The new year marks the beginning of Process Cooling's eighth birthday. That's eight years of steady growth from its initial six issues per year to its current nine. During that time, we also launched www.Process-Cooling.com, just when the Internet debate was strongest: Was the Worldwide Web going to be a passing fad or was it the real thing destined for a long life?

What we have learned is that a print Process Cooling and an electronic www.Process-Cooling.com are compatible and can happily co-exist. They need each other. They “feed” each other, pushing readers and advertisers from one to the other. All of the editorial you see on these pages, including this commentary, will be posted to our web site, many with links from the home page. And, when the next issue is posted, it gets archived on our site, easily accessible using the search box at the top of the page or via the archives link in the left-hand index. None of that, however, happens without the initial printed word, right here. This is where most editorial for the month is introduced. (Tune in to www.Process-Cooling.com for weekly or even more frequent news and product updates.)

Want to read about fans? Start with “Overcoming the System Effect,” from the New York Blower Co., in Willowbrook, Ill. Fans typically are tested and rated in prescribed test configurations defined by the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA). These standardized procedures and ratings allow system designers to make realistic choices among various manufacturers. However, beyond the routine system-resistance calculations, the location of some common components and their proximity to the fan inlet or outlet can create additional immeasurable losses commonly called “the system effect.” If these losses are not eliminated or minimized, the fan speed and horsepower will need to be increased to compensate for the resulting performance deficiencies.

Anyone handling cryogenic liquids counts on a snag-free operation. You can move closer to that goal by reading “Problem-Free Pumping of Cryogenic Liquids” and implementing the advice given by Cryogenic Industries, an affiliate of ACD, Santa Ana, Calif. Reliable, trouble-free pump operation is the key to low-cost cryogenic liquid pumping. Issues such as mounting, suction and discharge piping, gas-phase return-piping, relief valves, and instrumentation and controls should be addressed before and during the installation to avoid later problems.

ITT Standard in Cheektowaga, N.Y., offers up “3 Strategies for Optimizing Heat Exchanger Performance.” No matter how good everything looks on paper, a heat exchanger will not perform as designed if it is not installed properly, operated within its designed parameters and maintained according to the recommended procedures. ITT provides three simple strategies to help you achieve long-term efficiency.

In “A Juicy Job for a Cool Machine” Berg Chilling Systems Inc.'s case history, you learn how the Toronto firm worked with Sepallo Food Ingredients, in Barrhead, Alberta, to improve juice freezing and storage operations. The solution was a modified industrial icemaker, which improved product quality, produced higher production yields, reduced costs and enhanced freezer-storage efficiencies.

Anne Armel
Group Publisher
ArmelA@bnpmedia.com