Industrial Utility Efficiency    

The System Assessment


This article contains pieces from an audit report developed for a fish processing plant located in


The temperature of wine must be kept stable throughout its production and storage in order to


Heat recovery opportunities have resulted in the largest amount of savings of our common projects


Long known as water hogs, resistance welders are widely used in factories that manufacture products


Industrial plants are major consumers of water. Water is used in many processes. Sustainability


Industrial cooling and refrigeration equipment used in manufacturing and environmental control rely


Chiller & Cooling Best Practices interviewed Gregory Rhames, Asset Reliability Manager/Energy

Plastics and Rubber

Controlled cooling is an essential part of manufacturing polyethylene stretch film.  The

Oil & Gas

Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine interviewed Paul Heston (General Manager) and Tom
Cooling towers may contain a variety of combustible material, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fill, fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) casing, fan stacks, fan decks, fan blades, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polypropylene nozzles, as well as wood and fiberglass structural components. Functioning cooling towers may also contain dry areas that could catch on fire when water flow is temporarily suspended during maintenance, or repairs involving electrical work or welding. In addition, fire damage in cooling towers can extend to the tower’s adjacent cells and to nearby buildings or equipment.
Industrial cooling and refrigeration equipment used in manufacturing and environmental control rely heavily on water to either cool, or otherwise regulate product or formulation temperature during processing. While such equipment can appear to function efficiently without input of truly pure water, the unknown cumulative build-up of scale and corrosion would be costly due to high maintenance, related damage, reduced efficiency, and ultimately, premature equipment failure.
The Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) connects scientists from the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and industry to find solutions to major scientific and medical challenges. With one of the nation’s largest collections of high-resolution instruments, they look inside cells and manipulate molecules. IBBR researchers have figured out the molecular structure of proteins, unraveled the protein interactions involved in autoimmune disorders and discovered possible countermeasures for antibiotic resistance.