Publication : OEM Update

The HVAC industry provides dehumidification and quality air solutions and aids in streamlining efficient manufacturing by eliminating the deterrent elements in the air. Ignoring specific environmental conditions can severely meddle with the efficiency of the operations.

Vasudha Jajoo Pahwa, Marketing Strategy, Pahwa Group

Industrial manufacturing involves a lot of crucial operations that are vulnerable to the humidity and contaminants omnipresent in the air. As a result, HVAC installations are being increasingly sought after by various industries for their quality air solutions. From the pharmaceutical to the food industry, and automobile (Li-ion battery manufacturing). data centres, and many other industries require various processes to be carried out in strict environmental conditions.

Especially for industries such as pharmaceuticals, and automobiles, manufacturing safe, quality, and cost-effective products is of prime importance. Meeting specific environmental conditions can greatly meddle with the efficiency of the operations. Translating to substandard quality products can lead to revoking the products from the market. At times, it can also have a damaging effect on the machinery.

All the factors cumulatively increase the downtime of the manufacturing setup, ultimately incurring a huge loss for the company. To address the problem, the HVAC industry providing dehumidification and quality air solutions aid in streamlining efficient manufacturing by eliminating the deterrent elements in the air.

It reduces downtime in industrial manufacturing by simultaneously protecting the various operations and machinery. The focus is aimed at increasing the productivity and profitability of the company. The HVAC industry also offers energy-efficient solutions considering the production being carried out on a large scale. In the process, the HVAC industry is steering the path towards more sustainable manufacturing.

HVAC installation eases manufacturing facilities operations

Manufacturing comprises three major stages: processing, packaging, and storage. And looking at the intricacy of the industries, quality air solutions are required at all three stages. If we take the example of the pharma industry, then quality air is of prime importance during the processing stage. As in moisture, the materials become resilient and resist the various grinding and pulverizing operations. It defies pneumatic conveying from one source to another by clinging to the grinding machine. Also, moisture is responsible for causing brittleness in the tablets. Similarly, in Li-ion battery manufacturing, moisture can give rise to serious safety issues.

It leads to the manufacturing of incompetent batteries that increase the probability of accidents in the vehicle. EVs catching fire is a widespread concern these days. This can be abated by manufacturing Li-ion batteries under strict environmental conditions. Food is one such industry that requires quality air at all three stages, but moisture-free air during packaging and storage is of utmost importance.

If the moisture remains trapped during the packaging, it can cause the sogging of the wafers. And confectionery like chocolates can lead to loss of gloss or lustre, leaving behind a sticky or grainy surface, causing sugar to bloom, and changing the flavour.

In addition to this, at the storage stage, certain fruits and vegetables undergo over-ripening due to ethylene. And to curb this, Bry-Air Ethylene Scrubber (BES) is a breakthrough technology that extends the shelf life of fruits and vegetables by continuously removing ethylene from the air.  The importance of quality air is of prime importance.

Installing efficient HVAC systems and desiccant dehumidifiers at various manufacturing stages can add to production efficiency. For example, the cold chain inhibits the prospects of frost formation.

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