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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

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What Cannabis Extraction Equipment Should I Invest In?

Cannabis extraction is an industrial process for converting target molecules in cannabis raw material into a usable form. It uses sophisticated equipment designed to perform specialized functions, such as a cannabis chiller for precise temperature control. The purpose of cannabis extraction is to remove plant oils and target and collect potent compounds, such as THC, CBD, terpenes, and other precious cannabinoids. These compounds are used to create high-demand cannabis products, such as tinctures, capsules, hash, and oils. 

The most common solvent-based cannabis extraction methods are: 

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Chiller Systems COP Process Chillers

What Does COP Stand For?

The COP aka coefficient of performance is an important chiller performance metric

If you’ve stumbled over references to the acronym COP in your industrial cooling research – or its technical definition leaves you scratching your head – then this article is for you. In it, we’ll decode the meaning of COP as it relates to chiller performance, explain why it’s important, and suggest features to optimize COP in your next industrial process chiller.

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Process Chillers

What Type of Chiller is Best?

external and internal views of a chiller

There are many types of chillers, each with a specific configuration and capabilities. So, which one is best? In short, the best chiller for you will depend on several factors, including: 

  • Your budget
  • Your application and environment
  • Your preferences

In this post, we’ve compiled several common scenarios related to these factors and suggested the best chillers to consider for each one. The result? An easier – and smarter – decision process.

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Chiller Systems Process Chillers

Chiller Fluid: Which Type for Year-Round Operation?

Low-Temp Chiller Fluid

If you’re operating dairy or medical equipment, a brewery, or an industrial process year-round, the right chiller fluid can ensure reliable performance no matter the season. The wrong fluid can result in refrigeration problems in the colder months, compromising chiller performance and reducing uptime. When you need an all-season low-temp chiller, these five types of chiller fluids are ideally suited for year-round operation:

  1. Propylene glycol and water mixture (10-60%)
  2. Ethylene glycol and water mixture (10-60%)
  3. Dynalene HC-10 to HC-50
  4. Calcium chloride solution

Continue reading to discover more about these low-temp chiller fluids that can maximize uptime all year-round.

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Chiller Systems

The Three Types of Water-Cooled Condensers

Water-Cooled Condensers

Water-cooled Condensers may be best known for their quick and hassle-free installation, long-lasting performance, quiet operation, and energy efficiency. They’re an ideal solution for many industrial process cooling applications, such as medical manufacturing, brewing, dairy production, food processing, and others. The secret behind a water-cooled condenser’s winning combination of benefits partially lies in the condenser’s inner workings. These units feature a highly efficient water-cooled design that functions as a specialized heat exchanger to condense hot, high-pressure gas from the compressor down to a liquid.

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Chiller Systems Process Chillers

What are Split System Chillers?

While most industrial process chillers come in packaged air-cooled and water-cooled systems, there is yet another type of unit to consider: split system chillers. With two distinct and separately installed sections, split system chillers feature an indoor evaporator and compressor and an outdoor air-cooled condenser. Available in single, dual, and tandem circuit configurations, split system chillers are a unique alternative for companies whose application environments cannot accommodate traditional packaged systems.

Read on to learn more about when to choose split system chillers, how they’re installed, and the various benefits they offer.

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What Is the Most Energy Efficient Chiller?

Energy Efficient Chiller - Drake Chillers

The term ‘energy efficiency’ is now deeply ingrained in mainstream dialog, applying to everything from appliances to windows. And while many consumers have long recognized its potential value, energy conservation has also made its way into corporate responsibility programs and operational agendas.

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Chiller Systems Process Chillers

Do I Need a Storage or Recirculation Tank?

Storage or Recirculation Tank

While industrial chiller storage and recirculation tanks may appear similar on the surface, they have distinct operational differences that can dramatically affect your process chiller’s performance. In this decision guide, we’ll cover the benefits and considerations for storage and recirculation tanks, clearly teasing out the bottom line to help you determine the best option for your needs.