The case for keeping cool and reducing costs, without traditional air conditioning
16 February 2017
A Derbyshire electronics firm is no longer counting the costs of keeping cool, after installing an evaporative cooling system that allows them to keep servicing clients in the face of sweltering temperatures.
Kingfield required cooling to reduce internal temperatures from more than 30°C in the summer - even when the outside temperature was 15 degrees lower.
To address the issue, the micro-electronics manufacturer decided to install five Breezair TBS580 Evaporative Coolers, resulting in the inside temperature dropping to more comfortable working conditions of 20°C.
While the aim was to reduce the heat load within the factory, the management quickly realized that the product’s ability to reach the right level of relative humidity had other very significant impacts on their operations.
In fact, higher humidity in the air minimized electrostatic discharge during manufacture, which lessened component failure in assembly.
“We’re glad we discovered an efficient cooling system such Breezair, which helped us improve the working conditions inside the plant, reducing running costs at the same time,” said Mr Darren Dooley, Production Manager at Kingfield.
“We’re keen to grow our business and install more electronic assembly machines: if this happens and we need to install additional coolers, we’ll be sure to opt for Breezair.”
Evaporative cooling is fast becoming the most efficient option when cooling large areas. Air conditioning is not such a viable option because in warehouses or industrial plants the capital and running costs would be extremely prohibitive.
Mr Sam Peli, General Manager Sales Europe, Africa and Middle East of Seeley International, the manufacturer of Breezair, explains:
“Most industries with high heat loads, such as printing, ceramics, glass, rubber or electronics, have no cooling system installed, and this impacts on the workers’ morale, productivity, and health.
“In cases where businesses have traditional cooling systems installed, they rely on recirculating the air in the indoor space, and that stale air can contain fumes and germs.
"Crucially, premises such as warehouses or big storage rooms, especially when dealing with food and pharmaceutical products, have specific temperature requirements.”
In these environments, Direct Evaporative Cooling could be the right solution because it doesn’t use chemical refrigerants to cool the air.
It operates with a water pump to supply water to the wetted media where evaporation occurs and electrical power for the fan that then pushes the air inside the building.
Breezair is the best example of evaporative cooling on the market. Available in different ranges to meet customers’ needs and 100% manufactured in Australia, it is famous worldwide for unbeatable quality and performance.
Kingfield is just one example of numerous UK companies that have put their trust in Breezair for evaporative cooling, and joins printing facilities, manufacturing industries, automotive assembly lines and showrooms, ceramics, food industries, and warehouses.
Often commercial or industrial buildings have small spaces that are hot and uncomfortable to work in. These hot spots can be caused by heat from machines, manufacturing processes, or trapped hot air behind large glass windows.
Frequently these spaces are not just hotter than the surrounding interior areas of the building, but hotter than the external conditions too.
A better, more intelligent solution, is to use Breezair Evaporative Air Cooling to blanket the hot spot with a flow of cool, high velocity, fresh air, designed to impact your workers whenever they are in that hot location: this is called “Spot Cooling”.
Another award-winning solution developed by Seeley International to help companies with heat management is Climate Wizard.
The Indirect Evaporative Cooler still relies on cooling the air with evaporation of water. Via a heat exchanger, the air cooled from evaporation is separated by the air supplied to the space. Thanks to this innovation, the air supplied is colder and no moisture is added.
Climate Wizard can be used as a stand-alone solution or in conjunction with a traditional air conditioner, to pre-cool the air and resulting in the consumption of the traditional unit being dramatically reduced, returning a consistent saving in running costs.
With over 40 years of experience in evaporative cooling products, Seeley International is committed to innovation and excellence.
To support innovation at Seeley International, the company has an “Imagineering” group which includes many of the 50 engineers employed by the company. They meet regularly to discuss revolutionary, “over-the- horizon” product innovations, which have received many industry accolades.
Confirming Seeley International’s leadership in the market, and commitment to energy saving solutions, the company has been accredited by CIBSE to run CPD (Continuing Professional Development) seminars to engineers, which showcase the three main types of adiabatic (evaporative) cooling systems available: direct, indirect and sub-wet bulb.
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