The coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes have reshaped how we live and how we do business. Though the situation is fluid as conditions continue to change, manufacturing remains an essential business in many locations. Maintaining the supply chain and access to necessary equipment will help support essential manufacturing operations. To that end, Process Cooling will report on any developments relating to industrial process and equipment cooling here.
Cold Chain Technologies (CCT), a global provider of reusable and single-use passive thermal packaging solutions for the shipment of temperature-sensitive products for the life sciences industry, opened a facility in Lebanon, Tenn., that will support the needs for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
Cold Summit Development launched a 343,000 ft2 multi-tenant cold-storage facility, Cold Summit Dallas, in Dallas, Texas. The $60 million project will include state-of-the-art refrigeration technology and a 50’ clear height. Construction is anticipated to start immediately with completion scheduled for September 2021.
One issue with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is that it needs to be stored at -94°F, which is problematic when it comes to storage. One possible solution to the problem is Dippin’ Dots, the pelletized ice-cream treat. How? The company operates freezers that get as cold as -122°F, making them suitable for vaccine storage.
COVID-19 vaccine candidates being developed by Moderna Inc. and BioNTech and Pfizer Inc. will require stringent standards for refrigeration, according to a story on MarketWatch. Such requirements could hinder how they are distributed.
Facility managers are responsible for keeping their plants and buildings as safe as possible. This includes mitigating and preventing the contamination of cooling towers from dirt, bacteria and other dangers. COVID-19’s impact on sources such as cooling towers and HVAC systems is still being researched. However, cooling towers are a common source for the growth of infectious bacteria such as Legionella.
Chillventa, the Nuremberg, Germany-based biennial event that is one of the largest HVAC&R trade shows in the world, has been postponed until 2022, with a digital event now scheduled to take place on the original dates, October 13-15, 2020.
Looking for ways to earn professional development hours or continuing education credits despite the travel limitations imposed by COVID-19? The continuing education center for thermal processing, developed jointly by the thermal brands of BNP Media, offers courses specifically focused on industrial thermal processing.
According to research conducted by Clear Seas Research for the period April 16-20, 56 percent of active business and 50 percent of planned business throughout the manufacturing industry is still on schedule during the coronavirus pandemic.
Currently, it is thought that the novel coronavirus causing outbreaks of COVID-19 worldwide is not a significant risk of contaminating industrial cooling towers. Little research has been completed to date, however.
The president of the world’s largest cold storage supplier said its warehouses in the United Kingdom could soon run out of room. Mike McClendon of Lineage Logistics said the company’s 15 facilities are more than 90 percent full.