April 2016 Trends Report

What has been bringing buyers to Bid on Equipment through the month of April and what are they looking for when they are here? This last month we noticed a large increase in interest inTanks For Sale including: Jacketed Stainless Steel Tanks, Non Stainless Tanks, and Special Use Tanks.
 
Below are the top ten search terms that have shown the largest increases from Internet search traffic this month.

 

Interest in each of these terms has grown 100% – 1500%!

Used Woodworking Tools Conveyors For Sale
Restaurant Equipment For Sale Used Water Tanks For Sale
Used Printing Equipment Used Walk In Coolers
Used Dairy Equipment Used Poultry Equipment For Sale
Bakery Equipment For Sale Used Machine Shop Equipment
 
The top ten overall categories for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Woodworking Equipment Meat Equipment
Bakery Equipment Conveyors
Machine Shop and Tools Lathes
Dairy Equipment Tanks
Restaurant Equipment Welding and Soldering
 
The top ten overall Manufacturer Pages for Bid on Equipment in the last month.
Graco Combi
Cleaver Brooks Hussman
Bakers Pride Stephan
Multivac Alto Shaam
Waukesha Bosch

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Air Conditioners 101

Whether it be a single-family home, a housing complex or a commercial facility, air conditioning is an important part of keeping residents, employees and customers comfortable, especially in the warm weather months. Air conditioners come in several different varieties, with the most popular being the small window mounted units and the bigger, central air systems.

Many people take air conditioning for granted, only really coming to realizing its importance in helping them feel comfortable when there’s a problem with their unit or when they realize that their unit may require replacement. But have you ever really thought about how air conditioners work, whether its a window unit, or room air conditioner, or a central air conditioner? In this post, we’ll get into the basics of air conditioning, how air conditioning units work and briefly get into more depth regarding some of the different types of units available.

How Air Conditioners Work

Air conditioners work similarly to another common household appliance – refrigerators. Except instead of cooling a small area of space as a refrigerator does, air conditioners are designed to cool an entire home or facility. Here’s a closer look at how an air conditioner works, thanks largely in part to three main components – the evaporator, the condenser and the pump:

  • The value of the evaporator: The evaporator is a crucial piece in any air conditioning unit. Simply put, the evaporator is essentially just cold indoor coil. The evaporator works together with a condenser to cool a home and release any captured heat outside of the facility that is being cooled. Condensers are the opposite of evaporators – they are hot outdoor coil.
  • The pump: Also commonly referred to as the “compressor,” the pump’s main function is moving refrigerant gas between the aforementioned condenser and evaporator, forcing it through the copper wire tubing that connects the two air conditioning components. It also helps it move within the fins in the coils. The refrigerant then is converted to a liquid and is eventually evaporated in the evaporator coil. This, in turn, leads to heat being removed from the home – causing the home or the facility to become cooler.
  • Outside of the home or facility, any heat captured is removed through the condenser, which works to convert refrigerant into a liquid state, which can then be moved back into the house to continue to perform its cooling.

All About BTUs

“BTU” stands for “British thermal units” – and this just so happens to be the unit of measurement that defines an air conditioner’s performance output. Specifically, a BTU is defined as the amount of heat that is necessary to raise a pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. Generally speaking, larger facilities will need units with higher BTUs than smaller homes and facilities. For example, an air conditioning unit rated 10,000 BTU should be adequate for a single-family home that’s about 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. That’s because it has the capability of cooling 10,000 pounds of water, which equates to about 1,200 gallons, of water 1 degree in one hour. A larger, 2,000 square foot home will likely need an air conditioner with more BTUs – perhaps about 60,000.

As we mentioned, the size of the facility that you want to cool will dictate the type of air conditioner you need and what amount of BTUs you’ll want it to have so that all occupants can stay comfortable during the dog days of summer.

Air Conditioning Issues and Maintenance

When cared for properly, an air conditioner should last for about 15 years. But with that being said, there are many different factors that can greatly shorten this average lifespan. Here’s a look at some common issues that plague air conditioners:

  • Dirty coils
  • Irregular refrigerant levels

These two aforementioned factors may not only lead to your air conditioning unit failing to work up to par, but they can also cause utility bills to escalate. What’s more is that these factors can also cause the compressor component to work harder on your air conditioning unit, potentially even causing it to fail if the problem isn’t addressed in a timely manner.

Here’s a look at some other potential issues that can plague your air conditioner:

  • Leaks: Remember, the evaporator and condenser are connected by hoses and tubing. And when you’re dealing with hoses and tubing, there’s always the potential for leaks. So check these hoses periodically to ensure that refrigerant is being transported properly.
  • Air filter: The air filter can become very dirty in your air conditioning unit, which can cause the unit to work harder. That’s why it’s recommended that you change the filter at least once every month, especially in the summer months when it’s often in use.
  • Vegetation: This issue is perhaps the easiest to resolve – keeping vegetation at bay. With that in mind, make sure any bushes or trees are at least 2 feet away from the air conditioning unit so airflow has the chance to proceed as intended.
  • Preventative Maintenance: While this comes at a cost, it’s never a bad idea to have a professional out to give your air conditioning unit a tune up every spring. An HVAC contractor will look over all of the components and make adjustments and repairs as necessary to make sure it’s operating up to snuff. Preventative maintenance is especially important for homes or commercial facilities that have large, expensive central air units, as it’s important to protect that investment.

Types of Air Conditioners

As we previously noted, the two main types of air conditioners are window units, or room air conditioners, and central air conditioners. Here’s a brief overview on each:

  • Room Air Conditioners: These are usually mounted in windows and designed to specifically cool a confined room or small area. Unlike central air conditioners, which use ducts to distribute the air, room units use fans. Generally, these units can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet.
  • Central Air Conditioners: Usually the condenser is outside of the house and the evaporator is inside the home in the air handler component of the unit. These units run air through ducts, dispersing it throughout the entire home or facility.

Air conditioners are a vital piece to any facility, and they’re not a cheap replacement. That’s why it can make sense to either purchase used parts or a used unit if you’re ever in a bind and need to acquire such on a more affordable level. For more information on air conditioners, and to browse Bid on Equipment’s selection of units and components, contact the company today.

How to Put Together a Carbonated Beverage Line

Carbonated beverages are unquestionably a big hit here in the United States. Whether it’s soda or beer, consumers love them. And when there’s demand for such beverages, it only makes sense that manufacturers continue to churn out the products.

Simply put, carbonated beverages are those that contain carbon dioxide dissolved in water, which thereby creates a fizzing and bubbling sensation in the particular drink. While carbonation can occur naturally, when it comes to carbonated beverages like sparkling water, beer and soda, the carbonization is completed artificially in an industrial plant. Consumers enjoy carbonated beverages for the fizzing taste and manufacturers enjoy making such drinks because they’re easy to distribute and the carbonization gives such beverages a long shelf life.

But, believe it or not, there’s a lot that goes into a carbonated beverage line, from carbonatorequipment to filling equipment, in order to ensure that consumers get the beverages that they enjoy so much. This post will cover some of the basics behind a carbonated beverage line, and what you need to know about much of the equipment that makes these types of drinks possible. Here’s a closer look:

Equipment in a Nutshell

As we noted in the opening, there is a lot of equipment that is needed for a carbonated beverage line. This equipment variety consists of things like mixing and blending units, sugar dissolving equipment, carbonators, homogenizers, pasteurizers, heat treatment machines, fillers and cappers, labeling equipment and packing equipment. While this line can be extensive, especially when you consider the packaging components that make the distribution of the beverages viable, each piece of equipment plays a unique role. We’ll cover some of the more notable pieces of equipment on a carbonated beverage line in the section below.

Key Pieces of Equipment

  • Mixing and Blending Units: Sodas come in all sorts of different types of flavors – and it seems that new ones are always coming out. Yes, there’s no shortage of mixing and blending when it comes to creating carbonated beverages, and this is a task that’s often completed very early in the creation of a beverage. Normally, this mixing and blending is carried out in a continuous motion.
  • Storage Tanks: A carbonated beverage line is likely to need several storage tanks, which help carry out several key processes, such as coagulation, filtration and chlorination. These processes are all designed to remove impurities in the water mixture that’s involved in the beverage making process. Keep in mind that carbonated water makes up over 90 percent of what is in a soft drink, so the processes that make the water pure and viable for this process cannot be underestimated.
  • Carbonators: While mixing and blending equipment help create the flavor, it’s the carbonatorsthat fittingly add the carbonation. Essentially, they are what makes a drink a carbonated beverage. The main component of a carbonator is the carbonation tank, which pumps fresh water and carbon dioxide at high pressures. This is then diffused and the water absorbs the gas into a solution. Carbonators are arguably the most important component in the beverage line – they’re also pieces of equipment that require a lot of maintenance in order to continue to perform up to their full potential.
  • Carbo Coolers: Carbo coolers are similar to carbonators, except they also cool the liquid beverage at the same time that they carbonate the beverage.
  • Filling and Sealing Machines: While carbonators might get all of the glory in the beverage line for taking a liquid and actually making it a carbonated one, filling and sealing machines help a beverage stay that way. And that’s why filling and packaging is so important when it comes to carbonated beverages, because if it isn’t transferred into either bottles or cans at very high flow rates and then sealed immediately, it will lose its carbonation and become “flat.” That’s why containers, whether they be bottles or cans, are normally immediately sealed with pressure-resistant closures.
  • Labeling: When it comes to soft drinks and beer, packaging and labeling is very important in order to convey the brand. And while labeling is a big part of the tail end of a carbonated beverage line, it’s worth noting that it is not without its challenges. Labels for such beverages are usually made of either plastic film or paper, but in order to ensure the integrity of the label and that it doesn’t fail, the bottles or cans must be brought back up to room temperature to prevent condensation and ensure that the label will stick. Because they’re often cooled during the carbonation step, cans and bottles are usually hosed down with warm water to bring their temperatures up. Only then can the labels be applied.
  • Palletizing Accessories: After the beverage has been filled and sealed in either a bottle or can, then it must be distributed. To get the product to distributors, companies usually pack them onto trays or pallets to make shipping easier.

Beverage Line Equipment: A Big Capital Investment

We just highlighted some of the components that are involved in a carbonated beverage line, but make no mistake about it, there is quite a bit more that is involved in such an operation. Another similarity between most of the equipment that you’ll need on a carbonated beverage line is the high cost of it. Yes, such equipment isn’t cheap, with pieces ranging from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars to even hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Noting the high cost of equipment, this can unquestionably put manufacturers in a bind if a piece of equipment were to fail unexpectedly. When this occurs, there is a decision to be made – buy a brand new piece of equipment for market value or buy a used and refurbished piece of equipment that works like new but is a bit cheaper. There’s no real right or wrong answer, just situations to be aware of. And for the company that didn’t budget for a new piece of equipment, the used route may be the ideal way to go, especially if its acquired from a quality, credible source like Bid on Equipment.

For more information on Bid on Equipment, and to browse the company’s library of used and refurbished equipment for a carbonated beverage line, contact the company today.