Electrical and Electronics Cooling Systems for Food Processing/Packaging Applications
EIC Solutions offers a wide range of standard and custom cooling solutions designed to protect sensitive electronics and meet the demands of a broad range of food processing/packaging environments – from hot, humid food production environments to equally harsh meat processing and packing plants.
When production schedules are on the line, EIC’s cabinet cooling systems are there to keep food and beverage processing and packaging equipment running smoothly by protecting the computers and control systems for agitators, blenders, dryers, presses and other equipment from damaging heat, dust, moisture, and corrosion.
The Need for Sealed Electronic Enclosure Cooling
The food processing industry’s desire for new and more complex automation and robotic systems has dramatically increased the demand for state of the art electronic control systems and processes. As heat fluxes continue to rise, this has presented significant challenges to keeping these systems running smoothly. Today’s automated processing and packaging lines are running applications that require increasing computational power. These systems produce significantly higher levels of heat than previous systems and as a result are more sensitive to harsh environmental factors. In order to operate in wash-down environments, these electrical/electronic systems are typically installed in sealed enclosures making thermal overrun temperatures one of the leading causes of failure and reduction in MTBF. The removal of heat generated by these advanced electronics systems has grown to be a critical issue since these systems must often perform in high ambient temperature environments.
In addition, many of these systems utilize rack mounted electronics that were originally designed for operation in air conditioned buildings, not in harsh food processing environments. These rack mounted systems are now being installed in enclosures that are exposed to ambient temperatures up to 120°F and in some cases much higher. In addition to extreme temperatures, these sensitive electronic systems are also subject to the dust, dirt, moisture, corrosion, and vibration typical of the harsh conditions found in food processing facilities.
The EIC Solution
In order to effectively solve these complex cooling problems, food and beverage production designers and engineers are turning to EIC’s thermoelectric cooling systems as an ideal solution when a low to moderate amount of heat must be handled in a harsh environment. Using patented solid-state technology to accomplish temperature change, thermoelectric coolers eliminate the need for refrigerants and operate with fewer moving parts. They can cool enclosures to temperatures below ambient conditions while producing little noise and vibration. Featuring reliability and a long life span coupled with flexible input power requirements and mounting arrangements, EIC’s thermoelectric air conditioners offer significant advantages over conventional cooling methods such as compressor-based systems. In addition, their stainless steel construction is ideal for use in the food and beverage industry where operations require daily high-pressure wash-downs with water and/or chemicals around electronic and electrical enclosures.
To provide a complete solution, EIC offers packaged systems comprised of enclosures and cabinets with integrated cooling assemblies. These systems are designed to protect and cool electrical/electronic systems in a wide range of food processing/packaging applications including raw ingredient controls and automated packaging drives. These integrated cooling systems offer superior performance with excellent temperature uniformity, resulting in lower electronic component temperatures, increased operational life and reliability (MTBF).
Additionally, the compact size and weight of EIC’s cabinet coolers allows them to fit a wide range electronic enclosures, electrical cabinets and sub-racks. Standard product modifications are also available to meet customers’ exact needs such as custom sizes, doors, holes, cutouts, colors and accessories to reduce assembly time, and for easy integration into new or existing systems.
With the rugged stainless steel construction, reliable performance and flexibility these advanced thermoelectric systems offer, designers can reduce equipment size, weight, and power with improved cooling, corrosion resistance and hazardous location protection. Whether the application requires an off-the-shelf or custom system, EIC’s engineers will help find the solution to best meet your cooling needs.
The following examples highlight the wide range of applications, environments, and clients who rely on our enclosures and cooling systems to safeguard their critical electronics:
- Variable Frequency Drives – Air conditioners for variable frequency drive housings in a major manufacturing facility – PACKAGING PRODUCTS COMPANY. Read More…
Additional applications of EIC’s products can be found in many food processing/packaging related settings including: