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What Gas Refrigerants Do Medical Chillers Use?

different sizes of refrigerant cylinders

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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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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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 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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Chiller Systems Process Chillers

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.

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Chiller Systems Process Chillers Uncategorized

What Types of Packaged Water-Cooled Condensers are Used in Chillers?

Packaged water cooled chillers

Many companies opt for packaged water-cooled chillers because they are quick to install, long-lasting, quiet, and energy-efficient. They’re found in many industrial applications, such as food processing and manufacturing. These highly efficient chillers use water from an external cooling tower to remove process heat from the condenser.

Situated between the compressor and expansion valve, water-cooled condensers function as a specialized heat exchanger that condenses the hot pressurized gas from the compressor into a liquid. In this article, we’re covering the three primary types of condensers we use in packaged water-cooled chillers.

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Chiller Systems

6 Advantages of Packaged Air-Cooled Chillers

Packaged air-cooled chillers are a quick-to-install solution for companies in industries such as food processing, dairy, and brewing. These systems include a condenser, compressor, and evaporator and use ambient air to extract heat from industrial processes. Attached air fans expedite the cooling process, enhancing the performance and efficiency. Many companies rely on air-cooled chillers to ensure their industrial processes run smoothly. If you’re considering a packaged air-cooled chiller for your company, factor the many benefits into your decision.

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Chiller Systems Process Chillers

Options for Low-Temp Chillers

Options for Low-Temp Chillers

Low-temp chillers are among the most complex industrial process cooling systems. A chiller in this category must successfully navigate the many challenges that impact such performance and efficiency factors as fluid viscosity, pump selection, and oil flow parameters. It’s for this very reason that low-temp chillers come with many options that you can customize to a specific application – low-temp chillers are not one-size-fits-all! In this article, we’ll guide you through some of the low-temp chiller options to help you determine the best process chiller for your unique application.