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AEROSPACE MANUFACTURING

Aerospace Manufacturing:

liquid chiller for aerospace manufacturing application

 

To meet an Aerospace manufacturing customer requirement TECA sales and engineering team modified a standard model chiller to meet a highly specialized demand of the application, including liquid cooling, 24 VDC input and wall mounting. This recirculating liquid chiller was developed for a customer who needed something similar to the TECA LHP-300CP chiller; but it had to be a liquid cooled liquid chiller – it had to be 24 VDC input – and it had to be mounted on the wall!

The application is X-Ray inspection of aircraft engine parts. Temperature controlled water is circulated through a heat exchanger which is keeping photo diodes nice and cool, assuring quality X-Ray imaging.

LIQUID CHILLER WITH 200′ HOSE

Liquid Chiller with 200′ Hose:

Liquid chiller with 200' hose

A customer wanted a TLC-1400 thermoelectric liquid chiller (Peltier chiller) to maintain a 400 watt load under normal conditions except for one thing, the hose needed to be over 200’ long. Would it pump? How much of an effect would it have on the cooling capacity? We could have run the numbers and come up with an estimate.

It was really easier to just hook up some hose and a constant load plate, roll it into the environmental chamber and see what it did. It did more than it was supposed to. The customers safely bought it knowing it would do what he needed.

CHILLING PROCESS INK

Chilling Process Ink:

Here’s the way they’re all supposed to work:
September: Initial contact: Need help sizing unit that can maintain a liquid temperature between 25 °C – 35 °C in ambient conditions of 15 °C – 40° C. I need a unit for testing ASAP. In conjunction with sizing a chiller, I am also trying to size a heat exchanger. I need chiller flow rate and output temperature. Please call to discuss details.

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CALIBRATION

Calibration:

calibration using TLC-1200HC liquid chiller calibration with liquid chiller

 

A commercial laboratory uses TECA Chiller TLC-1200HC to discourage temperature gradients in a calibration system. Utilizing the built in temperature controller, the customer was able to successfully run the input and output to a temperature difference of zero. Designing a suitable calibration method was critical to the customer’s ability to release a new product to market.

The photos here illustrate the compact size of TECA’s TLC-1200HC.

BEVERAGE COOLER

Beverage Cooler application:

beverage cooler system beverage cooler TE cooler

 

The beverage cooler application challenge was to keep concentrated beverage container located next to a hot water tank cool in a high volume OEM application. TECA has the flexibility and resources to manufacture custom OEM thermoelectric cooler (peltier coolers) assemblies intended for use as part of a customer machine, apparatus, or system. This OEM assembly is made by TECA in production runs in the thousands. It is not ours, so to protect the privacy and identity of our customers we can’t give too many details here.

This assembly is part of a beverage service product which is shipped worldwide by a well known consumer products company. TECA furnishes the cooling “engine” which refrigerates the beverage product to be dispensed, and the OEM builds finished machinery in their own plants.

STIRRING COLD PLATE

Stirring Cold Plate:

A Peltier stirring cold plate was needed to cool liquid inside a standard 1000 ml plastic tank and maintain the class 100 clean room rating. They desired a custom designed thermoelectric stirring cold plate with integral variable stir speed control, temperature control, alarm and remote sense capability.

stirring cold plate stirring cold plate

TECA is glad to participate in custom and OEM product development. Over the years we have come up with some innovative and novel solutions for our customers. This product was developed from scratch for a start-up company in the field of pharmaceutical development. This TECA cold plate apparatus was designed and built for use in a clean room facility. The controls are ergonomic. The user can easily adjust controls for stir speed, timing and temperature even while wearing clean room garb and sterile gloves.

COOLING GAS FLOW

Cooling Gas FLow:

A potential customer expressed interest in a cooling/heating system for an aerosol flow tube envisioning a 1 inch OD, 0.875 inch ID stainless steel flow tube mounted inside a 2-2.5 inch ID pipe (likely also stainless steel and insulated on the outside) capable of controlling the tube at temperatures ranging from roughly 5 °C to 40 °C at an ambient temperature of 25-30 °C.  We are measuring the change in particulates in the air due to the temp change.

cooling gas flow cooling gas flow

Standard liquid chillers were first offered along with technical design assistance. The requirements led to direct contact cooling as being a good solution. Standard cold plate products and controllers were offered which led to this request for a custom package. “We would like to have the flow tube sandwiched between the cold plates with the temperature controller and power supplies attached in a similar manner so that we only need attach the temperature controller (the TC-3400 appears as if it will work) to a computer so that we can change the set points remotely.

Is any of this even possible or am I dreaming in Technicolor?” We advised him that the best dreams were in color. Preliminary design work was done and a quote prepared. Shortly thereafter an order was received; design documents were completed and sent to production. Less than 3 months after the initial contact the product was shipped. Several months later a follow up was made with this response.

“Things are doing really well. It does exactly what we wanted it to do, and is much more efficient and better than we hoped for. We’re very happy!

FLUID DISPENSING

Fluid Dispensing:

fluid dispensing

A leading manufacturer of fluid dispensing systems uses one of our Thermoelectric Cold Plate and Temperature Controller for controlling the fluid temperature of adhesives, sealants, lubricants and other materials in meter, mix and dispensing systems.
Unlike other larger, higher cost and less accurate heating and cooling devices, which use heater cartridges, refrigerant or water to heat and cool, these thermoelectric-effect temperature controllers use the Peltier-Seebeck effect to directly convert electrical voltage to thermal differentials. This effect, which is reversible, either heats or cools fluid materials with precision to the temperature set point. The compact Peltier thermoelectric device, temperature sensor and the temperature control is mounted to a manifold where the fluid passes through to be precisely heated, maintained or cooled.

CHEMICAL VAPOR DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

Chemical Vapor Distribution System:

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An OEM customer integrates TECA’s Model TLC-900 Liquid Chiller into a bubbler system designed to distribute chemical vapor via a carrier gas. The bubbler vessel is filled with the liquid chemical. The carrier gas is bubbled through the vessel and TECA’s TLC-900 Liquid Chiller maintains the chemical at a temperature determined by the end user, to maximize process control. The customer chose TECA’s TLC-900 Liquid Chiller over others because of its heating and cooling capability and the versatility of its universal input voltage (100-240 VAC). The customer’s system is sold worldwide and quality and reliability are key. The customer shared with us: “Before we used TECA products, we had half a dozen failed units over in China that my boss had to fix. I’m talking chillers that have only been in service for less than 4 months. In all, there have been at least ten of them go bad over the years. Some of the current orders we have with you are replacement units for the failed ones. We love your products. You are putting the competition to shame. Keep up the good work.”

PRODUCTION TESTING ( COOLING DUT)

Production testing (cooling device under test)

cooling device under test
TECA’s RLC-1800 Rack Mounted Liquid Chiller offers powerful cooling as a component in the customer’s testing procedure. The customer, developing testing for a radar system, has a device under test (DUT) which contains cold plates. TECA’s RLC-1800 provides liquid cooling to the cold plates and prevents them from over heating during the process. The RLC-1800 is the most powerful liquid chiller we offer, with 620 watts cooling capacity.

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