Technical data: HBDF
HBDF is a unique, but easily adaptable solution for automatic defrosting of evaporators. Optimal defrosting results in energy savings and increased freezing capacity. Experiences from existing installations have shown savings up to 40% of energy and thereby fast return on your investment.
The sensor can be used on evaporators with minimum 5 mm fin spacing in cold rooms. The sensor works on heat pumps, but it requires special conditions and larger fin spacing. Contact us for more information.
The defrost sensor is based on the capacitive measuring principle, in which an insulated steel wire acts as one conductor and the evaporator fins act as the second conductor. The sensor measures the ice thickness between the fins. The output is either a 4-20mA analog output or a more advanced digital output to the control system. The digital output can be used directly to control the defrosting and includes a temperature sensor which senses when defrost is completed.
The sensor can be installed in less than an hour, on both new and old evaporators. It can even be installed when the system is in operation, hence shutdown is not necessary. The electronic part is mounted on the evaporator’s frame by using 2-4 screws. The mechanical part consists of a thin coated wire, which is mounted between the fins of the evaporator where ice built up. The wire is either mounted using standard nylon cable ties or put around the pipes. The HBDF sensor is available in 3 versions, with a 10-, 20-, and 30 meter wire and as Standard, Low Temperature (LT) or Heat Pump-version (OD).
After the installation, the sensor should be calibrated/configured to the evaporator by using the HB-TOOL (PC-based software tool), which can be downloaded from our website.