Toshiba SA goes to TCTC Toshiba Factory, BangkokJason Siddall
AHI Carrier South Africa, the official distributor of Toshiba air conditioning in South Africa, has taken some of their specifying consulting mechanical engineers from across South Africa to view their world class factory in Thailand.
On Saturday, 22 July 2017, the team departed from OR Tambo International. The excitement among the team was almost over whelming as they boarded the aeroplane and got comfortable for the long flight to Thailand. Arriving in a hot and bustling Bangkok, the team gathered their bags and made the short commute to Amari Watergate Hotel which they called home for the next few days. After a world class lunch, and given some time to relax, the team headed off for a delicious dinner in the energetic China Town of Bangkok, experiencing roadside diners and tropical rainstorms along with the locals.
Approaching TCTC Toshiba Factory one could feel the excitement and curiosity from the team and guests as they got closer. The TCTC staff were well prepared for them, welcoming them off the bus as they entered the factory. “TCTC took us on a tour through the factory, demonstrating the impressive manufacturing process and technology employed to produce all Toshiba air conditioners from start to finish” as explained by Pradeep Ramdhaney, Sales Engineer.
TCTC Engineers presented numerous presentations about the production processes, products and the innovative heat recovery advantages that are offered by Toshiba, all of the delegates finding the presentations to be informative and well presented. Thereafter, the team and guests enjoyed a hands-on experience of all the Toshiba air conditioners, from the smallest AvAnt residential mid-wall unit to the largest SHRM-e VRF outdoor unit. “In addition to the operational units they were able to experience the benefits of the Toshiba’s Wave Tool and the 512 central controller with energy monitoring on the SMMS-e and SHRM-e VRF units” Jacques Samuels, Toshiba Engineering Manager mentions.
Before leaving the factory, the team and guests had one last final stage of production to explore, the ‘testing room’. What seems like a small room in the back of the factory is possibly the most important room of all. Here is where TCTC completes multiple tests on each unit, including a ‘drop test’ to ensure that should the unit be dropped during transit, the unit will operate at full capacity and functionality. Lance Goldblatt, Sales Engineer concludes “that it is clear the commitment to quality assurance and dedication to innovation are the fundamentals that Toshiba builds on”.