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Cool-Fit ABS Plus?

One thing that our customers would agree on is that DEWCO offers some of the finest pumps and equipment in the industry. We are always looking to showcase products that make the lives of our customers and the companies they represent easier and more efficient and our Cool-Fit ABS Plus is no exception.

The Georg Fischer COOL-FIT ABS Plus is our go-to product for chiller and refrigeration systems and experts in the industry are raving about the effectiveness of this stellar product.

We’d like to take this time to further educate you on the COOL-FIT System to help you make a confident and informed decision when you consider upgrading your cooling systems.

What is COOL-FIT ABS Plus?

When it comes to cooling systems for breweries, supermarkets, food processing, and other businesses that rely on cold products, they can spare no expense. Having a system failure could be catastrophic to these industries so reliability is paramount. However, if a company spends all their profit on a high-end cooling system, they could regret that decision in time as well which makes the COOL-FIT ABS Plus is an ideal solution. It is dependable, cost-friendly, environmentally friendly, and so much more.Highlighting the COOL-FIT ABS Plus

Essentially, the product is a ready-to-install pre-insulated plastic piping system perfect for both refrigeration and secondary cooling systems. We figure, it if isn’t broken then don’t fix it, and that is why this system is based off the ABS plastic system that was created way back in 1986. You also get the luxury of choosing from black or white outer jackets. The black is UV resistant, making it ideal for outdoor applications while the white is considered perfect for clean environments including food processing plants.

The pipe is a 150 psi rated, cement jointed ABS plastic pipe with a thermal conductivity of 0.026 W/m.K, an expansion coefficient client 0.04 mm/m.K, and a core density of greater than 2.8ft. All of this adds up to a well-made and dependable product.

You might be wondering how COOL-FIT measures up to the competition. The great thing is that there are so many benefits that to choose anything else would be counter-productive. Here are a few of the most important benefits that this product provides.

Easy to Maintain

When you invest in a quality product, the lack of necessary maintenance makes it all worthwhile. This system is manufactured using high-grade pressure-rated ABS, which is totally corrosion free, both externally and internally. That means you won’t have to worry about when you might have to replace the system. We are so confident in it that we predict the product will last for 25 years.

Maximizing Efficiency

Most businesses want to optimize their efficiency at every turn and with COOL-FIT ABS Plus, you can depend on receiving a high-impact product. Many companies are still using traditionally insulated systems that are infamous for absorbing water from the atmosphere which in turn negatively impacts the insulation ability while also leading to cracking, ice build-up, and more.

The COOL-FIT is buiDEWCO Cool-Fit ABS Pluslt to purposely avoid these issues by being water and vapor tight. Plus, the smoothness of the plastic pipes works to prohibit fluid build-up resulting in reduced pressure loss, thus creating that necessary efficiency that your business needs to remain competitive.

Low Weight

Many companies will avoid a product simply because it is difficult to handle and install. With COOL-FIT ABS, that issue is alleviated. This system is made of low-density plastic which, when paired with the simple, cost-effective hanging structure, creates a product that is easy to install and maintain. Plus, no welding or special joining equipment is required.

Cost

As mentioned earlier, a lot of products can promise the world, but another factor weighs heavily: the cost. When compared with other, similar products, COOL-FIT ABS has the competition beat. When compared with brands such as Electrofusion, the differences are clear. In many cases, integral pieces including elbows and couplings can be bought for less than a quarter of the price of the other guys. All this means is that not only are you getting a better product but you also protecting your bottom line in the process.

Our Support

These days, companies are fond of selling you an item and discreetly fading into the background, but when you purchase COOL-FIT ABS, you have our company’s support along for the ride. The Georg Fischer company provides worldwide infrastructure of local technical support staff, along with a website full of relevant engineering calculations and joining and installation instructions.

Basically, we don’t rest until your new cooling system is working at maximum capacity.

If you are looking to improve the efficiency of your cooling systems with a cost-friendly piping system that can last a quarter of a century, then you simply must check out COOL-FIT ABS Plus for your brewery, food processing plant or cold storage facility. The benefits speak for themselves, and you will not be disappointed. Check out our product page to learn more.

Cooling Towers and Preventing Legionnaire’s Disease

Ray Brennan probably looked forward to his three-day American Legion convention in Philadelphia back in the summer of ’76 – old friends, war stories, great food and maybe a little business. He probably did have a great time, which explained away the exhaustion he felt when he returned home.

But three days later, he was dead.

Legionnaires DiseaseThe convention, held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in downtown Philly, kicked off July 21, 1976, according to archived coverage from the Los Angeles Times. Brennan had plenty of company there: more than 2,000 American Legion members – primarily men – converged on the hotel for three days of Legion business. Conventioneers also took in Philadelphia’s historic sights, enjoyed the cuisine all over the city and spent time with each other, shaking hands, hugging and talking.

Another three days after returning from Philadelphia, the 61-year-old Brennan, a retired U.S. Air Force captain and a bookkeeper for the Legion, died at his home – July 27, 1976. The cause of death was ruled an apparent heart attack.

Three more days passed, and suddenly, four more Legionnaires were dead, also seemingly of heart attacks. The following day, the death toll mounted to 11, with all the victims suffering the same symptoms – fatigue, chest congestion, chest pain and a fever. Older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems were particularly susceptible.

Three of the dead men had been patients of physician Ernest Campbell in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, and the doctor knew all three had attended the convention just a few days before. Recognizing the dire implications of such an epidemic, Dr. Campbell contacted the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Meanwhile, the people at the American Legion headquarters suddenly began receiving news of members’ deaths. Within a week, two dozen were dead and more than 100 were hospitalized. In total, 221 cases were reported with 34 resulting in death.

Back in that bicentennial year, most Americans hadn’t ever heard of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it soon became a household topic. The CDC launched an exhaustive investigation that lead them to rule out external culprits – a disease carrier, or something in common ingested, for example – and began to zero in on the hotel itself.

Legionella BacteriaOf course, you know the rest of the story. Months later, in January 1977, the lethal cause was identified as a bacterium the scientific community labeled Legionella. And, of course, you know where it was breeding: the cooling tower of the hotel’s air-conditioning system. From there, the bacteria then spread silently and invisibly throughout the air inside the hotel, settling in the lungs of visiting Legionnaires and blooming into a severe form of pneumonia.

“Five months after the convention, [CDC microbiologist Joseph McCade] took another look at some red sausage-shaped bacteria and concluded that they were the culprits,” Time magazine reported. “They had festered in the water of the hotel’s cooling tower and had been carried through the air as the water evaporated.”

If you’re old enough, perhaps you recall the immense relief that swept the country when the number of new cases dropped off – apparently, it wasn’t contagious. The discovery of the cause, however, spawned a whole new slate of fears because there were cooling towers in practically every building, just like the one at the Bellvue-Stratford. And it could happen again – to anyone. The fear was palpable: the public had a very loose notion of the science behind the disease and not much information on it.

Legionnaires’ disease began at least 33 years before the 1976 Philadelphia epidemic, and in the years since, it continues to claim victims.

Wikipedia offers a brief list of some of the most striking outbreaks in the past 30 years:

April 1985, England: 175 people in Stafford, England, were admitted to two local hospitals with a chest infection or pneumonia. More than two dozen did not survive. After the Legionella bacterium was found, an investigation pinpointed the source to the cooling tower on the roof of one of the hospitals.

March 1999, Holland: More than 300 people fell ill and more than 30 died of Legionnaires’ disease after attending a flower show.

July 2001, Spain: More than 800 suspected cases were recorded and six deaths reported.

September 2005, Canada: 127 nursing home residents fell ill, with 21 deaths that week. The disease was traced back to the air conditioning cooling tower.

November 2014, Portugal: More than 300 people were hospitalized and seven succumbed to the disease that festered in the cooling towers of a local fertilizer plant.

August 2015, New York City: More than 110 cases of Legionnaires’ disease and 12 related deaths were reported in the Bronx. The Department of Health determined that Legionella was found in the cooling systems of five public places, which were swiftly decontaminated.

August 2015, California: An outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease was detected at San Quentin State Prison in Northern California.

June 2015-January 2016, Michigan: Beleaguered Flint, Michigan, has suffered at least 87 cases of Legionnaires’ disease with 10 resulting in fatalities.

Water Cooling TowersThe original Philadelphia outbreak, of course, triggered new regulations for the climate control industry not just in this country, but across the globe. Preventing Legionnaires’ disease requires one thing: keeping Legionella from colonizing in your water system.

To understand that, let’s take a look at how a cooling tower works. It’s made to extract heat using water. Hot air intakes pass through the water, transferring heat from air to water and causing some evaporation, which rises and, when cooled, collects at the bottom of the tower and recycles for reuse, though there are restrictions for reuse in certain circumstances. Warm water is Legionella’s comfort zone, and cooling towers provide the perfect storm for this bacteria to multiply, infect silently and kill.

Proper cooling tower disinfection and maintenance practices are the key to preventing another outbreak and adding to the unfortunate death toll. Of course, a large part of that is having the proper equipment. You’ve probably got some questions and concerns about controllers and related equipment now, so give us a call at 303-232-6861 or email us at sales@dewco.com. At DEWCO, we have a selection of water treatment solutions and closed systems that can help prevent this swift and silent killer from affecting your operations and taking any more victims. Give us a call today and let us help figure out the best solution for your building.