Regardless of what you use it for, your OEM chiller is one of the most important pieces of equipment your business can own. That makes selecting the right manufacturer imperative. As you look at OEM chiller manufacturers, here are a few characteristics you should insist upon.
State of the Art Production
Chiller technology has been pretty steady throughout the years, but production processes have been constantly improving. Because of that, you need to insist that your OEM chiller be made by a manufacturer who employs the latest in production equipment, processes and protocols. They need to be highly automated and that automation must be able to produce quality checks on a regular and on a scheduled basis. It also helps if manufacturing chillers is a major part of their business, if not the only product they produce.
Load Run Testing, QA, and QC
It is mentioned above but it cannot be understated. Quality assurance and quality control are key components to be sure OEM chillers will withstand rigorous use. Additionally, the manufacturer you choose has to be able to perform under load. That means they must have production machines that are continuously tested while performing under load. They also need to have continuous improvement processes that enhance the production of chillers. Finally, they need to be able to perform quality control and catch any errors before the product is shipped to you.
While a physical tour may not be possible, each of the above has to be documented. You should ask to see not just the processes to go into their quality testing, but also results from several production runs. You should also insist on random quality assurance testing. If they do random testing at the quality assurance or control level, you should ask to see the results.
You also need your OEM chiller manufacturer to utilize the latest in production technology. Part of this should include being able to show you in 3D what any design concept would look like when carried to fruition. The production processes should also include quality check capabilities, scheduling, and monitoring of any particular piece of equipment and where it is in the production process.
As you review OEM chiller manufacturers, it is important that you insist upon certain qualities. The above guidelines can help make sure that you get the chiller you want and that it will be able to serve you for years to come.