Stronger than the elements – Pfannenberg’s DTS 3000 series Outdoor Thermal Management Devices

When conditions are harsh you can count on Pfannenberg’s DTS 3000 series cooling units to protect your electronics in extreme heat, cold, wet or dusty environments.

System integrators and planners often struggle with the thermal management of electrical enclosures in outdoor applications: extreme temperatures, moisture and dust are particularly challenging with some applications exposed to the elements 24/7. Pfannenberg, the world leader in the Thermal Management of electrical enclosures, has designed a range of cooling units which represent a solution to providing protection in these harsh environments.

DTS cooling Units

Pfannenberg’s DTS 3000 series Cooling Units, cooling capacity from 300W to 6.3kW, are suitable for use in demanding outdoor locations. These products are categorized in protection classes NEMA Type 4/4X and IP 66. Pfannenberg also offers heatersthermostats and hygrostats to prevent the formation of damaging condensation.

Typically, these cooling units are used for applications in demanding environments such as deserts or extreme cold, in buildings, traffic and energy technology, in sewage and water treatment plants and in metal production/processing. They are also found in other harsh manufacturing systems for cement and building materials, the timber industry, wind,  water power generation and photo voltaic applications. Users even rely on these versatile devices in mobile equipment. Pfannenberg’s DTS 3000 series cooling units are therefore making a contribution to the energy transition.

“Pfannenberg is focusing on the growing global market for demanding outdoor cooling systems. We have have a name in the thermal management of electrical enclosures for indoor applications and with an extremely broad portfolio of devices which also meet the NEMA standard, we can cover almost every application scenario,” says Jörg Achenbach, Regional Product Manager, Thermal Management for Pfannenberg EMEA.

“Outdoor conditions are often extreme: wildly fluctuating weather situations like rain, frost and heat all present problems as do a high concentration of particles in the air, hail, snowstorms, aggressive vapors and cleaning with powerful water jets and cleaning materials. Pfannenberg offers solutions in the DTS 3000 series for all these environmental conditions, with models that can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 °F to maximum 140 °F”, explains Achenbach.

 

Robust and reliable

Pfannenberg’s DTS 3000 series offer powder-coated NEMA 3R/4 but also Type 4/4X 304 Stainless Steel units for use under the toughest conditions. A hermetically sealed cooling circuit not only ensures prevention of leaks, but also makes topping up with coolant unnecessary. Systems to protect against thermal overload, corrosion and excess pressure ensure that these outdoor cooling units have a longer operational life.

 

Dust and moisture remain outside

To prevent ingress of foreign bodies, dust or water, Pfannenberg’s outdoor cooling units meet the requirements of IP 56 and N3R protection classes as standard. Also, the DTS 3000 outdoor units condensers fins are 3 mm apart which makes them less likely to trap dust. One of the advantages of this design is that the units are almost completely maintenance free – even with very high concentration of particulate in the air.

 

Low Ambient (LA) equipment package for low temperatures

The Low Ambient (LA) anti-frost package has an integrated enclosure heater and an intelligent fan control system to ensure that the machinery operates without interruption and provides excellent protection from condensation at temperatures as low as -40 °F. The extracted moisture evaporates in the device before it can cause damaging short circuits in the enclosure. The package also includes a safety overflow and a thermostat which can be installed in the enclosure. The LA package is available with cooling capacities from 700W to more than 5kW for the DTS 3000 cooling units. The integrated electrical enclosure heater, which is very easy to install, is offered in versions up to 3kW.

 

High Temperature (HT) package for extreme heat

The High Temperature (HT) package has a temperature-stable compressor and a large condenser for reliable protection of enclosure components at exceptionally high temperatures up to 140 °F. The HT package is available for compact 700W cooling devices and also for large, powerful solutions up to 3200W.

 

Even better equipped

Compact fan heater with thermostat

As a useful addition to the outdoor cooling devices, Pfannenberg offers 10W – 1200W supplementary heatersthermostats and hygrostats for monitoring relative humidity levels. Depending on the application, this additional equipment offers further protection from condensation and corrosion and helps to optimize the energy/cost ratio. 

As a system: cooling units, heaters, thermostats and hygrostats will ensure that the environment within the enclosure is ideal for performance and service life of the critical electronics.

 


Have a question regarding which equipment is best for your application? Contact our engineering team for more information!


Pfannenberg, Inc. is a global manufacturer of Thermal Management, Liquid Cooling Solutions and Signaling Technologies.

Pfannenberg is proud to provide solutions as a single source to its customers. Our business philosophy – Protection for man, machine and the environment.

KUADROTEK – Cooling the cabinets of the inverter stations for the 35 MW Ashalim photovoltaic plant, in Israel.

The plant includes the world’s tallest solar tower

The Ashalim power station is located in the Negev desert near the kibbutz of Ashalim, in Israel. The station will provide 250 Megawatt of hybrid PV-solarthermal electricity (2.5% of the Israeli consumption), which makes it the largest of its kind in Israel and one of the largest in the world. The station will combine 3 kinds of energy: solar thermal energy, photovoltaic energy, and natural gas. The PV plant has been connected to the grid in January 2018. Pfannenberg’s cooling units have been mounted in Kuadrotek’s cabinets for inverter stations.

The Customer

Kuadrotek SA, from Tarragona, is part of the Spanish Elektra Group. It specialises in the design, development and implementation of electric switchboards and control panels for the automation of installations and industrial processes in the automotive and energy industries.

Kuadrotek has delivered the electrical cabinets for the inverter stations of the 35 MW photovoltaic plant. Pfannenberg’s cooling units will ensure the perfect thermal management and operational safety for their components.

The Application

PV power plants are built across the globe, including areas of high altitude, extreme temperature, proximity to the sea, and desert areas impacted by sand and dust.

The inverter is the heart of every PV plant; it converts direct current of the PV modules into grid-compliant alternating current and feeds this into the public grid. At the same time, it controls and monitors the entire plant.

Controlling the temperature inside the electrical cabinets – and therefore guarantee the health of its components – it’s a crucial task.

The Solution

After taking into consideration different options of the competition, Kuadrotek chose Pfannenberg’s Outdoor Type 3R/4 side mount cooling units – model DTS 3161 230 V – because of the high protection level (comparable to IP 56) together with the reliability of working in extreme conditions. It offers a cooling capacity of 1235 W in a very compact design – 395 x 748 x 237 mm only.

It is available in 3 models; DTS 3141 (NEMA Type 12) for indoor use, DTS 3161 (NEMA Type 3R/4) designed for outdoor use, and the stainless steel DTS 3181 (NEMA Type 4/4x) designed for washdown applications.

The full DTS 3000 series was designed utilizing high temperature compressors and larger condensers to best perform in outdoor applications which require a maximum ambient temperature of 55 °C – such as roadside, rooftop or desert locations.

NEMA rating can be compared with IP rating – although there is no direct correspondence – but the first one is more complete and also includes other factors such as the protection from corrosion. NEMA Type 3R/4 is equivalent to IP 56. Moreover, Pfannenberg cooling units from NEMA series are UL listed.

 

“Our relationship with Kuadrotek is strengthened thanks to the reliability of the products already used in other large photovoltaic plants in the world. This is also why Kuadrotek continues to choose our products over our competitors.” Xavier Pedescoll – Sales Area Manager. Pfannenberg Iberia

 

Facts at a glance

  • Task: Control cabinet cooling in the Negev desert, Israel.
  • Application: Ashalim power station, a PV-solarthermal plant
  • Solution: n.12 DTS 3161 230 V cooling units
  • Success factors:
    • high quality products
    • highest level of protection for extreme outdoor conditions
    • long term agreement with Pfannenberg regarding warranty and worldwide support.

CASE STUDY: SICIM – Outdoor Cabinet Cooling in Extreme Environments

Paywelders Equipped with 4/4X DTS 3081 Cooling Units

 

Paywelder machines at work in a desert environment

The Customer

SICIM is a Construction Company established in 1962 and offering all types of services related to the installation of pipelines and relevant ancillary facilities for the transmission and distribution of oil, gas and water on an international basis. The experience gained as result of operating for the most important international Oil & Gas Companies in all types of logistic, climatic and environmental conditions, has allowed SICIM to continuously modify and perfect all the relevant operating procedures and adapt them to the specific technical and contractual requirements.

Application Requirements

SICIM has an impressive fleet of machinery that can be mobilised anywhere around the globe. Thousands of machines, including pipe-layers, paywelders, excavators, bulldozers and boring machines, used to tackle the many challenges the company faces in the implementation of its projects. These machines operate in very harsh environments such as deserts and high mountains where they must face high temperatures, humidity, saltiness, sand, etc. on a daily basis. They also have onboard control cabinets requiring temperature control in these outdoor conditions.

The Solution

Due to the need for high reliability in critical outdoors installations, plus compact size to minimize vibrations and fit the small cabinet, SICIM has successfully applied the Pfannenberg 4/4X stainless steel cooling unit DTS 3081, 694 W. The perfect and reliable functioning and the full satisfaction of the given requirements convinced the customer to standardize the solution on each and every paywelder in its fleet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an application that has been tested for several years in the most difficult weather conditions, a welldeserved success that once again underlines the robustness, efficiency and reliability of our outdoor air-conditioning solutions. Andrea Pavarani, Sales Area Manager. Pfannenberg Italia srl

Facts at a glance

Task: Outdoor compact cabinet cooling for harsh environments

Application:
Paywelder machines for oil, gas and water pipes

Solution:
~ 70 pcs DTS 3081 4/4X cooling units in 5 years

Success factors:

• efficiency and reliability in harsh environments
• low maintenance
• user friendly installation

Control cabinet and Pfannenberg cooling unit on a SICIM paywelder machine

Come Join Pfannenberg at IMTS 2018

Please join us at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL from September 10th-15th.

The International Manufacturing Technology Show is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring more than 2400 exhibiting companies and 115612 registrants.


Pfannenberg is a global manufacturer of products and solutions developed to keep critical plant operations online and personnel safe.  You’re invited  to visit Booth #121277 (East Building, Level 2) to learn more about our proven Thermal ManagementIndustrial Alarms and Liquid Cooling Solutions designed to keep your electronics cool, personnel safe and your machines running in any type of environments. Guaranteed!

Pfannenberg is proud to present for the first time its Revolutionary New Way to Cool your Electrical Enclosures!

Discover at IMTS Pfannenberg’s New PKS 3000 Series Air/Air Heat Exchangers, the Next Generation Cooling for Electrical Enclosures

Pfannenberg’s PKS 3000 Series Air to Air Heat Exchangers use a revolutionary next generation cooling technology that out-performs conventional heat exchangers and/or heat pipe solutions. One of the best technologies to use when there is a temperature difference between the internal target temperature and the surrounding temperature (∆T≥10°C) is air to air technology.

An air/air heat exchanger removes heat from inside of the enclosure to the cooler environment using the least amount of energy while still providing a closed loop ingress protection.

 

We will also be featuring demonstrations of the following products/solutions at the IMTS show in Chicago:

Air to Water Heat Exchangers: specifically designed for enclosure cooling in harsh areas.

Our PWS Air/Water Heat Exchangers are designed to fit into most existing AC enclosure cutouts and use existing glycol or water sources for cooling.

 

 

 

packaged compact chillerChillers: Pfannenberg’s chillers guarantee a central and cost-effective solution and perfectly answer industry’s need for precise temperature control and absolute reliability, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Design is compact, maintenance friendly and they easily match global requirements due to the flexibility in terms of certifications such as UL. CC Chillers are ideal for quick setup and trouble free operation.

 

 

 

“Signaling Confusion”: Did you ever notice that many of the buzzers and lights, sound and look the same across many of your lines? OEM machines typically come supplied with the same brands/types of buzzers and flashing lights.  Pfannenberg’s PATROL and PYRA Signaling Products are easy to install onto existing machines, they feature a durable, robust design, and have 80 different tones for 4 different events. Making your facility more safe.

 

 


More details at IMTS website:
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Spring Cleaning – 3 Steps you Can Take to Prepare your Cooling Units for the Stress of the Summer Heat

With hotter temperatures just around the corner we’ve put together this Preventative Maintenance Video to help you prepare your enclosure cooling units for the stress of summer heat.

To avoid any critical component failure, follow the 3 simple steps below to help ensure your enclosure cooling units stay up running all summer. Don’t Wait Until it’s Too Late!

STEP 1: Make Sure your Condenser Coils are Clean

The condenser coils are one of the most important components of your Cooling Unit, they ensure the reliable, cost efficient and long-term operation of your unit. When dirt, dust or debris builds up on your condenser coils, it can have a major effect on the performance of your cooling unit.

STEP 2: Check your Fan Motors and Inside/Outside Electrical Components

In order to prevent failure, the cooling unit’s fan motor and fan blades need to be inspected to determine wear and damage.  All the electrical components in the control box also need to be checked to make sure all connections aren’t damaged or loose.

STEP 3: Set your Unit to the Recommended Proper Temperature

Pfannenberg sets the dip-switches on the control board to 95°F/35°C in the factory, and recommends that the dip switch settings are not altered.

*Having the dip-switch temperature set to a lower point can cause damage not only to the cooling unit, but to the composure as well.  Changing the set point can cause the cooling unit to run excessively, possibly causing damage to the compressor and other components.  It can also cause the enclosure to produce condensate, possibly damaging electrical components inside the cabinet.


Contact us for recommended spare parts or getting your orders in now for new or replacement cooling units.

3 Solutions to Protect your Electrical Enclosures From Condensation and Humidity

What is condensation?

Formation of condensation is one of the biggest dangers for electrical enclosures. Condensation is caused by hot, humid air coming into contact with a colder surface than the air dew point.

With Springtime’s typical variable weather conditions, outdoor enclosures are even more exposed to the risk of condensation. Condensation can also occur indoors if the humidity is too high.

When the humidity is high is does not take a large change in temperature to cause condensate to form inside the cabinet.

How to prevent condensation?

The most efficient solution is to combine Filterfans® and Heaters with control devices such as Hygrostats and Thermostats. Fan Heaters are typically used in outdoor applications where ambient temperature can threaten sensitive electronics. Radiant Heaters are often used to reduce humidity and control condensate within the enclosure.

1. Filterfans® + Rainhoods

Filterfans® are the ideal solution for clean, non-hazardous environments with an acceptable ambient (outside the enclosure) temperature range.

Designed for use with standard Filterfans®Pfannenberg’s new Rainhoods (Patent Pending) protect your application from harsh environments like rain, water spray, snow or fluids from being drawn into the enclosure.  This product feature a robust design rated to NEMA TYPE 3R/4/4x and IPx6 when used with Pfannenberg Filterfans®.

Adding a Heater to your Filterfan® + Rainhood solution will ensure a proper humidity control. This combination is the optimum solution for the economical and energy efficient cooling of electrical enclosure components.

2. Fan Heaters

Pfannenberg Heaters prevent condensate build up and therefore protect against corrosion.

Compact fan heater with thermostatFan HeaterMini radiant heaterThe PFH-T Fan Heaters with Thermostat are designed to protect electronics from the effects of low temperatures such as corrosion, freezing or condensation, which can damage critical components within a control enclosure.

The PRH-M Mini Radiant Heaters are ideal for small outdoor enclosures, preventing condensate formation.

The FLH Heaters are ideal for use in larger electrical enclosures.

3. Thermostats / Hygrostats

Industrial ThermostatHygrostat FLZ 600

Pfannenberg’s Hygrostats allow you to effectively control the humidity level inside the enclosure. These devices are used to start the heater or filterfan® if the predetermined humidity threshold is reached.

When combining a Pfannenberg Thermostat with a Filterfan®, the fan can be controlled to turn on and off based on the temperature inside the cabinet.

The benefits to this combined system are:
• Extended fan life.
• Reduced energy consumption.
• Reduced consumables and maintenance.

As a system; Filterfans, Heaters, Thermostats and Hygrostats will ensure that the environment within the enclosure is ideal for the performance and service life of the critical electronics.

 

Happy National Manufacturing Day


Today October 3, 2014 marks National Manufacturing day. This is a day for manufacturers to support young people pursuing careers in manufacturing and engineering. This past week Pfannenberg exhibited at WEFTEC which is a show that focuses on products and services targeting the Water Industry. As I walked the mile long exhibit floor it was amazing to see the number of manufacturers exhibiting innovative products that were developed and manufactured here in the USA. My hope is that here in America we continue this innovation and manufacturing traditions. As manufacturers we have to inspire young people and make them aware of the types of jobs that are available in science, math, technology and engineering.

Pfannenberg is proud to support an organization that promotes this initiative locally, Dream It Do It WNY. Dream It Do ItWNY, works with local manufacturers to open their plant doors to showcase their exciting and modern manufacturing plants and inform participants of the many excellent careers that are available in manufacturing. Their message is simple: “Whatever energizes young people — be it cars or computers, music or movies, outdoors or outer space — they can find a great career doing it in today’s manufacturing.”

Safest Way to Cool with Water



Electronics Cooling with an Air to Water Heat Exchanger

Water is the most efficient form of heat removal. Using an air to water heat exchanger allows you to safely cool your electronics using water, while also keeping external contaminants from entering your enclosure. Air to water heat exchangers also offer the advantage of being low maintenance while using significantly less energy than traditional methods.


Advantages of Pfannenberg’s Air to Water Heat Exchangers:

How do we safely cool with water?

#1: Bulkhead fitting for condensate drain providing superior ingress protection.
#2: Solenoid valve – controls liquid flow for capacity control and energy conservation.
#3: Color-coded water lines easily identify water supply & return lines.
#4: Air flow path designed to prevent condensate water from entering the enclosure.
#5: Internal design guarantees  full separation of water lines from airflow paths.
#6: Electronic thermostat for more accurate control of temperatures. Manual purge feature eases winterization.
#7: One-piece cover with sloped top for better protection of internal components and easy cleaning in wash-down applications (not pictured).


CONCLUSION:

Water has been used for years around sensitive electronics.  There’s no reason to be afraid of using water to cool your electronics. This is a great option to consider when your looking for safe and efficient solution to manage your cooling.


Pfannenberg Illuminates the Tallest Christmas Tree in Paris


Flashing lights make the “Place de la Concorde” shine

Hamburg, December 2012 – The tallest Christmas tree in Paris, which stands at 35 metres high, has been shining at the Place de la Concorde since the 6th December.

Equipped and illuminated with Pfannenberg 52 Quadro F12 flashing lights and inaugurated in an official opening ceremony by Paris’ mayor, Betrand Delanoë, the extraordinary light spectacle can be admired by inhabitants and visitors for a whole month longer.

Once again, Pfannenberg has proven that it is a competent partner in terms of art illuminations. As early as 2003, 20,000 Pfannenberg flashlights put the Paris landmark, the Eiffel Tower spectacularly in the limelight. Pfannenberg as a Hamburg company it was an absolute must to illuminate the Hamburg City Hall in 2004. And in 2008 9,500 flashing lights illuminated the Trinity Bridge, the television tower and the summer night sky in St. Petersburg.The French company SAF MAGNUM was commissioned by the City of Paris and is thus responsible for the Parisian Christmas Tree illuminations. The company is, amongst other things, a specialist for the illumination of events. Whilst searching for a manufacturer of flashing light circuit boards, SAF MAGNUM encountered the Quadro flashing light used in the Parisian Eiffel Tower which was produced by Pfannenberg. SAF MAGNUM then used this to build a prototype for the Paris Christmas tree.

For the flashing lights on the Christmas tree the circuit boards of the flashing light Quadro F12 were built into a plastic ball with a diameter of 50 cm. The ball is then, in addition, illuminated permanently from the inside by 12 red high-performance LEDs. The red permanent glow of the balls is made to sparkle by the Pfannenberg flash circuit board by means of a white flash once every second. This light generates 13 joules flash energy, 140 candela light intensity and an internal random generator creates a unique champagne pearl effect.

Click here to see raw video of the tree lighting.