Whether it is a food manufacturer following a plant ammonia leak, a food supplier relocating its freezer to a largeån — can disrupt business as usual. Companies in the process industries should consider their cooling and cold storage needs before demand strikes to keep their businesses thriving and minimize losses.
The importance of cold storage for certain chemical products, particularly organic peroxides, hit the headlines in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. When a plant outside Houston was flooded and lost power, it also lost its cold storage for the organic peroxide products produced at the site.
Industrial process cooling equipment such as cooling towers or chillers can corrode before they are installed or while they are temporarily laid up for the season. This is especially so if equipment is exposed to harsh outdoor conditions during shipping or storage.
Industrial buildings are good candidates for evaporative cooling. The facilities are typically quite large — with tens of thousands of square feet — and often have high roof structures (more than 30 feet) to provide crane clearance, manufacturing equipment clearance and racking systems.
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A technique that substituted a reusable liquid refrigerant in place of evaporative-water cooling towers when outside temperatures are low enough to make that feasible earned Sandia National Laboratories engineers and others a Department of Energy environmental award.
A test code for air-cooled fluid coolers — more commonly referred to as dry coolers — has been published by Houston-based Cooling Technology Institute. Its application is limited to the sensible cooling of water, aqueous glycol solutions and other homogeneous, single-phase process fluids. ATC-105DS applies to testing in both field and laboratory settings.
A large containerboard mill located in southern Mississippi needed to replace the cooling tower used for its electrical rooms, along with an additional tower that supplied comfort air to the building’s offices. Both were the classic metal-clad design framed with wood and were beginning to disintegrate.
The Vertex evaporative condenser reduces installation costs by 30 percent, says the manufacturer. The evaporative condenser design allows the upper part to be aligned to the lower section in less than 15 minutes per cell.
Opteon XL41 (R-454B) refrigerant, a low global warming potential (GWP) replacement for R-410A, was selected by Johnson Controls for its York YLAA scroll chiller platform in Europe. Reasons cited for the selection include Opteon XL41’s capacity ranging of 190 to 530 kW.
Danfoss acquired AAIM Controls Inc., a supplier of custom-designed regulation and control automation solutions for the industrial refrigeration market. The acquisition helps position Danfoss position as a systems provider within industrial refrigeration, says the company.
Lineage Cool Port Oakland (Cool Port), a cold storage and logistics facility set on 25 acres in Oakland, Calif., will serve as a hub for temperature-controlled cargo transitioning through Northern California. It includes 20,000 pallet positions, three blast cells and a 100,000 ft2, high-cube, multi-temperature storage environment.
Design-build firm A M King completed the first baking facility for London-based Bakkavor in the United States. The plant, in Charlotte, N.C., supplies prepared foods to local and regional grocery chains.
Mycom screw compressor packages include Mypro Touch+ control panel. Features such as a simple icon menu interface, touchpanel control and USB interface simplify compressor control. The control panel can monitor, control and display basic system equipment such as compressor vibration sensors, motor RTD temperatures, vessel levels or chillers.
Line of industrial refrigeration products leverages the company’s experience with CO2 in the commercial market for industrial use. The new products are intended to support the effort to reduce ammonia in the cold storage space.
Rather than blasting cold air at food product and hoping some airflow gets to the center of the pallet stacks, QuickFreeze uses patented technology to pull air through the product for fast, consistent and predictable freezing, says the company.