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Thermal management with cloud-based monitoring highlighted by Pfannenberg

Thermal management with cloud-based monitoring highlighted by Pfannenberg

Pfannenberg is unveiling a thermal management solution with cloud-based remote monitoring at this year’s SPS IPC Drives in Nuremberg, Germany. Communication is provided by a compact device with an integrated SIM card, which receives the relevant data from the connected cooling units via Modbus and transmits it to the cloud over a secure mobile telecommunication link without any need for access to the company’s IT infrastructure. 

The solution developed in cooperation with T-Systems enables users or systems to retrieve status data, diagnostic information and alarm notifications from the cooling units, live and independent of location, through a web browser, or to integrate the data directly into their applications.

“The smart factory is the wave of the future. As an innovative medium-size company with over 190 patents worldwide, making our cooling solutions fit for networked products is a natural choice”, says Andreas Pfannenberg, managing director of the Pfannenberg Group. “With the premium controllers of the newest generation, our cooling units are able to provide a wealth of relevant data. Thanks to the cloud solution, employees in production management, the service department or the maintenance department, as well as higher-level monitoring systems, receive information about possible malfunctions or imminent failures promptly, wherever they are. This enables them to respond quickly before a serious incident occurs, which helps increase machine availability.”

The thermal management demo system on display at the trade show consists of a two-compartment switchgear cabinet with a semi-recessed DTI cooling unit on one side and another semi-recessed PWI series air/water heat exchanger on the other side, each equipped with a premium controller. There are three heaters in each of the cabinet compartments, which can be turned on individually at the front using door-mounted switches to simulate heat loads. On an external monitor visitors can observe how the cooling unit reacts to changes in the heat load or opening of the cabinet door.

Another highlight at the stand is the updated energy-efficient chiller, which is part of the EB 2.0 series. With revamped case sizes, they now cover the power ranges of 3.2 to 9.5kW and 14 to 16kW. The new design with a full metal enclosure makes it easier for manufacturers to design the chillers into their machines. An integrated microchannel condenser also reduces the required refrigerant volume, and the modified interior layout improves accessibility for service personnel. In addition, Pfannenberg offers customers the option of application-specific chiller design directly on site.

With regard to thermal management, the focus at the fair is on the latest generation of top-mounted DTT cooling units, which can be fitted compactly on all common switchgear cabinets. Placement on top of the cabinet frees allows better utilisation of space.

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