4 Uptime-Boosting Medical Chiller Technologies to Watch for at RSNA 2022

We look forward to attending the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) 2022 conference as a technical exhibitor from Nov. 27-30 at McCormick Place in the windy city of Chicago, IL. This annual event allows industry professionals to experience the latest innovations, research, and technologies transforming the future of radiology. We’ll be there to introduce and demonstrate the latest medical chiller advancements that help increase imaging equipment uptime, including MRI machines, CT scanners, and linear accelerators.  

This post will provide a preview of four uptime-enhancing medical chiller technologies you can expect to see at our RSNA 2022 exhibit: 

  1. Temperature control features 
  1. Redundancy options 
  1. Auto city water changeover panels 
  1. Microcontrollers 

Continue reading to learn more about these advanced technologies designed to keep your imaging equipment online 24/7/365.


Cannabis Chiller FAQ for New Cannabis Operators

Industry experts have named cannabis one of the fastest-growing industries globally amid vast legalization and public support. As a result of this rapid market acceleration, many people are launching new careers in the cannabis industry as more growers, extraction facilities, distributors, and dispensaries have emerged.  


Meet the Cannabis Chillers We’re Showcasing at MJBizCon 2022

MJBizCon is a business-building event designed to connect cannabis professionals with industry experts, suppliers, and new technologies to help your cannabis operation thrive. We’re thrilled to be one of the 1,400+ exhibitors at the 11th annual event at the Las Vegas Convention Center from November 15-18, 2022.  


What to Expect at the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium & Expo

The Brewers of Pennsylvania are hosting the 8th Annual Mid-Atlantic Brewers’ Symposium & Expo from October 23-25, 2022, at the Toftrees Resort & Conference Center in State College, PA. This two-day event will focus on the science and business aspects of brewing, exposing attendees to valuable industry resources and insights to help them navigate Pennsylvania’s continually evolving craft beer landscape. The two-day symposium will feature thirteen 45-minute general sessions, multiple breakout sessions, a welcome reception with 30+ industry exhibitors, and a lively social event.

As a proud exhibitor at this year’s expo, we are one of the industry resources you can meet at this exceptional event. We’ll be there to provide helpful advice for optimizing your brewing operation with high-performance industrial-grade brewery chillers designed to keep your brewing processes cool for more uptime and higher-quality brew.

If you’re not planning to attend the show, this preview will give a glimpse into the latest brewery chiller innovations to consider.

First, let’s review the basics of brewery chillers to demonstrate their role and importance for a growing brewing business.

Brewery chiller basics

Industrial-grade brewery chillers use process cooling to remove heat from your brewing equipment, helping it to operate smoothly and efficiently. They’re suited for many brewing processes, including wort cooling, Brite tank temperature control, fermentation temperature control, crash cooling, pre-packaging, and product storage.

Brewery chillers differ from off-the-shelf comfort chillers, offering many functional benefits that can enhance production efficiency and the quality of your beer.

These benefits include:

  • Heavier duty performance to keep up with your rugged brewing processes
  • Tighter temperature control to maximize your equipment efficiency and brew’s taste
  • Year-round performance to keep your operation on track regardless of the season
  • More accurate refrigeration technology when you work with specialized experts who have mastered the art of brewery process cooling
Drake's Brewery Chiller

A preview of our brewery chiller exhibit & insights

Drake’s Engineering Manager, Shane O’Donnell and Scott Noyes from our Sales Team will be on hand at the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Brewers Symposium & Expo to discuss high-performance solutions designed for breweries and provide helpful insights about:

  • Air- versus water-cooled brewery process chillers, and which system makes the most sense for your operation
  • Remote condenser systems for brewing facilities that require the condenser to be separate from the evaporator
  • Whether you need a tank and pump package and how to select the ideal configuration
  • Factors that affect which size brewery chiller you need, such as your brewery’s beer volume, pull-down/crashing loads, active fermentation heat load, wort heat exchanger secondary heat load, Brite tank holding load, and heat gain compensation
  • Which customizations and options to consider for enhancing the performance, usability, and energy efficiency, including redundancy options, custom controls, and high-efficiency options
  • How to configure a scalable brewery chiller system that will grow along with your operation, whether you have one or 100 pieces of equipment
  • How high-performance industrial-grade chillers can enhance many aspects of your brewing business as they did for Chestnut Hill Brewing Co.

There’s much more to discover at the show! We hope to see you there.

Your industry-leading brewery chiller experts

With more than 50 years of heavy-duty process cooling experience, we’re uniquely qualified to produce the right chiller solution for brewers who demand as much from their equipment as they do their brew. While some companies offer a hodgepodge of brewing equipment, we only focus on the chiller, helping to ensure your brewery chiller’s refrigeration technology is tailored for your one-of-a-kind application. With a proven 99%+ uptime rate and exceptional after-the-sale tech support, trust our brewery process chilling expertise to keep your operation online 24/7. Contact us or request a quote to learn more.


Which Industrial Process Chiller is Right for Your Manufacturing Application?

Choosing an industrial process chiller for your manufacturing application is a critical operational decision with the power to boost your productivity, efficiency, and profits. So, how do you know which one is best for you when the chiller’s size, type, and configuration vary depending on your application, budget, and requirements? This post will help clarify what to consider when selecting the right process chiller and introduce you to our most recommended systems for manufacturers.


IMTS 2022 Wrap-Up

We proudly exhibited at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) from September 12-17, 2022, at the beautiful and modern McCormick Place near downtown Chicago. Upon our return to our headquarters on the east coast, we’re brimming with new connections and vigor for the future ever-changing and evolving industry. After the pandemic halted in-person events, this year’s show reunited the manufacturing community in-person with bold energy and excitement we were thrilled to see.  

If you missed this year’s IMTS show, this post wraps up our key takeaways and a summary of the industrial chiller solutions we featured at our exhibit. 

Micro Control Systems

3 Ways MCS Microprocessors Provide Tighter Process Control

Microprocessors concept: close-up of motherboard, reverse detail (red tinted)

Managing your industrial chiller system is easier with the help of user-friendly technologies like MCS microprocessors. These intelligent systems allow you to gain tighter control over your cooling processes for increased performance, productivity, and uptime. In this post, we’ll explain how an MCS microprocessor can deliver tight process control and demonstrate what you can expect when you embed these systems into your industrial-grade process chiller. 

First, let’s review what an MCS microprocessor is and how it works. 

Process Chillers

The Role of Engineering in Designing High-Performance Process Chillers

Engineering concept: male engineer wearing safety goggles at work, his head in focus with rest of image blurred

Industrial process chillers are not universal. Instead, they are custom-designed engineered solutions tailored to suit your unique application requirements. Skilled engineers review each system to ensure it’s customized to your operational needs, addressing specific factors for your application, such as varying heat loads, narrow temperature requirements, corrosive fluid, near freezing water applications, extreme fluid temperatures, ambient conditions, and corrosive environments. 

This post details the engineering expertise that goes into every process chiller to demonstrate what you can expect when designing your system, including: 

  • System analysis 
  • Layout 
  • Custom controls  
  • Redundancy 
  • Capacity control 
  • Energy efficiency  

Keep reading to learn more about the role of engineering in designing high-performance process chillers to ensure your system meets your unique application requirements. 

Industrial Process Chillers

How Industrial Process Chillers Are Made

industrial process chillers manufacturing concept

Industrial-grade process chillers provide reliable and precise cooling to keep your equipment operating optimally, whether for brewing, medical, cannabis, food processing, dairy, or other industrial applications. However, not all chillers are created equal. This article will break down our chiller manufacturing process, focusing on the production and quality control measures that give our high-performance units an edge over the competition.  

Below, we’ll walk you through our nine-step process for manufacturing an industrial process chiller for reliability, performance, and maximum uptime. 


Meet Our Most Recommended Medical Chillers

Chanelle Case Borden, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, pipetting DNA samples into a tube for polymerase chain reaction (PCR)

As we covered in a previous post on the importance of refrigeration for medical equipment, chillers help enhance the performance and uptime of these essential machines for better patient care and higher profitability. Medical chillers are different than comfort chillers that cannot keep up with your sophisticated and critical medical equipment. They’re uniquely designed to deliver reliable industrial-grade process cooling year-round and use capacity modulation to maintain tight temperature control of +/-1°F. But which medical chiller is best for you? 

In this post, we’ll explore our most recommended medical chillers for MRI, CT, and blood testing scanners and explain what you need to know when designing a chiller for your unique medical application.