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Industrial Cooling Tower Technology Is Always Evolving

The Cooling Tower Industry is Driven by Innovation

If you have read our previous blogs, then you are aware that industrial cooling towers can sometimes become a little dirty. This is due largely to the fact that particulates captured in the water can cause scale deposits and microorganisms to develop on the sides of a cooling tower and the fill material. While this is an aspect of cooling towers that has been dealt with for decades through chemical treatments, we here at Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc., wanted to take some time to talk about a piece of technology that takes chemical treatment processes out of the industrial cooling tower equation.

Industrial Cooling Towers Must be Clean to be Efficient

The VRTX system is a mechanically induced treatment system that helps to prevent the formations of scale buildup, microorganisms, slime, and also helps to prevent corrosion to an industrial cooling tower from repeated exposure to harsh chemicals. Through the use of the VRTX system, no extra chemicals are used to clean the cooling tower which not only saves industries money but also cuts down on the labor that typically is associated with maintaining the structural integrity and functionality of an industrial cooling tower. The VRTX system is a mechanical device that uses hydrodynamic cavitation (the formation, growth, and implosive collapse of small gas bubbles within a liquid) to remove unwanted substances from the water used in industrial cooling tower applications, which are typically solid particulates and carbon dioxide.

The VRTX System is Like a Water Filter for Industrial Cooling Towers

The VRTX system connects to the basin water reservoir located at the bottom of most industrial cooling towers. In most cases, a side stream of water is routed from the cooling tower basin, pumped through the system, and returned back to the basin of the cooling tower. As the water from the industrial cooling tower exits the VRTX system nozzles and enters the cavitation chamber, the water’s chemistry equilibrium is shifted, which results in the off-gassing of carbon dioxide and the precipitation of solid calcium carbonate, the substance that causes scale deposits to form in industrial cooling towers. After this process, the water discharged by the VRTX system is returned to the cooling tower basin and another side stream of water is taken from the basin. This second stream passes through a filtration system or cyclonic separator that separates any solids from the water collected in the basin. Once everything has been separated, the water is flushed right back through the cooling tower and the whole process continues. All solids that are collected in the separator are usually flushed at the end of every day.
The Benefits of the VRTX System in Industrial Cooling Applications
The most obvious benefit of using the VRTX system in industrial cooling tower applications is that it eliminates the need to use harsh treatment chemicals to control scale buildup and biological growth in the cooling tower. Additionally, the VRTX system helps to conserve water through the reduction of blowdown volume which is both an environmental and economic benefit to the entire cooling tower system. It has been reported by several industries that make use of the VRTX system that they have been able to reduce their blowdown water consumption by 60 to 90 percent. Lastly, the VRTX system improves cooling tower performance through the elimination of scale build up on the surface walls of towers. Reducing the amount of scale build up allows an industrial cooling tower to more efficiently transfer heat while using less energy.
The reduction of water consumption has always been a major focus in the world of industrial cooling towers and the VRTX system has allowed multiple industries to decrease their ecological footprint while also reducing the amount of money that is spent on water each year.
If you would like to learn more about the VRTX system and the applications it has in the world of industrial cooling towers, visit our website today. At Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc., we are dedicated to providing the best service and support for customers looking to construct, refurbish, or maintain their industrial cooling towers. Don’t settle for second best, contact us today and let’s get started on your next project.

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Why FRP Towers Are Becoming Popular Solutions

Industrial Cooling Towers are Changing

As with any other piece of technology, industrial cooling towers are changing with the times. Where once these towers were made from wood, advancements in design and materials have led to more efficient cooling towers. One of these advancements, FRP, has a had a large impact on the industrial cooling tower world and in today’s blog we here at Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc. want to go briefly go over this amazing material.

What is FRP?

FRP is the abbreviated form of fibre-reinforced plastic. FRP was developed in 1909 by doctor Leo Baekeland as he was trying to find a replacement for shellac. The resulting compound, known as Bakelite was a strong, lightweight plastic that helped to pave the way for the development of a wide range of plastics and polymers. FRPs are best suited for any design that requires little weight, precision engineering, finite tolerances, and the simplification of production and operation parts. Fibre-reinforced plastic is cheaper, faster, and easier to manufacture than cast aluminum or steel parts, and maintains similar and sometimes better tolerances and material strengths than these materials.

How is FRP Used in Industrial Cooling Towers?

FRP cooling towers are quickly becoming the preferred cooling tower worldwide. With an increase in demand, the supply rate of FRP cooling towers has also seen immense growth. FRP cooling towers have become so popular for the following reasons:

  • FRP cooling towers are light in weight
  • FRP cooling towers are chemical resistant and stand up to a wider range of pH levels
  • FRP cooling towers are naturally fire resistance and limit the amount of fire protection devices needed on a site
  • FRP cooling towers are quick to assemble and are a cost effective alternative to traditional tower materials
  • FRP cooling towers help to inhibit UV penetration and are naturally corrosion resistant.

While all of these benefits make an FRP cooling tower an attractive choice for industrial cooling applications, the biggest benefit is their durability. FRP cooling towers, because of their natural resistance to corrosive chemicals and environmental corrosion, can be placed in areas that normally would not be suitable for an industrial cooling tower. While FRP towers have seen a major popularity boom in developing countries such as India, China, and Indonesia, they are also becoming an increasingly popular option for domestic use as well.

FRP and the Future

Here at Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc., we are always looking toward the future in regard to industrial cooling towers. Our business depends on the fact that we keep up with the latest advancements in technology and building techniques in the industrial cooling tower world. With that being said, we feel the fibre-reinforced plastics are going to continue to play a vital role in the development of lighter, more efficient, and more cost-effective industrial cooling towers.
To learn more about our industrial cooling tower services, or to get a quote on building or retrofitting a current cooling tower, visit our website today. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience you deserve when upgrading your industrial cooling tower.

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ICS Signs Agency Agreement with PT Torishima Guna to Support Indonesian Market

Industrial Cooling Solutions Inc (ICS) has signed an agency agreement with PT Torishima Guna in Indonesia to support Indonesian customers in all markets. ICS already has successfully completed projects in Indonesia in Geothermal Power, Thermal Power, Chemical and Petrochemical industries and is now able to offer full turnkey construction and maintenance services in Indonesia through our affiliation with PT Torishima Guna. Torishima Guna is a premier Indonesian company intially founded as a pump manufacturer in Indonesia has grown into a supplier of O&M for power plants and turbine maintenance with extensive repair and service shop capabilities.

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