I recently sat through a couple of sales pitches on this concept at the CSG meeting. I remember having heard about a foreign outfit that did something like this, but I could't remeber the name. McQuay & York rolled out their product info with pride. I will say they both had good presentations & I'm pleased that the plants are to be assembled here in the USA, atleast for now.
But, I couldn't help but think about all of the fun & enjoyment I experience now when I have to deal with some of the mfrs of the chillers whenever there are warranty issues & such.
Imagine, if you buy one of these, you can now have the same fun whenever you have a problem with the pumps, the VFDs, the cooling tower, the controls, etc, etc.
Its a pretty good idea on the part of the mfrs if you think about it. Forget about the mfrs getting into the contracting business, if we line up to start buying these, we will just be handing them a good chunk of our business, all in the name of "saving the customer some money".
Rest assure, regardless of what its called, work that would have been done in the field will now be done in a factory. Atleast most of it anyway, the only thing we will have to do is hook the building pipes to it.
Sounds good, huh?. Not to me. Right now if we build a chiller plant, there is no question that we built it, we own it, we know all about it, etc, etc. If we buy one these contraptions, we would have call the mfr if there is a problem. No thank you.
Besides, I see plenty of access issues & I don't think there is as much room in there as you might think.
I understand completely the concept of buying a car pre-assembled in a factory, the benefits are endless.
I would prefer a site built house any day to the nicest manufactured house.
So, in closing, I still prefer site built chiller plants.