Munters brings decades of innovation with Aligned Energy
Munters has a long history in delivering innovative, energy efficient climate control solutions. Started in Sweden over 60 years ago, Munters has deployed its technologies in a host of industries. Munters Data Centers (DC) business, managed by President Michael Gantert, is a key partner for Aligned Energy. Munters has worked closely with Aligned Energy to manufacture and advance the development of their unique cooling solution. Munters entered the data center cooling market 12 years ago and has developed a number of cooling solutions that have been widely adopted and are critical to the efficient operation of many data centers.
When Aligned Energy got in touch to discuss a partnership, it wasn’t to purchase an existing solution, but rather to further develop their own cooling solution and manufacture a product that would reduce equipment lead time and cost, while also improving reliability.
“As an equipment manufacturer of data center cooling solutions, we saw this as an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Aligned Energy,not only to manufacture their cooling solution, but also help them develop it further. Historically, we provide customers with cooling solutions that we developed, and then we work in partnership to configure or customize that solution for the end user.”
“For a data center company to come to us with a pre-designed cooling solution and ask us to manufacture it, while also making it better and easier to install, that was a bit unique from what we've experienced over the past 12 years.”
“Aligned Energy recognized in Munters our history of innovation, engineering expertise, and flexible manufacturing capabilities. They saw those aspects of Munters as key to support their growing business. Our relationship is a true partnership. We share a lot of information including technical engineering details and manufacturing techniques for their cooling solutions.”
“Both Munters and Aligned Energy strive to improve in all areas. Close collaboration is critical to the success of any partnership in this industry.”
“There has certainly been a lot of collaboration between the two companies over the past few years. They have a great cooling technology. We have embraced that, and we really feel Munters has provided value to Aligned Energy by understanding the technology and continuing to develop and enhance it for them.”
“Getting visibility into the customer’s pipeline is important for our planning process. I believe our flexible manufacturing and ability to expand capacity to meet Aligned Energy’s needs is very important. For colocation data center clients, speed is critical. Once they sign a tenant, they need to move very quickly to fill that space.”
“We've worked very closely with Aligned Energy and we’ve been provided selective visibility into their pipeline, which allows us to plan and prepare to best meet their needs. We continuously assess equipment inventory and component stock levels as well as things we can do within our manufacturing footprint to shorten lead times to support Aligned Energy’s growth.”
And the future? “Munters remains committed to partnering with Data Center end users around the world to develop innovative, energy efficient cooling solutions. Our aim is to continue supporting Aligned Energy with cooling products and services that provide them with increasing value. One thing we have learned over the past 12 years is that in the world of data center cooling, there is continuous change. We plan to continue our forward looking strategy and adapt to whatever changes may be desired by Aligned Energy, as well as our entire DC customer base”
“A recent example of our ability to adapt to industry change is our development of a thermosiphon based cooling technology called SyCool. This technology is best in class in terms of energy efficiency, without the use of water. SyCool is a split system that relies on the principal of a two-phase refrigerant thermosiphon to capture more free cooling hours than any other comparable technology in the market. SyCool can also be applied to liquid cooling solutions, and therefore we believe it will be a disruptive technology for the Data Center cooling industry.”
Ivy.ai’s new chatbot streamlines resources and policies
Ivy.ai, a creator of AI chatbots for higher education, is offering a chatbot that helps institutions streamline name, image, and likeness policies for athletic programmes.
This solution will allow athletic departments to dramatically reduce inbound inquiries while answering inquiries related to compliance, financial aid impact, how-to documents, and best practice training videos.
It will allow institutions to condense information in a way that is easily accessible and eliminates the need for student-athletes to read complicated manuals. Institutions can also engage with student-athletes via a real-time feedback loop to see which topics truly matter and what needs further clarification. This allows administrators to be proactive and provide a competitive edge in recruiting.
Helping institutions connect their students with information
“Athletic departments at colleges and universities are overwhelmed by the challenges posed by the name, image and likeness legislation,” said Mary Frances Coryell, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Partnership.
“Ivy.ai is uniquely positioned in the market to help institutions connect their student-athletes with policies and information related to NIL such as state laws, restrictions and relevant contacts. Our chatbot can digest all relevant policy information and provide answers to student-athletes at any time on any device. We expect the NIL market to move quickly, so student-athletes deserve the answers on their terms, rather than exclusively during work hours.”
Primary use cases for the chatbot include:
- Answering commonly asked questions related to name, image and likeness
- Communicate policies such as state laws, restrictions and compliance regulations
- Provide contact information for various advisors and agencies
- Connect training materials for athletes to improve their branding
- Engage in two-way reactive and proactive communication to keep policies student-centric
Back in March 2020, the company offered schools a free COVID-19 Response System, including a customisable COVID-19 Response Bot, a human-to-human live chat system and an SMS Text platform. These services are offered completely free of charge.
"The customisable COVID-19 Response Bot will help schools connect their students with important information, such as the school's operational status, where to go for treatment, and what to do to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus. We already added that information to all of our clients' AI chatbots, and we found that in many cases students needed additional support. That's why we're including our human-to-human Live Chat system in this offer. The SMS Text platform can be used to drive awareness to this communications channel for your students." said Mark McNasby, CEO of Ivy.ai.