About Us


Focus on Industrial Utility Efficiency

The mission of Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine is to help Energy Managers create Industrial Energy Savings and Water Reduction Projects.

Green Leaf iconOur content strategy is to provide Energy Managers with “Win/Win” project ideas and instructions. Content is provided to us by expert Energy Auditors and Energy Managers active in the field. These projects are focused on industrial manufacturing and process environments. In our definition, “Win/Win” projects provide attractive profits for the Company and for the Environment.

“Partial-mode free-cooling is made possible by separating the chiller and free-cooling systems – each heat exchanger sets using their own fans. In the partial free-cooling mode, the system starts to “free” cool when the ambient temperature is 3.6 °F below the fluid inlet temperature. Water is routed via a three-way valve first to the free-cooler and then it goes to the chiller. The controller automatically reduces the work of the compressors by throttling the cooling capacity by controlling the 3-way valve (which controls where the inlet water goes). During the transitional months of Fall and Spring, free-cooling acts as a pre-cooler and significantly reduces the work (and energy consumption) of the chiller.” (Don Joyce, “Innovative MTA Free-Cooling Chiller Systems.”)

The MTA Aries Free-cooling Chiller Systems

Content for Energy Teams

Industry has launched Sustainability Programs and Energy Management is an important component.  Energy Teams, with one representative per plant, are focusing on reducing the kWh and water consumption of their facilities. We interview Corporate Energy Managers in feature articles so that Energy Teams may learn from their experiences.

“No plant is the same, but the average tape plant has plastic extruder motors and electric heated dyes as the largest energy consumers. Other consumers are chilled water (20%), compressed air (3%) and lighting (1%). “(2014 Interview article with Michael Jones, Corporate Energy Team Leader, Intertape Polymer Group).

Intertape Polymer Group

Mike Jones, Doug Nalette, ENERGY STAR representative, and David Bennett from Intertape Polymer Group.

Our Team

Rod SmithRoderick Smith - Publisher
Roderick Smith is the Co-Publisher of Chiller & Cooling Best Practices® Magazine. Mr. Smith worked as an executive in the compressed air industry from 1992 to 2006. Seven of those years were spent developing business in Spain and Germany. Mr. Smith serves as the Editor and Sales Manager of Chiller & Cooling Best Practices® Magazine.
Patricia Smith - Publisher
Patricia Smith is the Co-Publisher of Cooling Best Practices® Magazine. Mrs. Smith is responsible for the Operations, Online Products and General Administration of Smith Onandia Communications LLC.
Anna Buzzelli - Graphic Design
Anna Buzzelli serves as the graphic designer of Compressed Air Best Practices magazine®, Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine, and Blower & Vacuum Best Practices Magazine. She has been designing for the publication and formatting the magazine since its inception.
Clare Heinl - Circulation & Events Assistant Manager
Clare Heinl serves as the Circulation Manager of Chiller & Cooling Best Practices magazine. She has a Masters Degree in Sustainability and is Google Analytics certified.
Kimberly Hill - Sustainability Events & Operations Manager
Kimberly Hill serves as the Sustainability Events & Operations Manager for Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science as well as a Master of Business Administration.
  Bill Smith - Digital Content Specialist
Bill Smith serves as a Associate Content Manager for Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine. He has Bachelor’s Degrees in Digital & Print Journalism, and Spanish.
Patty Mackey - Circulation & Events Assistant Manager
Patty Mackey serves as Circulation Specialist for Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine and Events Coordinator. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Troy Dreier - Senior Editor
Troy Dreier serves as a Senior Editor for Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine®. He has a MFA in Creative Writing and has been an editor since 1991.
Brooke Jones - Digital Content Editor
Brooke Jones serves as the Digital Content Editor for Chiller & Cooling Best Practices Magazine. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Public Relations.