World News

Industry news and insights from Europe and around the World

UK News

Latest news and developments in the United Kingdom


Keep up-to-date with the latest new products and technology


General articles, applications and industry analysis

Toshiba launches user-friendly mini-BMS


UK: Toshiba has launched a new mini-BMS system designed to be easy to operate by those not familiar with air conditioning.

It is said to achieve this level of simplicity without sacrificing power, effectiveness or analytical capabilities. It is designed to work across all digital platforms, enabling users to access their system using a standard PC internet browser, a tablet or smartphone.

It provides access to control parameters for indoor units and outside plant, plus full temperature reporting and logging and power monitoring for the whole building. It enables remote access to control and monitoring functions via the internet, giving a flexible tool to monitor and control the system, as well as diagnose potential problems remotely.

The system is designed to help break down traditional barriers between the user and their air conditioning system. In the event of a problem, it can automatically send an email or text alerts to notify a building manager that an issue needs attention.

The Mini-BMS logs and stores energy usage data to provide a valuable record which can be analysed in detail. It can do this for the whole building or specified parts of a building, giving the user the ability to automatically graph and evaluate performance over time, a part of an ongoing energy management programme.

In addition to the on-board pre-set controls, the unit is said to be freely programmable, for both graphics and functions, using engineering software. This enables engineers to add bespoke functions in order to customise the system for use with specific applications.

“The majority of BMS systems on the market are developed and engineered by building controls specialists. They therefore provide a general solution for building control, and require specialist skills to set-up and operate,” explained Toshiba Air Conditioning director and general manager  David Dunn.

“In contrast, Toshiba’s mini-BMS has been designed from the ground up to be easy to operate by non-specialists without knowledge of air conditioning systems, providing significant advantages in terms of speed of setup, flexibility and ease of use.”

He added: “It enables air conditioning engineers to quickly set up and configure a new system across a whole building, and enables an existing system to be easily changed in the light of changes to building use. For the end user, it provides an accessible and easy-to-use interface for controlling and monitoring their air conditioning system on a daily and ongoing basis.”


Latest News

1st March 2024

Heat pump grant requests up 39%

UK: Applications for the UK’s boiler upgrade scheme in January were up 39% on January 2023, according to figures from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
1st March 2024

Bitzer to launch new hydrocarbon compressors

GERMANY: Bitzer is to expand its range of compressors with new models for use with hydrocarbon refrigerants.
29th February 2024

BESA backing for WorldSkills UK

UK:The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is organising the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) category of the WorldSkills UK competition.
29th February 2024

Beijer Ref to acquire Australian firm QAE

SWEDEN/AUSTRALIA: Beijer Ref will expand its position in the Australian market with the agreement to acquire 60% of the shares in Sydney-based Quality Air Equipment (QAE).
29th February 2024

Chemours places CEO on administrative leave

USA: Chemours has placed its president and CEO Mark Newman, CFO Jonathan Lock and principal accounting officer Camela Wisel on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal review.
28th February 2024

Seeley to boost production in US export push

AUSTRALIA: Evaporative cooling equipment manufacturer Seeley International is to upgrade and expand its manufacturing plant in Lonsdale, South Australia, to boost exports to the USA.