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To New Levels and Beyond: American Spot Cooling Innovates a Solution for Drying Hemp Biomass

Kaitlyn Plasse - Monday, January 20, 2020
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As medicinal and recreational cannabis becomes legalized in more and more states, the overall popularity of cannabis, as well as related business opportunities, continues to grow. One such opportunity within the cannabis industry is the sale of biomass, or harvested organic material. Whether for use as fibre, fuel, or for CBD extraction, hemp biomass is proving to be an increasingly robust business venture for those who grow, process, and utilize the product.

That said, the endeavor is not without its difficulties. One business in the Gulf region, which processes harvested hemp in preparation for use as biomass, needed a temporary drying solution for the warehouse where their hemp is hung and dried. Normally their hemp is naturally dried on its own, but a busy season made it necessary to accelerate the drying process. Knowing that it was critical to choose a partner who could design and install an innovative solution like no other, the business called on American Spot Cooling to help them out.

Although the hemp biomass sold from this processing plant can be used for numerous applications, its quality needed to be suitable for CBD extraction. This means drying the product to a specific moisture content that produces the most oil during the extraction process. As of right now, most leaders in the rental equipment industry are scrambling to find the standard for hemp drying solutions, but American Spot Cooling is known to think outside the box and find the right solution, which is why we got the call. One of our drying specialists designed a unique solution for the warehouse that was powered by our rental generators. Once the rental HVAC equipment was prepared and loaded onto trucks, two installers punched in the coordinates of the plant and set out to install ASC’s industry-leading drying solution.

After a day of installation, the warehouse was equipped with the right combination of machines to provide ideal atmospheric conditions for producing the desired moisture content in the biomass. The processing plant used the rental drying solution for about a month and a half, long enough to prove that ASC's design had worked just the way it was planned.

By Sebastian Kopacz

Surgery Patients Are Open to Suggestions When It Comes to Keeping the Operating Room Cool

Kaitlyn Plasse - Friday, January 10, 2020

American Spot CoolingAt any hospital, an operating room must meet certain temperature and humidity conditions for the sake of patient health and safety. Keeping the space cool and dry limits the growth of bacteria and thus the possibility of an infection. These requirements are a problem for many older hospitals, whose dated cooling systems struggle to keep up with the demand. One hospital in Oklahoma was not meeting the necessary conditions for their operating room, and was at risk of shutting the room down if proper temperature and humidity could not be restored soon enough. They decided to hire an engineering firm to install new HVAC equipment in the hospital, who had, in turn, called American Spot Cooling to implement temporary cooling in the meantime.

By using psychrometrics and airflow calculations to better understand how temperature, humidity, and air flow affect each other in the operating room, an ASC sales representative engineered a solution for the hospital. The plans were approved by the firm, and equipment was delivered within a week. A member of the American Spot Cooling management team then went to assist a mechanical contractor in a semi-permanent installation of the site. 

To provide the necessary temperature and humidity control, two 30-ton air conditioners, a 1,500 CFM desiccant dehumidifier, and a variable frequency drive was installed on the hospital roof. The units were brought up to the roof via crane, connected to hard ducting, and wired into the hospital’s automation system. Permanent equipment was installed in November. Until then, the rental air conditioners and rental dehumidifier served the strict condition requirements of the operating room for just over a year in total.

By Sebastian Kopacz

Emergency Service in the Blink of an Eye: American Spot Cooling and Power Rental Swiftly Restors Cooling at Shipment Facility

Kaitlyn Plasse - Friday, November 08, 2019

Considering the massive population of a highly developed planet as well as the widespread presence of online shopping among American consumers, it’s no surprise that shipment facilities are known to be hectic, where the nonstop work can be crippled by any delay. One such facility in Boston faced potential disaster when their water cooling system broke down the weekend after Independence Day. Their chiller system consisted of two distinct halves. One half of newly installed chillers that were not yet ready for use, and the other half was a chiller from 1975 that was on its last breath. When the old chiller broke down, the facility called American Spot Cooling and Power Rental for emergency service, and a representative arrived on site Sunday morning.

The representative determined that the old chiller had about 800 tons of cooling power, and then presented an engineered solution to the facility. With a 4:00pm approval of the rental agreement, the equipment was delivered by 6:30pm. Because of the immediate demand for cooling, four nearby 200-ton chillers were used, as opposed to waiting for a larger unit from other branches around the country. Otherwise, hundreds of employees would risk overheating at work and the facility would face a shutdown until cooling was restored. The permanent chiller system used 13,000 volts, so rental generators were also supplied to power the rental chillers. A 1000 kW unit and a 500 kW unit thus accompanied the chillers, and the equipment was installed overnight; within 12 hours of delivery the temporary cooling system was up and running.

Three technicians, a service manager, and an operations manager facilitated the install. They made sure to take extra safety precautions on the job, such as craning equipment and running 1000 feet of hose to the rooftop mechanical room. A mechanical contractor was then hired to remove the piping from the broken chiller, then to tie in the rental chillers to the system. After the installation was complete a technician made daily onsite inspections of temperature and liquid flow, until the facility could finish installing their new permanent system. Once the new chillers ran without fail for 24 hours, American Spot Cooling and Power Rental was able to pull out their temporary cooling and power equipment.

By Sebastian Kopacz

American Spot Cooling Provides a Fundraiser with Consistent Cooling Year After Year

Stefani Soucy - Monday, July 01, 2019

Each year, one grocery distributor hosts a charity event for the Special Olympics, where proceeds are donated to the organization. The year end festivity for the fundraiser features many different attractions, such as a car show, chili cook-off, petting zoo, and amusement rides. Most importantly, the event takes an opportunity to honor Special Olympic athletes, both in attendance and not. 

For each year’s event, American Spot Cooling and Power Rental is called upon to consistently provide the festivity with rental air conditioning and power. With a total of about 60,000 square feet of tented area, ASCAPR keeps the events going and the attendees feeling comfortable. Between all of the tents there are 21 25-ton rental air conditioners installed over the course of three to five days, along with several hundred kilowatts of power from multiple rental generators. Throughout the duration of the event, technicians monitor and maintain the equipment to keep attendees cool and happy. 

This is one of ASCAPR’s most important (and favorite) yearly events. Not only do we demonstrate our ability to provide rental cooling and power service to an event type application, but we also get to help support the Special Olympics and show appreciation for its athletes.

With Great (Rental) Power Comes Great Responsibility: How American Power Rental Helped Prevent Service Interruptions of a Major Gas Pipeline

Stefani Soucy - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

When a company was faced with the constraints of two new pump stations hundreds of miles apart, one gas line, and no room for interruption of pump service they reached out to American Power Rental hoping to find a solution. They had finished constructing their gas pipeline pumps ahead of schedule, and needed a temporary power supply until local utilities could install a permanent source of power to the stations. Fortunately American Power Rental excels at thinking outside the box and was able to engineer a turn-key solution that fit the exact needs of this company.

After days of planning, American Power Rental facilitated the set up of two job sites simultaneously. Using an eight person team, consisting of our most experienced technicians, management, and engineers, each site was built without a glitch.

At each site, technicians installed five (5) paralleled generators, each rated at two (2) megawatts, providing a total of eight (8) megawatts of primary power with two (2) megawatts on standby. The rental generators were supplied by onsite rental fuel tanks with a 3 day run capacity, and both the generators and fuel tanks were protected by containment berms. Several miles of camlock cable brought the power through a 3,000 amp disconnect to a pair of step up rental transformers, where the 480 volt line was converted into the 4,160 volts needed to power the gas pumps.

Although this is a temporary setup, the pump stations are expected to utilize the rental power distribution for months and American Power Rental will continue to provide service to these sites as long as necessary. Technicians will monitor and maintain the sites 24 hours a day, and their onsite expertise will provide uninterrupted liquid gas pumping until local utilities can establish stable line power.


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