Monthly Archives: October 2014

SKOPE’s resource efficiency developments catch judges eyes

SKOPE Industries Ltd has been named a finalist in the Project & Product: Resource Efficient Design category of the New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards.

SKOPE have developed a new cooler that uses CO2 as the refrigerant, eliminating the need for the high global warming R134a refrigerant (HFC = Hydrofluorocarbon). It is this product that has been selected as a finalist in the awards.

Through considerable investment in Research and Development, SKOPE has designed the B600F-3 CO2 refrigeration system to be very cost effective, whilst maintaining its high refrigeration capacity to ensure the rapid chilling of product. Most importantly, the B600F-3 uses less energy than its R134a predecessor (which was Very High Efficiency in its own right).

Dominic Blissett, SKOPE’s Refrigeration Design Engineer

Dominic Blissett, SKOPE’s Refrigeration Design Engineer

As there are tens of thousands of beverage coolers in Australasia that could utilise CO2 as a refrigerant, the potential for reduction in power consumption, combined with reduction in environmental impact, is large.

Dominic Blissett, SKOPE’s Refrigeration Design Engineers, says SKOPE was awarded a Research & Development Grant by the Callaghan Innovation, Science and Innovation Grants this year. “It is through considerable investment in Research & Development that we have been able to design this product,” says Blissett.

SKOPE’s new environmental test chamber significantly increases testing capacity, ensuring faster project turnaround times and improved accuracy. Blissett explains that almost any environment can be simulated within the chamber, ensuring the cabinet’s performance in the harshest of climates.

“The new environmental test chamber was key to the success of this project, as we tested the refrigeration system in varied conditions, loads and ambient conditions using a ‘Dynamic Heat Loading Simulator’. We can replicate any condition then push it further if it’s not enough to meet the SKOPE standard,” says Blissett.

SKOPE sets its standards high to ensure client expectations are exceeded. “We design products that are made to last, with a focus on durability and extended product life. SKOPE is recognised on the global stage for our work in energy efficiency and natural refrigerant systems.”

Nineteen projects are finalists in the premier engineering awards, New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards 2014.

Winners in the People, Projects and Products, and Practice categories, along with the Supreme Award, will be announced on November 28th at the Pullman Hotel in Auckland.

A list of the NZEE finalist’s is available here or by visiting www.nzeeawards.org.nz/news/14-10-Finalists-announced.cfm

SKOPE wins award at CCA Supplier of the year awards

When it comes to helping Coca Cola Amatil (CCA) get more value out of the products and services it purchases, no-one knows how to rise to the challenge and exceed expectations better than Christchurch-based SKOPE Industries (SKOPE).

For the fourth year running, SKOPE has won the Trade Equipment category at CCA’s Supplier awards, with fierce competition from more than 100 strategic suppliers over an 18 month period leading up to the awards ceremony held in Sydney’s Town Hall.

Nigel Chapman, SKOPE’s Design Manager, says the company has been working hard for CCA to develop CO2 solutions for its commercial refrigeration, pointing to SKOPE’s success in this area being a key factor behind the award.

“This is an outstanding achievement and highlight’s SKOPE’s commitment and ability to develop and deliver innovative solutions to our customers year on year.  While there are many different aspects of the joint business plan that we get measured against with CCA, our achievements with CO2 developments to date are outstanding and have been acknowledged not only by CCA but at a very high level within The Coca Cola Company globally,” says Mr Chapman.

SKOPE continues to support CCA’s move to CO2 refrigerants, reducing MEPS energy consumption of existing models through a CO2 Global cassette. Together, the two companies are working to reduce CCA’s total cost of ownership, with cost down and reliability improvement initiatives.

SKOPE Managing Director Guy Stewart says that despite it being a challenging year for CCA Australia and SKOPE, the company is proud to be recognised as Equipment Supplier for the fourth year running.

“There has been no other supplier to win three years consecutively and overall Supplier of the Year in New Zealand and Australia, so in my opinion this makes us unique in the CCA system. I’m proud of SKOPE, and our design and production teams for all their help with turning CCA’s requests into a reality and to all those who help directly or indirectly with our successful relationship with CCA,” says Mr Stewart.

SKOPE has the largest design and innovation centre of its kind in Australasia.  As well as offering a comprehensive range of ‘off the shelf’ products, SKOPE also leads the way in the custom design and build of commercial refrigeration solutions, whether they are complete product designs for global companies, such as CCA, or one-off adaptations of existing products for smaller hospitality businesses.