The evolution of the global water network has witnessed a significant shift from electro-mechanical to advanced electronic management of motors controlling pumps and pumping systems. Applications in this field vary, ranging from rainwater disposal management to water supply and pressurization, firefighting systems, untreated water capture, desalination, and irrigation.
The transformation of the water network
This transformation is primarily due to two factors: the need to modulate power in line with demand, an essential requirement to ensure stable service to urban areas regardless of transients due to varying loads throughout the day and to contain the effects of sudden climatic events; and the increasing availability of inverters for motors and related technologies to support them.
The critical role of inverters and other electronic products
With the transition to advanced electronic management, the use of motor inverters and other electronic products has become ubiquitous in modern water infrastructure. These devices play a crucial role in regulating and optimizing water flows, contributing to the efficiency and sustainability of the network. However, the growing complexity and power of such electronic components result in a significant increase in heat generation, making effective thermal management imperative.
Particularly considering that many of these installations are outdoors, suitable thermal management tailored to the installation environment becomes an essential element to preserve the integrity and efficiency of such devices.
Outdoor installations and the challenges of thermal management in the water network
Modern outdoor water facilities are exposed to weather conditions and climate variations, and thus electronic devices must operate in inherently adverse environmental conditions. Devices installed in an electrical panel, for example, need to be maintained within specific temperature or humidity ranges to ensure their proper operation. To compensate for prolonged sun exposure and temperature fluctuations between day and night, effective heat dissipation and humidity control become essential to prevent overheating, corrosion, malfunctions, and extend the operational life of components. Proper ventilation and management of the entire thermal management system can thus ensure efficient cooling, preserving the reliability of electronic equipment.
Type 3R ventilation for outdoor applications
As previously mentioned, Fandis offers solutions for thermal management in specific conditions of use of water facilities, particularly ventilation systems for outdoor applications Type 3R, a certification issued by the American organization Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) that identifies products used in extreme conditions, exposed to the elements, and requiring high IP protection ratings. Additionally, our IoT device Sensis is the first remote thermal management system, capable of meeting every need for climate control, predictive maintenance, and interconnectivity.