I am a student of human nature. While this means different things to different people, to me, it means I work to recognize and accommodate the ways in which human beings are different when I can. Take, for instance, the way in which each of us learns. Some of us are just hard-wired to have better recall of those things we read. Others better recall things they touch and do, or those they watch rather than read. As journalists, the best way to bring the stories we develop to our audience is to make sure we accommodate all of the ways people like to learn. I am proud to say we have two new ways for you.

First, Process Heating has added a video channel, available both on our website at www.process-heating.com/video and on our YouTube Channel. This monthly report will bring you targeted news in an easy-to-digest five-minute video.

In our first video report, released in March, viewers learned about the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's report on the fatal explosion and fire at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State. Damage to a heat exchanger caused by high temperature hydrogen attack severely cracked and weakened carbon steel tubing, leading to a rupture. Also making news was “Heat Transfer Fluid Properties: Analysis and System Maintenance,” a one-hour, free webinar that will help you learn what you need to know about heat transfer fluids — and how what you don't know can hurt you. Other topics included the Powder Coating Institute’s call for papers for the Powder Coating Show, a webinar from the Industrial Heating Equipment Association's Infrared Equipment Division and a basic steam boiler operator training course.

Speaking of “Heat Transfer Fluid Properties: Analysis and System Maintenance,” did you know you can view our one-hour webinar on demand? Presented by Jay Hudson, P.E., the one-hour session will help you gain the knowledge you need to use heat transfer fluids safely and effectively. In operating a thermal fluid system, you should:

  • Understand the properties of the heat transfer fluid.
  • Realize how those properties can affect system performance
  • Recognize how the heat transfer system can affect the fluid.

Knowing the thermal fluid properties and monitoring fluid performance by regular analysis can pay dividends — in system performance and fluid life. To register and view the on-demand event immediately, visit


Linda Becker, Associate Publisher and Editor,