Julio Asín, technical director of TORRAVAL, replies:
“The reality of what we find when we visit customers and see their refrigeration facilities, is that refrigeration equipment in general (cooling towers specifically) is one of the great forgotten facilities.
The customer is much more concerned about the process, about the heart of the process, than about these machines, which as long as they cool down, are not given much importance.
When we arrive at our customers’ production plants we see, in some cases, that they are machines that are not being properly maintained. This will generate problems both in productivity and unnecessary costs, for not having done what had to be done on time.
In many cases they are not being operated on properly. Many times, they are being unnecessarily overcooled. When with much clearer operating protocols in these refrigeration units, much more optimal performance can be obtained by saving electricity and water.
In some other cases, we even see that they are not being given the use for which they were designed because the conditions have changed, the production is different, the equipment is old or any other reason. So, either it’s too much machine for what it’s being asked to do or it’s not enough. In those cases you have to go and analyze the installation and verify what can be done with that equipment, to adapt it to the new conditions that the process is demanding.”