The secret to how heat exchangers made such an impact on electrical thermal management lies in their simplicity. Rather than generating chilled air and circulating it through electrical enclosures, the more advanced enclosure cooling units simplify the process by simply collecting and transferring electrical waste heat within a continuous loop. While this dramatically improved thermal management costs and operations within manufacturing and other facilities, it didn’t quite solve the problem for industries that operate in more hazardous locations and conditions. Now, however, such industries have several hazardous location heat exchanger designs to choose from, allowing them to experience the same advanced thermal management benefits as other industries.
What constitutes a hazardous location?
Not all industries operate within warehouses, and not all technological applications are deployed under safe conditions. For example, in the oil and gas industry, the nature of operations and the conditions under which they occur can pose several different hazards to a company’s equipment and employees. To minimize risks, company’s have to take these hazards into consideration when deploying any form of technology (including electrical cooling solutions). For instance, it’s essential that all solutions minimize the need for employee interaction, and protect people and equipment from dangerous substances. While traditional heat exchangers can effectively address the technology’s electrical cooling needs, they are not generally suitable for such demanding applications.
Challenges for electrical thermal management
Not only must the technology and cooling apparatus perform reliably and at optimal capacity, but they must also do so safely, minimizing risks to employees and reducing or eliminating the risks of potentially dangerous system malfunctions. This requires a higher level of durability and ingress protection than traditional heat exchangers provide, prompting manufacturers to create custom thermal solutions that are viable for the most demanding applications under the most hazardous conditions.
Benefiting from hazardous location heat exchangers
Hazardous location (HazLoc) heat exchangers have become as popular for oil and gas operations, as well as other hazardous operations, as traditional cooling units have become for more conventional industries. Because they effectively address all of the unique thermal management needs and considerations of hazardous industries, they continue to help companies improve safety and efficiency as well as their productivity and overall cost of operations. HazLoc heat exchangers can also be customized to meet the unique needs of more innovative technologies, promoting innovation in other areas, as well, to further improve safety and efficiency.
For more information about optimized electrical cooling in hazardous locations, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.