Gaumer Process was founded in 1962 by John F. Gaumer to provide high quality electric heaters and controls to industry. More than 50 years later, the Houston-based company’s products enable customers worldwide — from Formula 1 race-car development to the latest generation aircraft carriers, from space exploration to offshore platforms — to satisfy the most demanding process heating requirements.
This IRED member grew steadily through the decades. By 1982, Gaumer Process had developed its own line of process heaters, controls and systems. Two years later, the company established a repair department and expanded its engineering, research and development, manufacturing and marketing capabilities, doubling the size of its facility. In the 1980s, Gaumer Process released several important innovations, including an illuminated manual reset button for heater overtemperature, a hot oil system with buffer tank and self-venting design, and external heat sinks on heater control panels. More recently, in early 2009, Gaumer Process added a 50,000-square-foot building to expand manufacturing space.
Gaumer Process distinguishes itself through engineering capability and expedited manufacturing. The company can simulate thermal, velocity, pressure and mechanical profiles for a customer’s specific application to achieve a fully optimized design. The simulation capability is furthered by decades of material testing and a dedicated research-and-development group that has produced process heating industry firsts such as:
- Infi-Seal electric heater moisture protection.
- Electroclean fuel gas conditioning system.
- 4160 V electric resistance heaters.
- Angled turbulators for optimized heat transfer.
Gaumer Process maintains what it believes to be North America’s largest industrial electric heating element inventory. This enables immediate manufacturing and fast delivery from Houston, according to the company. The company manufactures products to all international rules and regulations, including ASME VIII Div. 1, ASME IX, ATEX, AWS 1.1, CRN, CSA, GOST, IECex, ISO9001, PED and UL.
The company’s product offerings include:
- 4160 V Heaters. Gaumer’s 4 kV electric heaters provide large capacity, precisely controlled heat (up to 30 MW). The heaters eliminate on-site emissions and are 20 percent more efficient than gas heaters. They are available with 0 to 100 percent thyristor controls.
- Immersion Heaters. Gaumer’s line of flange heaters is designed for direct heating of solids, liquids or gases with precise temperature control.
- Circulation Heaters. The company manufactures heater pressure vessels with full instrumentation in accordance with ASME and PED certifications. Applications can be fully simulated and optimized for heat transfer, velocities and pressure drop.
- Indirect Heaters (Tank Insertion, Bayonet). These heaters are inserted into the tank or pipeline. They can be removed without draining the tank or interrupting the process.
- Hot Oil Systems. Turnkey systems provide indirect heating by circulating heat transfer fluid at up to 550°F (288°C).
As for the future, Gaumer Process will continue its focus on electric heater and control technology. The company’s products are used in power plants, pipelines, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, refineries and offshore platforms around the world.
Profiles in Infrared Heating showcases members of the Infrared Equipment Division, an arm of the Industrial Heating Equipment Association, a voluntary national trade association representing the major segments of the industrial heat processing equipment industry. To learn more about IHEA, Taylor Mill, Ky., call (859) 356-1575 or visit www.ihea.org