CRC Engineering, a design and engineering company specialising in clean room technologies, wants to support its junior engineers better and help them develop as-built models for the installations they deliver to customers.
‘At the moment we’re operating as a research company with 25 employees,’ explains Jan Vanreusel, Director of CRC Engineering. ‘Our strong focus on clean rooms means we work intensively with air conditioning installations, designing cooling and heating systems. The challenge we face on a daily basis is to satisfy our customers’ demands as much as possible. This means we need to interpret their requirements properly to start with, and then translate this in to the correct design. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important here, and it goes without saying that we as a research company need to account for this. We also aim to optimise existing installations.’
Train junior engineers with Hysopt
‘A research company’s most important asset is the people who work there,’ continues Vanreusel. ‘A major aspect of our work is constantly trying to improve our engineers’ knowledge. We came across Hysopt as part of our quest for standardisation. We use a number of hydraulic circuits in our cooling and heating installations, but teaching junior engineers which hydraulic circuits are the best ones to use isn’t always obvious because every design is different. With Hysopt, we now have a tool that enables engineers to consider the pros and cons of certain hydraulic circuits right from the very start. But what I find more important than this consideration is that this package allows engineers to think in more detail about what they’re actually building, and to evaluate in advance exactly how the installation will work.’
Clearer for the customer thanks to simulations
‘The main advantage of the Hysopt software is that it enables our engineers to make the hydraulic plan clearer for the customer without needing a technical designer. They can also create simulations to correctly demonstrate the energy benefits of each circuit in advance. A specific project we’re currently working on, for example, is the new hot water installation at Janssens Pharmaceutica in Beerse. Hysopt is helping us by providing clear insights into the existing installations in advance, and by evaluating the changes to the circuits at diagram level and with simulations. We’re also intending to use it to reduce the company’s CO2 emissions.’
Developing an as-built model
‘I think the collaboration with Hysopt can help us develop as-built models in the future. This means that the Hysopt model built at the start of an installation is developed further over time until it has been fully implemented and its effectiveness has been evaluated. After that we can deliver an as-built document to the customer, which they can use if they want to expand their installation at a later date. This of course means that all the parties involved in the project – the research company, installer and end customer – need to be part of the Hysopt pool. I’d recommend Hysopt because it improves our engineers and means we can answer our customer’s questions more concretely and in more detail,’ concludes Vanreusel.