Temperature control specialist, ICS Cool Energy, has been working to create super-efficiencies in critical cooling, with one of the world’s leading innovators in specialist metal coatings
The Oxfordshire-based coatings company is expanding its business, thanks to an increasing global demand for the advanced tungsten carbide-based coatings in which it specialises, and it needs much greater efficiencies as it develops its production facilities.
Richard Metcalfe, Sales Director at ICS Cool Energy, explains: “The longevity of the metal components used in industrial processes is clearly a factor in efficiency and profitability, so the longer the components last, the better for the manufacturer. By coating metal components with a layer of tungsten carbide-based compound, particularly those used in corrosive, abrasive or chemically aggressive environments, their lifespan may be greatly improved.
“In order for tungsten carbide compound to coat metal, its temperature must be raised to a point where a monolayer can form on its surface. The temperatures then need to be reduced at a faster rate than natural cooling allows, so an additional process must be included within the system.
“Our engineers redesigned the existing system to include a new 40kW air cooled IC410 with an additional 24/7 backup chiller operating with mains to drain water, so that in the event of a total power failure, the product would not be ruined.”
ICS Cool Energy’s innovative system was split in two halves, with two coating chambers being served by existing ICS Cool Energy chillers, and another new coating chamber operating three further processes being served by the new chiller.
Metcalfe continues, “The backup chiller was linked to both systems and is served by a new control panel. This energises on the fault/failure of either of the primary chillers, opening pneumatic valves to serve the circuit requiring cooling. Additional pneumatic valves are used to allow the system to default to the mains to drain, in the event of a power failure. The chiller system is set to restart automatically once power is reinstated.”