Jul 5, 2021

Zeppelin | Frank Janas gives an Overview of Zeppelin's Core

Ferrexpo
Zeppelin
2 min
Zeppelin | Frank Janas gives an Overview of Zeppelin's Core

Zeppelin is a Caterpillar Dealer since 1954. Zeppelin International responsible for construction and mining equipment business in several countries in the CIS.

In the CIS Zeppelin has a strong footprint in the mining industry.  We create solutions to meet the expectations of our mining customers in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and in Uzbekistan.

Reliable Caterpillar machines and operational excellence are essential for sustainable success. 

Zeppelin supports mining companies with professional 24/7 on-site service support, with preventive maintenance solutions to reduce downtime and maximize profit, with adopting best practices and with financing solutions.

Highly qualified operators and technicians are crucial for utmost equipment performance. Therefor Zeppelin pays high attention to the training of customer personnel and to knowledge transfer by its own training centers.

Digital solutions such as an Asset Management Tools enable a proactive maintenance approach and lead into low ownership costs. 

Sustainability, focused on social responsibility, environmental management and economic growth is one of the core values of Zeppelin and Caterpillar. 

Caterpillar has been always investing in new technologies to be ready to meet the future needs of our customers. 

One focus is on energy and emission reduction in the own business, and helping customers decrease their carbon footprints through technical solutions that contribute to lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

Fuel reduction technologies, alternative fuels, diesel-electric machines, and trolley assist are widely used today. 

Autonomous vehicles are a strong trend in the mining industry. About 350 autonomous Caterpillar mining trucks are running today with a high milage. Customers experience productivity increase in the rage of 30%. 

Electrification is another area in which Caterpillar is investing heavily to meet future customer expectations.

For about 100 years Caterpillar has been helping our customers building a better world, making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. 

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Aug 3, 2021

Future-tech and IXAfrica: Full Life Cycle Expertise

IX Africa
Future-tech
3 min
James Wilman, CEO of Future-tech, on working with IXAfrica on Kenya’s largest hyperscale data centre project.

Future-tech is unique among data centre consultancies for a number of reasons. Not only does the Reading-based firm have high levels of expertise in markets ranging from Helsinki to Johannesburg, but Future-tech offers services across the complete life cycle of a facility. 

 “We are involved with projects from the initiation to completion,” explains James Wilman, Future-tech’s CEO. “We go from initiation phase - which could mean the site selection process or technical due diligence for a merger or acquisition - all the way through establishing the brief, the various design stages, construction oversight, commissioning, operation, end of life cycle replenishment, and can start right back at the beginning with refurbishment.”  

While some factors, like the facility requirements for major tenants, remain the same no matter where you are, Wilman explains that “it's the environmental conditions, construction methodologies, supply chain, and skill sets available in different locations that vary, and that makes this a very interesting job.” 

Future-tech was selected by IXAfrica as the life cycle design strategic partner for its hyperscale campus project in Nairobi, Kenya. Wilman explains that, over the past year, Future-tech has been leveraging its strong local knowledge, working closely with Kenyan architects and engineers, and collaborating with both Guy Wilner and Clement Martineau, to help IXAfrica successfully deliver Kenya’s largest hyperscale data centre. 

“Future-tech did its first project on the African continent in 2012 in Kenya. I've been involved in the data centre space there for a long time, and have known Guy for a number of years through projects and interaction in Europe,” says Wilman. “As the IXAfrica project came into being, Guy and I spoke about it as he knew that we were already quite familiar with the area. We assisted out with the initial planning and project design, and the relationship really grew from there.” 

Wilman adds that the experience helping Future-tech support the IXAfrica project has been hard-won. “It's been a steep learning curve, figuring out how to work in Africa. Some of our earlier projects were quite challenging, but we're fortunate to be at a point now where working throughout the region feels really comfortable,” he explains. “One of the things about Nairobi - which we found out when we were working on our first project in the city back in 2012 - is that, because it's about 1,200 metres above sea level, the altitude actually de-rates the onsite equipment. Having your equipment perform less well because of the altitude can massively impact the whole facility.” Understanding the factors that define a local environment can be the difference between success and disaster for a data centre, and Future-tech’s extensive experience in Kenya is a key supporting factor for IXAfrica’s success in Nairobi. 

Wilman has also developed a strong collaborative relationship with Guy and Clement. “We've got over a gigawatt of design projects going through our office at the moment with different clients, which means that we're always learning new things. What is refreshing about working with Guy and Clement is that when we bring them a new idea, they listen to us,” says Wilman. “We've had a good run in Nairobi with IXAfrica built off of a long relationship, and I hope we get to continue working with them on their future projects.”  

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