ITD Airconditioning has been in operation since May 2003, following a management buy-out of the Port Elizabeth branch of Improvair Environmental Solutions (Pty) Ltd. Improvair, originally Thermaire, had its roots in Port Elizabeth and was founded in 1945 with ITD currently operating from the original premises.
ITD Airconditioning has over 65 years of experience and expertise as a competent service provider within the immediate environs of the Eastern Cape, and are recognized as a leader in engineered environmental solutions.
ITD operates extensively in both the industrial and commercial air-conditioning markets, and we are also able to offer both contracting and service capabilities in related areas such as Fire Detection, Access Control, CCTV and Building Management Systems.
The Company currently employs 105 staff members as well as makes use of dedicated sub-contractors where required.
Capabilities (HVAC Contracting and Projects)
ITD operates extensively in both the industrial and commercial air-conditioning markets, providing turnkey installations in HVAC. Projects range in size, with four project managers who are supported by draughtsman and site supervisors. We have executed numerous projects in the pharmaceutical and food industry with stringent quality, safety and cleanliness requirements.
Recently completed projects, over the last five years, include :
- Aspen Pharmacare GF2 Plant – R 34 Million
- Livingstone Hospital – New Accident and Emergency Centre – R 9 Million
- Aspen Pharmacare GF2B Plant – R 27 Million
- Kraft Foods – Wafer Line HVAC – R 3,5 Million
- Aspen Pharmacare Chilled Water Upgrade – R 5 Million
- Coega Development Corporation Office Block– R 10,5 Million
- First National Bank – Cape Road Office Block – R 6 Million.
- Volkswagen SA – New Press Shop Ventilation – R 5 Million
- Nestle Pretoria – Noodles Factory HVAC – R 3 Million
All ducting manufacture is carried out within our well-equipped workshop by skilled sheet metal workers, fully experienced in all aspects of sheet metal development, from details provided by our CAD draftsmen on the latest AutoCAD and Inventor software packages.
The manufacturing workshop is fully equipped with state of the art automated manufacturing machinery that includes:
- Decoiler and Cut to Length line – Automated decoiler with the capacity for four 5 ton sheet steel coils with Pro-Ductomatic Processor that removes coil, beads, punches, notches and cuts sheet steel.
- Spiral Machine – Automatic Spiral Tubeformer, model 1602, that can manufacture spiral tube from 80mm to 1250mm.
- Plasma cutter – Vulcan 1000D Plasma bed that automates the cutting of sheet steel fittings, with computer driven nesting software.
- Gore Locker – for the assembly of lobster bends & fittings.
- Three multipurpose guillotines.
- Two multipurpose bending brakes.
- Dedicated straight duct bending brake.
The manufacturing workshop is currently able to manufacture about 20 Tons of ducting per month, with the ability to double this through the introduction of an second shift.
Maintenance and Repair
As part of our Client Support Service, we offer a 24-hour service and maintenance facility, which is managed and staffed by fully qualified artisans and technicians who each hold a certificate of competence in the safe handling of refrigerants. Our capabilities include for compressor rebuild and overhauls, maintenance and repair of chillers and air handling plants, and a wide variety of specialized services.
The Service Department Team currently consists of 20 personnel and has dedicated service technicians, each fully supported with his own vehicle, tools and an assistant. Supporting the technicians are two service supervisors overseen by the Service Department Manager Paul Sharkie with a total of 80 years experience between them. A dedicated administrative controller provides the necessary administrative support.
There are also dedicated electronic services technicians to handle fire detection, access control and CCTV repairs and maintenance.
Some of current Service Department clients with Maintenance Contracts in place with ITD are:
- Aspen Pharmacare
- South African Breweries
- Pick & Pay
- Virgin Active
- Standard Bank
- Boardwalk Casino
- Coega Development Corporation
- National Ports Authority
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality
Validation & Commissioning
Specialized commissioning and validation procedures are undertaken on a regular basis as required, for pharmaceutical and similar production environments where stringent monitoring of conditions is mandatory. A dedicated team consisting of two technicians conducts all instrument calibrations and HVAC validations, consisting mostly of air quantity and pressure balancing. Measuring instruments utilized during these procedures, are individually calibrated on an annual basis, and provided with a calibration certificate.
Utilising our strength in HVAC and controls as well as the partnership with Johnson Controls, we are able to provide assistance to our clients in reducing energy costs.
We currently have a Energy Management Service Level Agreement with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where we manage the energy consumption, via monthly monitoring and reports as well as maximum demand (kva) control, across five campuses. We have enabled the University to make substantial savings over the two years that we have been involved.
We offer various options for designers, builders, owners and managers to execute efficiency strategies in buildings:
- Select and install advanced building systems
- Invest in technical services for building infrastructure
- Implement efficient workplace solutions
- Implement Demand Response Solutions
We work with our clients to select the correct program for them, decide on the pace they’d like to set, and then partner with them to achieve their efficiency and sustainability objectives
Fire Detection, Access Control and CCTV.
ITD are qualified and experienced in the installation and maintenance of access control systems, CCTV as well as fire detection and gas suppression systems. We are currently a preferred supplier of the GE range fire detection and Access systems, as we have the required level of experience and installation expertise for these systems. For the access control and CCTV we utilize either the Johnson Controls or GE range of products.
ITD is a member of PSIRA – Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority and the Fire Detection Installers Association.
Recently completed large scale projects include :
- Aspen Pharmacare - Fire detection, fire suppression, voice evacuation.
- Park Towers - Biometric access control, Intercom System, Fire Detection.
- Cadburys - CCTV surveillance system
- General Motors SA - Access control new vehicle storage.
- IBM/ABSA - Data recovery centre: Access control, CCTV, Intrusion.
- SAPS 10111 New Call Centre - CCTV, Access control, Fire Detection, Pyroshield Fire Suppression.
- Ford Engine Plant - Fire Detection, Aspirated smoke sensing,
- NMMM Brister House - Pyroshield Fire Suppression.
Quality Control & Quality Assurance Systems
Our Company recognizes the substantial benefits provided by utilization of an effective quality management system, and is currently involved with the formalization of all our documentation and procedures, which will enable us to achieve ISO 9001 accreditation over the next 12 months. Our extensive involvement within the pharmaceutical Industry has already required that we are fully compliant with a number of stringent Good Manufacturing Procedures (GMP) and installation procedures, which are fully documented and incorporated into the final project handover documentation. Many of these same procedures are carried out as a matter of course on some of the other contracts that we undertake to ensure that the quality of manufacture is maintained.
Insurance & Financial Standing
ITD has been in operation under the current ownership for ten years and has established a reputation as a competent, reliable and ethical supplier of HVAC Systems within the Commercial and Industrial market sectors. We also maintain a high regard and sound relationship with each of our suppliers of materials and equipment who we rely on to ensure we are able to offer a superior service level to our Clients. We believe that the maintenance of these healthy relationships have had a significantly positive effect on the company’s overall profitability, cash flow and service deliverables. ITD is registered with FEM for workman’s compensation and currently has R 20 000 000-00 cover for public, employer and defective workmanship liability. We also have R 10 000 000-00 cover for contract works insurance.
Health and Safety
ITD Air-conditioning is fully aware of our responsibilities with regards Health Safety of all our Employees and the protection of the environment in which we operate.It is a priority that we maintain a NOSA safety rating for our operations, and to ensure all of our employees and partner companies receive relevant training in the specific requirements of the act.
We currently hold a NOSA 4 star grading following our audit carried out in August last year, and are confident that sufficient progress can be made during the course of next year to achieve a 5 star grading.
Broad Based Black economic Empowerment
With regards the empowerment strategy of ITD Airconditioning, we would confirm that we have maintained our support of Black owned businesses since 1998, when the Company, then named Improvair, enabled a number of SMMEs to be established from our previously disadvantaged employees. We continue to provide transfer of skills to these Companies on an ongoing basis and utilise them whenever possible. We have employment equity and training plans in place, and fully subscribe to the need for training and mentorship to enhance and develop the skills of the previously disadvantaged. Our own internal training focuses on this objective and are currently running an Adult Basic Education Training ( ABET ) program with our staff, along with various technical training programs and apprenticeships. We are currently certified as a Level 5 BBBEE contributor.