Portable Temperature Control Business Users
Three additional common uses of portable temperature control are to cool medical equipment such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), for conditioning rockets in the aerospace industry, and for converting spaces so that they can be used for different purposes. Detailed information is in the next section.
COOLING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
- Portable temperature control is used in the healthcare industry to help increase accuracy. It is used to cool medical equipment such as MRI, Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT), and Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) scan machines.
- Smart Family of Cooling Products sells portable chillers that come with "the Smart Advance 3 chiller controller" installed. The company sells PET, CAT and MRI Chillers.
- The Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, ranked among the top 15 health systems in the U.S., uses the portable chiller from Smart Family of Cooling Products to keep their diagnostic equipment comfortable and cool.
THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY
- Portable temperature control is used in the aerospace industry. It is used in activities such as in the conditioning of rockets as they are moved to the launchpad.
- The aerospace portable temperature control known as the environmental control unit is used to control the temperature to plus or minus two degrees Fahrenheit and also maintain humidity levels between 10%-50%.
- The aerospace environmental control unit is also used to keep the particles in the rocket clean and remove hydrocarbons to prevent contamination of the payload.
- United Launch Alliance is an example of a company that used a trailer-mounted, portable temperature control system manufactured by Air Innovations to condition a rocket while it was being taken to the launchpad.
CONVERT A SPACE FOR A DIFFERENT PURPOSE
- Portable temperature control is commonly used to convert a space so that it can be used for other purposes.
- An example is the conversion of a warehouse into a climate-controlled art studio by Aggreko. The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston hosted Cai Guo-Qiang, an internationally-renowned Chinese artist, who needed a big indoor space to finish making his commissioned piece by igniting gunpowder.
- The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston got an empty 25,000 square foot warehouse and converted it into a studio for the artist. Due to gunpowder being used, the air and temperature inside the warehouse had to be controlled.
- Aggreko kept the average 78% Houston humidity to a minimum so that the delicate rice paper used by the artist did not wilt in the damp air. The climate-controlled air was also circulated in the art studio to prevent breeze on the artwork. Spectators who attended the explosion were able to watch the artwork as it was made without worrying about inhaling the emissions or fumes from the gunpowder.
To find additional common uses of portable temperature control, our first research strategy was to search for reports and industry databases for relevant information. This strategy was successful in providing information on other common uses. However, we did not find examples of companies that have applied them. Our second strategy was to search for companies that provide portable temperature control services with the intention of looking for case studies about their customers. This strategy was successful in providing three common uses of portable temperature control and examples of companies that use them. These were included in our findings.