Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer launched three maintenance plans: essential, premium and ultimate. Each package is designed to ensure compliance and increase productivity for companies with systems using synthetic thermal fluids for heat transfer. All three plans from the Staffordshire, United Kingdom-based heat transfer fluid manufacturer include access to a rapid response facility to help business cope in the event of an emergency.

According to Global Heat Transfer, the essential maintenance plan provides the basic requirements to ensure efficient operation and employee safety in accordance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) of 2002 and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) standards. The 36-month-long package includes biannual thermal fluid sampling and analysis; 5 percent top-up of the thermal fluid; and a thermal fluid return program for waste management. A range of thermal fluids is available to firms opting for this service level. The plan also offers safety training in the form of a half-day, in-house session for up to six people and a system safety survey to meet insurance and health and safety requirements.

The premium maintenance plan lasts three to five years, depending on the individual businesses circumstances. The plan contains all of the elements in the essential level but upgrades the thermal fluid sampling and analysis to four times a year and includes a biannual system safety survey. With this plan, a two-day DSEAR audit is conducted annually, in line with HSE legislation and insurance requirements. Additional benefits include on-site safety training, annual heater service and waste management through a fluid return program.

The most inclusive maintenance package can help reduce the overall cost of maintaining thermal fluid by up to 50 percent, according to Global Heat Transfer. In addition to the services included with the other plans, this plan provides customers as much thermal fluid analyses as required, and system safety surveys are conducted quarterly. The plan also lasts three to five years and makes use of the thermal fluid-reprocessing program.