1. Investigation Report into Fatal Ammonia Release Includes 18 Recommendations

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Canadian refrigeration safety organization Technical Safety BC released an investigation report into the fatal ammonia release at Fernie Memorial Arena. The Vancouver-based group, which oversees the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment, also issued 18 recommendations to further improve safety in ice-rink refrigeration systems.

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2. Bitzer Acquires Shell-and-Tube Heat Exchanger Business


Bitzer purchased the shell-and-tube heat exchanger segment from Alva Laval SpA. The products taken over are designed for refrigeration and air-conditioning applications. Bitzer says the products strategically complement its own product lines.

The acquisition makes it the largest independent manufacturer in the shell-and-tube heat exchanger market worldwide, says Bitzer. The company plans to build a state-of-the art laboratory.

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3. SPX Exiting Heat Transfer Business

As a part of its plan to exit the heat transfer business within its Engineered Solutions segment, SPX Corp. sold its Yuba and Ecolaire brands as well as the technology of its heat transfer business.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based assets were sold to Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co. Ltd., a private industrial conglomerate based in India. SPX anticipates winding down its remaining heat transfer operations by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

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4. Aldi Cold Storage Facility Complete

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A M King renovated the existing 100,000 ft2 of refrigerated and freezer perishable space, including conversion to new temperature zones, and added a new 48,000 ft2 fully racked freezer. Additional improvements include expansion of the ammonia refrigeration system and energy-saving modifications on new and existing equipment. The employee parking, which now accommodates 236 cars, is double the original size, and the expanded truck apron allows for more parking and improved site/trucking logistics.

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5. Dippin’ Dots Creates Cryogenic Company

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The company’s process uses liquid nitrogen to flash freeze products that require high quality finished product. It is suitable as a first step for many products that need to be freeze dried such as those that create probiotics, bacterial cultures and plant extractions are key examples. The small pellets provide the ideal surface area for freeze drying while maintaining the integrity of the media culture.

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6. Cooling System Ordered for Pig Slaughter

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Agroeco-Yug signed a contract with GEA for the supply and installation of the fully automated, exothermal refrigeration system. The cooling system uses ammonia (NH3) and carbon dioxide (CO2) and includes compression equipment, evaporative condensers, portioning equipment, air coolers and blast freezers.

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7. Multistack Acquires Budzar Industries

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Multistack LLC, a privately held manufacturer of cooling, heating and energy-recovery systems, has acquired Budzar Industries, Willoughby, Ohio. Budzar manufactures custom temperature control and pumping systems for the rubber, chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries.

According to the Sparta, Wis.-based company, Multistack will operate Budzar as a wholly owned subsidiary. The companies will maintain separate headquarters, engineering and manufacturing facilities, and executive teams of the two companies will remain intact.

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8. HDPE Cooling Towers Eliminate Corrosion Issues for Food Processor

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When it comes to dependable performance and minimized maintenance, factory-assembled cooling towers made with advanced, engineered plastics offer a corrosion-resistant alternative to galvanized models. As such, plastic cooling towers are increasingly being used for food-processing applications. One such company is a soy sauce producer in California.

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9. Video Compares Crossflow, Counterflow Cooling Towers

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A newly released video compares the two fundamental types of cooling towers – crossflow and counterflow – and the characteristics of each type that may meet requirements for a specific application. The five-minute clip utilizes animation to explain how crossflow and counterflow towers are primarily differentiated by the direction of the air movement and how it interacts with the process water being cooled.

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10. Blog: Advantages of Low-Charge Ammonia Systems

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System and component development has resulted in the wider adoption of low-charge ammonia systems as an alternative to conventional systems across a range of applications. Smaller charges reduce safety risks and regulatory stipulations. In addition, with a combination of low total cost of ownership and low operating costs, low-charge systems are often the best long-term solution for both economic and ecological reasons.

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