Web-based training allows those in the process industries involved in the operation of ovens, furnaces, kilns, dryers, thermal oxidizers and other heat processing equipment to learn key concepts from combustion chemistry to advanced heat transfer properties.

In conjunction with the Emerging Technologies Applications Center of Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, Pa., the Industrial Heating Equipment Association is again offering distance learning courses in industrial process heating.

The online courses focus on the fundamentals or the advanced concepts of process heating. Students can take the courses at home or at work in a web-based, distance-learning format. Course topics include the safe, efficient operation of industrial heating equipment; how to reduce energy consumption; and ways to improve your bottom line. The instructor-led courses are more than just an online forum for learning: the courses include interaction with a live instructor with extensive experience in industrial process heating. Message boards allow students to communicate with the class.

Two classes are offered. The fundamentals class covers the basics of heat transfer, fuels and combustion, energy use, oven and furnace design, refractories, heat balance and efficiency calculations, and fundamentals of electric heating. The advanced course is intended to complement and augment the fundamentals course. Students learn about refractories and insulation used in process heating equipment as well as instrumentation and control. The use of vacuum heat processing, recuperators, regenerators, gas atmospheres and quenching also will be presented. Both courses offer continuing education credits.

The fall courses will run September 17 through November 10, and registration opens July 23. So now is the time to make the case to your managers about how your company can benefit from sending you to one of these courses. Visit www.ihea.org and review the preliminary topic schedule. Highlight sessions that could save your company money and improve your performance as well as the overall equipment operation. Point out how the distance-learning format minimizes out-of-pocket expenses, including travel and lodging. Then, get ready to fire up your browser and start learning.

Linda Becker
Associate Publisher and Editor