improved tracking are imperative to ARCtick compliance and minimizing environmental impact.”

The Gas2Go app is available for the latest versions of iOS and Android and is free to download.

It is available to all Heatcraft customers with a smart@ccess account. For more information or to open a smart@ccess account, contact your local Heatcraft branch or Account Manager, or  on 13 23 50.

Smart Access Cylinder Management Enhancements

The latest release of the Heatcraft Smart@ccess Customer Portal now includes improved Cylinder Management features to better manage your cylinder fleet.

Incredibly simple to use, business owners and contractors now have complete visibility of their fleet with the ability to assign and transfer cylinder holders, assign locations and add activity notes against each cylinder. Adjusting fill weights to fully understand how much refrigerant is being held across the fleet is also easily done.

Heatcraft has also built in alerts to notify users when cylinders are due for leak testing. Alerts also notify when cylinders are due to be returned, reducing the risk of cylinders being invoiced as lost.

Feedback following a successful pilot launch highlighted the enhancements provided customers greater confidence knowing their own information was instantly recorded against their assigned cylinders.

Log onto smart@ccess today and see the changes.

Supply of Heatcraft Spare Parts across New Zealand

CUSTOMER NOTICE

As a result of the sale of Heatcraft ANZ to Beijer Ref AB in May 2018, the Heatcraft New Zealand business was divested and subsequently purchased by the Reece Group.

Heatcraft Australia (now trading as Kirby) is committed to supporting our customers through this transition period.

Customers unable to source spare parts for product historically purchased from Heatcraft New Zealand are invited to contact your local Patton or Realcold branch, where we will work with both businesses to fulfil your requirements.

Please find both contact details below;

For Lennox Equipment and Spares;
Patton
P: (09) 573 0057 / 0508 72 88 66
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W: https://www.pattonnz.com/

For Kirby Equipment and Spares;
Realcold
P: (09) 573 0060
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W: http://realcold.co.nz/contact-us/

We thank you for your ongoing support and custom.

Smarter Quoting with Project Tools

Heatcraft has released further developments to the Smartaccess customer portal. Enhancements within the Project Tools platform now deliver greater functionality and time-saving features for customers to streamline and achieve better control over their project quotes.

This progression of the Smartaccess Project Tools platform is another industry first for Heatcraft. The industry-leading tools are already widely used by customers. Projects 2.0 now provides more ways to build and quote projects.

• Updated user interface for easier navigation
• Build large multi-systems within a single project
• Create multiple loads within a single system
• More heat load types and easier access to the heat load calculator
• Standalone product selection tools
• New customisable system & load templates
• Increased collaboration capabilities
• Increased capital equipment selection options
• Warning alerts if selection inconsistencies occur
• Detailed reports options for quoting and convenient forwarding to your customer

Users also have the ability to request a Heatcraft engineer to design a rack system to suit the project’s requirements and add the compressor rack to the project.

Heatcraft Sales & Marketing Manager Brett Hedge said existing users were calling for even greater functionality from the online platform.

“All customers can benefit from the addition of the standalone product selection capability and for larger applications we have added scale in the tool providing the ability to build large multi-load systems and product selections to suit. Time-saving comes in the form of being able to create system and room templates and maintain a list of favourite loads to avoid re-entering details for common loads. These are just two added features. Customers can also add notes such as photos and drawings against each project for greater collaboration between themselves and Heatcraft.”

These industry leading Project Tools are unique to Heatcraft and accessible to customers with a smart@ccess account. If you are not already a smart@ccess user, contact your Account Manager to register your business today.