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Drake History

Happy 50th Birthday, Drake!

Drake Chillers 50th anniversary logo with gold emblem and red/white/blue ribbon

We’re proud to announce that Drake Refrigeration, Inc. is turning 50 this year. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we’re strolling down memory lane to help you get to know us better. You’ll discover everything you need to know about how we’ve reached this proud milestone – and enjoy a few interesting stories about our history along the way.

Let’s dive in by introducing the person who made Drake possible: Ronald (Ron) S. Drake.

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Brewery

6 Factors to Consider in Your Brewery Chiller Selection

Gloved brewery employee pouring beer into pint glass from chilled tank

If you’re looking for a brewery chiller, there are several factors to consider, each one critical for choosing the best option for your budget, operation, and goals. You may have caught a few of them in our previous blog post on what to look for in a chiller. That article outlined the importance of features, such as industrial-grade performance, consistent temperature control, year-round operation, capacity modulation, customizable controls, and energy efficiency options.

If you’re looking to explore more about brewery chiller selection beyond these essentials, this post is for you. In it, we’ll explore six additional considerations to factor into your chiller selection decision, including:

  1. Chiller size
  2. Expansion plans
  3. Redundancy
  4. Temperature sensitivity
  5. Unit location
  6. Building requirements

Keep reading to dive deeper into what you need to know about brewery chiller selection.

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Industrial Chillers

What are Industrial Chillers?

external and internal views of a chiller

An industrial chiller uses process cooling to divert heat away from industrial equipment, helping to keep processes cool and machines operating efficiently. Depending on your budget, environmental conditions, preferences, and other factors, they use either ambient air or water to remove heat from your industrial processes. Chillers are essential components for many industries, including brewing, dairy, food processing, medical, cannabis, and other industrial applications.

In this post, we’re taking a deep dive into the world of chillers to reveal more about what they are and how they work.

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Chiller Systems Medical

How the Right MRI Chiller System Affects Reliable Uptime

Imagine trying to do a job outdoors in the summer while wearing a heavy winter coat, or in freezing temperatures wearing a tank top. Impossible, right? Now imagine the difficulty an MRI chiller system has in keeping a powerful magnetic machine at a consistent temperature in varying climates, operating on-demand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That’s why it’s imperative that you install an efficient and reliable MRI chiller system. 

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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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Brewery Cannabis Chiller Systems Food processing Industrial Chillers Medical

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

cannabis extraction methods

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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Cannabis Chiller Systems Industrial Chillers

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.