The use of cooling technology is ubiquitous across industry, yet choosing the correct technology for a specific application can prove a challenge. Each choice depends on a variety of factors and the wrong choice could lead to tremendous losses for a business.

As thermal management technology options proliferate, choosing the correct cooling product can ensure continuous operation at low cost by protecting critical electronic systems. An incorrect choice could be disastrous, resulting in decreased productivity and efficiency, increased maintenance frequency, and even compromised safety. In order to avoid these costly mistakes, facilities engineers should evaluate both cooling requirements and ambient circumstances before selecting a technology. These include heat load, the ambient temperature range, the presence of particulates or debris, enclosure location and material, and various other specifications. This brief guide will equip engineers with a basic framework to determine the best thermal management option for an application.

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