Designed for outdoor installation and providing chilled water to plastics processing equipment indoors, new Conair ECO™ packaged chillers are rugged enough to function efficiently under almost any ambient conditions, while providing a process-temperature setpoint range that is among the widest in the industry.ECO Series Outdoor Chillers

A total of six models are available with cooling capacity ranging from 40 to 120 tons. All feature direct-drive hermetically sealed scroll compressors, proven in their reliability, low maintenance requirements and efficient operation. Dual refrigeration circuits, with multiple compressors, provide built-in redundancy, while the larger units (80 through 120 tons) also incorporate independent process fluid circuits as well. The modular design of the ECO chillers mean multiple units can be connected to a single control interface, providing centralized control of up to 12 temperature-control circuits. A series of 60-ton units, for instance could deliver up to 720 tons of cooling. Processors can build system based on existing loading requirements and then easily expand to meet future needs.

Wide ambient operating conditions, from -20 to 125F (-29 to 52C) mean the ECO chillers can operate in all but the most extreme environments. An operating setpoint range from 20 to 80F (-6.6 to 26.6C) allows them to meet almost any process temperature requirement with +/- 2F accuracy.

Green Cool Technology

“The ECO name falls in line with other Conair heat-transfer products including EarthSmart™ label,” explains Jim Fisher, General Manager, Heat Transfer. “Among other energy-saving features, the new central chiller line offers instantaneous, continuous calculations performed to deliver increased efficiency under partial load, with automatic refrigeration pressure control. Variable-speed fan motors and dynamically controlled valves also ensure efficient operation at low noise levels and deliver increased temperature stability under varying load and condenser inlet temperatures. We call this Green Cool technology.”

PLC Control

The new Conair chillers come equipped as standard with the same PLC control and a 7-inch color touch screen HMI used on other Conair chillers, making operator training and maintenance much easier. The clear, simple-to-understand digital display shows all significant pressures and temperatures, as well as compressor/pump/fan running hours, and performance trend charts for key operating parameters such as process fluid temperatures. The control also include Modbus RTU or TCP/IP communications as standard with other communication protocols available optionally. It is fully compatible with the SmartServices™ platform — Conair’s cloud-based Industry 4.0 solution for auxiliary equipment monitoring, management, and analysis.

Other Standard Features

Chiller evaporators use a high-efficiency brazed plate heat-exchanger, and pump packages for high and low pressure can be provided as well. This kind of construction ensures maximum performance, long life, and an enhanced level of protection from harsh process conditions. Micro-channel aluminum condensers are energy efficient and compact, use less refrigerant, and withstand high-pressure spray for easy cleaning. Compressor protection is ensured by start-to-start anti-recycle control logic that limits cycling under low-load operating conditions, extending compressor life. The 24-volt DC power supply ensures dependable control circuit power and isolates the control circuit from static interference to ensure stable and precise operation.

Besides offering discrete packaged chiller units, Conair is also well-known for its unparalleled systems design and installation capabilities, making use of a full-time in-house installation crew. ECO chiller also come with Conair’s exclusive Uptime Guarantee and are supported by the industry’s largest and most experience team of part and service specialists.

Conair Group offers innovative auxiliary equipment solutions to plastics processors around the world. With 32 degreed engineers, including 16 senior team members with an average of over 23 years of experience, Conair brings unparalleled technical expertise and support to its customers, guaranteeing its products will deliver maximum productive uptime. Twenty parts and service team members respond to tens of thousands of calls each year, answering in an average of about 15 seconds. Over 450 individual products include resin drying systems, blenders, feeders and material-conveying systems, temperature-control equipment and granulators. Extrusion solutions include line-control systems, film and sheet scrap-reclaim systems and downstream equipment for pipe and profile extrusion. Conair also has specialized expertise in every major end market — such as packaging, medical, transportation, building and construction, and many others – and strives to ensure plastics processors succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace.