Guide to choosing a cooling or temperature control system

A comparison of coolers, chillers and temperature controllers

Do you need to dissipate or add heat to your process fluids? Should the output be higher or lower (and by how much) than the ambient temperature? Is the focus on performance or on saving water and energy? You have at your disposal different types of cooling, refrigeration, thermoregulation systems: you will find your first answers in these boxes... and in us, a contact person always at your disposal.

A solution for every temperature

Let us start with the outlet fluid temperatures.

Generally, one speaks of refrigeration when one intends to reach temperatures below that of the environment. Otherwise, any form of heat dissipation is more properly referred to as cooling. All this even though in everyday language there is often no clear distinction between the two.

Thermoregulation is of course a different domain: instead of dissipating heat, thermoregulation units add heat to process fluids in order to make them perform mechanical operations (typically moulding).

The temperatures in the picture opposite are of course indicative and depend to a very large extent on the surrounding environmental conditions. They can, however, give you a rough indication.

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Guide to Choosing Industrial Coolers and Chillers
Guide to Choosing Industrial Coolers and Chillers

Refrigeration and cooling systems: a quick comparison

The box opposite gives you more information if your need is in the area of heat dissipation from process fluids: you therefore need refrigeration or cooling systems.

Different technologies are available on the market to combine performance needs and resource savings in different ways:

  • air (or dry) cooling,
  • adiabatic cooling,
  • evaporative cooling,
  • mechanical cooling or refrigeration (process chillers).

Some concrete examples

What is your main requirement in the area of cooling and heating?

  • Very low fluid outlet temperatures, high performance: we are talking about process coolers.
  • Medium temperatures and optimisation of resources: adiabatic cooling is the right solution.
  • Zero water use, medium-high temperatures: water cooling is the choice for you.
  • High performance, low to medium temperatures… and water is a usable resource: ask about evaporative cooling towers, perhaps from MITA Cooling Technologies (a MITA Group company like Frigofluid).
  • Heating and maintaining process fluids at high temperatures: this is the purpose of temperature controllers, especially if equipped with auto-tuning.

Not only that.

Do you have to manage a complex industrial plant, or one with several process lines? You may need a turnkey refrigeration system: chiller, cooler, temperature control unit, accessories and sub-supplies.

Discover the components of a turnkey refrigeration system

Tools to help you choose

Preliminary Assessment

Many interlocutors come to us with a very general idea of their industrial refrigeration needs: this is normal. That's why we stimulate the sharing of technical information.

Customized Design

We believe that integration with the best accessories on the market and the careful and 'unified' selection of internal components can make the difference.

Custom Chillers and Turnkey Plants

Production facilities and the characteristic of the installation area also have important effects on the design: because one cannot stop at the listed solutions.