Drinktec 2017: Pfannenberg to exhibit for the first time

Pfannenberg, the specialist for industrial thermal management solutions and signaling technology will be exhibiting for the first time at Drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry to be held in Munich from 11 to 15 September 2017.


Pfannenberg will be at stand 138 in Hall B3 showing tough, efficient thermal management solutions and signaling technology for the beverage and liquid food industry.

Visitors will be able to see the latest signaling technology and thermal management solutions for the food and beverage industry at stand 138 in Hall B3. Exhibits will include cooling units with corrosion resistant stainless-steel covers and robust signaling devices with high IP classifications. These products are designed for the toughest environments and are therefore suitable for use where liquids are processed and in production systems which require frequent cleaning.

A demo stainless-steel cabinet demonstrating these features will show a NEMA cooling unit, an air/water heat exchanger including a water jet test, a DTT top-mount cooling unit, a stainless steel rainhood and filterfans in stainless steel design.

“Food production places great demands on manufacturing technology. Our efficient, reliable and tough cooling and signaling technology guarantees maximum machine availability in the fast-cycling and highly dynamic processes in the food and beverage industry, starting with raw material processing through manufacture and quality control to packaging,” explains Annarita Amadei, Industry Group Manager Food and Beverage at Pfannenberg.

IoT-enabled packaged solution
The communication-enabled cooling units in the εCool X series that will be exhibited are ideal for companies wanting to make their production fit for Industry 4.0 and at the same time improve machine availability. These thermal management solutions for electrical enclosures can be integrated directly in the user’s automation systems. If required, they can also provide relevant device parameters via the Cloud for remote maintenance. Users benefit from customized maintenance, cost-efficient service and better machine availability thanks to preventative maintenance.

Reliable cooling
Modern production systems such as filling lines are usually permanently in operation. The cooling units and filterfans from Pfannenberg are fitted with IP 56 housing and corrosion-proof stainless-steel covers which makes them the optimum solution for the economical cooling of electrical enclosure technology.

Exhibits at Drinktec will include the new compact 6301C cooling units from the εCool 6000 series. Their power, and their compact design in particular, make them suitable for use in a wide range of applications.

Despite their space-saving design they offer the same energy efficiency, service friendliness and cut-out compatibility as the standard models: they cut energy consumption compared to traditional cooling devices by up to 43%, with a further 10% reduction in standby operation.

Tailor-made process cooling
In particularly sensitive areas of food and drink manufacture, the maintenance-free air to water heat exchangers and the EB series industrial chillers allow economic system solutions which work independently of the ambient air. Typical areas of application are filling lines and packaging systems. Pfannenberg chillers – with cooling capacities from 3.2 to 148.8 kW – cool sophisticated electronic systems. Both standard ready to-use units and fully customized ones can be provided.

This will be demonstrated at Drinktec with the EB 95 WT. Starting from the compactly designed, highly efficient and easy to service standard unit, this chiller can be equipped with several additional features to match specific applications.

For example, all devices can be equipped with a hydraulic bypass, a SMP55 controller with error messages panel and a ASI communication module enables the unit to be integrated the in the customer’s system. The EB devices are UL certified and can be used at ambient temperatures from -20 °C to +45 °C. All chillers in the range allow users to benefit from lower energy and operating costs, space-saving installation, high reliability and long machine life.

Robust signaling technology
Signaling-2.jpgWith high levels of ambient noise, the manufacture of beverages and liquid food makes serious demands on signaling technology. The status of packaging, laser inscription or filling machines and lines must be permanently displayed so that response times can be optimized and costly downtime minimized. Warning lights and acoustic alarms must signal hazards, risks or technical faults immediately, even in the vicinity of noisy conveyors operating at full capacity. Against this background, combinations of visual and audible signaling devices are the best choice.

Signaling technology suitable for operation in production environments such as these will be exhibited:

  • The BR 50 stacklights: This device is of a modular construction and uses sound and flashing, blinking or solid lights to signal statuses and dangerous situations reliably
  • The QUADRO and LED-HI multi function lights
  • the PYRA sounder/flashing light combinations
  • the PATROL and DS sounders

All of which are suitable for use in the demanding conditions of the drink and liquid food industry, will also be exhibited.

Topics: Thermal Management, Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions, Trade Show

Pfannenberg Signaling and Alarm Infographic for Plant Safety

Do all your alarms sound the same? Did you take into account your plant’s ambient light and sound levels or area to be alarmed when you planned your signaling strategy?

With up to 800,000 workers every day suffering a work-related accident (worldwide), the answer to these questions are crucial to ensuring the best plant safety.

As part of the National Safety Month, Pfannenberg is releasing a Signaling Infographic to help you understand how an effective alarm system helps to reduce the risk of workplace injuries.

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Visual and audible signaling solutions from Pfannenberg help protect personnel from dangerous and life-threatening situations and narrow the risk gap associated with hazardous process systems and machinery.

>> Click here for more information about Pfannenberg’s Signaling Technology


Pfannenberg is proud to increase Industrial Safety with its robust, field-proven, visual and audible signaling devices for alarm, warning, and indication. Our business philosophy – Protecting Man, Machine and the Environment.

Pfannenberg Industrial Alarms light up your Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Pfannenberg!

To celebrate Valentine’s Day our engineering and marketing teams collaborated to create this fun light up heart display using our BR 50 Signal Towers (stack lights) Check out the video here. Our signaling solutions help to protect you and your loved ones.

>> Click here to learn more about our Visual and Audible Signaling Devices!


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

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsAlarms

Pfannenberg Quadro-LED-Hi : New Multifunctional Light for Industrial Applications

The NEW Quadro-LED-Hi visual alarm device is used to notify of hazardous situations and to indicate the status or fill level of machines and systems. Possible application areas include the operation of industrial machines and systems, building safety and controlling traffic on factory premises. The optical signals of the lights are created with LEDs delivering a high level of luminous efficiency.
 
Thanks to robust mechanical construction and categorization in high protection classes (IP 66, IP 67 and IK08), the Quadro-LED-Hi is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Modular in design and multi-functional, these visual alarms are cost-effective, versatile and powerful signaling solutions.
 
“The Quadro-LED-Hi has everything an industrial light needs: not only a high light intensity but also wide coverage area thanks to its well-thought-out design. Furthermore, it is extremely robust. Neither aggressive environmental conditions nor driving rain, or condensation can effect its performance. With many functions and combination options, industrial companies can cover a wide range of applications with one flexible lighting solution which can be adapted to their requirements,” says Carsten Hippler, Signaling Product Sales Manager at Pfannenberg.
 
Powerful signaling

The luminosity of the Quadro-LED-Hi can be adjusted up to 75 cd. However, luminosity is not a sufficient measure of the effectiveness of a signaling device.

The actual coverage area under real environmental conditions is much more decisive and this has been shown for the first time with Pfannenberg’s 3D Coverage Approach. This takes account of factors such as the type of alert and the positioning of the device.

This method indicates that, used with a clear cover, the signaling coverage of the Quadro-LED-Hi is as follows (width/height/depth):

  • Information applications – 49.5 m x 47.5 m x 36 m
  • Warning applications – 22 m x 21 m x 16 m
  • Alerting applications 11 m x 10.5 m x 8 m

Versatile in use

Users can adjust the operating modes of the LED light at any time within a flexible range of options: continuous blinking frequencies at 1 Hz /2 Hz and flashing frequencies at 0.1Hz / 0.5 Hz / 0.75 Hz / 1 Hz /2 Hz. The Quadro-LED-Hi is even more versatile used with a multi-voltage power pack. There is a 24 V variant with a functional range of 11 V to 60 V (DC) and a 230 V variant with a functional range of 90 V to 253 V (AC) at 50/60 Hz. The lights are also equipped with an inrush current limiter. The Quadro-LED-Hi is designed for ambient temperatures ranging from –40 °F to +130 °F.


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

Click here to learn more about Signaling Technology and Solutions!

 

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsAlarms3D Coverage

New Datasheet: PYRA Flashing Strobe Lights, Modern alarms for Industrial Hazards

Pfannenberg range of PYRA Flashing Strobe Lights and Sounders are the best solution for many applications worldwide. Due to the large signaling coverage provided by Pfannenberg’s alarms, the amount of signaling devices required is significantly reduced. This supports an application that is economical while ensuring industrial safety.

PYRA range of Flashing Strobe Lights and Sounders includes:

PY X-S-05 Flashing Lights

  • Visible field of 180° x 360°
  • 60 flashes per minute
  • Separate control of horn and strobe
  • Low-profile design
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

PY X-M Flashing Lights

  • Visible field of 180° x 360°
  • 8,000,000 flashes life
  • Adjustable flash rate
  • Automatic flash sync of multiple units
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

PY X-MA Flashing sounders

  • 8 pre-programmed tones
  • Adjustable flash rate
  • Automatic flash sync of multiple units
  • Separate control of horn and strobe
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

>> Ask us about our NEW 15 JOULES PYRA L coming in 2017!


 

Pfannenberg’s PYRA visual and audible signaling devices offer extensive certifications including UL and CE in support of worldwide requirements. They also include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment.

 

Click here or on the picture to view our NEW PYRA Datasheet.

 


Click here to learn more about Signaling Confusion and how to fix it!


Pfannenberg is proud to increase Industrial Safety with its robust, field-proven, visual and audible signaling devices for alarm, warning, and indication. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

 

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg Signaling Alarms Notify Personnel and Community of Chlorine Gas Leak

Chlorine Gas Detection Alarm System Works as Designed

In 2015 Pfannenberg provided signaling notification appliances (alarm horns and strobes) to the North Tonawanda Wastewater Treatment Facility as part of their new Gas Detection Alarm System. On the evening of Tuesday, September 13, 2016 there was a very small chlorine gas leak. Pfannenberg’s PATROL Signaling Alarms were triggered through the system notifying plant personnel and surrounding area. The alarms could heard up to a mile away from the facility.

>> All clear given following chlorine leak (VIDEO)


Even though the leak was very minor, everyone was pleased to know that the system worked as specified, providing adequate warning. Hopefully there will never be a larger leak, but if there were then it is reassuring to know that the personnel and community will have plenty of advanced warning to the potential hazard.

Click Here to check out our case study about this project.


Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsWastewater TreatmentGas DetectionAlarms

Pfannenberg Signaling Devices Help Protect the World Largest Cruise Ship


Photo source: Royal Carribean Press Center

‘Harmony of the Seas’, the World Largest Cruise Ship ordered by Royal Carribbean and constructed by STX France is finally ready to host its first passengers, after 36 months construction. As the only MED Certified Signaling Device manufacturer we are pleased that STX chose Pfannenberg’s PATROL Signaling Devices to be installed on this sea giant.Innovative attractions such as the highest sea slide have been designed for the 6,700 passengers that can accommodate this 1,187 ft long and 230 ft high floating city as “The Ultimate Abyss”.

The ship also features 20 restaurants, 23 swimming pools, many shops, a mini golf, surfing simulators, a ‘Central Park’ with 10,000 plants and a theater with 1,400 seats!

The best technologies will also be used on the ship such as a bionic bar, RFID wrist bands, iPad check in and high-speed internet which will definitely change the way we enjoy vacations at sea.


Royal Carribbean crew members and passengers can also count on Pfannenberg’s best Signaling Technology for their onbard protection with our 200 PATROL Signaling Devices already installed in various areas of the ship.

These MED Certified, modern, visual and audible signaling devices are used in all technical areas of the ship such as utility rooms, kitchens, storage rooms and machine rooms. Pfannenberg’s PATROL Signaling devices will ensure the 6,700 passengers’ safety against fire and CO2 threats.


Pfannenberg PATROL range of Signaling devices include a standard 10-Year Warranty, guaranteed to protect man, machine and the environment:

PATROL Sounders – versatile audible alarms:

  • 80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different even
  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install
  • Can be surface-mounted or flush-mounted.

PATROL Flashing Sounders – combined audible and visual alarms:

  • Enhance safety with alarms that are seen and heard.
  • Utilize flashing strobes with higher energy/visibility.
  • 80 pre-programmed tones, up to 4 different events
  • Separate control of horns and strobes
  • Superior sound penetration and coverage
  • Operates in harsh environments
  • Fast, easy and safe to install

Click here to view our Marine Industry Datasheet.

Click here for more information about MED certification and to discover our certified Marine Fire Alarm Systems.

Pfannenberg, Inc. is a global manufacturer of Signaling Technologies, Thermal Management, and Liquid Cooling Solutions.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutions

Pfannenberg’s PATROL Alarms are the ONLY MED approved devices worldwide


As of May 26 2016, Pfannenberg is the ONLY Marine Equipment Directive approved manufacturer worldwide.

On board safety is mandatory and the quality of installed Signaling Devices is key to avoid risks of injuries whatever the conditions. Pfannenberg is proud to be the only manufacturer whose product quality is certified by the Marine Equipment Directive. This certification is also valid in the US with the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for testing and approvals according to the 96/98/EC Directive.


What is the MED Marine Approval?

The MED Mark of Conformity confirms that a product or piece of equipment is approved for use on board EU member state ships and ships of countries which have agreed to apply the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘wheelmark’ or ‘wheel mark’ and also known as M.E.D/MED approval or certification. It provides confirmation that the equipment or product is suitable for marine industry use. Its purpose is:

  • To enhance safety at sea
  • To improve the protection of the marine environment
  • To facilitate free trade of marine equipment within the European Union while maintaining a common safety level.

All approved and authorized products are stored in the MarED database which contains information about over 35,000 authorised devices. Pfannenberg Signaling Devices are the ONLY devices stored in the MarED database for the Fire Alarm Category. Products are tested by an independent third party, for use in the marine environment before being granted an approval certificate.


Our certified Signaling Devices

Pfannenberg offers an extensive range of products and solutions designed specifically to withstand the requirements of the marine industry.

Pfannenberg PATROL PA sounders and PA X combined sounders/beacons are MED certified by Germanischer Lloyd (a Notified Body under the terms of the MED) who has confirmed that these products meet the requirements of the directive. Pfannenberg’s MED certified visual and audible devices include the following:

Click here to view our MED Certificate
Click here for more information about Pfannenberg’s MED Certified devices


You can rely on Pfannenberg products whenever you need fire protection alarm devices, such as sounders or visual and audible combination units, for ship and marine applications.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutionsboat alarms

Pfannenberg’s Marine Alarms Quality Recognized with MED Certification


Pfannenberg PATROL product line offer modern, visual and audible signaling devices to satisfy both requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping and the Marine Equipment Directive.


Emergencies aboard boats require immediate action, whether they are man overboard, generator failure or fire. To insure timely warnings of such events, visual and audible alarms need to offer superior coverage in rugged, weatherproof designs. Additionally, providing unique, distinctive boat warning for different events can allow the crew to react more quickly and more effectively.

What is the MED Marine Approval?

The MED Mark of Conformity confirms that a product or piece of equipment is approved for use on board for European ships and ships of countries which agreed to apply to the Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC. This is sometimes referred to as the ‘wheel mark’ and also known as M.E.D/MED approval or certification. It provides confirmation that the equipment or product is suitable for Marine Industry use.

All approved and authorized products are stored in the MarED databasewhich contains information about all authorized devices. Products are tested by an independent third party, for use in the marine environment before being granted an approval certificate.

Pfannenberg is proud to be one of the few companies to get the European Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Certification, recognizing the quality of our Marine fire alarm systems. This certification is also valid in the US with the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for testing and approvals according to the 96/98/EC Directive.

Our MED Certified visual and audible devices
Pfannenberg offers an extensive range of products and solutions designed specifically to withstand the standards of the Marine Industry. Our PATROL sounders and beacons are MED certified by Germanischer Lloyd (a Notified Body under the terms of the MED) who has confirmed that these products meet the requirements of the directive.

You can rely on Pfannenberg whenever you need fire protection alarm devices for ship and marine applications. Our Visual and Audible Signaling Devices for the Marine Industry features:

  • Non-metallic and corrosion-resistant housing
    (4X / IP 66 rated).
  • Multiple tones and separate control of horns and strobes for the best boat safety.

Click here to view our Marine Industry Datasheet.Click here for more information about MED certification and to discover our certified signaling devices.

Pfannenberg, Inc. is a global manufacturer of Signaling Technology, Thermal Management, and Liquid Cooling Solutions.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling Solutionsboat alarmsMaritime AlarmsMarine Alarms

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.

Click here to learn more about Signaling Technology and Solutions!

Topics: Industrial Safety & Signaling SolutionsFood & Beverage