Optimizing process heat and control efficiencies in manufacturing operations is the focus of a series of webinars from Pittsburgh-based Chromalox. The manufacturer of electric heat and controls products has organized the webinars to include design tutorials as well as tips. The sessions are intended for design engineers and end-users with a need to reduce operating costs.

"Cost Effective Design Options for Tank Heating" hosted by Mark Wheeler, a product manager at Chromalox, will be held Tuesday, July 28, at 4 p.m. EST. The session will address the pros and cons of various tank heating methods such as steam, water/oil exchangers and electric heating. Particular consideration will be given to the internal cost factors associated with the equipment, installation and maintenance, and external factors such as equipment control systems and hazardous locations will be reviewed. Also, cost evaluation formulas will be presented to help engineers assess each design consideration.

"Centralized vs. Decentralized Process Heating," hosted by Chromalox's David Taylor, a regional technical sales manager, will be held Tuesday, August 24, at 4 p.m. EST The session will address the advantages and disadvantages of centralized and decentralized process heating. Topics will include the installation, operation and maintenance costs associated with the two methods. Temperature control accuracy, area classification/code considerations, and control systems also will be examined and compared.

Finally, "Optimizing Efficiencies in Process Heating," hosted by Chromalox's D. Eric DeBarr, a regional technical sales manager, will be held September 23, at 3 p.m. EST According to the company, the session should be attended by process engineers who want to improve heating efficiencies in their day-to-day operations. Setting goals for the optimization of batch processing and storage heating will be discussed in detail. Included in the discussion will be process evaluation methods, electric vs. steam heat, and how to utilize site resources to cut operating costs.

Those interested in attending can register for the webinars on the company's web site.