I attended the annual meeting of the Cooling Technology Institute as I was putting the finishing touches on the March issues of Process Heating and Process Cooling. For those that don’t know, CTI is an industry association that advocates for the use of cooling technologies such as wet cooling towers, air-cooled condensers, dry coolers, indirect cooling and hybrid systems.
The organization began as one strictly focused on industrial cooling towers in the early 1950s, and later it expanded its focus to include all evaporative cooling technologies. Water scarcity and water reuse directives influenced the development of dry and hybrid cooling technologies, and evolving water treatment protocols and developments further shaped the organization. In the 17 years since my first CTI meeting, industrial heating and cooling technologies — and manufacturing as a whole — have evolved tremendously. In the days since President Trump was sworn in, it’s clear that regardless of one’s political views, new influences on manufacturing such as proposed import taxes and changing environmental regulations will be felt. Some changes will be welcome; others wholly unwelcome. Through it all, let’s keep talking, and let’s prioritize and emphasize a respectful and thoughtful exchange of ideas and vantage points.