IceProbe OEM Design Suggestions
Proper Insulation and
Ventilation are essential to optimize
performance. For cold water dispensing systems, it is
also important to
take the following design suggestions into consideration:
Design the cold water reservoir to hold 2
to 6 quarts. The ideal size is
3 to 4 quarts.
the cold water reservoir with approximately 1/4 inch of insulation
per quart of volume. The recommended insulation material is
For smaller cold water reservoir designs (
2 to 3 quarts), managing the
volume of ice formation is important. Ice formation can be controlled by
decreasing the amount of insulation close to water inlets and outlets,
introducing water flow channels, or by using sensors and controllers to
regulate power to the IceProbe.
For gravity fed bottled
water coolers, an insulated baffle placed between
the bottle opening and the cold water reservoir will help to prevent
unwanted thermal mixing.
To achieve a water tight
seal, it is important that the reservoir wall is
rigid, and at least 1/8 inch thick in the area where the
inserted. The proper hole size for the probe is 1 1/4 inch. Also, the
provided with the
should be placed on the outside of the
reservoir wall (not under the nut).
Ensure that the fan air
inlet is drawing undiluted room temperature air
in order to give the
the coolest air available.
Ventilate the fan exhaust
air away from the interior of the cooler and
away from the fresh air inlet.
Design the cooler so that
neither the air intake or outlet becomes blocked
if the cooler is placed tightly against a wall.
Placing a replaceable air
filter over the air inlet will reduce dust
accumulation around the fan and heat sink and will improve long term
cooling performance and fan life.
Position the power supply
so that it does not add heat to the air
intake or the air surrounding the reservoir.
For additional information
related design implementation advice, please
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