Panasonic is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in 2018.

At ARBS its intention was to cement its position as a trusted brand in both the commercial and residential air conditioning markets.

Panasonic’s focus for the future is to broaden its capabilities as a ‘solution provider’. To that end, it released a comprehensive range of residential and commercial applications from large scale (22.4kW to 224kW), through light to medium (6kW to 22.4kW) to small scale ducted and splits (2kW to 10kW).

Working closely through its global alliance with Schneider Electric, Panasonic has introduced a complete energy management system titled Smart Connectivity.

The program delivers energy saving comfort, with simple installation and integration. Smart Connectivity is easy to connect to new installations or even as a retrofit into existing buildings.

Smart Connectivity sensors can detect when a space is vacant or occupied or even if a door or window has been left open, to compensate for the best option of indoor air quality and energy saving. Sensors can be placed anywhere with thanks to Zigbee ® wireless technology.

This is perfect for the hotel owner and provides an extra sell-on for the contractor. Panasonic’s light to medium commercial solutions support a wide range of applications. A full range is available in the 6kW to 14kW capacity band.

Still powerful, but less than a metre in height, the units fit in tight outdoor spaces. Indoor units come in the mid-static and high-static ducted with powerful airflow and static pressure; in-ceiling 4-way cassette with optional kits like the ECONAVI panel and nanoeX sensor for better energy saving and indoor comfort; under ceiling units for long air throw; and a wall mounted unit that is small, lightweight and quiet but full of features for the end-user.

Available as either R32 or R410A ready, all un its include self-diagnosis, automatic fan operation and restart and easy installation.

Designed to suit the large houses popular in Australia, the upgraded 18kW to 22.4kW splittable ducted units have less screws and simple ‘plug and play’ electrical connections; all completed in just three steps. The units can be split into three parts: heat exchanger, fan and fan casing, are 18 per cent lighter and 22 per cent smaller in width compared to Panasonic’s previous range.

In line with the growing trend of high rise apartments, Panasonic has showcased its 12.1kW to 25.0kW side discharge 2-pipe Mini FSV LE1/LE2 series. This mini VRF (variable refrigerant flow) system can connect a piping length up to 150m and the outdoor unit giving up to 35Pa of external static pressure. As a result, the outdoor unit can be placed on the roof without compromising the architect’s design.

On the large scale, Panasonic has been working on reducing the footprint of its outdoor units as well as the indoor. The 2-pipe FSV-EX ME2 series of VRF save space being only 1.9 metres high* and under a metre deep* with EER up to 4.70*. They are suitable for a wide operating range, depending on the model, from -25° Celsius to +52°C.

This VRF range comes as space-saving, high efficiency or anti-corrosion, and is perfect for the large commercial market such as aged care facilities. The soon to be released 3-pipe FSV-EX MF3 series will provide simultaneous heating and cooling through a wide range of systems from 22.4kW to 135kW.

Panasonic’s single wall split room air conditioners feature the company’s unique Aerowings, technology. Once a unit has reached the set temperature, the unit directs the airflow upwards across the ceiling to spread the cooling air evenly into the hot air section, creating ‘shower cooling’ that gently drops from the ceiling into the room.

The newly introduced WiFi adapter also allows users to control the unit anytime, anywhere through devices like mobile phones or tablets.

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