SPX Cooling Technologies has implemented formal training programs at its Research and Development Center for manufacturer’s representatives, consulting engineers, mechanical and service contractors, maintenance engineers and supervisors, and other interested groups.

Visitors can view firsthand tests of performance, efficiency and reliability of cooling towers and their components, which are designed and modeled in-house. Specific research areas of cooling tower technology include fan development, thermal performance testing, sound and vibration testing, water distribution, heat exchange fill media modeling and destructive testing.

Founded in 1934 and relocated in 1957 to a climate-controlled, energy-efficient space in Kansas City, Mo., the facility is a comprehensive center for evaporative cooling technology. It occupies three acres underground, and seven above-ground acres provide space to build and test prototypes and new design concepts.