5 Unexpected Benefits of Proper Enclosure Cooling Design
Properly designing an enclosure cooling system should keep a factory, cell tower, paper mill, oil rig, mine, or other industrial site operating without interruptions caused by catastrophic or intermittent failure of electronic components. The right design will maintain the highest possible level of performance throughout the lifetime of each component in the enclosure.
In contrast, a lack of good design can result in excess down-time, service repair costs, and loss of service life, all leading to decreased productivity and profits.
Taking into account the full range of factors affecting the internal temperature of a cabinet during the design phase can lead to many unexpected benefits, including the following:
1. Keeping Component Warranties Valid
Any elevation of temperature above the maximum recommendation may void the manufacturer’s warranty, and can lead to premature failure of a component. In contrast, a proper enclosure cooling design will reduce capital expense for replacing components that fail too early.
2. Increasing Sustainability
A proper enclosure cooling design can prevent overcooling—which uses unnecessary power and costs more in capital outlay. Using the smallest, least energy intensive system possible can save energy and reduce the need for replacement parts. It can also minimize space requirements, allowing it to fit into a smaller or more convenient location.
3. Allowing Easier Maintenance
Designing the enclosure cooling system to be maintenance-friendly and easily accessible without ladders or kneeling on the ground insures that maintenance schedules will more likely be followed. When filters and condenser coils remain free of dust or other contamination, components will operate as intended for their designated lifespan, or even longer.
4. Improving Security
Proper enclosure cooling design allows engineers to select the best options and accessories for the individual application. For example, a programmable digital controller located on the face of the enclosure cooling system may not be the best choice for some applications. In these cases, the option of installing a remote controller inside the enclosure itself, without leaving an opening on the cooling system, helps preserve security of the unit.
5. Maintaining both high and low recommended temperatures
Another option for designing an enclosure cooling system is the addition of a heating package to the air conditioner, which helps maintain temperatures within the recommended range, even in locations with wide variations in ambient temperature, such as outdoors in sunny, cold climates. The heater makes use of the same evaporator blower as for cooling, and is programmed to work without simultaneous operation of heating and cooling.
Carefully considering all the factors that impact the design of the enclosure cooling system can prevent early loss of electric components, use energy more efficiently, maintain productivity, and increase the profitability of any commercial or industrial business.
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