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May Employee Spotlight

Grace Cramer is one of the new smiling faces in our Engineering Department. Grace holds the role of Product Design Engineer and has been with Wessels for 6 months. She enjoys traveling, cats, and playing board games, and she can even be found coding her own video games in her spare time.  Grace likes to root for her alma mater, Purdue, and she also watches the Colts during football season.

Grace’s fast facts:

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite food: Pasta
Likes: Video games, cats, hot tea, and traveling
Dislikes: Cold weather, peanut butter, needles  
Fun fact: She’s a pescatarian

Grace Cramer
Product Engineer
e-mail: gcramer@westank.com
phone: 317-888-9800

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May Employee Spotlight

May Employee Spotlight

Grace Cramer is one of the new smiling faces in our Engineering Department. Grace holds the role of Product Design Engineer and has been with Wessels for 6 months. She enjoys traveling, cats, and playing board games, and she can even be found coding her own video games in her spare time.  Grace likes to root for her alma mater, Purdue, and she also watches the Colts during football season.

Grace’s fast facts:

Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite food: Pasta
Likes: Video games, cats, hot tea, and traveling
Dislikes: Cold weather, peanut butter, needles  
Fun fact: She’s a pescatarian

Grace Cramer
Product Engineer
e-mail: gcramer@westank.com
phone: 317-888-9800

Wessels Employee Wins Student Achievement Award

Wessels Employee Wins Student Achievement Award

Wessels Company’s student employee, Ashton Conley, has Won the Student Achievement Award from Central Nine Career Center in Welding Technology.

The Achievement Award is given to an outstanding Central Nine Career Center senior who is in the second year of their program and has exhibited outstanding work, good attendance, is a good citizen and has shown outstanding work ethic in the classroom and lab.  Only one award is given in each program and Ashton earned the award within in the Welding Technology program.

Welding instructor Jason Wiley recalls, “The second year I got him, unfortunately he had some problems at home I didn’t realize, and it turned out, you know, his house burned down.”

But Wiley says, he didn’t let his issues at home stop him from
excelling.

“I thought right to myself right then, this guy is good enough to go out already, he’s worked hard enough he can do it, so I called Bob and Wessels is here to honor him,” Wiley said.  “That’s how much they think about him there, and they gave him a job and the next thing you know, I’m seeing Bob and he’s telling me what a great guy (Ashton) is and how hard he works.”

“He’s a hard worker,” Bob says. “I’m happy he was selected
for this award.”

Ashton has worked at Wessels since September 2018 and plans to attend Hobart Welding Technology Institute in October to attain more welding certifications.

Wessels Company proudly congratulates Ashton Conley on earning this award.

Seeing Green with Water-Side Economizing and Free Cooling

Seeing Green with Water-Side Economizing and Free Cooling

Happy Earth Day! New requirements to repair and upgrade existing buildings and infrastructure in an effort to lower emissions and improve energy efficiency means greener energy for the planet and an opportunity to see green as HVAC equipment providers.

ASHRAE Standard 90.1 requires water-side economizers on almost all chiller installations in North America to reduce the high cost of running refrigerant compressors when making chilled water for commercial buildings. The water-side economizer cools or partially cools the chilled water loop with alternate sources to reduce electric consumption and save energy and money. The economizer takes the heat from the building chilled water loop to earth contact groundwater or to the air though an evaporative cooling tower.

The WesPlate plate and frame heat exchanger is the perfect water-side economizer. It consists of specially corrugated metal plates that maximize heat transfer. Gaskets are fixed between the plates to contain and separate two fluids. These fluids flow alternately between every other plate, counterflowing to produce the greatest rate of heat transfer and provide the closest temperature approach to the incoming cooling tower or ground water. The special surface of the heat transfer plates provides a highly turbulent flow that scrubs the plates clean to reduce fouling and creates the highest rates of heat transfer possible.

ASHRAE Standards are the specifications for engineers designing HVAC systems in North America. For ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard, the following requirement has been added:

6.5.1 Economizers. Each cooling system that has a fan shall include either an air or water economizer meeting the requirements of Sections 6.5.1.1 through 6.5.1.4

ASHRAE 90.1

Engineers are required to add water-side economizing plate heat exchangers to almost all of their building designs. Because the efficiency of water-side economizers is limited by climate, ASHRAE has broken the US up in to climate zones.

How does it work? When a building requires about 500 tons or more for cooling purposes you go from an air-cooled refrigerant condenser in the air conditioner to a water-cooled condenser in the chiller. With water-cooled, there is typically a cooling tower or ground contact heat sink to move the heat from the building to the outside. A plate heat exchanger water-side economizer can be added to do some or all of the heat removal required by the building.

Economics. The savings of using a water-side economizer vary based on climate conditions at the location and how much chilled water is needed year-round. Installations with data centers require year-round cooling. An older mechanical/compressor system may operate as high as 1 kw/ton of refrigeration produced, while a system with a water-side economizer installed may operate as low as 0.3 kw/ton. So the savings can be calculated by taking the difference in operating cost between the full mechanical system and the costs when the water-side economizer is operating.

Example: NYC. A water-side economizer using a cooling tower typically works best when the temperature outside is down to 45⁰. So to calculate the savings of a system we must get a temperature profile of the region to see how often the water-side economizer will be running.

Seeing Green: The only way to guarantee savings and performance is to use AHRI Standard 400 certified plate heat exchangers like the WesPlate from Wessels Company.  Wessels heat exchangers go through rigorous testing to be certified. ASHRAE 90.1 requires heat exchangers be AHRI certified and listed at www.ahridirectory.org.

For more information, check out https://westank.com/heat-exchangers/

April Employee Spotlight

April Employee Spotlight

April Employee Spotlight

Margaret Chojnacki is a Wessels Company Vice President and the Western Regional Sales Manager.  Margaret is the employee who has been with the company the longest, at 25 years and has been in her current position for over six.  She lives and works in Hawaii where she enjoys spending time with her family as well as swimming, SCUBA diving and sailing.  Margaret and her husband Don, who also works for Wessels, have 7 children, 7 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.

Margaret fast facts:

Employee
with the most longevity with the company at 25 years

Enjoys
living in Hawaii

Favorite
food: multi-cultural vegetarian cuisine                                               

Hobbies: hiking, cooking, custom
dress making

March Employee Spotlight

March Employee Spotlight

Tristan Cochran is one of the new smiling faces in Wessels Company’s customer service department. Tristan has been with Wessels for about 3 months and is learning about all our customers and how to best serve them. She considers herself shy, but she has quickly become a friendly and fun part of the Wessels family. When she’s not in the office, she can be found shopping and painting.  She loves pizza and enjoys watching the Colts during football season. 

Tristan’s fast facts:

Nickname: T
Favorite color: Black
Favorite food: Pizza
Likes: Kids, kind people, love and food
Dislikes: Rude people
Hobbies: Painting and shopping

January Employee Spotlight

January Employee Spotlight

January Employee Spotlight

Rosy Thlanem is one of Wessels Company’s human resources and interpreter.  Rosy has been with the company for over three and a half years.  She enjoys spending time with her family, attending church and church functions.  She speaks several languages, including but not limited to English, Burmese, Lautu, Halkha and Falam.  In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and teaching bible classes to children. 

Rosy fast facts:                                                                                           

Favorite
color:  red and purple

Favorite
food: Asian                                                    

Likes: spending time with family
and attending church

Hobbies: dancing

Hidden Talent: composing music
and writing songs.

Rosy fast facts:                                                                                           

Favorite
color:  red and purple

Favorite
food: Asian                                                    

Likes: spending time with family
and attending church

Hobbies: dancing

Hidden Talent: composing music
and writing songs.