World Refrigeration Day 2020
World Refrigeration Day 2020Invisible and indispensable
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Why refrigeration and air conditioning are so important for everyday life
Refrigeration and air conditioning have continued to advance ever since, revolutionising various aspects of our lives. Cooking without fresh foods, surgeries without blood transfusions, train journeys without air conditioning and office work without server access – who can imagine that in this day and age?
HospitalsA matter of life and death
Lots of smaller parts need to work together like clockwork to ensure seamlessly functioning medical care, which also means ensuring medications and, in serious cases, blood supplies are on hand and everyone keeps a cool head. And that’s possible thanks to the refrigeration and air conditioning technology inside the hospital.
Patients may require a blood transfusion after a serious accident or during a complicated surgery. And when it’s a matter of life and death, properly preserved blood products need to be available at a moment’s notice. It’s a good job the technology here has made a lot of progress over the decades. Today, blood supplies are good for up to 42 days long at temperatures between 2 and 6 °C, compared to just 21 days in the mid-1980s.
Medication production Fighting the virus
Modern medicine has been extremely successful, with the plague, diphtheria and smallpox eradicated to a large degree. But the next disease is coming and researchers require reliable equipment, which includes dependable refrigeration.
No vaccination without cooling
There’s also the fact that refrigeration and air conditioning need to guarantee germ-free ventilation in the production of medication. Even the slightest exposure to germs makes medications useless.
Data centres Security comes first
In this highly sensitive area, server racks line all the walls, emitting a monotone hum at all times. You rarely ever see people here. In the event of an emergency, they would also react too slow, as even a power cut of just a few seconds can have dramatic consequences for the company.
Keeping a cool head
What applies to emergency situations is just as important for normal operation: reliable, efficient cooling is the foundation for enabling servers to function and deliver their full capacity. After all, both digital brains and people should always keep a cool head. Sensors are therefore always measuring the temperature inside the server rooms to ensure the cooling is working properly. The zero-error principle is required here.
Supermarkets Freshness guaranteed
All of these are easy enough to find in top quality at the supermarket. Seamlessly functioning cold chains keep foods nice and fresh throughout the journey from the producer to the end customer.
Don’t play with your food!
India is a good example of just how important cooling is. Up to 40 per cent of the fruit and vegetable harvest spoils in the warm, damp climate of the subcontinent. There’s just one thing that can help: intact cold chains. And the technology also needs to be eco-friendly, which can be a huge challenge.
Refrigeration and air conditioning are essential
Cooling – the common denominator
The health and climate challenges that we as a society currently face reveal just how important innovative, reliable refrigeration and air conditioning technology is. BITZER has been a pioneer in the development of sustainable, efficient components for decades and ensures a better future with its products.