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Industrial Chillers

From Design to the Deal: Drake Custom Chillers a Slam Dunk for Strogen’s Service Experts

Strogen’s Service Experts offers heating and air conditioning installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout the Rochester, NH area. Led by General Manager Mike Strogen, Strogen’s large skilled team delivers exceptional quality and on-time service in every season, including providing 24/7 on-call emergency response. Beyond contributing to creating comfortable and cozy places to live and work, Strogen’s dedicates its resources to improving the community by supporting life-changing initiatives, including Make-A-Wish® Foundation and North American food pantries.

When a customer approached Strogen’s, requesting an industrial chiller to help them manufacture materials for car filters, N95 masks, and other essential goods, Mike considered his options. This project demanded high levels of engineering skill and expertise, and according to Mike, “Our previous chiller supplier wasn’t equipped to implement the precise customizations we needed.” Having worked with Sales Manager Travis Reighard and the Drake team on a successful project a few years ago, Mike knew precisely where to turn, reaching out to Travis for an initial phone discussion.

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8 Industrial Chiller Applications

Industrial chillers use process cooling to funnel heat away from industrial equipment to keep it going strong. Whether air- or water-cooled, their hard-working and high-performance capabilities provide the ideal cooling solution for many industrial chiller applications:  

  1. Beer brewing
  2. Dairy milk processing
  3. Food processing
  4. Medical equipment
  5. Cannabis extraction
  6. Refrigeration
  7. Low-temperature applications
  8. Industrial manufacturing

Keep reading to learn more about how industrial chillers keep process equipment cool in these applications.

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Cannabis

Top 3 Cannabis Extraction Methods

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Cannabis extraction removes active ingredients cannabinoid and terpene from the cannabis plant, often using a solvent. Solvent-based extraction dissolves unwanted compounds to yield a more refined and potent form of cannabis for edibles, beverages, topicals, or direct consumption. As the cannabis industry continues to explode, growers are continually evaluating which solvents and extraction methods produce the best results.

In this article, we’ll cover the following top three solvent-based cannabis extraction methods in 2021, highlighting the benefits and considerations for each one:

  1. Supercritical CO2
  2. Hydrocarbon
  3. Ethanol

Continue reading to learn more about these solvent-based extraction methods and how you can use them to enhance your operation.

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Brewery

Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. Doubled Operations Thanks to Custom Drake Chiller Solutions

Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. Custom Chiller and brite tanks

Located in Philadelphia at Market at the Fareway, Chestnut Hill Brewing Co. is a popular microbrewery with a taproom and beer garden currently offering approximately eight draft beers and delicious food to their loyal patrons. Owner and brewer, Nick Gunderson, prides himself on inventing and creating an ever-evolving lineup of small-batch beer made from fresh ingredients. His favorite beer they offer? Chestnut Hill’s very own west-coast style IPA.

A couple years ago, Nick decided it was time to upgrade his brewing equipment from a 2-barrel to a 5-barrel system with six fermenters and six brite tanks. This decision allowed him to increase the brewery’s monthly output to sixty kegs. First on the list of equipment upgrades was a new industrial-grade custom brewery chiller that could keep up with an increasingly sophisticated brewing process.

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What is the Best Chiller for Cannabis Grow Rooms?

Cannabis Grow Room Inspector

There’s no doubt about it: cannabis cultivation is a growing sector of the cannabis industry. According to the 2020 State of the Industry Report by Cannabis Business Times, 21% of research participants said they plan to add at least 80,000 square feet of cannabis grow room space in the next two years. Additionally, the number of participants expanding to two or more grow sites jumped from 32% to 41% between 2016 and 2020, further punctuating the trend toward larger and more facilities. These are just some of the key factors that indicate a thriving cannabis cultivation market.

If you’re one of the many producers looking to outfit your cannabis grow room with the best chiller for maximum yield, this article is for you. In it, we’ll explain what to look for in a cannabis chiller.

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Chiller Systems Industrial Chillers

How Choosing the Right Industrial Chillers Can Save Money and Stop Leaks

Industrial Chiller

Refrigerant leaks can wreak havoc on industrial chillers, reducing the load capacity and performance so much that your equipment may lose the essential cooling required to run smoothly. Refrigerant leaks are prevalent among older chillers, which are prone to losing 2-15% of refrigerant annually. In comparison, high-efficiency systems expertly manufactured and equipped with specialized pressure vessels and seals can drop the loss rate to as low as 0.1% per year.

This post will explain how we ensure industrial chillers are primed for optimal performance throughout their useful life. We’ll also provide a few pointers for detecting signs of refrigerant leaks and how you can keep your chiller going strong.

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Medical

What Gas Refrigerants Do Medical Chillers Use?

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Just like an air-conditioning unit uses refrigerant to cool the air, medical chillers use refrigerant to cool fluid used in medical equipment processing. If you’re looking for medical chillers for your imaging or medical facility, this article will outline the different types of gas refrigerants available to keep your lifesaving equipment running strong. First, we’ll start with a definition of medical chillers and outline a few of their primary field applications.

What are medical chillers?

Medical chillers are specialized industrial process chillers that use air, water, or a split configuration to keep medical equipment processes cool. With year-round cooling capability, temperature accuracy, reliability, and energy efficiency, medical chillers are designed specifically for optimal performance and uptime.

Medical chillers are used for many types of imaging and other equipment, including:

  • MRI machines
  • CT scanners
  • Linear accelerators (LINAC)
  • Laboratory reagents
  • Pharmaceutical equipment

Learn more about the types of medical chillers available to equip your imaging or other medical equipment on our website.

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Everything You Want to Know About Glycol Chillers

What is a glycol chiller? What are the advantages? Is it safe for food and beverages? What about energy efficiency? If you’re considering a glycol chiller for your industrial process cooling needs, you may have many unanswered questions. This article will answer these and other frequently asked questions to help you make the best decision for your needs.

To start, let’s get down to basics with a brief definition of a glycol chiller.

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Chiller Systems

What is the Role of Each Chiller Component in the Cooling Process?

Water-Cooled Industrial Chiller

Whether air- or water-cooled, industrial chillers work the same way as other refrigeration systems built into your home, refrigerator, and car. However, instead of keeping your environment and food cool, they chill water or glycol to keep your industrial processes cool. The cooling effect works by cycling refrigerant through the chiller system, with various temperature and pressure changes happening at every stage. In this article, we’ll review the components of chillers and outline the unique role they play during each of the five cooling phases.

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Cannabis Chiller Systems Process Chillers

What is the Best Chiller for Cannabis Extraction?

Cannabis Laboratory

Whether your facility runs on ethanol, CO2, hydrocarbon, butane honey oil (BHO), or another solvent, selecting the best chiller for your operation will help ensure product quality and prevent damage. How do you know which cannabis chiller is right for your cannabis operation? In this post, we’ll cover the must-have features to look for when selecting the best chiller for CBD, THC, CBN, and other cannabinoid extraction in a high-volume facility.

When selecting a cannabis chiller for effective compound extraction, the best option will have the following essential features