Closed Loop Liquid Cooling Reduces Downtime, Maintenance & Repair Costs for Commercial Bakeries


Pfannenberg’s Cooling Solutions Help Keep Equipment Running for One of the Fastest Growing Independent Wholesale Bakers in America.

Flour is one of the paramount enemies of electrical enclosures and enclosure air conditioners, particularly in the make-up area of a commercial bakery.

 Pfannenberg is your proven partner for complex thermal management challenges in the baking industry. High security classes of equipment and corrosion-resistant construction materials resist even the most difficult ambient conditions.

Keeping the electronics cool which power the machines is essential to the entire operation of the Schwebel Baking Company. Without the electrical enclosures staying cool, the machines fail and require replacement or downtime for repair. Inside a baking facility, there is lots of dust/flour throughout the air and can clog the operating machines.

Pfannenberg’s PWS Series Air to Water Heat Exchangers were the precise solution for Schwebel’s manufacturing process. Incorporating closed loop cooling with Air/Water Heat Exchangers improved performance, reduced maintenance, was energy efficient, and prevented unplanned repairs.


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Selecting the Proper Equipment for Food and Beverage Applications


Proper thermal management is key for saving resources and keeping electronics (and equipment) up and running on a consistent basis. It is important to understand the various types of cooling methods available and how the ambient conditions may effect the product chosen.  Choosing the wrong method may lead to a solution that is undersized or oversized, or fails prematurely due to being specified for incompatible ambient conditions.


Selection of the preferred thermal management method, based on various environmental conditions:

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With products that include fans, heaters, packaged air conditioners, air-to-water heat exchangers, packaged process chillers, and signaling devices, Pfannenberg offers a full range of thermal management solutions for the food and beverage industry. Standard options such as stainless steel materials, NEMA 4/4X enclosures, and washdown duty construction allow these time-tested products to be seamlessly incorporated into even the most demanding food and beverage processing applications.


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Pfannenberg’s Cooling Units Help Support Bottling Inspection


We understand as a consumer that it can get aggravating when you purchase a bottled beverage and the packaging is either defective or the container is not filled properly. It is crucial that beverage and food manufactures implement an inspection system – not only for sanitary reasons, but also for product quality.  Once quality is compromised, the manufacturer loses brand reputation.

Common Problems:

  • Fill Level is Over/Under Target
  • Cracked Cap/Seal
  • Missing Cap
  • Broken/Tampered Band
  • Wrong Cap Color

Pfannenberg’s NEMA Type 4/4X DTS Washdown Stainless Steel Cooling Units fit in perfectly with inspection machines. Inspection equipment (vision systems and x-ray equipment) generate a lot of heat that needs to be managed.  As products move rapidly down the line the inspection machines have to quickly provide an alert when a defective product is detected and signal removal of the defective product.  These inspection machines have hi-res cameras and stainless steel housing to be compatible with the high speed filling lines that need to be cooled.  Pfannenberg’s DTS units are a perfect fit for this equipment and come in various sizes and capacities depending on the requirements.

DTS Series Cooling Units:

  • The wide fin spacing is less susceptible to clogging from dirt buildup which can cause the unit to work harder and hamper efficiency
  • NEMA Type 4/4X Stainless Steel to repel contaminants in food grade applications and to provide for easy washdown
  • High temperature models can operate in ambient temperatures up to 140 °F (60 °C)

As consumers, when we make a purchase we expect the product to be perfect – both taste and overall look (packaging). Nothing would be more upsetting then paying for a beverage and having it filled half full or damaged.  Without the cooling necessary for these inspection systems, the quality of the final product would suffer.


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Ammonia Gas Detection in Food & Beverage Facilities


Alarm and Warning Devices to Notify Personnel Regarding Dangerous Gas Leaks

Ammonia leaks are pretty uncommon, but when one does occur – the results could be lethal.  Ammonia gas is very toxic and flammable.  Typically ammonia can be detected by smell (a strong and pungent odor), but it is a colorless gas.

The human nose can detect an ammonia leak with exposure between 5-20 ppm. With exposure 25 – 1,000 ppm, employees with have teary eyes, difficulty breathing, and the instinct to flee the area. The time exposed and the amount of ammonia the employee(s) are exposed to, determines various effects on the human body – ranging from a slight smell to teary eyes and unable to breathe, possibly death.

There are both, caustic and hazardous versions of the chemical.  In most large scale food and beverage facilities one would find the caustic version of the chemical used to aid in refrigeration.  The chemical can also be mixed with water (ammonia hydroxide) to create a multipurpose cleaning agent. 

Majority of these leaks occur in the mechanical room containing the refrigeration compressors of the facility.  Most ammonia used within a plant is used for refrigeration.  Why do so many food and beverage manufacturers use ammonia refrigeration in their facilities when it is potentially dangerous?  Ammonia refrigeration is one of the most energy efficient and cost effective ways of storing and processing food and beverage product.

Food and beverage ammonia refrigeration applications include:

  • Cooling of beverages, beer, wine
  • Freezing of process foods
  • Freezing of ice cream
  • Cooling of dairy products
  • Freezing and refrigeration of meats

Unlike fire evacuations and being told to exit to the closest door… with ammonia leaks, employees are asked to wait for specific instructions in where to exit. Sometimes the closest exit may not always be in the right direction, away from the gas leak.  Ammonia evacuation signals must be different from fire alarms to avoid confusions.  All employees must be trained on the difference in the alarms.

Pfannenberg has had experience in protecting personnel from gas and vapor leaks.  Our robust and multi-toned flashing sounders, offer 80 different tones – perfect for alerting and protecting personnel. Due to the large signaling coverage provided by each alarm, the amount of signaling devices required is significantly reduced. This supports an application that is economical while ensuring industrial safety.

Generally speaking, a blue light/strobe is a warning color used for toxic gas leaks, and red is used as a warning color for combustible gas leaks – but users can use any color unless directed by a local code or law. Blue tends to be the favorable color used in Ammonia gas leak alarms.

Common refrigeration alarms alert people about high concentrations in a room where they should not go.  Our signaling will extend this warning to other operating employees in the facility who can be immediately alerted to a problem so corrective action can be immediately undertaken.



Pfannenberg industrial alarms with visual and audible notifications come with a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed in protecting man, machine, and the environment.

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Using Chillers to Help Make Pasta

Pasta – A staple in Italian cuisine that can be found in almost every household. It is a food that carries memories and conveys emotions.


Pasta is a noodle that is made from water and flour (eggs and other ingredients can be added for various flavors) – it has a simple composition, but the process requires a lot of love and patience. Pasta is classified under two broad categories: dried and fresh – from there it is classified by various shapes, sizes, flavors and ingredients.

In the United States, there has been an increase in buying trends for ready-made meals and easy to prepare foods. Dried pasta falls under both categories, but also has a strong nutritional composition – containing various vitamins and nutrients. Pasta takes many different shapes and sizes. Making dried pasta is a delicate process, it can easily tear and get ruined.  Ingredients are first mixed, extruded and dried, then taken to be packaged and shipped – all important steps into delivering a sought-after product.

Variety of types and shapes of dry pasta

An important manufacturing step in the dried pasta making process is the use of an extruder.Pfannenbergs’ packaged chillers are an ideal solution for the temperature regulation in this process. At the extrusion phase the pasta is given it’s distinct shape and size. This is the step in the process that classifies the pasta style, from angel hair and bow tie to lasagna and spaghetti.  Depending on the type of pasta that is desired, the dough is either pushed through dies or rolled out and cut.  Many types of dried pasta are commercially reproduced through this extrusion process.

The extrusion machine can mass produce large amounts of pasta to be dried. As the pasta enters the extruder it is approximately 95 °F (35 °C). As the pasta is pressed through the extruder there is an increase in the product temperature due to the friction of the pasta being forced out. A chiller is used to cool the water jacket built within the extruder to maintain an ideal exit temperature of 115 °F (45 °C). Anything warmer than this leads to a different consistency and risk of damage to the product.

Our Pfannenberg CC chiller series are used for this extrusion process globally. It’s compact design, ease of use and durability allows for integration within the OEM equipment.

We would all love to make our own fresh pasta at home, but with today’s busy lifestyle having a box of dried pasta in your cupboard is a staple for a quick meal.  Next time you cook your pasta in a pot of hot boiling water, remember its the cooling needed in the process to help make this delicious meal possible.


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Indication, Warning & Alarm Solutions for Food & Beverage Applications

Robust, field-proven, visual and audible devices for alarm, warning, and indication

Signaling confusion throughout many manufacturing facilities is a big problem. At the plant level, many OEM machines have the proper alarms, but they only emit a couple of tones and optional visual alerts, making it difficult to determine which machine had an event or why the alarm was triggered.

Pfannenberg’s visual and acoustic signaling devices can easily be installed on existing systems. Satisfying numerous alarm, warning, and indication requirements, including: machinery operating status, process monitoring, system startup, and building or area evacuation due to fire, toxic gas leak, spills, or intruder alert. With robust construction, up to 80 tones and the ability to withstand severe environments these devices are ideal for the state and federal safety requirements that companies need to obey.

Pfannenberg’s Signaling Technology: Protecting Man, Machine, and the Environment.

Typical Applications:

  • Machinery Startup Indicator
  • Heavy Equipment Movement Alarm
  • Machinery Malfunction Alarm
  • Process Upset
  • Evacuation Sounder
  • Gas Leak
  • Industrial Fire Alarms

Warn operators and employees anywhere of danger, accidents or technical faults – increase facility safety and reduce risks.  Process interruption indication lights alert personnel of machine/line status, minimizing costly downtime. Combination of audible/visual signals provide warning on noisy or busy production lines.


Pfannenberg industrial alarms with visual and audible notifications come with a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment.

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Control Enclosure Temperatures in a Food & Beverage Manufacturing Plant


Controlling enclosure temperature is crucial in the food and beverage industry.  If the temperature is too warm or too cold, condensation and higher risks of contamination arises. 

Pfannenberg’s Heaters, Thermostats & Hygrostats detect and keep ambient conditions above dew point to avoid the harmful effects of condensation on your electronics and products. They can be used as standalone or in partnership with our other Thermal Management solutions specifically our Filterfan® and Cooling Unit product lines.

  • Thermostats are used for alarming, fan control and heater control
  • Hygrostats can control humidity levels within enclosure when used with small heaters
  • Heaters are available for cabinets in cold storage areas as well as for condensate management

For over 60 years, Pfannenberg has been helping to cool and maintain temperatures for your electronics.


 

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Pfannenberg’s Process Chillers Meet the Most Demanding Food & Beverage Applications


Pfannenberg Liquid Solutions – Now That’s Cool™

Designed for today’s food-processing environment, EB Series  and CC Series Chillers feature stainless steel pumps and evaporators, non-ferrous water circuits, and a polyester-epoxy blend powder-coat finish.  Stainless steel or aluminum casing panels are available.  Our outdoor-rated construction provides flexibility for remote installation requirements.

EB Series:

  • In recirculated cooling loop applications, our unique combination of thermal storage and refrigerant gas bypass technologies allows operational flexibility.
  • Refrigerant capacity control reduces thermal storage volume resulting in a smaller footprint, lower operating weight, and lower coolant costs.
  • Supply water temperature stability is easily achievable for close tolerance applications and higher energy efficiency.
  • Once-through configurations are also available for cooling water, liquid ingredients or products prior to packaging. This arrangement features FDA recommended liquid contact surface materials and optional CIP connections for easy maintenance.
  • NEMA 4, UL-listed control panels and state-of-the-art microprocessor based controllers are standard equipment providing safety, ease of use and service.
  • Options include remote control and communication systems, casters for portability, and status signal lighting.

CC Series:

  • Hermetic compressor with R-134a refrigerant.
  • Peripheral pump with a wide flow & pressure range.
  • Stainless steel brazed plate evaporator.
  • Non-ferrous coolant circuit.
  • Hinged front panel allows full access to interior for service.
  • Microprocessor-based electronic controller.
  • UL & CE approvals.

Generous evaporator and condenser heat transfer surfaces maximizes efficiency and tolerance to fouling to provide low operating costs and trouble-free operation – even in the most demanding food and beverage environments.

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Cooling Food & Beverage Applications with Pfannenberg’s DTS/DTT Series

Innovative, Efficient, Reliable

Whether in washdown locations or control rooms, the DTS Series key internal electronics are positioned away from potentially moist and/or caustic air in food and beverage applications.  The wide condenser fin spacing allows for filterless and maintenance-free operation.  The stainless steel units have an epoxy coating on all exposed copper tubing to compliment the electrostatically-coated condensers. The fans are conformal coated, backward curve impellers that have a standard life of 55,000+ hours, providing the longest life and best air flow in their class.

DTS Series Cooling Units

  • Active condensate management utilizes a PTC heater which eliminates the need for drain line.
  • NEMA Type 4/4X 304 Stainless Steel with #3 polish to repel contaminants in food grade applications and to provide for easy washdown.
  • High Temperature models can operate in ambient temperature models can operate in ambient temperatures up to 140° F (60° C), ideal near industrial ovens or baking lines.
  • Optional cover to protect fan if used in washdown or in high dust/debris areas.

DTT Series Top Mount Cooling Units

  • DTT Series Units provide convenient top mount cooling while eliminating the danger of condensate entering cabinets.
  • Innovative service panel design provides easy to change filters, controls and fuses, decreasing service time and allowing filters to be changed without downtime.
  • Product variety: multiple performance levels available.
  • Easy mounting: quick release mounting frame and quick mount design.

By keeping electronics in enclosures from overheating, Pfannenberg provides an invaluable service to companies, keeping their machinery and processes consistently operating.  By developing and producing products which are designed to save energy and other resources, Pfannenberg operates by their business philosophy – Protecting man, machine and the environment


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Pfannenberg Food & Beverage Applications: Air/Water Heat Exchangers

The Complete Liquid-Cooled Solution for F&B Industrial Control Enclosures

For over 50 years Pfannenberg has been a leader in thermal management solutions.  From simple Fan Cooling and Packaged Air Conditioners to more complex water cooled applications, our expertise helps ensure industrial electronics operate at peak efficiency and extended service life.

Pfannenberg’s Air/Water Heat Exchangers offer a solutions to fix your thermal management problems in washdown areas of the plant or areas with high amounts of particulate . The sealed cabinet provides contaminant-free component cooling without adding heat to the local environment.  It provides an excellent economic solution where plant water is available or when used in conjunction with a process chiller.  It’s sealed design and available stainless steel, NEMA Type 4/4X construction provides a maintenance free solution with no exposed fans or maintenance of filters required.

Typical Food and Beverage Applications:

  • Ingredient Mixers
  • Product Cooling/Drying
  • Packaging Automation Equipment
  • Inspection Machines
  • Oven Controls

For applications which require local enclosure cooling using a remotely located source of refrigeration, PWS Series Air/Water Heat Exchangers provide the perfect solution.  Paired with our CC or  EB Series Chillers, the air/water heat exchanger provides a total cooling solution that manages process and/or control enclosure heat gain and effectively removes it from the processing area.  Single source responsibility for the complete system ensures properly matched components that are engineered to work together – and to provide a custom fit to the most complex food processing equipment.


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