Diehl Metering has inaugurated a new Smart Heating Laboratory in Luoyang, China. Through the lab, the company aims to accelerate innovation in smart heating, better serve local customers, and coordinate its activities in Central and West China.
The launch of the smart heating lab marks a milestone in Diehl Metering’s strategy to affirm its position as a heating solutions provider in China. As a R&D centre, the lab will primarily be used for developing and testing new smart heating solutions, covering everything from system architecture and hardware to software and control strategies. The objective is to provide more diversified and user-friendly solutions to meet its customers’ emerging needs.
In addition, the lab will serve as a reception and service centre for Diehl Metering’s customers. With its strategic location, the new site will provide “faster and reliable” technical services to Luoyang and its surrounding area.
Inside the Smart Heating Lab, a simulation system has been equipped with modules that cover all the main processes in a centralised heating system, including an electric boiler, heat exchange units, and multi-functional secondary heating networks.
Through the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Diehl Metering has digitised the test system to make it both informative and intelligent. In this way, the company can simulate different hydraulic balancing methods and heat source regulation strategies, enabling Diehl Metering to identify the most rational heating solutions for heat demands under different heat consumption scenarios.
The lab will be operated by Diehl Metering’s team based in Jinan, with project leaders and technicians working there on a regular basis. There will also be local technicians in Luoyang responsible for the daily operation, maintenance, and management of the lab.
While R&D will be the key focus, the new building will also be used for meetings and for training technicians and customers.