Compressors, often referred to as the heart of the refrigeration cycle, are typically the largest energy consumers. Condensers fill the role of rejecting heat from a refrigerated space to the atmosphere by condensing the refrigerant.
Design-build companies provide single-source responsibility for all aspects of a project. For users of process cooling, the design-build approach means that single supplier — with a team consisting of architects, refrigeration engineers, designers and contracting field engineers, among others — helps eliminate overlap in design and construction phases, streamlining project completion. In addition, the processor has a single supplier that takes full responsibility for the project from conception to completion.
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.
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.
Food processors that own or plan to own properties in states susceptible to earthquakes need to familiarize themselves with the Earthquake Building Rating System, says design, engineering, construction and mechanical services contractor Stellar.
Looking for an article you recall seeing in the pages of Process Cooling but don't remember which issue? Our index of articles can help you find it.
November 18, 2015
As Process Cooling wraps up another year of serving industrial processors who use cooling equipment and supplies, its editorial staff offers readers this handy reference guide to the feature articles published in 2015.