Total Process Cooling with Powerblanket ICE

Total Process CoolingTotal Process Cooling

At the end of the day, it is important to know that the cooling solution in place will do it’s job.  Powerblanket’s world-class engineers create total process cooling systems that are reliable, efficient, and effective.

The Basics

When it comes to industrial process cooling, materials make all the difference.  Powerblanket ICE blankets are made with a rugged white vinyl that provides robust insulation.  The white reflects the sun’s rays and other heat to keep the contents cool.  Along with the rugged outer shell, these blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat spreading technology in reverse to pull the heat from the contents and the container and then transfer it into the blanket. Powerblanket ICE total process cooling solutions are portable, requiring only 120VAC for operation.

Industries

Keeping critical materials at safe temperatures has never been so easy.  Powerblanket ICE industrial process cooling works especially well for transportation, manufacturing, spray foam, motor, fermentation, welding, and biomedical industries with products ready to ship for tank, drum, and tote cooling.  

Pair it with a Chiller

When the Powerblanket ICE circulation blanket and North Slope portable chiller are used together,  you can achieve precise temperature control, down to 20 °F.  This combination is ideal for industrial process cooling because it is small and portable while still doing the job at hand.

Consider This

Your state-of-the-art system is producing unacceptable high heat along certain areas of the process.  You have already invested a substantial amount of money into the system and are, in no way, interested in pulling the whole thing out to solve this high temperature dilemma.  When materials or systems overheat, you are risking damage to the materials and/or the equipment itself.  Industrial cooling solutions can be big and expensive.  Powerblanket specializes in retrofitting systems to solve high temperature dilemmas.  Total process cooling is no longer a daunting endeavor.  You can do it with Powerblanket ICE.

Total Process Cooling

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat with Powerblanket ICE

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat

Under certain conditions and with certain materials, heat is the enemy: ruining epoxies, and interfering with the brewing process.  You can, however, protect critical materials from heat when the effects of heat are understood and proper precautions are in place.

Epoxy

Epoxy are many types of resins with similar properties and chemical structures. Typically used for adhesives, protective coatings and molds, epoxies are hard and notably inert after curing. Before curing epoxy is more fluid. The chemical reaction that results in epoxy is exothermic, meaning the reaction when epoxy is mixed creates heat. Adding more heat to this reaction makes the reaction advance faster. More heat, whether ambient temperatures or heat accelerators, will speed the chemical reaction.

In general, temperatures below 50°F/10°C are too cold for epoxy to cure properly. Temperatures around 70°F/21°C are ideal. If epoxy is kept in a container or spread in a thick layer, the heat from the reaction dissipates slower, and the heat of the chemical reaction can speed its own curing process (Legget).

Heat speeds everything about the curing process of epoxy.  If there is a need to store the epoxy, some plans for cooling must be in place.

Fermentation

protecting materials from heatHeat is an important part of the fermentation process; however, if heat enters the process at the wrong time, or lasts for too long, it can result in undesired flavors and aromas that compromise the quality of the spirit.  Spirits spend years locked inside barrels during the aging process, undergoing a series of seasonal climatic changes that trigger chemical changes. Controlling the temperature of actively fermenting wort (the sweet infusion of ground malt
or other grain before fermentation, used to produce beer and distilled malt liquors)
can have a major impact on the flavor of the finished beer. Fermenting above the normal temperature range may produce excessive fruity-flavored esters or harsh-flavored fusel alcohols (Stika).

Normal ale fermentation temperatures range from 68-72 °F/20-22 °C and lager fermentation temperatures from 45-55 °F/7-13 °C. The heat generated by an active fermentation can warm a typical 5-gallon batch of beer by 10 to 15°F/5.5 to 8.3°C (Stika).

Protecting Critical Materials from Heat with Powerblanket ICE

The key to protecting critical materials from heat is to prevent external heat from reaching your product.  An effective cooling solution should be able to remove as much heat as the environment is sending into the material you are trying to protect against the heat.  

FEATURES:

  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • White vinyl reflects heat rather than absorbing the sun’s rays
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use
  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling/process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.

Protecting Materials from heat

Works Cited

Legget, Rochelle. “The Effects of High Temperature on Epoxy”. Sciencing. 13 March 2017. http://sciencing.com/effects-high-temperature-epoxy-8590977.html

Stika, John. “Controlling Fermentation Temperature:  Techniques”. Brew Your Own, March/April 2009. 14 March 2017.  https://byo.com/bock/item/1869-controlling-fermentation-temperature-techniques

 

Keep Perishables Cool with Powerblanket Ice

Perishables and Temperature Control

Transporting perishable goods has advanced dramatically.  But how do you keep perishables cool if you do not have large scale refrigeration resources?

Understanding Ethylene and Respiration

Ethylene, often referred to as the ‘death’ or ‘ripening hormone’, is an odorless, colorless gaseous plant hormone that exists in nature. Not easily detectable, in nature the largest producers are plant and plant products (ie. fruits, vegetables and floral products) which produce ethylene within their tissues and release it into the surrounding atmosphere.

Ethylene plays a regulatory role in many processes of plant growth, development and eventually death.  The common practice of placing a tomato in a paper bag to speed ripening is the classic example of the effect of ethylene on produce. Increased levels of ethylene contained within the bag serve as a stimulant and initiate the production of more ethylene, which is then reabsorbed by the tomato and repeated over and over (Flower).

Flowers, fresh fruits, and vegetables remain alive by respiration. High respiration rates rapidly deplete stored carbohydrates and create more ethylene, shortening the produce life. Respiration increases as temperature increases (Benkeblia), and therefore temperature control during transport is critical.

Flowerskeep perishables cool

A flower held at 86°F/30°C will age/respire up to forty-five times as fast as a flower held at 36°F/2°C.  When cooler temperatures are applied and the cold chain is maintained, the vase life of cut flowers is greatly extended (Reid).

Food

Produce temperature is the most important factor affecting its quality. For fruits and vegetables, respiration increases by a factor of two to five for each 18°F/10°C increase in temperature above the recommended holding temperature. For example, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, have a shelf life of seven days at 32°F/0°C, but only one day at 68°F/20°C. Longer-lived produce such as green beans, mushrooms, and green onions last only two to three days at 68°F/20°C. Above 86°F/30°C the produce will die or lose quality rapidly (Benkeblia).

All the way through the cold chain, produce should be held at its lowest recommended storage temperature. Keeping temperature in check is vital.

Bananas are a prime example for the need for temperature control of perishables in transport. To obtain maximum shelf life, harvest comes before the banana is mature but not ripening. The fruit requires careful handling, rapid transport to ports, cooling, and refrigerated shipping to prevent the bananas from producing ethylene.  “To bring this tropical fruit to distant markets and have it be edible is kind of amazing,” says Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida. “It’s pretty much a science” (qtd. in Dawson).

Keep Perishables Cool with Powerblanket ICEkeep perishables cool

How do you keep perishables cool and safe without investing in a reefer truck?  Your operation needs cooling; however, you do not have the resources to support large-scale refrigeration. Powerblanket offers innovative industrial cooling systems that will keep your assets safe. With the new Powerblanket ICE industrial cooling product line, you can efficiently regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions. Transporting perishables and other heat sensitive materials is no longer a major challenge.   

  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling / process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.
  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • When materials are delivered too hot, waiting for the material to cool can mean lost hours/days
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use

Keep Perishables Cool

 

Works Cited

Benkeblia, Noureddine.  “Transportation of fresh horticultural produce”. Post harvest Technologies for Horticultural Crops, 2009, Vol. 2. 8 March 2017. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-1291.pdf

“Flower Care”. Grower Direct. 9 March 2017. http://www.growerdirect.com/flower-care-ethylene-gas

Reid, M.S. “Handling of Cut flowers for Export”. 8 March 2017. http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/files/datastore/234-1906.pdf

 

Process Cooling Systems from Powerblanket

PROCESS COOLING SYSTEMS

PBICE55_withCoolerProcess cooling systems provide solutions where cooling is required at a specific location in manufacturing or some other process.  Taking a product, system, or liquid from a starting temperature to a lower temperature is the purpose behind process cooling systems.

PROCESS COOLING METHOD

  1. Heat exchangers transfer heat between a solid object and a fluid, or between two or more fluids. The fluids may be separated by a solid wall to prevent mixing or they may be in direct contact.They are widely used in space heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, power stations, chemical plants, petrochemical plants, petroleum refineries, natural-gas processing, and sewage treatment. The classic example of a heat exchanger is found in an internal combustion engine in which a circulating fluid known as engine coolant flows through radiator coils and air flows past the coils, which cools the coolant and heats the incoming air.  The Powerblanket Circulation Blanket is an example of a heat exchanger for drums, barrels, and buckets.
  2. Powerblanket Chillers uses the same principle as a refrigerator, but instead of cooling the air inside of an insulated box, Powerblankets cool the water that flows from the chiller to the object being cooled..  Refrigeration is typically direct expansion, including an evaporator & fan system inside an insulated box, with a remotely located compressor/condenser.  Most fans run continuously to maintain a consistent temperature throughout the controlled space, while the refrigeration process operates intermittently to control the required amount of heat rejection.

 

INDUSTRIES USING PROCESS COOLING SYSTEMS

Indoor AgriculturePBICE_Drum_Chiller

“Today, indoor farming is a $500 million industry, and significant expansion is expected [. . .] The future for indoor agriculture looks a lot like manufacturing of the past — maximizing production and minimizing risks. It will play an important role in food security in the United States and around the world” (Kaler).  Maintaining consistent temperatures while balancing humidity can pose a tricky challenge for the indoor farmer.  The temperature differential can be as much as 1°F per vertical foot.  Many indoor agriculture operations are looking to cooling systems that can be incorporated into the existing ventilation system.  Onsite and digital monitoring controls are also improving the management of the indoor environment.

Breweries and Distilleries

A lot of beverage/food industries will use process cooling to maintain temperature while a product cures/processes.  Spirits spend years locked inside barrels during the aging process. During that time, they undergo a series of seasonal climatic changes that trigger chemical changes. In this delicate process, if a spirit ages too long or too quickly, it can result in undesired flavors and aromas that compromise the quality of the spirit. Yet in a stratified space, barrels at the top of the rackhouse age more rapidly — and can easily age too long.

Injection Molding

Process cooling can be directly associated with the process itself.  One of the essential requirements for plastic injection molding is proper cooling of the mold between cycles.  Chilled water is most often the cooling agent of choice because it is low-cost, has excellent thermal transfer properties, and is readily available.

POWERBLANKET PROCESS COOLING

Optimize performance when the heat is high with Powerblanket Ice process cooling systems.

FEATURES:

  • Ready-to-ship industrial cooling / process cooling products are available for 15, 30, & 55-gallon drums, and for 5-gallon buckets.
  • Custom systems can be designed for a large variety of industrial cooling applications, and shipped within 2 weeks.
  • Blankets use Powerblanket’s patented heat-spreading technology in reverse to draw heat to the blanket and cool the contents of the container
  • Blanket cover and insulation are the same as the robust system used in the Powerblanket heating products
  • Powerblanket Ice industrial cooling systems are portable (120VAC required)
  • Control the temperature of your equipment or bulk materials
  • When materials are delivered too hot, waiting for the material to cool can mean lost hours or even days
  • Blankets can be left installed and running while bulk material containers are in use

Process Cooling Systems
Works Cited

Kaler, Mike.  “Don’t Bet the Farm”. Process Cooling. January/February 2017. P 16.
Stoike, Jamison. “5 Ways to Use Fans in Breweries and Distilleries”. Process Cooling, January/February 2017. P 20.

Process Cooling: Turning Down the Heat

Powerblanket has a process cooling solution for you unexpected heat issues:  Powerblanket ICE.

PROCESS COOLING SOLUTIONS FROM POWERBLANKET

Unexpected temperature changes were not on your list of things to deal with when you installed your state-of-the-art system a few years/months/weeks ago.  A large portion of money went into that equipment and now you are sitting with a major dilemma on your hands.  Heat is your problem and you need a process cooling solutionFermentation Cooling.  The materials are overheating, causing delays in productivity, damage to materials, and/or danger to your equipment.  Options for overcoming this problem are often limited to buying large and expensive refrigerators, or replacing equipment with new equipment designed with cooling capability.  Financially, that isn’t making anyone smile.  Powerblanket specializes in retrofitting tanks, pipes, machinery, motors, and drums that were designed/built with cooling in mind.

COOLING SYSTEMS

Powerblanket offers innovative industrial cooling systems to keep your assets safe for years. With the new Powerblanket ICE industrial cooling/process cooling blankets, you can efficiently regulate temperature-sensitive material under both regular and hot conditions. Powerblanket ICE works especially well for the manufacturing, fermentation, spray foam, motor, welding, and biomedical industries, including tank cooling, drum cooling, and many other applications. We want to help you keep your critical equipment and materials cool under hot temperatures.

UNEXPECTED HEAT

Often customers will design a system not realizing that certain areas will exceed acceptable temperatures.  Enter Powerblanket.  The cooling technology of Powerblanket ICE will save you time, money, and stress caused by uncontrolled temperatures.

WHY POWERBLANKET ICE?

  • Powerblanket Ice can save you money.  
    • Design a system to fit almost any equipment,  saving you the expense of buying cooling capable equipment or buying large refrigerators.
  • Powerblanket Ice grows with you.
    • Systems can be expanded as requirements grow.
  • Conserve precious floor space.
    • A Powerblanket ICE system is mobile and has a relatively small footprint.
  • Save energy.
    • Powerblanket ice only cools what needs to be cooled.
  • Control temperatures precisely, with a properly designed system (controller, solenoid valve, and bypass valve required for tight temperature control, actual temperature range depends on conditions).  
  • Easy installation.
    • No modification to equipment required in most cases.

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Tank Cooling Solutions from Powerblanket

Powerblanket’s® Flexible Tank Wraps Protect Against Material Freezing 1If you’re storing things in tanks, then you’re storing a lot of it. That being the case, you can’t afford to leave your valuable liquid or other material to the whims of Mother Nature. When it comes to Summer, heat can wreak havoc on your tank storage and operations. But rather than spending a boat load on refrigerated tanks, you can get much more economical tank cooling solutions with Powerblanket ICE.

 

Powerblanket ICE Tank Cooling Solutions

What are your options for tank cooling solutions when summer rolls around? Well, if you haven’t heard of Powerblanket cooling technologies, then your only option is likely to be a refrigerated tank. Refrigerated tanks certainly get the job done. But aside from being rather expensive, they don’t solve cooling problems for pre-existing tanks. In other words, if you don’t already have a refrigerated tank, then you’re going to be spending a lot of time and money replacing your present tank(s) with new refrigerated units.

Thankfully, there’s a much better option for you. Powerblanket tank cooling solutions allow you to apply an insulating exterior cooling system to any tank. From common sizes to custom application, Powerblanket cooling technologies will keep your tank storage at the ideal temperature during the hot summer months. With four cooling options to choose from, Powerblanket tank coolers offer cooling protection for small to large applications.

 

Benefits of Powerblanket Tank Cooling Solutions:

  • Prevent the extra costs and downtime associated with other tank cooling options
  • Maintain operational continuity with an easy-to-install solution
  • External application means there’s no need to empty or halt tank usage
  • Protect your valuable storage from being compromised by heat
  • Maintain profitability by eliminating ruined product and costly downtime

 

Features of Powerblanket ICE:

  • Powerblanket ICE Tank Cooling Systems use patented technology to draw heat away from the tank in order to cool the contents inside.
  • Our Tank Cooling Systems cover and insulate with a durable and easy-to-use system.
  • Powerblanket ICE systems are portable and easy to install and remove.
  • The Powerblanket ICE Tank Cooling System makes for easy temperature control of bulk materials.
  • Each tank cooling system can be left installed and running while tanks are in use.
  • Custom cooling systems can be designed for any size and shape of tank.

 

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