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2020’s best-ever resolution – Be ready for Summer!

03 February 2020

In winter, you probably spend considerably less time thinking about enclosure climate control systems than in the summer.

Not surprisingly perhaps – when the outside temperatures dip, you’re much less likely to be responding to the alarms from your cooling systems.

But in fact, winter is the best time of year to turn your mind to your enclosures, carry out a climate review, and start to understand what changes or improvements need to be made. 

During the summer, of course, everything is very different, particularly if you rely on fan and filter cooling. These are of little help when the ambient temperatures in your workplace are higher than you want inside your enclosures! So, take some time over winter to assess your enclosures and make whatever changes are needed to ensure that, when temperatures do rise, you are free to spend your time on more useful tasks than simply firefighting. 

It’s important to remember that every degree above your set-point will be time removed from the life of your expensive equipment, including PLCs, variable speed drives and transformers. Collectively, this can easily have a replacement value that tops £100,000, even in a relatively small setup. If you replace only 2 percent of that equipment each year because of burnt-out componentry, then the costs can quickly mount up and it’s an entirely unnecessary spend.

Read the full article in the February issue of DPA.


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