With the rise in demand for heating and temperature control in industrial processing, many facilities are looking to thermal fluid for its ability to meet the needs of process heating. While traditional boilers offer a solution familiar to most manufacturers, those same manufacturers may not be familiar with what thermal fluid systems have to offer. Why would one benefit from looking into this alternative for process heating applications? Here are the top five advantages of choosing a thermal fluid heating system.
When comparing indirect process heating mediums used for heat processing, the primary focus should be on the big three: steam, hot water/glycol and thermal fluid. While each medium and its supporting heat equipment offer advantages and disadvantages, thermal fluid heaters are the front-runner in terms of operating temperatures. Standard thermal fluid heating system designs can cover temperatures ranging from 32 to 650°F (0 up to 343°C). By comparison, a standard steam system is only capable of heating from 250 to 350°F (121 to 177°C) at 150 psig design pressure. A standard hot water/glycol system can operate between 32 and 250°F (0 and 121°C).