Understanding Process Cooling
Process cooling is a critical requirement for cooling, refrigeration, heat extraction, and maintaining temperature during manufacturing or other processes. Process cooling systems, sometimes referred to as industrial cooling, are used in a variety of industries including petrochemical, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, plastics, and healthcare. Various systems operate at a wide range of temperatures – high, medium, low, or ultra-low – depending on the desired result. One of the most widely used process cooling systems is the 5C/41F used for most process air handlers, isolators, down flow booths, walk-in boxes and process heat exchangers. These systems typically operate at plus or minus one degree of set point. Because they are used in many critical applications, they are usually commissioned and validated. Process cooling systems run year round. Depending on their criticality, they are often safeguarded by redundant chillers and pumps and emergency power. They usually have a 10% high-grade glycol mix as well as sophisticated instrumentation to monitor pressure, flow and temperature.
Lower temperature process cooling systems are used for a wide variety of applications such as lyopholization (freeze drying), liquid nitrogen freezers or heat exchangers, and MRI equipment, whose superconductor magnets must be cooled to -200c to -600c for maximum performance. For ultra-low temperature requirements, cryogenic chiller technology, which uses liquid nitrogen or helium for cooling, is often used. Other uses for low- and ultra-low temperature process cooling include freezing food, blood and cell storage, and underground power transmission. These systems require specialty chillers, piping, instruments and insulation because of the extreme cold and its effects on materials.
As opposed to comfort cooling, process and industrial cooling require an advanced skill set and understanding, not only for the differing temperatures and physics behind the technology, but for the refrigeration knowledge of low discharge and suction parameters required to achieve low temperatures. MSC got its start in process cooling for vapor recovery systems in the petrochemical industry over thirty-five years ago, and our technicians are exceptionally well-versed and experienced in this area. For more information about process cooling, please call MSC at 973-884-5000.
About MSC - The Go To Guys
We are a service sub-specialist in the technical intricacies of HVAC, process cooling, and building automation systems in commercial, industrial, and institutional environments. MSC is recognized as the leading industry expert in solving elusive problems and attaining peak performance from clients’ mechanical equipment and overall systems.
Located in northern New Jersey, MSC is the only specialized contractor of our kind in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. We are MSCA STAR-qualified, NEBB-certified, fully-licensed in electrical, plumbing and HVAC, and our engineers and technicians are the most knowledgeable in our field.
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