June 28, 2023 – Cabin Cool has introduced an air conditioning system that keeps a heavy-equipment operator cool in an open cab.
The M100 direct-cooling system helps increase productivity by keeping an operator comfortable.
The self-contained unit measures just 24”x 11.5”x8” and weighs just 50 lbs.
It works indoors or outdoors, and withstands dust, dirt, and rain.
“As long as the heavy equipment has an electrical system and a place to mount the product, you can use it,” said Todd Stave, CEO, Cabin Cool. “Cool air that blows on the worker and is under his or her control provides instant relief in a hot environment. It is a very effective, affordable product and ideal for the wide variety of open cabs in the heavy equipment industry.”
Easy to install, run, and repair, the M100 A/C system is ideal for heavy equipment, including material handling, aerial platforms, paving, earthmoving and excavation, agriculture and landscaping, and general construction.
Cabin Cool was originally conceived at the University of Maryland and funded by the Department of Energy.
Its guiding principle is that it takes a lot less energy to cool a person than to cool the space they occupy.
Although the M100 uses 10% of the power needed by a typical window air conditioner, it provides enough cooling to comfort workers in the most extreme conditions, says Stave.
The M100’s small electric heat pump and a powerful fan cool nearby air by 25° F.
On a 100° day, the unit will put out 75° F air.
The system provides up to 600W of cooling while using less than 275W of electricity.
The cooled air is blown at relatively high pressure, and the operator can control the power, temperature, fan speed, and air direction.
The unit carries a one-year total system warranty and be installed on new equipment or retrofitted to machines already in the field.
Cabin Cool is also seeing interest from customers with closed cabs.
Ted Springer, president and COO of Springer Inc., a Cabin Cool dealer and former chairman of the board of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), said, “Cabin Cool units are very reasonably priced, fully self-contained, easily installed, and make the equipment operator’s job much more comfortable leading to a safer and more productive foundry employee.”
According to the Lancet Countdown, a global academic collaboration who monitor the health impacts of climate change, the global heat season is beginning earlier, ending later, and becoming more intolerable.
“People all over the world work in miserable conditions, and it’s only going to get worse,” said Stave. “There is a big dichotomy between the available infrastructure to support air conditioning and where it will ultimately be demanded. Our solution is a simple way to provide instant relief to individuals in hot environments, and to make those environments a bit more tolerable.”
Cabin Cool’s M100 system retails for less than $4,500 USD.
Manufactured by Air Innovations out of Syracuse, New York, the product is now shipping and available through Cabin Cool’s website and distributors in North America.
Cabin Cool is interested in finding rental companies and additional distributors around the globe.