Boilers

Efficiency Benefits of a Boiler System Upgrade

Upgrade the process burner, improve the boiler and burner controls, and incorporate heat recovery: Here are three ways to increase the efficiency of an industrial boiler system. January 2018, p. 16.

Boiler Cleaning Drives Benefit to Bottom Line

Scale and soot buildup on the boiler surfaces causes the equipment to run harder to maintain the same output, and both fuel and efficiency losses quickly ramp up. Effective boiler cleaning can restore boiler surfaces — and efficiency. February 2018, p. 32.

Equipment Overview: Industrial Boilers

Used for generating steam for power, processing or space heating, or for producing hot water to heat products or a hot water supply, a boiler delivers steam or hot fluid to the end use point at the desired pressure and temperature. But once you know that you need a boiler, how do you find a supplier? April 2018, p. 28.


Burners & Combustion Control

Improving Combustion Safety Through Preventive Measures and Maintenance

Industrial process heating operations often involve high temperatures and pressures that — if not properly managed and maintained — can put processes and personnel at risk. May 2018, p. 20.

Equipment Overview: Burners

An apples-to-apples comparison of the capabilities of a range of burner manufacturers, our Equipment Overview on Burners will help you narrow the field of potential suppliers to those that can satisfy your process needs. August 2018, p. 16.

6 Tips for Improving Efficiency and Reducing NOX

It is possible to achieve both low emissions and high efficiency in high temperature thermal processing operations. September 2018, p. 24.


Chillers

Insights into Advanced Steam-Turbine Centrifugal Chiller Technology

A stable supply of low cost natural gas is making the technology more attractive to large combined heat and power plants. April 2018, p. 32.

Energy-Saving Alternatives for Plastics Process Chilling

One chiller manufacturer performed head-to-head comparisons under real-world conditions to determine the differences in efficiencies among fixed-speed, digital-scroll and variable-speed compressors. September 2018, p. 34.


Dryers

Drying Non-Uniform and Heat-Sensitive Products

Non-uniform and heat-sensitive products have unique drying needs, so understanding the drying process is important. January 2018, p. 12.

Rotary-Drum Dryer Technology May Aid Large-Scale Biocoal Production

Rotary-drum dryer design resolves problems with inconsistent feedstocks. The dryers can process green biomass — used for co-firing with biomass applications — to a material of uniform moisture content. April 2018, p. 12.

Equipment Overview: Industrial Dryers

Whether it is a batch, paddle or spray dryer, or something else altogether, Process Heating’s Equipment Overview on Dryers allows you to search by dryer configuration or type, material processed, energy source, manufacturing process or industry. May 2018, p. 24.

Drying with IIoT and Cloud-Based Data Management

No more is the industrial processing sector lagging behind the consumer market in computing technology. Access to more and better information about the drying process can improve your operations. Here are 10 ways the new frontier is changing the old models of dryer operations as we know them. October 2018, p. 27.


Fans/Blowers

Centrifugal Fans for Power & Glass Process Cooling

Power and glass are two industries among many where centrifugal fans provide the critical pressures and airflow required for proper process cooling. In any process cooling application where centrifugal fans provide the essential flow and pressure ingredients, proper selection is critical. February 2018, p. 36.

Exhaust vs. Filtration: Improving Air Quality for Process Cooling Applications

Controlling indoor air quality in a temperature-controlled environment can help process cooling equipment run more efficiently and improve worker comfort and safety. July 2018, p. 38.


Heat Exchangers

Heat Recovery for Process Efficiency

Recovering waste heat allows you to capture thermal energy you would otherwise let escape up the stack and put it to work in your process. Air-to-air heat exchangers provide an effective means of conscripting this otherwise lost resource. February 2018, p. 12.

Applying Inserts to Augment Heat Transfer in Heat Exchangers

Tubular inserts can help increase heat transfer in environments with slow-moving viscous fluids and a low Reynolds number. May 2018, p. 16.

Size Matters: Selecting a Heat Exchanger for Your Thermal Processing Needs

Understanding the process parameters is important to proper heat exchanger sizing to ensure good heat transfer. Sizing software can help optimize the heat exchanger selected. June 2018, p. 26.

Attributes and Uses of ASME Vessel Heat Transfer Surfaces

Knowing the pros and cons of each type of heat transfer surface simplifies selection. July 2018, p. 18.

Graphite Heat Exchangers Handle Corrosive Applications

Available graphite grades and mechanical designs allow graphite heat exchangers to replace metal alloys and exotic metals in some applications. July 2018, p. 24.

Waste Not, Want Not

Large-gap exchangers handle heat recovery for sticky, stringy materials. July 2018, p. 43.

Heat-Exchange Technologies for Effective Food Pasteurization

Pasteurization is not the same as sterilization. Pasteurization methods such as high temperature, short time (HTST) and low temperature, long time (LTLT) have little or no impact on quality or taste, and they can extend the shelf life of food products. October 2018, p. 33.

Equipment Overview: Industrial Heat Exchangers

In print and online, use our Equipment Overview on Industrial Heat Exchangers to compare the products lines offered by industrial heat exchanger manufacturers. Search by your process criteria to narrow the field of potential suppliers. October 2018, p. 36.


Heat Transfer

Sight Glass vs. Magnetic Level Indicator

A five-year study compares using a sight glass and a magnetic level indicator. January 2018, p. 34.

Heating and Cooling of Plastic Polymers

An indirect heat exchanger proves to be a highly efficient solution to control polymer temperatures prior to processing. June 2018, p. 22.

How Additive Manufacturing is Reshaping the Auto Industry

While additive manufacturing is a boon for specialized metal aerospace components, medical devices and custom implants, mass production of automotive components using 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, may be seen as future technology. August 2018, p. 37.

Critical Considerations to Minimize Heat Loss in Industrial Process Applications

Understand the key characteristics of the thermal insulation used in industrial process applications — and how those characteristics influence the insulation’s efficacy. September 2018, p. 12.

Understanding Your Powder’s Self-Heating Hazards

Ensuring safety from fires and explosions in drying operations first requires the proper understanding of the thermal instability properties of the powder present in the plant. Four testing methods can effectively determine the powder’s thermal instability hazards and allow evaluation of the self-heating hazards. October 2018, p. 22.

How to Optimize Your Closed-Loop Systems

Selecting appropriate feed and filtration equipment can help processors overcome critical challenges inherent in the operation of closed-loop heating and cooling-water systems. November 2018, p. 12.


Heat Transfer Fluids

Equipment Overview: Heat Transfer Fluids

Published in print and online at www.process-heating.com/HTF, Process Heating’s Equipment Overview on Heat Transfer Fluids offers a side-by-side comparison of manufacturers of thermal fluids for industrial applications. January 2018, p. 28.

Flashpoint Concerns in a Closed-Loop Thermal Oil System

When it comes to industrial heat transfer fluids, flashpoint is a very misunderstood value. Is it an important value? Yes, but in the right context. February 2018, p. 26.

Heat Transfer Troubleshooting

When faced with challenges with your heat transfer fluids, keep these troubleshooting tips in mind. August 2018, p. 37.


Heaters

Direct-Contact Water Heaters for Concrete Plants

Direct-contact water heaters minimize downtime, produce hot water on demand and offer fuel savings. February 2018, p. 29.

Practical Air Heater Performance Evaluations

The ability to interpret air preheater performance and analyze the results is enhanced with an understanding of the process variability within both the air and gas systems. March 2018, p. 12.

5 Advantages of a Thermal Fluid Heater

Using thermal fluid heaters for process heating allows plant operators to take advantage of benefits such as outdoor installations and reduced maintenance requirements. May 2018, p. 13.

Equipment Overview: Convection and Conduction Heaters

Whether you need hot air, water or other media to indirectly heat your process and product, or you need a contact heater to drive the temperature up just where you need it, convection and conduction heaters are the tools for the job. Find prospective suppliers using our Equipment Overview. June 2018, p. 18.

How to Zone Infrared Heating in the Cross-Machine Direction

Learn how to avoid the edge-cooling effect by properly applying this technology. July 2018, p. 28.

Equipment Overview: Infrared Heaters

Infrared heaters are used to transfer heat through a process or to a product via radiation. Our Equipment Overview on Infrared Heaters provides an apples-to-apples comparison of radiant heater makers. September 2018, p. 16.

10 Considerations When Choosing Site Heating and Drying Systems

Circulating-fluid heating systems can do more than provide heat during times of plant expansions and construction projects. They also can be used in conjunction with a boiler bypass to produce potable and nonpotable hot water for a building during boiler repair or replacement. September 2018, p. 30.


Industrial Automation & Wireless Technologies

Use Cases Drive Wireless and Other Plant-Improvement Projects

Putting applications ahead of technology leads to quicker acceptance, more widespread participation and faster ROI for plant-improvement projects. January 2018, p. 22.

Applying IIoT for Process Heating Applications

It is time to move beyond the language and promises of IIoT to solutions that improve asset availability and production outcomes. March 2018, p. 18.

PLC Security in Thermal Processing

Who and what constitutes the primary threats in the machine-builder environment for those in the heating industry utilizing PLCs? July 2018, p. 36.

The Importance of Cybersecurity in Smart Temperature Controls

Connected devices provide alerts and information, but it is necessary to adopt technologies that include safeguards against cyberattacks. August 2018, p. 34.

Improving Energy and Sustainability with Cloud-Based Services

A “copilot in the cloud” enables collaboration between process plants and service providers to improve operations. August 2018, p. 24.

Cloud-Based Remote Monitoring Provides Insight into Thermal Process Performance

Without the need to perform local monitoring, technicians with access to cloud-based remote-monitoring tools can proactively troubleshoot the problems that lead to process disruptions, unplanned downtime and lost profits. August 2018, p. 18.

Optimizing Food Processing Using Wireless IIoT Solutions

Connected devices and smart data analysis help food processors better understand their operating parameters as well as identify opportunities to cut costs and increase profits. November 2018. p. 17.

Will IIoT Technologies Drive Plant Maintenance?

The rapid expansion of the Industrial Internet of Things is likely to change how your facility receives and addresses plant maintenance and other services. November 2018, p. 24.


Ovens

Equipment Overview: Industrial Ovens

Whether you want a booster oven or a completely new thermal processing system, use Process Heating’s annual Equipment Overview on Ovens to find suppliers and save time specifying your oven. March 2018, p. 32.

Best Practices for Curing Medical-Device Adhesives

Thermally curing adhesive bonds remains an essential part of medical-device manufacturing because thermal curing provides a high

degree of process repeatability. June 2018, p. 12.

NFPA 86 Compliance: Responsibilities of the Processor

Compliance with the standard for industrial ovens and furnaces does not end with the delivery of the oven. Instead, compliance starts before the oven is even delivered. August 2018, p. 11.

Improving the Performance of Existing Industrial Ovens

Oven end-users often struggle with equipment that no longer meets their current production or process needs. “Should we replace our existing equipment with a new oven, or repair, retrofit or rebuild the existing equipment?” is a familiar refrain. Case studies of real-life projects can help compare the alternatives — repair, retrofit or replace. October 2018, p. 14.


Oxidizers & Pollution Control

How Deliberate Integration of Air Pollution Control Equipment Optimized Production

Improved overall operation is possible when entire plant operation is considered rather than sub-optimizing choices around pollution control equipment. February 2018, p. 18.

Optimizing Your Thermal Oxidizer

Optimization saves energy and operating costs through heat recovery. One way to mitigate an oxidizer’s operating costs and carbon footprint is to consider adding a secondary heat exchanger as a means to recoup heat from the oxidizer’s exhaust. March 2018, p. 28.

Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Advances

This article will look at oxidizer technology developments and the benefits they provide — both for new oxidizer purchases, and for retrofit on existing regenerative thermal oxidizer systems. November 2018, p. 20.


Power Controls

How Thermal Protection Technology Helps Prevent Solid-State Relay Failure in Temperature Control Systems

Emerging solid-state relay designs offer integrated thermal protection in load control applications that can prevent overheating and improve system safety, efficiency and longevity. June 2018, p. 28.

Equipment Overview: Power Controls

For industrial process heating applications, the advantages of SCR power controllers outweigh their disadvantages. Our Equipment Overview will help you narrow the field of potential suppliers to those that can satisfy your process needs. August 2018, p. 22.


Special Manufacturer Section

Manufacturing Spotlights

Learn about the latest heat processing technology with this special section of products, tips and application ideas from industrial heating equipment manufacturers. January 2018, p. 37.


Temperature & Process Control

Equipment Overview: Temperature Controllers

What kind of control does your process need? Process Heating helps you select an industrial temperature controller and equipment supplier. February 2018, p. 40.

Selecting Process Temperature Sensors

Would you like to improve industrial temperature measurement performance? Gain and apply a theoretical understanding of temperature sensor characteristics to make the best choice for your heat processing applications. March 2018, 24.

Improving Temperature Measurement Performance: Sensor Mounting and Signal Processing

The way you mount temperature sensors and handle the signals they produce have a major effect on measurement performance. April 2018, p. 18.

4 Q&A About Thermocouples and Datalogging

Do you have questions about how dataloggers can protect your thermal processes and equipment? Using a datalogger to record the thermocouple’s readings will reflect maintenance issues, significantly decreasing risk of system failure. June 2018, p. 32.

The Importance of Cybersecurity in Smart Temperature Controls

Connected devices provide alerts and information, but it is necessary to adopt technologies that include safeguards against cyberattacks. August 2018, p. 34.

Risk Mitigation in Temperature-Calibration Procedures

Regular calibration of temperature sensors is required in the food-and-beverage industries. Sensor technology innovations may help eliminate the need for frequent calibrations and reduce risks in some processes. September 2018, p. 20.

Relays Deliver Heater Control

Automotive manufacturers can avoid downtime by using industrial washers equipped with monitoring relays that alert operators when water-bath heating elements fail. November 2018, p. 27.


Valves/Piping

Craft Brewery Drives Success with Process Automation Swap

When an important calculation for a new controls solution was overlooked, the result threatened to keep a new brewery aging tank offline. Substituting solenoid valves with built-in power management brought the equipment online. February 2018, p. 22.

Piping System Cuts Condensation Concerns for Brewing

Preinsulated piping allows brewery to accommodate explosive growth while maintaining the critical cold temperatures needed for craft beer production. April 2018, p. 37.

Creating a Cyber-Security Culture for Process Heating Control Systems

As industrial plants increasingly incorporate networked and remote-access controls for thermal processing, they must take steps to secure these systems from cyber-attacks and other cyber-vulnerabilities. April 2018, p. 24.

Solenoid Valves Help Improve Oil-and-Gas Process Heating

These valves can provide a process heating system with regulatory compliance and safety, reliable performance and savings. July 2018, p. 30.


Water Treatment

UV Irradiation vs. Chemical Disinfection

Whichever way you look at it, bacteria are a problem that must be controlled. Is ultraviolet irradiation a suitable replacement for chemical disinfection in industrial water treatment? May 2018, p. 30.

Cooling Towers Provide Water Reuse Opportunity

Among the many components of any industrial facility that requires water, cooling towers offer a significant opportunity for water reuse. Cooling towers can use reclaimed water from onsite or municipal sources, including municipal wastewater effluent and wastewater from industrial processes. But there are several perceived barriers that prohibit change. June 2018, p. 35.

An Offshore Produced-Water Treatment Package Gets Optimized

As part of a development project for a large gas block off the Malaysian coast, the package had to be safe, light in weight and employ proven technology. August 2018, p. 29.