Northampton-based Ranheat Engineering has continued to see strong growth even during the current global pandemic. Many sectors of the woodworking industry have seen growth – particularly kitchen, garden building and furniture manufacturers.

Ranheat's research and development office

While many manufacturers were furloughing staff to preserve jobs, Ranheat has been constructing new production buildings including a new pipework welding cell. One contract alone involved more than 4km of pipework to be flanged and welded, requiring the construction of the welding cell.

Ranheat also conducts large amounts of research and development, and currently employs three graduates and two undergraduates on industrial placements with the company. 

“As a company, we have had to keep up with the constant changes by the Government with regards to the lowering of emissions,” explains MD Chris Franklin. ”The reduction in air travel and industrial activities really brought home the case for reducing global emissions.

“Through our R&D programme, we are constantly finding new ways to reduce emissions in respect of pm 2.5 (small particulate) and also NOx – both of these feature constantly as pollutants in daily lives, as diesel engines produce significant levels of both pollutants.”

Ranheat’s main area of activity is within the woodworking industry. This is one of the most cost-effective ways of using renewables, as the woodwaste is already present on-site, ready for use. As the demand for the use of renewables has increased, so has the demand for storage of woodwaste during the summer. This has led to the design and manufacture of increasingly larger storage silos so that woodwaste generated during the summer can be stored for use in the winter.

Ranheat covers a complete range of equipment, from 150kW warm air units, to multiple 1750kW units interconnected to form a common system. All have one theme in common – minimal emissions, coupled with longevity of service to the customer.

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