Which of the manufacturing and service sectors does not require industrial air conditioning? Certainly, medium and large companies and even certain public structures such as hospitals require air conditioning systems with sufficient capacity. Whether it is to cover a fundamental part of its processes, such as in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Or also, to carry out their activities in a more comfortable environment, as in the case of the service sector.
In the following lines, we will briefly explain the importance of industrial air conditioning in different product areas.
Industrial air conditioning in the food and beverage sector
In companies that produce and distribute food and beverages, various processes are carried out, many of them delicate, that require controlled temperatures. Hence, adequate industrial air conditioning systems are vital in many spaces of this type of company. These must have the capacity to control particles and odours in the air, reducing the risks of contamination; as well as keeping the products at the appropriate temperature to guarantee their freshness. To summarize, HVAC in the food and beverage industry helps:
- Control the dust, to prevent it from spreading to the process areas and causing cross-contamination or favouring the growth of microorganisms.
- Maintain an appropriate humidity level to prevent water condensation from occurring in unwanted areas. In fact, excess moisture can alter the quality and temperature of the products.
- Reduce the odours typical of the processing of meat products, fish, dairy products, fruits and vegetables. For this purpose, an air conditioning system in these factories reduces the emission of smoke, gases and odours to the outside.
Industrial air conditioning is critical in the pharmaceutical sector
Indeed, the optimal standards of the pharmaceutical industry require maintaining temperature, ventilation and air quality conditions at specific levels. Otherwise, the quality and effectiveness of the medicines could be seriously compromised. Apart from the collateral problems that this entails, such as difficulties for the work of the staff and the delay in production.
In this regard, the World Health Organization (WHO) itself, through a specific technical report, establishes that in companies in this sector “the temperature, relative humidity and ventilation must be appropriate and must not negatively affect the quality of the pharmaceutical products during their manufacture and storage, nor to the proper functioning of the equipment”.
In particular, the temperature is crucial in the manufacture of medicines. During the preparation of the ingredients, it is critical to maintaining precise temperatures so that the ingredients dry and can properly bind to other substances. Also, it is important in the assembly of the tablets, a process that generates excess heat. This is because the machines used in this process produce more than 500 units per minute and overheating could damage them. Finally, many tablets must be coated and, for this, a plastic base must be added. Therefore, it is necessary to keep them cold to achieve their correct solidification and prevent them from sticking together when stored.
Data centres require efficient industrial air conditioning systems
As its name indicates, data centres are physical spaces where huge amounts of information are processed. These infrastructures have servers, databases and network and telecommunications technology. Normally, these computers have specific programs to manage digital data.
In general, all these elements that make up data centres generate high temperatures and consume a lot of energy. So heat is a factor in effectively minimize in these environments. As a result of overheating of peripherals, processors or other elements, system failures and data loss can occur.
On the other hand, data centres and transmission networks consume 1% of the energy produced globally. And this percentage is likely to increase due to the unstoppable growth in the number of users and Internet traffic. In this sense, the challenge of data centres today is to maintain the proper temperature of the equipment, making efficient use of energy.
Of course, the key condition to avoid the effects of heat in data centres is to have an industrial air conditioning system that works both highly effectively and highly efficiently. In particular, such equipment must be able to keep servers cool, improve airflow between aisles, isolate hot air from servers, and control humidity levels.
Industrial air conditioning systems in the health sector
It is not simply about the well-being of patients, doctors and all health centre staff. Industrial air conditioning systems in such spaces must respond to very specific challenges and comply with demanding regulations to help prevent hospital infections. Among these challenges is satisfying the requirements of spaces with very diverse characteristics and uses: waiting rooms, consulting rooms, medicine stores and operating rooms. Likewise, the rooms for magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ECG areas and others whose precise operation is critical to guarantee aseptic diagnoses and procedures. We cannot forget the hospitalization and intensive care rooms, whose optimal conditions depend on the recovery of patients.
Just to give an example, operating rooms need to be kept at low temperatures during surgical procedures, since the gowns, caps, gloves and masks used by surgeons and nurses often produce heat. Likewise, an adequate air conditioning system in these spaces prevents possible overheating in the heart rate monitoring equipment, respirators, etc.
Air conditioning in office buildings and shopping centres
En las sedes administrativas de grandes empresas, en cuyas oficinas muchas personas permanecen buena parte del día, es imprescindible ofrecer condiciones de trabajo favorables. Ciertamente, el funcionamiento de una instalación de climatización industrial tendrá efectos positivos en el bienestar y la concentración del personal de estas compañías. Esto se manifiesta en una mayor concentración en las tareas, un incremento de la productividad y una reducción de los niveles de estrés.
En concreto, los sistemas de climatización adaptados a las características de los espacios de oficinas ofrecen notables ventajas:
- Confort ajustable. En muchos casos, los sistemas que nos ocupan responden rápidamente a los cambios de temperatura, tanto interiores como exteriores, conservando el espacio en el nivel requerido.
- Reducen la humedad. Este es un problema recurrente en oficinas cuyas condiciones de climatización no son efectivas. Evidentemente, el exceso de humedad hace que un ambiente parezca más caluroso de lo que realmente es y causa sensación de “pegajosidad”. Un sistema de aire acondicionado apropiado elimina este problema.
- Proporciona una mejor calidad de aire. Por otra parte, los sistemas de climatización completos contienen filtros que purifican el aire, reduciendo la cantidad de bacterias, alérgenos, partículas de polvo y olores. Esto disminuye los casos de resfriados, tos y alergias.
- Protección de la infraestructura tecnológica de la empresa. En la actualidad, las oficinas suelen poseer gran cantidad de ordenadores y otros equipos tecnológicos encendidos durante muchas horas continuas. El mismo calor que estos generan suelen deteriorarlos. Un buen sistema de climatización reduce este calor, además de la humedad.
In the administrative headquarters of large companies, in whose offices many people spend a good part of the day, it is essential to offer favorable working conditions. Certainly, the operation of an industrial air conditioning installation will have positive effects on the well-being and concentration of the personnel of these companies. This manifests itself in a greater concentration on tasks, an increase in productivity and a reduction in stress levels.
Specifically, air conditioning systems adapted to the characteristics of office spaces offer notable advantages:
- Adjustable Comfort In many cases, the systems we are dealing with respond quickly to changes in temperature, both indoors and outdoors, keeping the space at the required level.
- They reduce humidity. This is a recurring problem in offices whose air conditioning conditions are not effective. Obviously, excess humidity makes an environment seem hotter than it really is and causes a “sticky” feeling. A proper air conditioning system eliminates this problem.
- Provides better air quality. On the other hand, complete air conditioning systems contain filters that purify the air, reducing the number of bacteria, allergens, dust particles and odours. This decreases cases of colds, coughs and allergies.
- Protection of the technological infrastructure of the company. Today’s offices often have a large number of computers and other technological equipment turned on for many hours at a time. The same heat that these generate tends to deteriorate them. A good air conditioning system reduces this heat, as well as humidity.
At Intersam we design and develop the air conditioning system that your company needs
It does not matter to which productive sector your company belongs. At Intersam we are qualified to design and assemble the industrial air conditioning system you need. Since 1995, we have been manufacturing customized refrigeration and air conditioning solutions for industry and commerce in general. We also develop all kinds of air conditioning and refrigeration systems: water-air, air-water and air-refrigerants, with state-of-the-art technology. This allows us to obtain maximum energy efficiency in each of our equipment to save on energy consumption. Equally, we can meet the requirements of your business anywhere in Spain and the world, wherever it is. Refrigeration is our business! Contact us now!