Thermaco Complete Brecon Beacons Trekfest

On Saturday the 6th of July, the bulk (and I do mean bulk) of Thermaco’s staff took part in this year’s Trekfest over and around the Brecon Beacons.

This was a 25 kms long, days yomp, which included surmounting the twin peaks of Pen Y Fan (886 metres) followed by Corn Du (873 metres) plus a semi circumnavigation of lake Llyn Cwm Llwch (swim optional, no one opted for) before walking back via endless fields and over more than a dozen styles. Not easy after walking 20 kms already and are unable to bend your legs.

Participation in this team building exercise was organised by Heather Bucktin our Financial Controller/Company Secretary, and Grahame Bentley, Technical Director.

In addition to Heather and Grahame, other participants were; Colin Lucas, Suky Sahota, Chris Newman, James Styles, Neil Young and Chris Read.

Thermaco Trekfest

For those of us 50 year old plus participants who recognised that we were carrying a bit of excess timber, the allure of rigorous training in preparation had its appeal. Unfortunately the particular training we chose involved several pints of beer/glasses of Prosecco with a 3 course dinner the night before, plus a hearty Breakfast for the Trekfest. It turns out this is not the best form of training for a significant physical challenge.

Likewise the “team building” aspect was not quite the unqualified success we had hoped for, with the younger or more fit elements of the team leaving us older/heavier participants on the mountainside to die.

Notwithstanding these teething problems from the first such event we attended, the sense of achievement/still being alive at the end of the course was appreciated by all participants. There was a 90% completion rate by the Thermaco entrants in this challenge, with varying times ranging from quite fast to…………………… not very fast at all. There were also some juicy blisters, and a significant consumption of Ibuprofen though other anti-inflammatory tablets are available.

Next year we have promised ourselves to attempt the 3 peaks, so I am starting my beer training earlier.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, and a big thank you to Heather and Grahame for the organisation and sustenance/s.

Thermaco at 40!

Thermaco are delighted to announce we have reached our 40th year of business!
In that time we have progressively increased or product range to expand into new markets and grown our skilled expert team.
We look forward to working with our customers (current and new!) into 2019 and beyond.

Effective Cooling Solutions

Thermaco has an enviable reputation for supplying OEM customers with effective cooling solutions in the form of Fans & Blowers, Heat Sinks and Cooling Modules.

Thermal Interface Material (otherwise known as TIM) is used to form an effective thermal bridge between a heat sink and heat source (invariably IC’s, LED Arrays or Power Semi-conductors).

The requirement to increase the power output of certain products, such as in LED Lighting, within a similar or even smaller, form factor, can adversely affect a product’s reliability. The use of an effective TIM helps improve the thermal transfer from component to heat sink, and so reduce the potential for failure.

Some customers can be forgiven for thinking the cost of TIM outweighs the benefit of its incorporation into their assembly, so Thermaco has sourced, and can provide, the following products, at competitive prices:

* Thermally Conductive Paste (also known as Thermal Grease or Gap Filler); packaged in tubs, tubes or syringes

* Thermal Adhesive; supplied in sachets and used to bond IC’s to heat sinks where there are no other mounting method is available

* Thermally Conductive Pads; supplied in sheets, rolls, or die cut to customer specific size and shape

* Double sided thermal tape; designed to aid in the assembly process

* Thermal Phase Change Material; changes from a solid at room temperature to a liquid at operating temperature, increasing the level of contact between the heat source and heat sink mating surfaces

All the above products are offered with various heat transfer value options.

Anyone using TIM, interested in receiving a quotation, should provide details of the product that they currently use, including volumes, packaging type and specification. Alternatively, the existing manufacture’s name and product reference number should be sufficient for Thermaco to establish and propose a suitable alternative.

Please send your enquiry to sales@thermaco.co.uk

TUV Certification Now Obtained On The Sunon ECO Ventilation Series

Thermaco are pleased to announce TUV Certification now obtained on the Sunon ECO Ventilation series of bathroom ceiling ventilation fans.

Ideal for new build and loft conversions, but can also be retro-fitted in installations with a suitable roof/void.

The BVE120 models provide 33 litres of airflow per second, consuming only 4.5 Watts of energy.

This airflow is more than twice the volume required to meet current Building Regulations for bathrooms and toilets, and is installed in conjunction with 100mm/4inch piping.

Due to the use of a forward curved impeller, the BVE120 is also very quiet, less than 29dB(A), as well as being extremely energy efficient.

The same BVE120 models are also suitable for use in Utility rooms, where the building Regulations require in excess of 30 litres per second.

We also have a larger BVE250, which can move 70 litres of air per second, suitable for positioning anywhere in kitchen ceilings, meaning a cooker hood extractor is not required.

The BVE250 is also installed in conjunction with 100mm/4inch piping.

All models include a dust filter which is remove-able for cleaning. Some models incorporate an LED light, available in both cool or warm light options.

Distributors seeking to retail this series should contact sales@thermaco.co.uk.

Free Energy- A Reality!

As part of their recently introduced Peltier device range, Thermaco limited also have available Thermo-Electric Generators (TEG’s). These devices can be used to convert existing differential temperatures in a given system, to actually generate electrical energy.

Normally you would use Peltier devices to create a temperature differential across 2 adjacent surfaces by using electrical energy. Typical example a picnic cool box which plugs into the car cigarette lighter. However, with a TEG the reverse is possible, using a temperature differential which already exists within a system it is possible to generate some electrical energy “for free” which can be utilised or could potentially be stored for future use in a battery.

Applications already utilising this technology include https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoelectric_generator but clearly many more exist waiting for Design Engineers to unlock this potential.