Industrial Chiller Systems

Industrial chillers are staples in many manufacturing environments. These chillers are the heart of a production process. An industrial chiller allows the process to work at its optimum speed and produce the most precise product. Technically, these systems don’t chill — instead, they work by removing heat from the system.

Smart Family of Cooling Products is a leading manufacturer of high-quality industrial chiller equipment for a broad range of demanding applications. We meet the needs of industrial companies that want the most reliable chilling systems for their production facilities or plants. Our custom designed options are ideal for industrial customers that have very specific requirements. What’s more, we back all our products with professional, personalized service that sets us apart from our competitors. 

Industrial Chiller Applications

Chillers serve many purposes in an industrial or manufacturing setting. The plastics industry relies on these systems to keep molds cool in 24/7 operations. Our solutions meet the precise temperature control requirements that these processes demand. The healthcare industry uses them to keep sensitive diagnostic equipment like MRI, CT scan and PET scan machinery cool. Industrial chiller units also have widespread use in many food and beverage applications. The burgeoning microbrewery industry is one example. 

Other industries and manufacturing processes that use chilling equipment extensively include:

  • Metal plating/anodizing
  • Die-cutting
  • Chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Commercial printing 
  • Semiconductors
  • Laser cutting
  • Petrochemical
  • Transportation


How Do Industrial Chillers Work?

These industrial cooling systems work by directing heat away from the equipment or machinery. They function cyclically — a pumping system propels cooled fluid from the chiller to the process to remove the heat and then returns warm fluid to the unit. The elimination of heat prevents mechanical failures that can lead to costly manufacturing process breakdowns. 

The core working principles of industrial refrigeration chillers are:

  • Phase change: A heated liquid (refrigerant) transforms into a gas and condenses back into a fluid form upon cooling.
  • Heat flow: During the chilling process, heat energy travels from a high-concentration area to a low-concentration area.
  • Boiling point: Reducing the pressure applied to the liquid lowers its boiling point while raising the pressure has the opposite effect.


The fundamental chiller components that execute the cooling cycle include:

  • Evaporator: The chilling process starts when a low-pressure refrigerant enters the evaporator, which boils the fluid and converts it to a low-pressure gaseous form.
  • Compressor: The newly formed gas then enters the unit’s compressor, which elevates the pressure.
  • Condenser: The high-pressure, high temperature gas moves into the condenser, transforming it back into a high-pressure, medium temperature liquid. 
  • Expansion valve: In the last step of the process, the liquid refrigerant travels through the expansion valve (Similar to an orifice) where it is transformed into a low pressure vapor-liquid mixture as it returns to the evaporator to begin a new refrigeration cycle.


Various types of chiller refrigerants are available. Choosing the best one depends on your applications and the desired temperature of the chilling process. However, they all follow the liquid-gas-liquid transformation process.

Industrial Chiller Types

You’ll find several industrial chiller variations on the market, and each will perform well in specific manufacturing applications:

Air Cooled Scroll Chiller

Industrial Scroll Chillers

Air & Water Cooled Scroll Chillers from 2 to 110 nominal tons. Scroll chillers serve as excellent light to medium duty process chillers on smaller applications. We recommend using these scroll chillers up to about 100 ton process loads with only single compressor refrigeration circuits (No Tandem compressors!).

Explosion-proof scroll chiller

Explosion-proof Chiller

Have a chiller application that requires an explosion-proof area classification requirement? We can help. We believe in building XP chillers from the ground up with all the right components. Follow the link to learn more…

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Low Temperature Screw Chiller

Low Temperature Chillers

Smart Family specializes in custom refrigeration equipment. One of our most common applications is low temperature cooling. We provide chillers that can cool brine, glycol mixtures, and even methanol down to -40F. Call us today for more information.

Rental AC Equipment

Rental Equipment

Smart Family specializes in building rental cooling equipment for the rental industry. Our customers purchase our rental chillers, package air conditioning units, and air handlers and then rent them to their end users.

Industrial HVAC equipment

Industrial HVAC Equipment

If your company values high quality, industrial grade HVAC equipment, then Smart Family is the only place you should call for your HVAC cooling needs. We manufacture all of our units from the ground up. Each component is specially selected based on your application requirements. For more information, please follow the link to our main HVAC page.

Integral Pump-tank Station

Auxiliary Equipment

Smart family offers a variety of complementary cooling equipment to help finalize your cooling system. We offer Pump tank skids, cooling towers, and filtration packages, among others. With this full line of products, we can help provide you with the complete process cooling system.

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