What do indoor agri-business, breweries and distilleries, and a cheese-processing facility have in common? Aside from many thinking their products complement one another deliciously, all are the focus of articles in this month’s issue.
In “Evaporative Cooling Strategies for Indoor Farming,” Mike Kaler introduces a new market for evaporative cooling technologies: indoor agri-business. With forecasts predicting that the demand for food will far outstrip our ability to produce it by 2050, indoor farming is taking shape. In addition, in some states, the newly legalized marijuana trade also is driving demand for indoor farming. In his article, Kaler says the future for indoor agriculture looks a lot like manufacturing of the past — maximizing production and minimizing risks.
The explosive growth of craft breweries and distilleries is a hard-to-ignore trend. Because these beverage makers produce their craft on a smaller scale than multinational, well-established brands, many seek out nontraditional manufacturing facilities. Picturesque old factories and restored buildings resonate with the craft-beverage-consuming public, but they present challenges for the beverage makers. Effective airflow control in rackhouses for spirit aging and warehousing helps ensure consistent product, maximize production and minimize spoilage. In his article, “5 Ways to Use Fans in Breweries and Distilleries,” Jamison Stoike of Big Ass Solutions explains how industrial fans are used in these operations.
What goes better with beer, wine and spirits than cheese? In a wonderful coincidence, our cold storage feature article this month looks at “Breaking with Tradition to Build a Better Cheese-Processing Facility.” John Gallaher of Hillphoenix explains how parallel-compressor systems — which typically are found in commercial retail refrigeration systems — can fill a niche in industrial refrigeration. Gallaher explains how MDS Inc. used a parallel-compressor system in its cheese-processing facility to reduce energy costs and, at the same time, reduced maintenance headaches.
Also in this issue, Christopher M. O’Boyle of Evapco looks at the three primary types of treatment systems used for evaporative cooling systems in his article, ‘Water Quality: Essential to Cooling Tower Health and Operation.” Selecting appropriate materials of construction, implementing an effective treatment program and putting into a place a routine preventive maintenance help optimize cooling tower health.