EIC's customer is a well-known global provider of industrial equipment, machinery, instruments, apparatus and supplies. The customer serves clients in the petroleum extraction/refining, mining and hydrocarbon industries. EIC was presented with the need for cost-effective air conditioning of the enclosures to be used to protect electronics in drilling rig equipment. Among the types of equipment being used were mud-pumps, drilling motors, and TDSUs (top dry systems units). The electronics and circuitry in the equipment is occasionally exposed to explosive atmospheres requiring Class 1, Division 2 products. Typical Class I locations include petroleum refineries, gasoline storage and dispensing areas, spray finishing areas, aircraft hangars and fuel servicing areas.
An exploration and production (E&P) company in the upstream sector of the oil and gas industry had a need to cool outdoor electrical control panels in their offshore drilling rigs and refining plants in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to cooling the panel enclosures, the solution had to be compatible with their IS Barriers (Intrinsically Safe Barriers) that are designed to ensure that only low voltages and currents enter the hazardous area and that ignition of the hazardous atmosphere cannot occur.
The latest addition to the EIC line is a 400 BTU Thermoelectric Air Conditioner that is certified for use in Class 1, Division 2, Groups A-D, hazardous locations.