How FM APPROVED Cooling Towers Help Reduce Risks


The Marley® NC® Cooling Tower is the only FM APPROVED single-cell crossflow cooling tower available in the market.

When water flow is temporarily suspended, as in the event of a fire, some cooling towers that contain combustible materials and dry areas may be at risk. Some organizations practice loss prevention by considering an FM APPROVED cooling tower to potentially reduce structural damage and interruption of business.

Consider an FM APPROVED cooling tower to reduce risk
Cooling towers may contain a variety of combustible material, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC) fill, fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) casing, fan stacks, fan decks, fan blades, and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polypropylene nozzles, as well as wood and fiberglass structural components. Functioning cooling towers may also contain dry areas that could catch on fire when water flow is temporarily suspended during maintenance or repairs involving electrical work or welding. In addition, fire damage in cooling towers can extend to the tower’s adjacent cells and to nearby buildings or equipment.

To avoid these risks, consider selecting an FM APPROVED cooling tower. FM Approvals is a nationally recognized testing laboratory and international leader specializing in the testing and certification of property loss...

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Economics Can Be Cool: Economic Analysis Is Critical for Cooling Tower Upgrades


When considering improvements to cooling towers, it’s important to perform an economic analysis of the options.

When planning and evaluating a cooling tower repair and maintenance program, few cooling tower owners and operators conduct a thorough economic evaluation. And while simple repairs and modifications can be done at minimal expense, more extensive cooling tower maintenance projects require proper planning and economic justification. In fact, a poorly executed economic evaluation can cost millions of dollars in lost productivity.

In the past, many chemical process industries (CPI) plants relied on once-through cooling, drawing cooling water from a local source or a man-made pond. The temperature of the incoming water depended on environmental factors and was not controllable, placing the plant operators completely at the mercy of ambient temperature conditions.

Years of experience led many operators to believe that nothing could be done about incoming water temperatures. But today’s...

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Cooling Tower Reconstruction


Capital investment to restore a cooling tower’s structural, mechanical and operational integrity can yield substantial short and long-term benefits.

After many years of operation, cooling towers may require more than routine maintenance and component replacement to achieve the thermal performance necessary to support plant processes. In addition to achieving proper thermal performance, plants also must address the permanence of the cooling tower.

Replacement of heat transfer media or other spot repairs in an older cooling tower will boost cooling capacity in the short term, but unless structural integrity also is addressed, there will be no improvement in the longevity or structural stability of the cooling tower.

Unlike small patchwork repairs, a successful cooling tower reconstruction project can demonstrate returns in both cooling capacity and structural integrity, thus extending the lifetime of the cooling tower. With these goals in mind, how can plant operators plan and execute a successful reconstruction project and...

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Cooling Solutions for Chemical Process Plants


Some modern cooling towers include modular, pre-assembled components that can be shipped “just in time” to the job site to reduce construction time and manpower requirements.

Heavy industrial applications such as manufacturing, chemical processing and oil-and-gas refining use cooling towers and other equipment to cool the water integral

to their operations. As environmental regulations and challenging market conditions place higher demands on these industries, improved cooling technologies are emerging to help address the challenges.

In the oil-and-gas industry, many cooling towers currently in service were built as part of the original refinery construction, and they are fast approaching the end of their service lives. In order to meet modern production demands and industry requirements, these towers must be upgraded or replaced with more efficient products, and better long-term maintenance plans must be instituted.

Cooling Tower Operation and Types

Cooling towers are specialized heat exchangers that reduce the temperature of water by bringing it in...

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Cooling Tower Gearboxes Have Evolved To Address Customer Requirements


Gearboxes are used as speed reducers to slow rotational speed from the incoming motor to the outgoing fan of a cooling tower.

Industries that require process heat rejection often use field-erected cooling towers to keep pace with their heat load. Cooling towers have large fans and powerful motors, which can present a host of challenges, including excessive sound, vibration and expense. Gearboxes are employed to address these challenges.

Gearboxes Play a Key Role to Multiply Torque

Gearboxes are used as speed reducers to slow the rotational speed from the incoming motor to the outgoing fan of a cooling tower. Companies that operate high- capacity production plants, such as those in the chemical process and power industries, require cooling towers with large amounts of heat rejection capacity. Without gearbox technology, cooling tower motors would be massive to directly handle the torque required by the fan. Something so large and heavy would be too expensive and impractical. Instead, the speed reduction from...

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Set Yourself Apart by Practicing Preventive Maintenance


Diagnosing maintenance issues often begins with inspection of mechanical equipment and components subject to wear and tear.

Many service contractors and cooling tower owners take a “squeaky wheel” approach when it comes to maintenance and repair. They replace a component only after it breaks, or they perform a repair when a component failure is imminent.

How can service providers provide more value? Take a proactive approach to maintaining cooling towers.

Diagnosing maintenance issues often begins with inspection of mechanical equipment and components subject to wear and tear – for example, motors, gearboxes or belt drives. Tower cleanliness is also a major consideration, especially with increasing regulations and ASHRAE standards. This includes water chemistry, fill media and more.

Another overlooked focus area – as important as “regular” maintenance – is preventive maintenance on mechanical equipment and other components. A preventive maintenance agreement with a reputable contractor...

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Safeguarding Cooling Towers


It is important to select cooling systems carefully and consider the latest research when it comes to anticipating dangers and avoiding damage and expensive downtime.

Used in combination with chillers to provide comfort cooling in large residential, commercial and industrial buildings, or as a direct cooling system for industrial processes, cooling towers are important components of many heat removal systems. As a result, downtime or outages due to unplanned maintenance issues or damage from external factors can be costly. Events including liquid/water damage, wind and hail damage, equipment breakdown, fire, and collapse can all cause significant, costly interruptions to cooling tower operation.

While fire is a serious concern, other natural hazards also present significant threats. Wind and hail, in fact, accounted for 67 percent of total loss value in a recent 10-year study conducted by FM Global. It is important to select cooling systems carefully and consider the latest research when it comes to anticipating dangers and avoiding damage and...

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Good Neighbors: How to Improve Community Relations through HVAC and Process Cooling Technology


Cooling tower owners can significantly reduce visible plume and eliminate community concerns.

In this blog, we’ve discussed how equipment generating sound can pose significant challenges for communities and businesses, and we outlined steps to reduce sound. Sound reduction is, of course, one of the leading initiatives among cooling tower owners to improve community relations. What’s another notable way to be a good neighbor? Plume abatement.

Under certain environmental conditions, particularly in cooler weather, cooling towers can produce visible water vapor called “plume.” Although the water vapor is not hazardous, a community may perceive it as pollution or smoke, potentially affecting the use of nearby land and even decreasing property values. Airports, railroad crossings and urban areas could be negatively impacted due to lack of visibility.

Cooling tower owners can significantly reduce visible plume and eliminate community concerns. Factory-assembled cooling towers...

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Addressing Noise Issues


Addressing Noise Issues

Noise issues from heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment are a big challenge for communities and businesses. Government and industry are faced with increasingly stringent and strictly enforced noise regulations. While a concern anywhere, some applications pose greater noise challenges, including medical facilities, universities, office buildings, hotels and residential areas.

For applications where sound reduction is imperative, here are a few product selection considerations:

Carefully consider initial equipment design and sizing – A larger tower requires less total air flow and therefore lower fan power than a smaller tower. This lets you minimize total fan power and speed, both contributors to noise. Crossflow towers with film fill result in lower water noise from “splash” compared to conventional counterflow towers without extra noise attenuation.

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Capturing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants


Capturing Carbon Emissions from Power Plants

Historically, power plants have accounted for a significant amount of our carbon emissions. But, could it be possible for power plants to capture all of their carbon emissions economically? NET Power says it is, and with no extra cost attached. The company’s idea for capturing and utilizing the carbon dioxide from combustion could revolutionize the industry.

The Allam Cycle

This new electric generation system, dubbed the “Allam Cycle” doesn't use steam. Instead, the so-called working fluid that turns the turbine is carbon dioxide itself. It also employs an efficient cooling system. The Allam Cycle captures all the carbon dioxide produced when burning natural gas. The carbon dioxide then can be transported via pipeline and used for other purposes.

Demonstration Plant First Fire Successful

NET Power, LLC announced in late May that it has successfully achieved first fire of its...

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New Video Compares Physical Sizes and Capacities of Marley NC® Cooling Towers

Overland Park, Kansas. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces the release of an informational video that describes the differences in size and capacity between three Marley® NC® cooling tower model platforms: the Marley NC8407 – a single-story tower, the Marley NC8414 – a modular, two-story tower, and the Marley NC8422 (NC Everest®) – the largest tower with highest capacity.

The video begins by showcasing the sizes of the three cooling tower models side-by-side with computer-generated schematics of the towers and a life-size human figure standing next to each tower to provide context.

The three towers are then shown from a side- and top-down...


SPX Cooling Technologies Showcases Latest Cooling Tower and Component Innovations at POWER-GEN International

Overland Park, Kansas. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, will feature new and innovative Marley cooling towers at POWER-GEN International, December 4-6, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. Featured at booth #1953 will be the Marley NC Everest® crossflow cooling tower and the new Marley MD Everest® counterflow cooling tower, pre-assembled modular products engineered for power and process cooling applications.

The new Marley modular cooling towers take cooling to a higher level, with nearly three times greater cooling capacity compared with other pre-assembled cooling towers available in the market. The modular towers typically deliver 80...


SPX Cooling Technologies Announces Price Adjustment

Overland Park, KS – SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling systems has announced a price increase of 4-5% on Marley® and Recold® products effective immediately.

About SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc.:

SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of cooling towers, evaporative fluid coolers, evaporative condensers and air-cooled heat exchangers providing full-service cooling solutions, components and technical support for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), refrigeration, industrial and process cooling applications for nearly a century. SPX Cooling Technologies and its product brands are part of SPX Corporation. For more information, please visit...


New, Larger Marley® MD Everest® Cooling Tower Models Deliver Almost Three Times More Cooling Capacity Compared to Other Single-Cell Preassembled Counterflow Cooling Towers

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces new, larger models of the Marley MD Everest counterflow cooling tower are now available. The Marley MD Everest Cooling Tower is designed to address today’s demands for large HVAC systems and is suitable for a wide range of applications, delivering almost three times more cooling capacity compared with other preassembled counterflow towers.

At 3790 tons, the MD Everest Cooling Tower is an ideal one-to-one match for large chiller systems. The tower can be adapted to varying water quality using a range of fill types. The MD Everest Tower achieves a low drift rate, down to 0.0005 percent of...


New, Higher Capacity Marley® MD Everest® Modular Counterflow Cooling Tower Allows Process Cooling Plants to be Operational and Productive Sooner

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces that new, larger models of Marley MD Everest modular counterflow cooling towers are now available. The larger Marley MD Everest Cooling Tower models, with a maximum flow rate of 12,602 gpm/cell (2862 m3/hr) expand their capabilities to meet today’s process cooling demands, and are suitable for power generation plants, chemical, oil and gas plants, and other process applications with a wide range of thermal loads.

Whether designing a new plant or replacing an aging traditional site-constructed cooling tower, the MD Everest Cooling Tower’s pre-configured design offers significant advantages...


SPX Cooling Technologies to Highlight Aftermarket Cooling Tower Components and Training at Mechanical Service Contractors of America Education Conference

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, will showcase Marley® cooling tower components and promote the company’s service contractor training series – “Marley School of Cool” – at the Mechanical Service Contractors of America (MSCA) Education Conference from Oct. 21-24, 2018, in Huntington Beach, CA.

SPX Cooling Technologies booth #26 will feature cooling tower components including Marley MBX fill and MBX “EZ Pack” Fill, Marley X7 Fan, Marley Spiral Target Crossflow Nozzles, bearings and fan shafts, hot water basins, and fan belts and sheaves. Quality Marley components are engineered specifically to provide dependable cooling...


SPX Cooling Technologies Announces CTI Certification of Marley CP Fiberglass Cooling Tower Model

Worcester, UK SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces that the Marley® CP fiberglass, induced draft, counterflow cooling tower has received certification from the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI).

The Marley CP Cooling Tower is uniquely designed for space- and sound-sensitive applications. It features a corrosion- and chemical-resistant fiberglass reinforced polyester (FRP) outer structure with an internal steel substructure. It can be fully factory assembled, partially assembled, or shipped fully knock-down for on-site assembly.

Tower selections offer 13 different box sizes with a cooling capacity from 48 to 1865 m3/hr (210 to 8210 gpm) and a...


SPX Mobile Display Parts Trailer to Visit Southern Company and Duke Energy Conferences

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, will showcase its mobile trailer with displays of field-erected cooling tower components at two technical conferences in August 2018. Its first stop will be in Birmingham, Alabama, at the Southern Company Generation Technical Conference on Aug. 21 and 22. The SPX mobile trailer will then visit the Duke Energy TechX 2018 Fossil/Hydro Technical User Groups and Vendor Expo, which takes place Aug. 28 and 29, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In the display trailer, visitors can compare the quality and design of Marley® components with other OEM products in side-by-side, hands-on displays. The mobile...


SPX Cooling Technologies Releases Video Comparing Crossflow And Counterflow Cooling Towers

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces the release of a video comparing the two fundamental types of cooling towers – crossflow and counterflow – and the characteristics of each type that may meet requirements for a specific application.

The video utilizes animation to explain how crossflow and counterflow towers are primarily differentiated by the direction of the air movement, and how it interacts with the process water being cooled. In a crossflow tower, air travels horizontally across the direction of the falling water. In a counterflow tower, air travels in the opposite direction, counter to the direction of the falling...


SPX Highlights Recold® V Tech™ Adiabatic Cooling System at ATMOsphere 2018

Overland Park, Kan.SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of cooling towers and other specialized heat exchangers, will highlight its innovative new Recold V Tech™ Adiabatic Cooling System during ATMOsphere America 2018, which takes place June 12-14, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California. SPX product specialists will be on site to discuss its use for halocarbon refrigerant condensing and CO2 gas cooling applications in supermarket refrigeration systems.

The Recold V Tech Adiabatic Cooling System provides lower energy usage and a smaller footprint than an air-cooled condenser and up to 60 percent or more reduction in site water usage compared to an evaporative condenser. Additionally, the Recold V Tech...


SPX Cooling Technologies to Exhibit and Educate at Fuel Ethanol Workshop

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, will showcase its mobile trailer with displays of field-erected cooling tower components during the upcoming Fuel Ethanol Workshop, June 11-13, 2018, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Additionally, at the pre-conference Efficient Ethanol Production Seminar on June 11, SPX Sales Manager Kent Martens will present “Cooling Tower Fundamentals” as part of a panel discussion about cooling tower operation, maintenance and water conservation practices.

Visitors to SPX Booth 2016 can tour the display trailer and compare the quality and design of Marley® components with other OEM products in...


SPX Cooling Technologies Highlights Video Series on Marley® Geareducer® Gear Drive

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, has issued a series of three short and informative videos on the Marley Geareducer, a gear drive that is standard equipment in many Marley factory-assembled cooling towers, and optimizes cooling performance and minimizes maintenance.

The first video, presented by Mitch Case, sales engineer, starts off the series with a brief overview of a key advantage of the Marley Geareducer gear drive for controlling cooling tower mechanical equipment: reduced loss of efficiency between the motor and the drive system itself. Case also highlights the extended warranty, noting that the first oil change is needed only after five...


SPX Cooling Technologies Offers Replacement Parts for Wide Range of Non-Marley Cooling Towers

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative and air-cooled heat exchangers, announces expanded offerings of mechanical components and fill replacement for other manufacturers’ cooling towers. Quality Marley® components are engineered to provide dependable service – not only in Marley cooling towers, but in other factory-assembled cooling tower models as well.  

Components available for non-Marley cooling towers include a variety of Marley heat exchange media types for crossflow and counterflow tower designs, and a range of mechanical components, including bearings, fans, fan shafts, sheaves and bushings.

With in-stock inventory and a technical support team assisting with component...


SPX Cooling Technologies Outlines Key Features of Marley Parts in Video Series

Overland Park, Kan. SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of evaporative cooling towers and air-cooled heat exchangers, has issued a video series about the advantages of using genuine Marley® parts. The three-part series, hosted by SPX Product Manager Jerome Jennings, includes a video on: 1) Marley Geareducer® gear drives, 2) Marley driveshafts, and 3) Marley fan blades.

In video one, Jennings covers the benefits of using the Marley Geareducer gear drive. Some advantages discussed include the greater surface area and larger oil ports compared to other manufacturers’ gearboxes, the long lifecycle of its bearings and more.

Jennings addresses the Marley Comp-DS cooling tower driveshaft in the second video....


SPX Cooling Technologies Introduces MarleyGard Water Management Products

Overland Park, Kan.SPX Cooling Technologies, Inc., a full-line, full-service industry leader in the design and manufacture of cooling towers and other specialized heat exchangers, introduces the MarleyGard™ CD Chemical Delivery System and MarleyGard SP Basin Sweeper Piping System.* The preassembled MarleyGard CD and SP Systems install quickly and help maintain cooling tower water quality.

The MarleyGard CD Chemical Delivery System uses electronic monitoring to evaluate the delivery of cooling water treatment and its effectiveness in keeping the control parameters within specified limits. By using this type of control, a technician is dispatched only when problems requiring on-site resolution are encountered. Primary monitoring targets typically include conductivity, oxidation...





Herman Goldner Keeps Costs Low and Efficiency High with SPX Cooling Tower

MCAA Smart Solutions recognizes that careful collaboration between SPX Cooling, Herman Goldner (mechanical contractor), Dyna-Tech Corporation (rep firm), Erickson Inc. (helicopter) and others made for a successful cooling tower installation in a high-traffic area.

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Keeping the Process Running: Addressing Cooling Challenges at Refineries and Chemical Plants

Many oil and gas refineries and other process cooling facilities use cooling towers that are approaching the end of their service life. Our article in Oil & Gas Product News helps you explore options to determine the most suitable cooling solution.

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https://www.oilandgasproductnews.com/article/28534/keeping-the-process-running-addressing-cooling-challenges-at-refineries-and-chemical-plants


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