Forsta Filters Cooling Tower Case Study Featured in Process Cooling Magazine

Posted on Monday, September 21, 2020

Cooling Tower FilterForsta Self-Cleaning Filters Ensure Reliability of Cooling Systems

During the COVID-19 crisis, a California-based biomedical facility relies on self-cleaning filters to continue producing plasma therapies and other products.

According to the U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, installing a sidestream filtration system to cleanse cooling tower water will help maintain water efficiency across facilities. Although this applies to many types of applications and throughout industries, systems that are exposed to a large amount of airborne particulates are at a greater risk for compromised efficiency and system failure.

Cooling towers are an essential aspect of many refrigeration systems, providing temperature regulation for comfort in places of work, residences, and service centers. They also provide process cooling throughout a broad range of applications in the industrial sector including manufacturing and power generation.

Likewise, biomedical and pharmeceutical production facilities require effective cooling systems. Cooling towers in these facilities may protect ancillary equipment in the system including condensers, chillers, and heat exchangers.

During the unprecedented COVID-19 health crisis, biomedical facilities are at the forefront of developing plasma therapies until a vaccine is available. The plasma recovered from COVID-19 donors contains antibodies which are specific against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Convalescent plasma can be used for direct transfusion as well as to develop medicines.

In one Los Angeles biodemical facility, production of plasma therapies, immunoglobulin medicines, and screening tests has become a top priority.

Fortunately, in late 2019, the facility’s Director of Maintenance noticed that dirty cooling tower water was causing adverse effects on chiller performance, requiring increased maintenance on the heat exchangers. He contacted Forsta Filters to come up with a solution to the problems being caused by the dirty cooling tower water. The facility needed a reliable way to keep the cooling water clean. The proper and uninterrupted function of chillers and heat exchangers relied on it.

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