Air Cooling

Industrial Fans Provide Process Cooling

Need effective cooling and air movement in your process? Our Product Roundup shows some of the options available. April 2018, p. 32.

Exhaust vs. Filtration: Improving Air Quality for Process Cooling Applications

Controlling indoor air quality in a temperature-controlled environment can help process cooling equipment run more efficiently and improve worker comfort and safety. July/August 2018. p. 24.

Reducing Process Cooling Times with Airflow

When a contract metal fabricator found that delays related to parts cooling were slowing production and creating bottlenecks, the company added a forced convection zone between the oven and the unloading zone. October 2018, p. 32.


Chillers

Insights into Advanced Steam Turbine Centrifugal Chiller Technology

A stable supply of low cost natural gas is making the technology more attractive to large combined heat and power plants. A steam turbine chiller is engineered to take advantage of the steam turbine’s inherent variable-speed capability to optimize chiller speed and to handle low entering-condenser-water temperatures. These features help allow the chiller to operate at the highest efficiency. March 2018, p. 10.

Cooling Capabilities Chart: System Chillers

Designed for safe, reliable operation, system chillers deliver the cooling needed throughout the plant from a single large unit. Find suppliers using our Cooling Capabilities Chart. May 2018, p. 28.

Select a Chiller Based on Total Cost of Ownership

Selecting and purchasing an industrial chiller can represent a significant investment of time and money: one that should make financial sense upfront and for the life of the equipment. Careful planning before a chiller purchase — along with proactive maintenance and informed use throughout the equipment’s life — can significantly decrease the total cost of ownership, making your chiller investment pay off in the long run. September 2018, p. 18.

Energy-Saving Alternatives for Plastics Process Chilling

One chiller manufacturer performed head-to-head comparisons under real world conditions to determine the differences in efficiencies among fixed-speed, digital-scroll and variable-speed compressors. The energy savings generated by variable-speed compressors in variable-speed chillers offer a variety of benefits. October 2018, p. 12.

Cooling Capabilities: Portable Chillers

In Process Cooling’s annual Cooling Capabilities Chart on Portable Chillers, we have compiled all the data you need to choose these mobile temperature control systems. October 2018, p. 18.

Understanding Process Chillers and Their Role in Industrial Settings

Industrial refrigeration is essential to the smooth operation of some of the most important industries in the world. November/December 2018, p. XX.

10 Basics to Consider When Selecting a Chiller

Have you ever wanted a quick and clean checklist to help you specify your industrial process chiller? Look no further. November/December 2018, p. XX.


Cooling Towers and Evaporative Cooling

Evaporative Coolers with Dry Capability Broaden the Mechanical Landscape

As aging facilities are tapped to accommodate expanded manufacturing and broader process applications, facility owners and managers are faced with vexing challenges. Primary among them is how to meet these demands within realistic budget parameters. January/February 2018, p. 19.

Product Roundup: Industrial Cooling Towers

Review cooling towers for industrial cooling applications in our annual roundup. January/February 2018, p. 10.

Conserving Natural Water Resources with Plume-Abatement Technologies

Placed above the tower’s wet fill media, the plume-abatement condensing module condenses the warm, saturated air before it exits the cooling tower. Power plant cooling tower users can realize energy and water-use reductions with the addition of effective plume-abatement technology. April 2018, p. 16.

Cooling Towers Provide Water Reuse Opportunity

Among the many components of any industrial facility that requires water, cooling towers offer a significant opportunity for water reuse. Cooling towers can use reclaimed water from onsite or municipal sources, including municipal wastewater effluent and wastewater from industrial processes. But there are several perceived barriers that prohibit change. May 2018, p. 16.

Maintaining Cooling Tower Operation in Cold-Weather Environments

Although sustained freezing conditions complicate cooling tower operation, key measures can ensure smooth performance. Of the two basic types of towers — crossflow and counterflow — learn why a crossflow cooling tower is recommended in most scenarios for cold-weather operation. September 2018, p. 24.

How Clean Is Your Cooling Water?

Side-stream filtration can remove debris and particles adversely affecting the cooling loop and its components, including the heat exchangers, chillers and tower. October 2018, p. 22.

Forging Ahead with Advanced HDPE Cooling Towers

Patriot Forge Co. depends on advanced HDPE cooling towers to maintain optimum bath temperatures for quenching metal forgings and cooling hydraulic systems. November December 2018, p. XX.


Cryogenic Systems & Industrial Gases

Cryogenic Deflashing for High Performance Materials

Used to remove parting-line flash in newly molded plastic parts, cryogenic deflashing can remove internal and external flash while maintaining efficiency and productivity. January/February 2018, p. 12.

Protecting Chilled Foods with Packaging Gases

Goods protected by modified-atmosphere packaging offer extended shelf life, which allows food manufacturers to extend market reach, simplify distribution logistics and reduces labor and transportation costs. Learn how to boost the protection of perishable chilled foods with modified-atmosphere packaging gases. April 2018, p. 12.


Equipment and Enclosure Cooling

Keeping Things Cool

When a machine or process shuts down due to an overheated electrical component, the cost impacts can be massive. Keeping the enclosure and the components inside electrical cabinets at or below the manufacturer-recommended temperature is the goal of an effective enclosure cooling system. April 2018, p. 28.

Cold Plates in Process Cooling

Thermal management of high powered electronics is a critical component of a design process. Ensuring the proper cooling of a device optimizes its performance and extends the mean time between failures (MTBF). To ensure that a system works properly, engineers must establish the thermal parameters from the system-level down to the junction temperature of the hottest devices. When placed on top of a component that requires cooling, cold plates absorb and dissipate the heat from the component to the heat transfer fluid. September 2018, p. 12.

How to Improve Enclosure Cooler Performance

Regular maintenance is the single-most effective way to extend the life of enclosure cooling systems. Taking further steps to optimize your enclosure cooling system, however, will simplify maintenance and extend times between filter changes and enclosure cleaning. October 2018, p. 38.


Flow Monitoring

Flow Control Comparison: Sight Glass vs. Magnetic Level Indicator

A five-year study compares using a sight glass and a magnetic level indicator. May 2018, p. 32.

Manifolds Extend the Utility of Differential Pressure Transmitters

Adding a manifold simplifies mounting and maintenance when using differential pressure for flow or level, or when measuring pressure directly. July/August 2018. p. 30.


Heat Exchangers

Cooling Capabilities: Heat Exchangers for Industrial Process Cooling

Use our Cooling Capabilities Chart on Heat Exchangers to find an exchanger maker that can help you solve your process challenges. March 2018, p. 24.

Heat Exchanger Considerations for Cooling Difficult Materials

The key to specifying the correct equipment for your heating or cooling demand is to study your process and material. They will define the type of heat exchanger to use. October 2018, p. 28.


Heat Transfer Fluids

The Importance of Expansion and Drain Structure in Hot Oil Systems

Preplanning during design can save time and money during planned or unplanned shutdowns. April 2018, p. 22.

Low Temperature Heat Transfer Fluids

Our Cooling Capabilities Chart on Low Temperature Heat Transfer Fluids offers a side-by-side comparison of industrial low temperature heat transfer fluids. Use it to review and compare the specifications of each fluid from well-known suppliers and find suppliers with the low temperature heat transfer fluids with the characteristics you need for your process. September 2018, p. 20.


Insulation

Protecting Materials against Heat

Under certain conditions and with certain materials, heat is the enemy: ruining epoxies, spoiling food and interfering with the brewing process. Cooling blankets can help manage heat gain and control product temperatures. April 2018, p. 32.


Process Cooling Equipment

Manufacturing Spotlights

Learn about the latest process cooling technology with this special section of products, tips and application ideas from manufacturers and suppliers. January/February 2018, p. 32.

Water Cooling Technology Meeting Heads to the Houston

Water cooling, evaporative heat transfer equipment and cooling water treatment remain the focus of the Cooling Technology Institute’s annual conference, which will be held in Houston on February 4-8. January/February 2018, p. 26.

Industrial Refrigeration Professionals Head to Colorado Springs

Engineers, end users, wholesalers, manufacturers and contractors involved in natural refrigeration using ammonia and carbon dioxide are expected to meet up for the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration’s annual conference and exposition. March 2018, p. 30.

RETA Returns to Dallas for November Show

The national conference of the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association offers opportunities for refrigeration training and certification as well as a full exhibition and conference program. October 2018, p. 44.


Refrigeration Systems

Process Cooling Systems Using Modern Natural Refrigerants

Safety and efficiency can be optimized by understanding the implications of natural refrigerants on component design and selection. For those OEMs building systems to cool manufacturing and industrial systems, using natural refrigerants brings on new design challenges. These include selecting the best type of refrigerant for the given application and choosing components that can handle the specific refrigerant’s technical and performance characteristics. March 2018, p. 20.

Optimizing the Way We Keep Space Cold

Low charge ammonia systems are a smart alternative to traditional large-scale systems due to their combination of reliability and safety. Along with a reduced ammonia charge, off-site consequence analysis, compliance costs and liability also are all lowered. April 2018, p. 20.

Mitigating Price Increases of High GWP Refrigerants

Europe’s F-Gas regulations mandate phase-downs in the amount of HFC refrigerants available. The economics of supply and demand mean refrigerant prices are rising. Effective leak-detection systems can alert uses to even small leaks of the increasingly expensive refrigerants. May 2018, p. 12.

How to Meet IIAR Standards for Ammonia Pipe Marking

Safely maintaining ammonia refrigeration systems requires effective, standardized pipe marking. May 2018, p. 20.

Electrification: Providing Efficiencies Throughout the Cold Chain    

Electrically powered process cooling technologies such as low charge ammonia refrigeration systems provide food-processing manufacturers with an opportunity to improve energy and process efficiency. July/August 2018. p. 18.

Cranberry Processing Plant Taps CO2 Refrigeration System

An industrial process refrigeration system that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) to freeze freshly harvested cranberries before distribution offers reliability, energy efficiency and environmental benefits. July/August 2018. p. 20.


Temperature Sensors

Temperature Measurement in Distillation Processes

Temperature measurement is a common control parameter in distillation cooling and heating processes. Depending upon the application and process fluid, temperature control may be used for cooling distillate to condense high volatility products into liquid phase, or heating of process fluid to vaporize the high volatility components for easier separation. While a seemingly simple parameter, understanding the importance of temperature measurement is critical to running a distillation column at peak efficiency. May 2018, p. 23.


Water Treatment

Testing Cooling Tower Water for Total Bacteria and Legionella

Is it time to reconsider testing for total bacteria and Legionella in cooling tower water? Two case histories demonstrate how current water-testing methods could be indicating that bacteria control is acceptable and under good control — when the opposite is true. July/August 2018. p. 12.

Controlling Corrosion & Scale via Water Treatment

Water treatment suppliers can help you maintain the water chemistry needed to protect your process equipment. Evaluate water treatment service providers using our Cooling Capabilities Chart. This issue’s Cooling Capabilities chart focuses on the types of inspection equipment, consulting services and monitoring products provided by water treatment service companies. July/August 2018. p. 34.

What Are Your Water Treatment Goals?

A water treatment audit can help save costs, time and meet water conservation goals. November/December 2018, p. XX.


Valves/Piping

Craft Brewery Drives Success with Process Automation Swap

Not many Americans like warm beer. When an important calculation for a new controls solution at a brewery was overlooked, the result threatened to keep a new aging tank offline. Substituting solenoid valves with built-in power management brought the equipment online. January/February 2018, p. 26.

Piping System Cuts Condensation Concerns for Brewing

Preinsulated piping allows one brewery to accommodate explosive growth while maintaining the critical cold temperatures needed for craft beer production. March 2018, p. 15.