Environmental Chamber For Testing Asphalt

How Strong is That Asphalt?

TECA’s thermoelectric air conditioners are often used in industrial settings to keep control equipment cool. This application, however, shows another side of TECA’s enclosure coolers. Used in research laboratories across the country, TECA enclosure coolers have cooled incubation chambers, sensitive test equipment, glove boxes, and the like. Here is another example of a TECA thermoelectric air conditioner being used in the lab:

Read moreEnvironmental Chamber For Testing Asphalt

INCUBATOR COOLING

Incubator Cooling / Insect Rearing Chamber:

Incubators used in the rearing of insects for research often experience thermal failures due to the acids inherent in the biology of the insects. The acidic environment that insects create can quickly corrode a standard, compressor-based cooling system- even if its copper coils are coated. High humidity adds to the problem because droplets of concentrated acid will collect on the cooling components.

incubator cooling

The solid-state nature of TECA’s thermoelectric air conditioners solves the problem offering reliability and virtually maintenance-free operation.

A published life science researcher from a local university contacted us because he experienced several failures from his compressor-based air conditioner units. He is raising flies in an incubator, and requires an accurate set point. The TECA Model AHP-1200 Thermoelectric Air Conditioner is the perfect solution. The air conditioner keeps the incubator to 18C as the customer requested. Using a remote, programmable temperature controller (TECA Model TC-3400) the customer is getting the accuracy he needs and the convenience he wanted from a remote controller.

PAPER MILL

Paper Mill:

paper mill

The environment of a paper mill is hostile to most equipment. Could a thermoelectric cooler stand up to such conditions?

TECA Model AHP-1200X Solid State Air Conditioner is a perfect solution. This TECA model AHP-1200Xwas returned to TECA for evaluation, after over 120,000 hours of duty. It just did not seem to cool as much any more. As a matter of fact, it was originally put to work in 1992 cooling an electronic enclosure in a paper mill. The customer was sure it needed to be replaced, but sent it back to us to see if anything could be salvaged.

In our inspection we found that the hot side heat sink was fouled with 14 years of newsprint sludge. Once the goop was cleaned out and the fan was free to spin; the unit ran like a charm!

WATER QUALITY MONITOR

Water Quality Monitor:

water quality monitor

The system pictured below is used to automatically collect and analyze water samples for water quality monitoring purposes. The system can be powered from the grid or from the attached PV system.

The TECA AHP-300 air conditioner is located within the enclosure and is used to keep critical internal components cool during the summer months.

MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS

Military Communications:

military communications

A branch of the US military had a need for cooling a small enclosure containing a critical voice communication system. The shipboard system had to be resistant to salt water corrosion as well as pass stringent shock and vibration testing.

Modifications to TECAs AHP-300X solid air conditioner allowed the unit to meet specializing and air flow requirements and pass these tests. The challenge was to overcome the small available space both inside and outside the enclosure. The heat sinks were turned so that the heat rejection air flow and internal cold side air flow moved in different directions.

This unit is a prime example of how flexible Team TECA is when customer needs require customization of standard products.

CPU COOLING

CPU Cooling:

CPU cooling CPU cooling

 

TECA thermoelectric air conditioner model AHP-150FF, the smallest air conditioner TECA offers, cools an alarm system CPU in a small enclosure. The enclosure is located in the engine room of a ship-docking towing vessel. The ambient temperature can reach +130°F.

This is a good example of the versatility and range of TECA products. From a small 90 BTU/hr air conditioner like the AHP-150FF to large 5200 BTU/hr air conditioners like the AHP-6252, TECA air conditioners are suitable for a wide range of applications and environments.

SURVEILLANCE

Surveillance:

Surveillance
Surveillance

Video cameras needed to function in an environment beyond their rated temperature range.

One of our customers wanted to position cameras to observe a process from a location not safe for operators to go. The customer is a rubber manufacturer and the camera location was too hot for the cameras to work in. The customer had the cameras, but had no suitable enclosure, or cooling apparatus.

TECA adapted a tiny air conditioner based on Model AHP150XE to mount to a standard commercial enclosure. The package was completed by retrofitting the cameras with insulation and special cooling units. The design satisfied our customer’s needs to a “T”.

COMMUNICATIONS COOLING

Long-Term Communications Cooling

communications cooling communications cooling

 

A common use for thermoelectric air conditioners is the cooling of electronics cabinets.

These photos show an outdoor communications cabinet being cooled with a system of TECA air conditioners that have been customized for the end user. The units photographed here are over 12 years old, a testament to the reliability of TECA’s thermoelectric air conditioners.

Also worth mentioning is the lack of maintenance that thermoelectric air conditioners require. With no moving parts except for the fans, no filters to change and no chemical coolants, TECA air conditioners are an ideal and environmentally friendly solution for remote areas.

Quarterly eNewsletter