How Heat Exchangers Cool NEMA Enclosures

Control panel with static energy meters and circuit-breakersTechnology typically plays a role in modern industry, often as a primary factor in a company’s day-to-day operations. Indeed, when it comes to thermal management solutions for a number of industries – especially those that are exposed to higher-than-usual risks of overheating or contamination – your temperature-regulating concepts must be created in a fashion that adheres to the strict standards established by the National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA). In today’s blog, your team at Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX will take a look at how our custom heat exchangers are utilized to optimize function within NEMA enclosures.

Meeting Industry-Wide Standards

The standards set forth by NEMA consist of regulations designed to ensure that various grades of electrical enclosures typically used in technological applications are properly controlled and regulated. The standards can vary depending on the specific environments and risks encountered, ranging from mild to severe circumstances such as extreme temperatures, presence of water or liquid, and more. What’s more, each standard contains different levels of protective measures that are appropriate to each grade. With these intact, each material and portion of the equipment must meet these criteria.

Because each application is rated to protect against a spectrum of environmental hazards – including oil, dust, water, coolant, gasoline, or acetylene – it only makes sense that each different grade or standard contains its own definition. For example, NEMA 4X enclosures must be watertight and must exclude 65 GPM of water at minimum from a one-inch nozzle that is then delivered over a distance of 10 feet or more for 5 min, while NEMA 12 thermal management solutions must adhere to general-purpose use indoors and provide protection against dust, dirt, and non-corrosive liquids.

Optimized Cooling with Custom Products

To regulate temperatures within any given application, a heat exchanger often functions by utilizing phase-change technology. The environmentally-safe cooling fluid is used to absorb the heat generated by the process until it has reached its latent point of vaporization. From here, the liquid-turned vapor carries the heat away from the condenser and toward the heat sink, where it is dispersed and the vapor turns back into a liquid, repeating the process indefinitely.  Our custom thermal solutions are designed to meet the unique parameters of any environment in any industry as put forth by NEMA, and we welcome you to contact your Noren representative to get the ball rolling on creating a heat exchanger that meets your needs best.

Implications for Modern Companies

It is one thing to create a thermal solution that regulates temperature, but much must be kept in mind regarding the needs and parameters of an industry to create one optimally that adheres to NEMA standards. Contact Noren Thermal Solutions in Taylor, TX by calling 512-595-5700 to find out how we can help your business today.