Summer heat may have come to an end (in some areas), but air conditioning systems are a necessary need year round for a number of industrial and commercial applications. Unlike the air conditioning unit you’d find at your home, large office building and industrial plants require a much larger scale A/C machine. In many cases, these air circulation and conditioning machines function with heavy duty chillers or cooling towers, and that requires extra care and monitoring to keep them running in good condition.
Cryogenics and Refrigeration
Cryogenics is a type of science that deals with the production and effects of extremely low temperatures typically produced through the Joule-Thomson effect. This is a process that utilizes temperature, volume, and even pressure to create these low temperatures. In order for temperatures to be considered cryogenic, they need to be at least -1000C, however, there is disagreement being that according to some other sources they must go as low as -1500C. At these temperatures, gases turn into liquid with the ability to serve many different purposes.
The CDC estimates that every year roughly 48 million Americans gets sick from a foodborne illness. These illnesses are abundant but thankfully preventable, which is why food and beverage manufacturers follow rigorous equipment cleaning and sanitizing regimens. There are countless cleaning and sanitizing systems, so ChemTec created the 500 Bypass Series. This highly customizable flow monitor allows manufacturers to maintain high standards with excellent ease of use.
Since the invention of “resistance welding” in 1886 by Elihu Thomson, welding has been an ever-evolving process that has forever changed the manufacturing industry. At the conclusion of 2016, it continues to show no signs of slowing down. The welding industry continues to be a highly competent and cost-effective method for joining metals and non-metals, including plastics and composites.
Lasers were once a spotlight for science fiction, but now they are streamlining the manufacturing industry. Recent projections are now showing “Fiber Laser Cutting” is on the rise and expected to now become a key player in the Ultra Hard Material Cutting Machine market, which is expected to be a 1.8 billion dollar industry by 2024.
Hospitals employ sophisticated equipment incorporating complex fluid handling and monitoring systems. This is because liquids and gases are used extensively to prepare devices and instruments for use, for cooling, heating, and for taking on essential bodily functions. Whenever fluids are pumped and filtered there’s a risk of leaks and blockage. Either will cause abnormal flows, and in the biomedical sector such failures can have serious consequences. Here’s an overview of four places where it’s important to know correct flow rates are being maintained.
Most problems start out small, and if spotted early, can fixed without too much expense. But leave them a while and the consequences escalate dramatically. Early detection stops small problems becoming much larger, and reduces waste.
Metal casting and plastic molding are near-net shape manufacturing processes. Liquid material fills a die, solidifies and is ejected. A few quick finishing operations later and a precision part is ready for shipping or assembly. The key to making money though is doing this quickly. Molding and casting machines are expensive, as are the dies, so throughput and utilization must be maximized. That means chilling the filled die as fast as possible, and that takes sophisticated cooling systems.
With supply exceeding demand, producing the silicon panels for photovoltaic (PV) power generation has been an intensely competitive business for several years. There are however reports that a turnaround is underway. Solar industry observers like Greentech Media (GTM) state that with capacity growing only slowly, manufacturers are beginning to see signs of better margins ahead.
For most of us, the air we breathe is cleaner now than it was a decade ago. That’s good news, but it does depend on where you live. The American Lung Association’s (ALA) 2015 “State of the Air” report says, “Nearly 138.5 million people—almost 44 percent of the nation—live where pollution levels are too often dangerous to breathe.” The situation is especially bad in the western USA, with many urban areas in California suffering high levels of air pollution.