Heat exchangers provide highly efficient cooling for electrical components. As energy costs increase, they are getting more consideration by system designers. Before making a design decision between air-to-air and air-to-water heat exchangers it is important to weigh installation considerations and use-cases. Here, we have provided an overview of each technology to help you determine which can best impact your equipment and your bottom line.
Design News and Rittal Answer Your Climate Control Questions
What is the trickiest part for you in specifying climate control for your industrial or IT enclosure? It could be making the most energy efficient decision, or keeping up with climate control technology. Maybe your location is isolated or the ambient temperatures are about to soar in the summer months.
Energy savings is top of mind these days, especially when it comes to efficiently cooling industrial enclosures. We understand that you’ve got to not only protect the sensitive components inside your enclosures from heat, but need to do it in an energy efficient and cost-conscious manner. That’s why Rittal created the ChillZone app, an energy savings estimator for its Blue e+ line of industrial enclosure cooling solutions.
In the age of the Internet of Things and a world that is globally connected, cybersecurity – the need to safeguard information from an unending deluge of threats – has become a key technology challenge in the 21st Century. DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has recognized the dangers posed by cyber warfare from individual hackers to government-sponsored agencies.
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Data Centers and server racks run hot. Protecting the technology backbone of your company means managing air flow, temperature, energy consumption and cooling technology.
Product certifications and approvals are pivotal to the global acceptance of industrial products. Rittal products meet the highest internationally recognized quality standards. All components are subjected to the most stringent testing in accordance with international standards and regulations.
Climate control inside your electronics enclosures is key to the survivability of the electronics residing there. Temperature rise in enclosures can be caused by contact problems with live conductors or incorrect dimensioning of switchgear and conductors. Also, when operating a low-voltage switchgear assembly, short-circuit losses occur, leading to a temperature rise in the enclosure’s internal air and, connected with this, inferior heat dissipation via the surface of the installed components and assemblies. This can lead to component damage.
As much as people enjoy warm weather, too much heat can cause our bodies’ systems to decrease our energy outpoint, reducing productivity. Heat is also often an enemy of electrical devices, reducing their efficiency over the long term. In fact, 57 percent of all component failures are due to heat-related issues. Air conditioning offers the fastest way to reduce the high temperatures, humidity, and dust that can lead to electrical equipment failures down the line. Learning how to read an air conditioner performance diagram is your first step toward making smart choices when buying enclosure climate control systems.
People don’t want to live in dirty environments and neither do electronics. Electronic controls and instrumentation are highly sensitive to factors like dust, oil, high humidity, and excessive heat. Maintaining tight control over temperatures inside an electronics enclosure is essential for protecting these devices. System designers can choose from a variety of cooling options, including natural convection, fans, air-to-air heat exchangers, air-to-water heat exchangers, and air conditioners. Each of these technologies offers its own unique style, advantages, and customization options.