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Thinking Outside the Box: Why Energy-Efficient Enclosure Climate Control Units Are Important For Food and Beverage Manufacturers

Posted by Electro-Matic on Sep 19, 2023

Poultry has been one of the food and beverage industry’s biggest growth areas in recent years, and projections indicate this growth shows no signs of slowing down — in fact, a recent report estimates the poultry market will grow by more than 6% annually through 2028.

This is just one example — pet food and plant-based foods being a couple others — of why food and beverage producers need to unlock new levels of productivity and efficiency to meet customer demand and seize opportunities in new or emerging markets.

5 Benefits of the Blue e+

While much of the discussion around optimized efficiency in the food and beverage automation space revolves around specifying industrial enclosures specifically designed to support high hygienic standards, energy-efficient climate control units play an important role in helping manufacturers create more precise, targeted cooling while reducing their energy usage and costs.

With this in mind, let’s look at a couple of reasons why design engineers should consider energy-efficient enclosure climate control units when designing an automation infrastructure for food and beverage manufacturing sites.

Energy-efficient enclosure climate control units help manufacturers facilitate more diverse production lines

The food and beverage industry is an increasingly diverse playing field with the continued growth of plant-based meat alternatives, dairy-free milk, gluten-free snacks, and a variety of other product categories. The rise in popularity of these kinds of products is pushing more traditional food and beverage producers to launch their own plant-based or dairy-free options while still maintaining production volumes of their existing products.

What complicates the matter even more is that much of this production happens concurrently in the same facility, and because these products require their own distinct production lines, manufacturers are tasked with designing cooling systems that can adequately cool several production lines while also offering configuration flexibility and reducing a producer’s automation footprint.

5 Benefits of the Blue e+

Rittal’s new Blue e+ S smart enclosure cooling unit provides superior deployment flexibility with precise, highly targeted cooling outputs to keep enclosures operating at optimal temperature levels. Lower output categories of .3 kW, .5 kW, and 1 kW help manufacturers reduce their energy consumption and costs, and the use of innovative heat pipe and inverter technology eliminates the need for a compressor or expansion valve, which significantly cuts the amount of energy necessary to operate the unit — in fact, the Blue e+ S can reduce overall energy consumption by 75%.

The first step in better understanding the kind of cooling unit infrastructure necessary to facilitate multiple production lines is evaluating your current climate systems in order to identify potential deficiencies or liabilities. With a Rittal climate control efficiency analysis, manufacturers can increase the efficiency of their cooling systems by consolidating the number of cooling units — all without sacrificing performance or cooling output.

Energy-efficient climate control units help food and beverage manufacturers better align with sustainability initiatives

A survey conducted last year by the International Data Corporation found that 40% of food and beverage manufacturers said sustainable manufacturing was a top priority. The rise of sustainability as a top-level concern among manufacturers mirrors the importance and value consumers put in more eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and the dovetailing of these two creates some game-changing opportunities for manufacturers to use natural resources like energy in a more efficient, strategic way.

One way food and beverage manufacturers can reduce their impact on the environment is eliminating the use of harmful components or chemicals commonly used in industrial cooling units — in fact, the elimination of environmentally damaging chemicals as a means of reducing your overall carbon footprint is a large component of the new UL/CSA 60335-2-40 Standard, which is currently active and will be mandated for products certified to UL 1995 after January 1, 2024.

5 Benefits of the Blue e+

The engineering innovations that make up the Blue e+ S significantly reduce carbon emissions in part by using a refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) that is 56% lower than those used in comparable cooling units to minimize carbon dioxide emissions.

Rittal’s Blue e+ S line of enclosure cooling units are also built upon a fully-integrated IIoT interface that allows for digital monitoring and condition reporting to help manufacturers better understand the state of their cooling units on a 24/7 basis.

Remote monitoring, cooling unit alerts and notifications, and user-friendly LED displays make it easier than ever before to adjust the temperature of your cooling unit based solely on the amount of cooling required, and this real-time flexibility helps you eliminate energy waste and align with consumer expectations and compliance on sustainability.

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Kyntronics: Say Goodbye to HPUs and Hydraulic Cylinders

Posted by Electro-Matic on Aug 16, 2023

Why Headaches and Inefficiencies go Away when you say Goodbye to HPUs and Hydraulic Cylinders

While hydraulic actuators connected to hydraulic power units (HPUs) are commonly used in high force applications, they require many components, making them complex and difficult to maintain. In contrast, the Kyntronics SMART Electro-Hydraulic Actuators (SHAs) are an all-in-one, self-contained electric actuator that incorporates a cylinder, pump, manifold, and servo motor with an optional drive/control system providing enhanced control, precision, and energy efficiency.

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Discover our wide range of high-quality, industrial in-stock cables!

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jul 19, 2023

Have you ever had unexpected component failures leading to process downtime? We understand the detrimental impact this can have on your production time and revenue.

Electro-Matic provides durable and dependable cables, designed to perform in the most demanding manufacturing environments. Our industrial cable products have a proven track record of performance in a wide range of applications, including: machine tools, robotic automation, conveyors, servo motion control, automotive tooling, automation, food & beverage production, and more.

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Festo: Trends in Automation

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jul 18, 2023

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SIEMENS Power Supplies

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jul 18, 2023

Shorter Lead Times: Siemens Power Supplies

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Electro-Matic now offers select Siemens SITOP power supplies with shorter lead times featuring:

SITOP PSU6200: The standard all-around power supply for a wide range of applications
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Electro-Matic and Siemens proudly sponsor Team 6099 Osborn Knight Riders First Robotics

Posted by Electro-Matic on Jun 21, 2023

Electro-Matic and Siemens are paving the way for the next generation of engineers and innovators by proudly sponsoring local First Robotics teams, including Team 6099 Osborn Knight Riders.
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EPLAN Efficient Engineering

Posted by Electro-Matic on May 16, 2023

EPLAN USA is pleased to announce that Electro-Matic, a
SunSource Company, has joined our Channel Network program. This program expands Electro-Matic’s solution offering to now include EPLAN.  Together, we provide cohesive solutions across the United States. 

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Festo Essentials: Products for Your Everyday Automation Needs

Posted by Electro-Matic on May 1, 2023

Festo Essentials products are: The Most Requested Readily Available Quick Delivery Great Value!

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Enhancing Siemens PLC Workflows with Git Version Control

Posted by Electro-Matic on Mar 14, 2023

While the demand for industrial automation is at an all-time high, manufacturers continue to face challenges with the high cost of materials, increased lead times, and labor shortages. Optimistically, many manufacturers predict business growth in 2023 and plan to increase headcount and production. Therefore, the need for solutions that shorten development and production timelines, increase quality, and maximize operational uptime is imminent.

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Topics: Manufacturing in America 2023

Fori Automation

Posted by Electro-Matic on Mar 14, 2023

Fori Automation, LLC is gearing up to attend Manufacturing in America 2023. We look forward to demonstrating some of the latest technologies within automation manufacturing. Fori has a strong reputation for providing high-quality automation solutions to manufacturers. We specialize in developing custom automation systems that help manufacturers improve their efficiency, productivity, and profitability. With a focus on material handling, end-of-line systems, chassis marriage, assembly and welding systems we have helped businesses across a range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, agriculture and defense among others.

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Topics: Manufacturing in America 2023

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