Automated systems and software have been among the most significant advancements in technology over the last few decades. From streamlining customer service processes and administrative work with automated computer software to making manufacturing and production process vastly more efficient with automated machinery, the impact has been felt across virtually every industry. In many ways, that advancement has been thanks to the wide-scale implementation of custom thermal solutions such as heat exchangers, which make the process of electrical much more efficient and low-maintenance than traditional electrical cooling solutions.
Making low-maintenance cooling possible
Before heat exchangers became the go-to solution for electrical thermal management, traditional solutions included air conditioning and air compression units. To prevent electrical enclosures and sensitive equipment from overheating, HVAC solutions would generate chilled air and circulate it through the enclosures consistently. While this solves the overheating concern, such equipment is typically costly to operate and requires constant upkeep, maintenance, and repair. In addition to limiting existing operations, this also made advancing thermal management more challenging. Heat exchangers, however, don’t rely on complicated HVAC processes or equipment, but utilize more eco-friendly methods that significantly lessen the need for maintenance and are much more easily scalable to newer, more advanced technologies.
How heat exchangers transfer heat
Instead of utilizing chilled air and high-maintenance machinery, heat exchangers accomplish high-performance electrical cooling by transferring electrical waste heat continuously. They do this by utilizing an eco-friendly fluid, such as water, that flows through the heat exchanger unit absorbing waste heat and transferring it before it can accumulate. The apparatus needed to efficiently transfer large amounts of waste heat is much more versatile than HVAC equipment. For example, heat exchangers can be designed as cold plates or heat pipes, and can utilize methods such as phase-change cooling, natural/forced convection, and conduction to transfer heat instead of overcoming it.
Benefits across every industry
Because heat exchangers are versatile enough to provide optimal thermal management in tight, sometimes unique spaces, they can easily be utilized for a range of advanced technologies without sacrificing any of their thermal management capabilities. This has made them ideal for solutions such as automation, which not only involve advanced, high-powered technologies, but also a strong need for minimal intervention (such as maintenance). Thanks to heat exchangers, advanced thermal management and automation have helped propel virtually every industry into a new age of technological innovation.
For more information about heat exchanger technology’s role in advanced automation, call Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX, at 866-936-6736.