For those involved in the process industries, three shows this fall offer a chance to see new and upgraded products firsthand, learn about emerging technologies and network with others in the industry.
The number of cooling towers used for industrial applications and HVAC systems in the United States was estimated at 500,000 to 600,000 towers in a report by Pacific Northwest Laboratory in 1995. Based on that value and the intervening years, we can extrapolate that the number of cooling towers worldwide can be estimated at 1.5 million.
When choosing which low temperature heat transfer fluid to use for your process, data such as density, viscosity and pour point need to be taken into consideration. In Process Cooling’s annual Cooling Capabilities Chart on Low Temperature Heat Transfer Fluids, we have compiled all of the data you need to choose a fluid for low temperature heat transfer fluid processes.
Summer — the season of family trips to national monuments, lazy days at the beach and camping — will soon be behind us. Besides the end of construction season for the northern one-third of the country, the seasons’ change brings us another welcome sight: tradeshow season.
One cooling tower equipment maker has developed a video series on best practices for installing its Marley NC cooling tower. Produced by SPX Cooling Technologies, the continuing video series includes four already-released episodes.
SPX Corp. completed the acquisition of SGS Refrigeration Inc. of Dixon, Ill. SGS manufactures and distributes industrial refrigeration products, including industrial evaporators and evaporative condensers, in the North American market.
The line of DSH scroll compressors from Danfoss has been qualified for use with R454B and R452B refrigerants, providing OEMs an alternative to R410A. The option to use lower-GWP refrigerants was prompted by the European Union’s ongoing phase-down of high GWP refrigerants, limiting availability and increasing the price of R410A.
ANSI/IIAR 7, “Developing Operating Procedures for Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems,” defines the minimum requirements for developing operating procedures for closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration systems. First issued in June 2013, work began on periodic maintenance of this standard in February 2017 and was completed in April 2019.
Dow and Modern Water Inc. announced a strategic partnership whereby Modern Water becomes a global distributor of Dow Optidose and Accent traceable test kits. The collaboration will expand Dow’s reach and offer customers direct access to the kit manufacturer and its monitoring capabilities.
A static pressure control system for older-model spiral freezers can help upgrade equipment operation, says its manufacturer. The SPCS from GEA instantly controls the airflow, which reduces frost buildup, increases productivity and improves product quality. Because the control system allows users to save energy, it offers a four-month return on investment, says GEA.
Total Olefins Antwerp upgraded its cooling equipment, replacing 12 existing cooling tower cells with six new units. Babcock & Wilcox subsidiary Spig S.p.A. handled the cooling tower upgrade project at the Antwerp, Belgium, production facility. It was undertaken to improve the plant’s performance, Spig says. The project was completed on schedule without disrupting the plant’s production capacity.
Emergent Cold signed an agreement under which it will acquire Melbourne, Australia-based Oxford Cold Storage. This acquisition complements the broader Emergent Cold strategy of creating a global network of cold chain businesses, says the company.
A method for freezing palletized product is seeing increased use in cold storage installations, says its manufacturer. QFM is designed to replace blast cells in new construction and retrofit of food production facilities.
Stellar completed an expansion to the Starbucks Soluble Coffee Facility in Augusta, Ga. The $121 million design-build project added 150,000 ft2 to the existing building, nearly doubling its original size to a total of about 325,000 ft2.
Netherlands-based NewCold opened a 180,000 ft2 cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho. The company’s second facility in the United States is utilizing advanced conveyance and stacking technology to load and store frozen food pallets.
Viking Cold Solutions installed eight thermal energy storage (TES) systems as part of a utility-backed demand management program in Massachusetts. The eight systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy on-site and do not require any additional real estate for the system components.
Series MM have food-grade wetted materials and a construction that enables clean-in-place (CIP) and sanitize-in-place (SIP) capabilities. The pump design incorporates soft redirections without rotating parts and shaft seals in the product chamber.
Factory engineered, mounted, piped and wired for open cooling towers, Smart Shield can be used to protect evaporative cooling water applications. The solid-chemistry, water treatment system provides controlled release and monitored release.
Combining wet and dry cooling, the TrilliumSeries optimizes energy and water savings for industrial refrigeration. When the ambient air is below the setpoint, the unit runs as a dry cooler to save water and energy.
BioSpray Tower will disinfect hard, nonporous surfaces, says the manufacturer. The EPA-registered disinfectant kills 99.9 percent of Legionella pneumophila when correctly applied to hard, nonporous surfaces like cooling towers.
The LCCS is an efficient central refrigeration system with a total system ammonia charge of approximately 1.5 to 3 pounds per ton of refrigeration, or 85 to 95 percent less than traditional central ammonia systems.