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 invites you to visit Booth #121250 (East Building, Level 2) to learn more about our proven Thermal Management,  Industrial 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 a global manufacturer of products and solutions developed to keep critical plant operations online and personnel safe. We will be featuring demonstrations of the following products/solutions at the IMTS show in Chicago:

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Did you know Pfannenberg has a product 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.

 

 

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Stainless Steel Chillers: Our Stainless Steel Packaged CC Chillers are designed to meet the needs of NEMA Type 4/4X Washdown Applications in the harshest environments. Perfect for food and beverage applications.

 

 

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“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.

 

 


Are you ready for something COOL ?

Pfannenberg will also feature its New Revolutionary Cooling Product… WATCH THE PRESENTATION VIDEO 


 

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Pfannenberg’s Signaling Solutions Provide Efficient, Safer Environment for Overhead Cranes

Pfannenberg’s PATROL & PYRA Modern Industrial Audible and Visual Signaling devices that preserve lives and prevent injuries are vital for critical Industrial Safety!

The Challenge…

One of the largest independent rail car repair shop networks in North America wanted to create a safer environment for their employees. They needed a way to alert workers to the presence of their 25-Ton overhead cranes as they moved near their work area. They approached their material handling partner to help them create a safer environment.

The Solution…

Having had experience with Pfannenberg signaling products the material handling company presented the customer with a  PATROL PA 10 and a PYRA PY X-M-10 to go on each of their two overhead cranes. The recommendation for two devices is to offer a visual and audible warning as the cranes are in motion.

To ensure the best solution, our PATROL PA 10 audible alarm was chosen because it offers the ability to produce 80 different alarm tones with 4 stages. A unique tone was chosen for each crane so the workers can distinguish one from the other without being distracted from their work.  This creates not only a safer environment, but also a more efficient one.

After the horns and strobes were installed, their customer offered the following:

“We currently have two 25 Ton bridge Cranes at our facility, it is a very loud and has low visibility. Our workers were having a hard time seeing the cranes move and also could not hear them either. Pfannenberg’s lights and sounders were recommende to be installed on our cranes as an audio/visual warning system so our workers would be aware of the crane movement. This system has accomplished this task.” – Rail Repair Shop


Pfannenberg is proud to increase Industrial Safety with its robust, field-proven, visual and audible signaling devices for alarm, warning, and indication.

Click here to learn more about our Signaling Technologies

Pfannenberg’s Chillers Keep Chocolate Tasting Great


Pfannenberg’s Chillers Keep Chocolate Tasting Great

Chocolate plays a major role in many of our holidays as Valentine’s Day or Easter! Whether it’s a box of chocolates or Easter eggs filled with various sweets – there is an extensive process that goes into making these enjoyable treats!

The manufacturing process of chocolate is a delicate procedure. Temperature control of the equipment and the product is important to producing a flavorful and scrumptious chocolate. All processes related to making chocolates are temperature regulated.

A major aspect of chocolate manufacturing is the conching step. Pfannenbergs’ packaged chillers are an ideal solution for the temperature regulation in this process.  Conching is the step in which the chocolate receives its flavor and smooth characteristics! At this stage, the addition of other ingredients is introduced as metal mixers/rollers mix the ingredients together.  This step generates its own heat, which is integral to keep the flavor and the proper consistency of the liquid state.  This chocolate has to be kept at average of 175°F throughout the process (temperature will vary depending on the type of chocolate).  The length of this process will vary depending on the flavor of chocolate.  Typically the average time spent conching is between 4-6 hours; gourmet chocolate brands will spend 30+ hours at this stage.

Following conching, the next step in the process is tempering.Tempering gives chocolate a distinctive shine and color; adding additional flavor.  It is crucial to have strict temperature control.  For tempering, a cooling tunnel is used to take the ambient air; cooling the air to approximately 50°F.  The air then needs to be heated to ambient air temperature.  Pfannenberg’s process chillers have been used successfully in the production of candy and chocolate.  At this stage it is crucial once again for strict temperature control.  If the temperature of chocolate begins to harden and then is heated to become a liquid state – the chocolate is ruined. For chocolate to receive its distinct flavor, look, and texture – the temperature of the chocolate and the air it is produced in is critical.

Next time you eat a piece of chocolate, be sure to appreciate the process it takes to produce such a sweet indulgence!

>> Click here to discover our complete range of chillers!


About Pfannenberg…

By keeping electronics in enclosures from overheating, Pfannenberg provides an invaluable service to companies, keeping their machinery and processes consistently operating.  By developing and producing products which are designed to save energy and other resources, Pfannenberg operates by their business philosophy – Protecting man, machine and the environment.


Topics: Cooling UnitsNorth AmericaPackaged ChillersFood & BeverageChillers

The Future of Food and Beverage Preservation Utilizing Chillers

High Pressure Processing (HPP) Technology guarantees a longer lasting freshness and high quality taste for products.

With health and wellness trends dominating the Food and Beverage industry, manufacturers are seeking new equipment to help support maintaining their “healthy” quality throughout the supply chain.Fresh fruits, vegetables, raw juices, and meats have a relatively short shelf life.  Since there are no added chemicals to extend the shelf life – manufacturers are looking for new technology to help extend their product life.  HPP Technology was introduced, not only to extend the shelf life of such products but also maintain the fresh taste.

How It Works:

HPP is a cold pasteurization method that takes food (sealed, covered, or bottled) to a high level of pressure (by water) between 43,000 to 87,000 psi for typically 1-3 minutes. Packaged products will be placed inside a container which then is placed into the HPP machine.  Once in the machine it is subject to cold water and high levels of pressure. Such levels of pressure are more than the ocean’s Mariana Trench and various hydraulic systems.

Pfannenberg’s process chillers are an ideal solution for the temperature regulation throughout this process. Such products are placed under cold water pressures that have to be maintained thoughout the HPP proecess. Temperature control is crucial to be able to prevent from the product going bad.

There have been other technologies introduced, but they have not been able to maintain vitamin levels and flavors.

Benefits of HPP:

  • Environmentally friendly – water can be recycled
  • Maintains food quality and taste
  • Avoids the need for food preservatives and chemicals – maintains natural and organic product
  • Extends shelf-life
  • Kills pathogens – such as Salmonella, Listeria, etc.

Ideal for:

  • Juices
  • Salsas
  • Cooked Meats
  • Fish
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

While foods with a high level of acidity work well with HPP applications, there are some vegetables and food items that cannot be used for HPP because the process does not kill certain pathogens without the use of heat. HPP is environmentally friendly and a natural process that preserve tastes and maintains the quality and freshness – relative to chemical treatments and traditional thermal pasteurization methods.


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Topics: North AmericaWater CoolingFood and BeverageFood & BeverageChillers

How Pfannenberg Thermal Management & Signaling Solutions Save the Holidays


Pfannenberg products ensure that manufacturing operations are up and running – especially during the holidays when many manufacturing lines are always online. Read below on just a few example applications on how Pfannenberg supports these product lines and keeps them running.

Candy Canes:

The go-to holiday candy.  As a child, they are passed out and enjoyed by many, and as adults they are necessary for almost any holiday decoration.  This peppermint candy involves very delicate care when being processed.  There are many differences in temperature to heat up or cool down – just enough that it maintains flavor and will not ruin the product quality.  All throughout the manufacturing process of candy canes, temperatures are critical.  At certain stages, the temperature needs to be increased to help form the canes, then at other parts it needs to be cooled so that it can be mixed to perfect flavor and coloring.

The sugar kneading machine is very large and very powerful.  Right after the sugary mixture is heated up and completed its first round of mixing, it is dumped onto a liquid cooling table, where the candy has its flavoring added and mixed. The amber liquid when being first mixed is heated up to around 300°F.  Once being transferred to the kneading machine, this large machine will mix in the flavoring by pushing and folding the candy – slowly cooling the product from its hot temperature. Pfannenberg’s CC Chillers can play a key role in supplying the cool liquid to the table which kneads the candy.  If the table is left uncooled or heated, it will change the look, consistency, and taste of the final product.  Not only is it crucial to have Pfannenberg Compact Chillers to cool the table, it is also import to utilize Pfannenberg’s PWS Air to Water Heat Exchangers to cool the electrical panels controlling the entire process.


Wrapping Paper:

The wrapping of gifts dates back to the ancient Chinese, but here in the US  it hit its popularity in 1917 when Joyce Clyde Hall and Rollie Hall (founders of Hallmark) decided to modernize it. Wrapping paper is a staple item.  When it comes to holidays and special occasions, there are many steps that go into the manufacturing of wrapping paper.

Artists have to create such artwork which is then etched onto copper cylinders that are bathed in a liquid bath of chromium, which galvanizes the copper to protect it from wear and tear.  From here these rolls each have a various piece of the final wrapping paper artwork.  Each color has its own roller. The paper will go through a series of various printers where it encounters the artwork on the copper rolls for the different colors.  These metal rolls need to be highly controlled with temperature.  Too hot or cold could cause the paper to stick to these rolls and cause a paper jam which leads to loss revenue and downtime. As part of a complete solution  Pfannenberg’s CC Series Chillers help to control the temperature to the print rollers and Pfannenberg’s Air to Water Heat Exchangers provide proper cooling for the control equipment operating these large machines. To complelent our full product line,  Pfannenberg’s Signaling products are needed at every stage of the manufacturing process to alert employees of a problem. Pfannenberg’s Signaling Solutions help the employees to be able to hear and see exactly where the problem is occurring (which machine) and what problem is occurring (what action is need).

Wrapping paper leads to the excitement and mystery of the gift. Without the proper cooling and operation of the equipment that are used to produce the paper, it would be difficult to wrap the gifts.  Pfannenberg aids in the manufacturing process of wrapping paper.


Champagne:

The holiday season concludes with celebrating New Years.  New Years is a time to reflect on the past and perhaps try new things in the upcoming year. Celebrations are had with friends old and new, and champagne is typically the drink of choice. One crucial aspect in champagne manufacturing is the inspection and bottling stages of the process. The champagne bottle undergoes many cleanings and inspections prior, during, and after bottling.  Each stage will monitor and check various aspects.  The final inspection step will make sure that the champagne bottle is not cracked or damaged and to check the champagne to make sure that there are not fragments of cork or metal casing. A bright light will shine through the bottles where a machine will scan and take pictures for an employee to monitor/double check that the inspections are all being passed.

Pfannenberg has proven experience in working directly with food and beverage inspection OEMs to provide complete engineering solutions for the cooling of x-ray tubes and the internal cavity of their inspection machines. The Pfannenberg team has come up with a complete solution to utilize a CC Chiller in conjunction with a small PWS Air to Water Heat Exchanger to cool the x-ray tubes and internal cavity.  By combining products and eliminating a compressor based air conditioning unit, the Pfannenberg liquid cooling solution requires less maintenance and is far more cost effective by eliminating dependencies on different competing products and eliminating downtime.

Vacuum Turkey Packaging – Thanksgiving Edition

Tis’ the season – for we have many things to be thankful for this year!  With the holiday season quickly approaching, we are taking the time to reflect on all of our blessings.  Common dishes for most Traditional American Thanksgivings include turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, green bean casseroles, fresh baked rolls, and pumpkin pie. Most of us look forward to this holiday all year, for it is a time to be thankful and gather with loved ones.

Turkey processors themselves have to really work all year to meet this spike in demand around the holidays.  Innovation in new packaging technology allows these processors to be able to serve a fresh Turkey that has a longer shelf life without chemicals.  Pfannenberg’s thermal management and chiller products are a perfect fit for aiding in the packaging side of Turkey processing.

Vacuum packaging is the most popular form of packing and food preservation for full turkeys. The process reduces the amount of oxygen from the package by utilizing a vacuum and completely sealing it, removing the extra oxygen to prevent contamination. The removal of oxygen allows the product to have a longer shelf-life. The packaging material protects the meat from the passage of various gases and outside moisture.

When it comes to the vacuum packing machines they operate at very high speeds, processing many turkeys in a short amount of time.  It’s critical that the control enclosure electronics  do not overheat. Proper cabinet temperature control is essential to keeping production on schedule. To keep these electrical enclosures cool, the processing facility has several options. If using traditional enclosure air conditioners (cooling units) then our washdown NEMA Type 4/4x DTS 3000 Series Cooling Units would be a good solution. For a more economical and maintenance free solution our stainless steel PWS Air to Water Heat Exchangers could be used with existing water lines or a Pfannenberg Packaged Chiller. These both would be perfect options to protect the electronics and  drives that are so important to keep everything online and running.

Besides the electronics in the electrical panel, the motors (servo motors) need a chiller to maintain the cool liquids running through the machines.  Pfannenberg’s CC Series Chillers are ideal for quick setup and trouble free operation.  Packaged and ready-to-use, Pfannenberg’s chillers require piping and power to install a solution for process cooling applications.

Pfannenberg’s enclosure cooling solutions and chillers aid in meeting the high demands of poultry processing equipment during the peak season helping to ensure there is not a turkey shortage on the biggest turkey day of the year!


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Pfannenberg – Global Solutions and Support for OEMS


When it comes down to the final decision on whether or not to purchase new equipment for a plant, the decision tends to fall down to three major concerns:

  1. What preventative yearly/monthly/weekly/daily maintenance is required?
  2. Is it able to withstand the environment?
  3. How much time and money will it save?

For OEMS to be competitve and meet the needs of their end use customers, there are 3 main areas that are looked at when choosing the supporting components for their equipment.

Components that are Built to Last

For more than 60 years, we have been helping guarantee production safety for OEMs and end users throughout the world.  Sensitive control technology needs to be protected from many environmental conditions. With NEMA Type 4/4X, IP 56 protection, our cooling units satisfy the toughest environments.

Support and Accessibility

Pfannenberg innovation has made it one of the largest globally operating manufacturers of thermal management and process cooling equipment today.  Our wide product range includes complete system solutions for machine and enclosure cooling along with visual and audible signaling devicesfor events that require alarm, warning or indication notifications.

Support… when and where it’s needed – In addition to manufacturing facilities location on three continents, Pfannenberg has developed a worldwide network of local subsidiaries and sales/service partners eager to meet your service needs and help you select the correct solution.

If maintenance of your enclosure cooling system is required you can expect immediate assistance from Pfannenberg. Our repair service affords you the fastest possible response – nationally or internationally. We ensure that your cooling system is returned to optimal condition – even if it’s not a Pfannenberg product.  Our on-site service gets you back on-line faster, eliminating the transit time associated with factory repair programs.

Experts in Industry Group Solutions

As a leading thermal management solutions
company, we can develop products quicker than the competition while optimizing the solution for that specific industry group’s requirements. The high performance of our products comes from years of research and design experience. Trust us to be the experts in your industry to provide you  with the proper cooling solution.


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Enclosure Cooling for Commercial Bakeries – Easy As Pie


The two most important characteristics of creating a great tasting pie are the filling and the crust.  For the filling, fruit is mixed with sugar, cinnamon, honey and other spices (depending on the type of filling) in a large sauce pan. Ingredients are heated and mixed to combine the flavors for the filling.

In today’s modern lifestyle, frozen foods have played a major role in providing convenience to customers.  Pies – a family fall favorite, often take time that many families do not have. This is the time of the year where kids are back to school, parents are running all over doing drop-offs and pick-ups, rushing to work; taking the time to bake or make a full meal is often difficult.  Large industrial bakeries can manufacture roughly 200,000 frozen pies a day.  There is a high demand in this modern age for this aspect of convenience.

This process requires automation components such as VFDs in large electrical control panels to operate the system. Heat is a by-product of this process and Pfannenberg’s PWS Air to Water Heat Exchangers are ideal for cooling electrical components. Pfannenberg’s Air Water Heat Exchangersutilize chilled water, that is readily available, and an internal fan to provide cooled air preventing critical electronics from overheating. These units are particularly adapted for harsh environments like bakeries when there’s flour everywhere.

 

These pies are then moved to the depositing machine, where the filling is then dropped into the pie sheets.  The lid of crust is then placed on the filled fruit pie.  These lids are mass produced and “forked” or sealed to give that touch as if it was just like our mothers or grandmothers homemade pie. These top crust lids help seal in the filling when the pie is being baked at home.  Once sealed, the pies are moved to a blast freezer for rapid chilling.

Once chilled the pie is then moved to be packed and shipped off to local grocery stores.To make that flakey-buttery crust, shortening, flour, and other ingredients are mixed together in a large industrial mixer.  When the dough is done being mixed, the dough is compressed into equal sized squares and dropped into baking pie sheets.  Here, they move along the process and the dough squares are pressed down on the pie sheets to form the bottom crust layer.

The manufacturing processes of frozen pies are a delicate procedure. Temperature control of the equipment and the product is important to producing a flavorful, flakey, and scrumptious pie crust. So what will it be?  One slice or the entire pie?  Ice cream or whipped cream? Next time you are enjoying a piece of pie, be sure to appreciate the process it takes to produce such a delicate indulgence!


Click Here to download the Bakery Air to Water PWS Case Study.


Join us at ProFood Tech 2017 which will take place in Chicago, IL from April 4-6, 2017!

Be sure to stop by Booth #1847 to learn more about our products! 


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Topics: Air Water Heat ExchangersThermal ManagementNorth AmericaFood & Beverage,Bakery

Download Pfannenberg’s NEW 2016 Thermal Management Catalog!


We are excited to announce the release of our NEW NORTH AMERICAN CATALOG. In this catalog we take a Solutions First approach to helping you understand how to choose the best Thermal Management products for your applications.


> New sections for Engineered Solutions and Industry Group Specific Solutions.
> Shared expertise to find the best solution for any type of application and environment.
> Easily determine the correct thermal management products for your application and environment.
> New high resolution detailed product pictures with cut-aways.

 

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Pfannenberg, Inc. is a global manufacturer of thermal management, water cooling solutions and signaling technology. For more than 60 years, our enclosure cooling products have been helping some of the largest companies worldwide stay cool and safe, protecting and keeping electronic equipment running to avoid costly downtime.

In addition to our thermal management products we also manufacture visual and audible signaling devices for security, industrial fire, building, industrial process, disaster warning, hazardous areas, light art and illumination. Our business philosophy – Protecting man, machine and the environment.

To learn more about how we can help you, contact us today! We have a wide range of expertise to share with you.

 

Topics: Enclosure CoolingThermal ManagementNorth America

Closed Loop Liquid Cooling Reduces Downtime, Maintenance & Repair Costs for Commercial Bakeries


Pfannenberg’s Cooling Solutions Help Keep Equipment Running for One of the Fastest Growing Independent Wholesale Bakers in America.

Flour is one of the paramount enemies of electrical enclosures and enclosure air conditioners, particularly in the make-up area of a commercial bakery.

 Pfannenberg is your proven partner for complex thermal management challenges in the baking industry. High security classes of equipment and corrosion-resistant construction materials resist even the most difficult ambient conditions.

Keeping the electronics cool which power the machines is essential to the entire operation of the Schwebel Baking Company. Without the electrical enclosures staying cool, the machines fail and require replacement or downtime for repair. Inside a baking facility, there is lots of dust/flour throughout the air and can clog the operating machines.

Pfannenberg’s PWS Series Air to Water Heat Exchangers were the precise solution for Schwebel’s manufacturing process. Incorporating closed loop cooling with Air/Water Heat Exchangers improved performance, reduced maintenance, was energy efficient, and prevented unplanned repairs.


Click Here to Download the Bakery Air to Water PWS Case Study.


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Topics: Thermal ManagementNorth AmericaFood & BeverageCommercial BakeriesBakery,Case Study