Manufacturers are under continual pressure to control costs without affecting operations or worker comfort and safety. Because energy ranks as one of the largest operating expenses, improving energy efficiency of mechanical cooling systems is one of the best ways to reduce operating costs. In a typical water-cooled chiller plant, the chiller itself accounts for most of the energy consumption. That’s why improving chiller efficiency is critical to controlling operating costs.
The temperature of wine must be kept stable throughout its production and storage in order to ensure final product quality that is acceptable for distribution and sale, and so cooling systems are an integral component of wine production. In wineries, the entire harvest can be destroyed by a temperature fluctuation during processing or storage, leading to catastrophic consequences for wineries.
Mars is that much closer. The journey toward new human exploration missions beyond Earth’s orbit took a major step forward on June 28 with the successful completion of the second and final qualification test of a five-segment rocket motor for NASA’s heavy-lift Space Launch System (SLS). The motor manufacturer, Orbital ATK, based in Dulles, Va., recently confirmed the QM-2 motor performed as designed.
The Smardt Chiller Group has manufacturing operations in North America, Asia Pacific, China and Europe. Our main North American plant and headquarters is in Dorval (Quebec) complemented by our Plattsburgh (New York) plant which serves government and other clients requiring a “Made in the U.S.A.” certificate. Asia Pacific manufacturing is done in Melbourne (Australia) and we have launched a manufacturing plant in Guangzhou to serve China. The European market is served out of our plant in Stuttgart (Germany). North America and Asia Pacific make up 80% of our business with the balance coming from Europe and China –which are our fastest-growing geographies.
While the chiller is the heart of a chilled water system, its support system of components and controls are equally critical to maintain and manage to ensure the highest system efficiency levels are attained. Emphasis is often placed on the chiller since it is the most visible and typically the highest energy element of a chilled water system. Yet, if you look beyond the flanges, there’s an opportunity to improve delivery of chilled water to the airside or process loads and maximize system efficiency.
Plastics processors are looking to advanced process cooling equipment to lower operational costs, and in many cases, improve the quality of products and achieve sustainability goals. But it’s more than just a matter of finding a better mousetrap and putting systems to work. Instead, it requires a keen understanding of the processes involved, followed by the design and installation of advanced technology in combination with the right process cooling systems matched to a company’s goals.
Intelligent process cooling describes an approach to cooling in beverage production and packaging that moves beyond evaporative cooling towers and the use of traditional central chiller systems that rely on ammonia as a refrigerant. Unlike traditional methods, it intelligently matches process cooling systems to individual cooling loads without an evaporative process or the use of ammonia to gain verifiably better results in energy efficiency, water use, and safety.
What do the beginnings of innovative businesses have in common? Certainly abstract attributes like creativity, intelligence and dedication all play a part, but in many cases the origins of great businesses have another, more concrete thing in common — a garage. Amazon, for instance, was originally founded by Jeff Bezos in his garage. Walt and Roy Disney made some of their first animated films in their uncle’s garage. And, last but not least, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne designed the first Apple computer in a garage.
It’s been more than a decade since oil-free magnetic bearing centrifugal compressors hit the HVAC market. With unheard-of part-load energy efficiency and zero oil-related maintenance, these ultra-quiet machines are totally sustainable because there is no oil to change the heat transfer rates in the heat exchangers. Now there are more than 35,000 of them out there logging over 55 million run-hours, and all of them have an initial cost premium.
Pepco Energy Services’ (PES) Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) in Atlantic City, New Jersey, sells chilled water and steam to multiple Atlantic City casinos, Boardwalk Hall and Pier Shops. PES is also responsible for stand-alone remote heating and cooling plants for the Atlantic City’s major casino’s as well as the Atlantic City Convention Center including its 2.4 Mw solar array.