Manufacturing processes can produce adverse ambient conditions that can affect employees, production uptime and product quality. Using ancillary systems with production equipment can produce excess heat in the building, sometimes increasing the ambient temperature by 20°F (11°C) or more. These temperature fluctuations can create a difficult environment for employees as well as equipment.
Anyone in the industrial or wastewater industries knows that cooling towers are among the largest consumers of water. Even small towers use more than 105,000 ft3 (3,000 m3) of water per year. To put things in perspective, that is enough water for more than 200 households.
Steam is essential in the production of many consumables, including dairy products, processed foods, beverages, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Similar to compressed air, steam often is considered a utility or energy source — generated at a central location and then distributed to various points of use throughout the facility.
Engineers, end users, wholesalers, manufacturers and contractors involved in natural refrigeration using ammonia and carbon dioxide will gather, learn and share at the annual IIAR conference in Phoenix on March 3-6.
A manufacturer of engineered industrial fans and blowers added online ordering capabilities for replacement parts and manufactured components. The web service from New York Blower simplifies and streamlines ordering, reduces human error when requesting items, and speeds delivery, says the company.
In late January, Bitzer Nigeria and the Institute for Industrial Technology, a local refrigeration and air-conditioning training center in Lagos, Nigeria, celebrated a new partnership. Bitzer donated its Ecostar condensing units and other accessories to the institute.
Advanced Cooling Technologies (ACT) completed the acquisition of Parker Hannifin’s Precision Cooling Business (PCB), a supplier of pumped two phase cooling products for power electronics applications. All the PCB assets have been transferred to ACT’s Lancaster, Pa., facility and integrated into its Industrial Products Group.
The Wilson E. Bradley Research Center in Taneytown, Md., contains eight environmental chambers for testing equipment for industrial process cooling, high pressure refrigeration and low pressure refrigeration and components. Evapco Inc. says its 60,000 ft2 facility is among the largest of its type in the refrigeration industries.
A third-party study by Special Pathogens Laboratory, a CDC-ELITE facility, demonstrated that reactive oxygen species (ROS) ions were effective at achieving a 6-log reduction of Legionella Pneumophila in less than 10 seconds after reaching an ORP +650 mv.
Howden completed its move to a 35,000 ft2 service center in Houston to meet demand from the oil-and-gas market. The company will service centrifugal fans, cooling fans, air preheaters, reciprocating compressors, blowers, centrifugal compressors and screw compressors.
Goodway Technologies, Stamford, Conn., and SWEP have formed a partnership to offer descaling solutions for SWEP industrial heat exchangers to help processes maintain efficiency and optimal heat transfer.
The York YZ magnetic bearing centrifugal chiller won the 2019 AHR Expo Innovation Award in the Cooling category. Manufactured by Johnson Controls, the fully-optimized chiller is built with low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant to increase energy efficiency.
An indoor marijuana growing facility in Massachusetts purchased two 200-ton Tecochill chillers in anticipation of future expansion. The units, manufactured by Tecogen Inc., will ship in the first quarter and are expected to be operational in the second half of 2019. The order includes a maintenance contract that will be serviced out of Tecogen’s headquarters in Waltham, Mass.
Cloverleaf Cold Storage entered into an agreement to merge with Zero Mountain Inc. to become the fifth-largest cold storage warehouse in the United States. The combined business has approximately 140 million ft3 of capacity in nine states with a presence in all three major protein production corridors.
Jax Refrigeration provided a cool box room for the dehumidification systems on two tortilla-cooling rooms for Mission Foods, a provider of Mexican food products. Through its Jax Cool department, the company also installed insulated metal panels and doors at the food processing facility where tortillas are packaged.
The Denton Economic Development Partnership Board has recommended tax incentives for Tyson Foods if and when it builds a 350,000 ft2 storage and distribution center in the city, according to a local report. The company plans to build a highly automated distribution center that would employ 100 full-time workers.
Four workers at a cold storage facility in the Rakhial village of Dehgam taluka in Gandhinagar district in India died when an ammonia cylinder exploded, says The Times of India. According to local reports, those on the scene speculate that the incident occurred when the four were welding while gas started leaking from the cylinder.
A portable, clean-in-place pump system, Model GDS-100 is suited for larger descaling cleanings to remove limescale, calcium and mineral deposits, rust and other contaminants found on process manufacturing equipment.
If the Dräger Pac 8000 measures hazardous gas concentrations, it sets off an audible, visual and noticeable vibrating alarm. Two bright, ﬂashing LEDs on the top and bottom of the device ensure that the alarm is easily visible from all sides.
Designed for applications where a fine level of filtration is not required, Series ORC can be installed in parallel to handle larger flow rates. Perforated stainless steel screens are available with 3000, 5000 or 8000 micron openings.
Equipped with EtherNet/IP and BACnet communication capabilities, Model EPC3000 can help deliver an efficient and secure process, maintaining high standards of production and helping to ease cybersecurity concerns.
The design of the Novaplex Vector process triplex diaphragm pump reduces the installation footprint by arranging pump heads in three dimensions. The arrangement of the heads also reduces the number of crankshaft bearings from six to two, compared with traditional triplex pumps.
The batch processing feature is suited for OEMs and end users with thermal processes who seek to collect manufacturing part processing thermal data. The F4T or D4T with batch processing simplifies and automates data record entry and reports.
Designed for indoor, outdoor, remote and washdown applications that require a closed-loop system to protect electronics, PKS Series are designed for cooling industrial electrical and IT components that need dust protection.
The RHD Series has a continuous scraping action to enhance the mixing of viscous products. Its sealing system allows for the removal of individual tubes for cleaning or maintenance while offering increased strength.
Series GS-400 supports safety compliance inside of machinery rooms, mechanical equipment rooms, chiller plants, cold storage facilities and walk-in freezers by monitoring for refrigerant leaks for numerous gases, including HFCs, HFOs, HCFCs, CO2 and NH3 (ammonia).