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How to Make Your Chiller System Last Long

CHILLER

Many businesses rely on OEM chillers to produce, store and sell perishable items continuously. However, operating and maintaining your equipment can be tricky especially since they're on 24/7. Many factors affect your chiller system’s performance, and if you want to get the value that you paid for it, then there are ways to get it to work efficiently and make it last longer.

Keep a Daily Chiller Diary for Every Shift

Record your chiller’s operating conditions every day or work shift to see if it’s working in top shape. Temperature, fluid levels, and other factors are important determinants of your chiller’s performance and must be in your daily report. If you see a trend with the values that you record, then expect some issues with your machine.

Clean Regularly

Dirt can decrease the performance of your OEM chiller, so it is essential to clean it daily. Also, consistent and day-to-day cleans will help your chiller transfer heat efficiently. Also, watch out for the accumulation of contaminants along your chiller’s condenser tubes to ensure optimal performance.

Monitor Refrigerant

Your chiller must move refrigerant through your compressor adequately to make it cool down faster. Pay attention to leaks and increased condensation because this means that you may need to refill your coolant. Also, when the refrigerant is low, your compressor works hard double time, significantly decreasing your chiller’s efficiency and service span.

Watch out for Corrosion

Monitoring water quality can help give you an idea about your chiller’s corrosion. Pooling water can become stagnant, and breed bacteria and foul odor so treat your condenser loops for water quality regularly.

Monitor Water Flow

Maintain water flow at ideal levels within your tubings to keep your chiller working efficiently and help you save on energy. Watch out for noises and vibration which could indicate that your flow rate is decreasing. The ideal amount of flow rate is at 3FPS. Anything below or more than that can cause your chiller to break down.

Schedule regular maintenance or your chiller. Professional OEM chiller manufacturers can provide you with the right systems that you need and help you maintain and determine potential problems that you might miss upon daily inspection later on. Also, when your system is working poorly, your operations and profitability could suffer because it could result in spoilage or worse, purchase of new equipment.

Choosing the Right Laser Machine Chillers

chiller High-powered lasers produce tremendous amounts of heat. That heat can impede performance if not properly monitored. Excess heat must be removed from the system so that overheating doesn't occur, thereby damaging critical components. All types of lasers, from excimer lasers to solid-state and dye lasers, rely on liquid cooling to remove excess heat. Choosing the appropriate laser machine chillers is vital to maintaining a precise laser wavelength, keeping an optimum beam quality, and diminishing heat stress on the laser system. Here are a few things to consider when looking at laser water chillers.

Recirculating Chillers

Readily, commercially available, recirculating chillers are convenient for any laser system. As a closed-loop system, they're more environmentally friendly and cost-effective than any system that uses tap water, and they provide a constant flow to the system without any diminishing of the coolant's quality. Though keep in mind, it's important that the pressure is maintained as too much water pressure can result in vibrations in the laser head.

Liquid-to-Liquid Cooling

Transferring to facility water via a liquid-to-liquid heat exchanger, the temperature can be accurately maintained, making the liquid-to-liquid cooling system (LCS) an ideal choice for any system where high heat load, or excessive ambient temperature applications have a nearby facility where chilled water can be utilized. This is a perfect option for any laboratory with several large lasers in operation.

Ambient Cooling

An ideal alternative to refrigerated chillers where extreme accuracy in temperature control is not required, ambient cooling simply relies on the heat moving from the water circulating through the laser system and coming into contact with the outside environment. While not providing temperature stability, they are a cost-effective alternative to the more sophisticated chillers.

Cold Plates and Heat Exchangers

Important elements in liquid cooling loops, cold plates work best when combined with a recirculating chiller. Heat exchangers play an important role in many types of cooling systems. Oftentimes, manufacturers would rather obtain heat exchangers themselves so they can connect them to their own pumps and reservoirs.

To keep high-powered lasers operating at peak performance, they require cooling. The beam quality, the precision of the laser's wavelength, and the laser's high-output efficiency often require the finest in machine chillers, so you'll want to be sure to choose the right one.

Different Types of Medical Process Chillers

chiller Medical equipment needs to be maintained at an optimal temperature to perform efficiently. The equipment can generate tremendous amounts of heat, so it's very important that there is machinery on hand to counteract that heat, so the equipment can run as it's intended. Medical process chillers are required to keep the equipment functioning properly. Whether you're researching Filtrine medical chillers, or Riedel medical chillers, here are some examples of medical process chillers and the challenges they will encounter.

Open Loop Chillers

Open loop chillers rely on a water source for cooling, instead of air. This means there is less energy required for operation, and they can be a smaller size since there is no fan required. Their smaller surface area makes them ideal for CT scans, and MRI machines, and makes them more conducive with the world of pharmaceuticals.

In-Line Chillers

Relying on a remote water tank and operating via a nearby pump sending fluid under pressure with an evaporator inside the chiller, in-line chillers are perfect for CT scans and any other job that requires the pump near the tank.

Drop-In Coolers

In this type of chiller, there is a controller which monitors the temperature of the fluid within the tank and regulates the temperature so that it is constant and safe. The drop-in chillers sit on top of a tank and rely on the cool fluid in an evaporator coil that is submerged within the tank and circulates throughout to maintain proper cooling.

Closed-Loop Coolers

Perfect for PET scans and x-ray machines, closed-loop coolers rely on coolant that is circulated from a tank that resides within the cooler. The coolant is transported through a sealed loop where it gives off heat before returning to the tank. A controller is on hand to maintain the appropriate temperature, and to sense if there are any variations in the coolant.

MRI machines, CT scanners, and PET scanners create surplus heat that can impede their operations and even shut them down. Medical process chillers not only keep the machinery running, but keep them running at maximum efficiency.

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