One of the first articles I edited for Process Heating more than 20 years ago was one entitled “Check Your Fluid Before It Checks Production.” The article explained that effective thermal fluid system preventive maintenance plays an essential role in:

  • Maintaining production rates.
  • Minimizing unscheduled downtime related to thermal fluid fouling.
  • Predicting and defining mechanical component failures.
  • Reducing overall heat transfer fluid costs.

Of course, key to minimizing the risks of thermal fluid degradation, fouling and failure was to select a thermal fluid chemistry suited to the operating conditions of the process heating system. With organic, synthetic and glycol-based fluids, the number of choices can seem bewildering. Though we have, in the years since that first article, published many articles on thermal fluids, including our annual Equipment Overview, in December, we will have something completely new for you.

On December 2, a panel webinar developed by Process Heating will share “Synthetic vs. Glycol vs. Mineral Oil Heat Transfer Fluids.” Engineers from six manufacturers of high temperature heat transfer fluids will together present what to consider when making the buying decision about a heat transfer fluid for your system. The one-hour webinar will include:

  • An overview of each of the three chemistries.
  • An explanation of the advantages and disadvantages of each.
  • A discussion of good and bad applications for synthetic, organic and glycol heat transfer fluids.

I will host and moderate the one-hour webinar event. I will be joined by:

  • Pete Frentzos, Radco Industries
  • Conrad Gamble, P.E., Solutia Inc., a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Co.
  • L.W. Budd Lee, Dow Industrial Solutions
  • Ryan Ritz, Paratherm
  • Mark Smith, MultiTherm
  • Bud Warren, Coastal Chemical

This unprecedented event will be the first in a series of webinars on heat transfer fluids. Future topics include optimizing the heat transfer fluid system and equipment, troubleshooting tips, design criteria for new systems and how to deal with thermal fluids once you have your system installed.

Visit and register to join us on December 2. I look forward to sharing this event with you!