Posts Tagged ‘Toshiba’


Toshiba Digital Inverter – now to 100m

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Now available from Cool Designs Ltd.  The new 6 series Toshiba Digital Inverter (DI Big) 8 & 10 HP.

The lower minimum capacity  of 4.6kW increases the part load efficiency to give leading EERs & COPs.

Maximum piping length has also increased from 70m to 100m

The new 6 series models can be set up as single, twin, triple and quad configurations with the current range of Toshiba Digital Inverter indoor units.

Model numbers are RAV-SM2246AT8-E and RAV-SM2806AT8-E


January Price Adjustment

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Toshiba announce price increase from 3rd January 2017.

We’re aware that the cost base for importing goods into the UK has significantly increased due to the weakening of sterling against other currencies such as the US Dollar and the Euro.

This has given many manufacturers no other option than to increase their retail prices.  Toshiba have announced a 5% increase across all products as of January 3rd.

The implementation of the increase is as follows:

  • All new orders received from January 3rd will be at the new prices
  • All orders placed before January 3rd and shipped before 31st March 2017 will be at the current prices
  • All orders placed before January 3rd and shipped after 31st March 2017 will be at the new 2017 prices

Any customers working on projects that may span these dates are encouraged to discuss with Cool Designs so that we can plan for them and put arrangements in place.

These price changes along with the changes from other manufacturers still position Toshiba very favourably and more so when quality, enhanced warranty, efficiencies and the rewards program are taken in to account.

We will soon be issuing a temporary price guide while our price list is updated to reflect these changes and new products coming in.

Toshiba T7 Enhanced Warranty REWARDS_small

Training Update

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

High demand leads to additional training days

We have updated our training schedule (brochure found here) due to an increase in training demand this year.

With the introduction of the new Toshiba Warranty in 2016 and the ease in which contractors can benefit from a 7 year warranty, we have added additional dates and venues.  The updated schedule can be found within the training brochure found in the link above.

As a reminder, training with Cool Designs is free of charge with refreshments provided on the day.  They are held at our hands on Glasgow, Sunderland and Warrington offices and can also be held at the Toshiba offices in Leatherhead (for Toshiba training) and Fujitsu offices (for Fujitsu training).

Toshiba win ACR Product of the Year

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Toshiba has been awarded the National ACR Product of the Year for the new SMMS-e VRF System.

Toshiba SMMSe

Toshiba SMMSe

Developments in three core technologies – the compressor, heat exchanger and advanced intelligent control – combine to ensure all outdoor units in the new SMMS-E VRF range have an ESEER (European Seasonally Adjusted Energy Efficiency Rating} higher than 7, an industry first.

Wear surfaces on compression vanes are treated with a high-tech Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating, giving outstanding hardness,wear resistance and reliability. This enables significant increase in compressor rotation speed, resulting in a higher displacement volume. Up to 50 per cent great than previous generations.

The heat exchanger has been completely redesigned, which results in a 13 percent increase in surface area available for heat transfer.It provides continuous heating with no requirement to stop during defrost. This is made possible by the use of a new hot-gas bypass control.

A new approach to intelligent operation gives occupants improved comfort, energy efficiency an reliability by using the independent Pulse Motor Valves (PMV’s) to control the flow of refrigerant to each indoor unit.

Wireless commissioning allows performance data and status reports to be automatically emailed to end users or engineers.  Pipe work and connectivity has been increased,  giving double the previous allowable length.

Finally,as a result of the new compressors design and improved system controls, the operating temperature range has been significantly extended, and is now -5 to 46°C for cooling operation and -25 °C in heating mode.

The new Toshiba SMMS-e VRF is now available from Cool Designs Ltd

Cool Designs iPad Air 2 Offer

Friday, November 7th, 2014



Time to think about Air Conditioning Training

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

CDL launches air conditioning training blitz to get installers and end users up-to-speed

 Air Conditioning Training

Following the success of our online video-based training, we’re launching a comprehensive programme of classroom-based courses for air conditioning engineers, consultants and end users.

We believe a combination of practical, hands-on courses supported by a library of professional online videos is the most powerful way of training the next generation and ensuring existing installers are up-to-speed with the latest technology.

We are rolling-out a full programme of training at three locations across the UK – Glasgow, Sunderland and Warrington. We will also run courses at Toshiba’s air conditioning training centre in Leatherhead, Surrey.

Practical and theoretical courses will cover everything from designing and commissioning advanced heat recovery VRF systems, to fault diagnosis, F-Gas compliance and system optimisation.

It will also include training in the installation and use of Toshiba’s total refrigerant management and protection system, designed to provide complete reassurance for end users. The system has recently been adopted by a global hotel chain, and is being being rolled out across its estate.

Darrel Birkett, managing director of CDL, says: “Rapid developments in air conditioning technology, particularly in the area of control and monitoring, require constant refreshers to ensure installers and designers remain up-to-speed.

“It is not enough to go on an ‘air conditioning course’ once and expect to be equipped for life, as may have happened in the past. We believe training needs to be life-long, so that people understand how to apply the advanced features of today’s systems as they are introduced, in order to operate them safely and efficiently.”

He added: “The combination of hands-on classroom training using working equipment, backed by permanently accessible online instructional videos, provides a compelling package. Videos can be accessed by engineers at any time, at the point of need via a smart-phone; we know from feedback that installers use them as a real-time reference for problem solving, rather than wading through conventional manuals.”

We offer all training courses without charge to installers signing up for Toshiba’s Additions scheme or Fujitsu’s Comfort Club.

For more details, or to request a full list of courses, please contact CDL on Tel 0191 549 6964, or email

CDL Introduces the Toshiba Additions Scheme

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Toshiba Additions Rewards Scheme

Toshiba rewards contractors at all levels for their loyalty and professionalism with the Toshiba brand.  The rewards come in the form of work wear, vouchers, Toshiba electrical goods and an industry leading enhanced warranty scheme.

Interested? Contact Cool Designs to discuss further.

CDL named Distributor of the Year, 2014.

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Toshiba Airconditioning - Lenny Henry Awards

Cool Designs Ltd, the specialist air conditioning supplier, has won the top accolade in the ACR News Awards 2014, being crowned Distributor of the Year.

The coveted trophy was presented to Darrel Birkett, CDL’s founder and managing director, by celebrity Lenny Henry at the gala awards finals, held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

The judges praised CDL’s vision and commitment in becoming the first carbon neutral air conditioning supplier in the UK. They also commended the

company for combining outstanding charity and community work with commercial success.

CDL has been the recipient of the top distributor award now on a number of occasions. Darrel Birkett said: “It is obviously very pleasing to once again receive recognition by one’s peers in the industry. I am also delighted that our success is not just a flash in the pan, but reflects a winning formula that we have evolved and built into the company’s approach over a number of years.

“It is based on a lot of passion, creativity and hard work on the part of the CDL team. It also reflects the fantastic support we receive from our key manufacturers such as Toshiba.”

The distributor was also singled out for its dedication to the cause of training, in which it has invested significantly in recent years. The company, which recently celebrated 10 years as a Toshiba distributor, has capacity to train up to 400 engineers each year.

The company operates a highly successful and growing video tutorial library via You Tube, available with open-access for engineers.

Darrel added: “We believe commercial success can go hand-in-hand with environmental concern and community involvement. Indeed, I believe it is not only desirable but essential to act responsibly and do the right thing. The growth of CDL in recent years proves that this approach can create a virtuous circle.

“However, we will not be resting on our laurels. We have plans in hand to further grow the company in the future, and build on the strong foundation we have established.”

Caption: Darrel Birkett receives the award from celebrity Lenny Henry.

10 Year Landmark

Friday, January 24th, 2014

We’re delighted that a number of industry online news sources have ran with our 10 year anniversary with Toshiba.  This is an important landmark to us with one of our major suppliers and a partnership that has helped shape us in to the business we are today.


UK: Air conditioning distributor Cool Designs Ltd has revealed ambitious plans to expand  after celebrating 10 years as a Toshiba distributor.

Celia Dickinson of Toshiba Air Conditioning presents CDL’s Darrel Birkett with an award to mark 10 years as a Toshiba distributor

Celia Dickinson of Toshiba Air Conditioning presents CDL’s Darrel Birkett with an award to mark 10 years as a Toshiba distributor

With its headquarters in Sunderland, the company also has offices in Warrington, Glasgow and the most recently opened addition in Cannock, Staffs.

Future plans include the creation of a third training centre in Glasgow and a roll-out this year of Toshiba’s expanded training programme covering the fundamentals of air conditioning, design, installation and commissioning.

It will be taking on additional staff to help support expansion, including the appointment of an additional project engineer. There are also plans to expand its recently launched website, to further improve the provision of technical and product information to customers.

“It has always been our intention to grow responsibly,” explained md Darrel Birkett. “This means delivering on our commitments on training and the environment and ensuring, as far as possible, that we only supply bona fide installers who will do a good job and act responsibly. Our emphasis on training is designed to achieve the same thing, by ensuring installations are carried out to the highest standards.”

CDL Training Update

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

We are pleased to announce an update on available Toshiba air conditioning training courses from CDL.

The Modules we are now running are :

Module 1 – Sales introduction to Toshiba products (half day)
Module 2 – Full course on Digital Inverter and residential products (full day)
Module 3 – Full course on VRF products with basic controls (full day)
Module 4 – Control options, selection and installation
Module 5 – Part 1 – Air to Water design and application (half day)
Module 6 – Part 2 – Air to Water Installation & Commissioning (half day)

In addition to these core modules we can also offer bespoke sessions.

Delegates attending these courses will receive electronic copies of the presentation material, course notes, technical manuals, (Installation, Owners and Service for the current range of Toshiba equipment), a certificate of achievement / personal identification card, refreshments and lunch – all free of charge.

We are also planning some refresher / top up courses for those of you already familiar with our products.

Current Dates Available – Sunderland

  • Toshiba Module 2— Split Systems  17th October
  • Toshiba Module 3— VRF Systems 14th November
  • Toshiba Module 5 – Air to Water Systems Design and Application 12th December
  • Toshiba Module 2—Split Systems 23rd January 2013
  • Toshiba Module 3—VRF Systems 20th February 2013

Current Dates Available – Warrington

  • Toshiba Module 2— Split Systems  3rd October
  • Toshiba Module 3— VRF Systems 31st October
  • Toshiba Module 5 – Air to Water Systems Design and Application 28th November
  • Toshiba Module 2—Split Systems 9th January 2013
  • Toshiba Module 3—VRF Systems 6th February 2013

To make a booking or for further information please contact us on Tel: 0844 800 0250 or via email: