Additive Manufacturing

Perfecting Diffusion Bonding

Specialized furnaces

Specialized furnaces with integrated presses provide superior control of pressure and temperature to create better diffusion bonds when joining similar or dissimilar metals. April 2019, p. 38.

3D Printing: All About the Heat

3D Printing

Heating plastic filaments in specialized printers equipped with heated extruders and print beds sets the stage for fused filament fabrication — also known as 3D printing. August 2019, p. 32.

Boilers & Steam Heating

How to Eliminate Steam Venting and Stop Major Energy Losses

Steam Venting

Recovering flash steam rather than venting it to atmosphere allows process plants to avoid energy losses from process steam systems. The techniques used to recover flash steam depend on the steam system design and process steam demands. February 2019, p. 26.

Venting Steam: The Largest Energy Loss in Steam Systems

Energy Loss

Identify and mitigate the sources of steam loss to optimize your steam heating system. March 2019, p. 18.

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 2019, p. 20.

Temporary Boilers Can Support Seasonal Steam Demand

steam demands

How do companies go about fulfilling increased steam demands for critical processes when facility boilers have already reached their limits? June 2019, p. 22.

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Maintenance Helps Ensure Boiler Efficiency and Safety

cleaning schedule

A regular cleaning schedule will help provide benefits such as better efficiency, improved worker safety and reduced fuel and repair costs. June 2019, p. 26.

Waste-Heat Recovery from Power Plants for District Heating

centrifugal heat pump

Applying a centrifugal heat pump and absorption heat pumps to recover waste heat from the cooling water of the power plant steam condenser allowed one city to avoid the cost and emissions of coal-fired district heating. August 2019, p. 38.

Brewery Cheers New Boiler System


To keep up with demand, a burgeoning East Coast microbrewery sought to significantly increase production. Adding a new low pressure steam-heating system and energy-efficient boiler provided the way. September 2019, p. 31.

4 Common Issues in Feedwater Tank Design and Operation


Boiler water treatment is critical to ensuring your boiler is operating as efficiently as possible, and no proper water treatment program is complete without a thorough understanding of the feedwater setup. A crucial step in preparing the feedwater for the boiler is preheating and deaerating the water in a separate vessel directly upstream of the boiler. November 2019, p. 20.

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Burners & Combustion Controls

Burner Safety Management System Improves Operations

burner safety

Using a modern burner safety management system, a natural gas plant boosts safety, reliability and efficiency. February 2019, p. 20.

Controlling Combustion for Fired Heaters

measurements and control

An evaluation of measurements and control philosophies utilized in fired heater systems identifies opportunities to leverage available technology to improve heater performance. April 2019, p. 12.

Ensuring the Safety of Industrial Combustion Systems

combustion safety

A comprehensive solution for industrial combustion safety helps plant owners and operators improve safety and reliability while reducing risk and optimizing the efficiency of fuel-fired equipment used in process heating operations. May 2019, p. 11.

Optimizing Burner Management and Combustion Control with Safety PLCs

Safety PLC controllers bring several cost benefits to modern industrial heating equipment. May 2019, p. 15.

Achieving Combustion Control

burner management

When properly selected and designed, burner management and combustion control systems provide safety and operational efficiencies to thermal processing. June 2019, p. 14.

Equipment Overview: Industrial Process 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 2019, p. 28.

Natural Gas Combustion Systems and Modern Automation

Edge devices and controllers, enhanced by software solutions, offer improved functionality and control. August 2019, p. 15.

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Airflow and Uniformity Can Be Key Drying Considerations


If an application generates heavy amounts of moisture or involves drying solvents, the role of proper ventilation and the design of the exhaust system must be considered. February 2019, p. 11.

Weighing the Operational Costs of Process Dryers


When purchasing a new dryer, it is important to consider energy consumption, maintenance and equipment longevity. February 2019, p. 29.

Improving Efficiency in Fluid-Bed Drying

Dryer design changes can help boost thermal, energy and operational efficiencies. April 2019, p. 16.

Equipment Overview: Dryers

Our Equipment Overview on Dryers offers a side-by-side comparison of industrial dryer manufacturers to show you which companies manufacture the type equipment you need. May 2019, p. 18.

How to Achieve Proper Size and Design of a Convection Dryer

industrial dryer

To avoid unforeseen costs and poor industrial dryer performance, consider these 10 tips when buying, specifying, operating and maintaining convection dryer. September 2019, p. 24.

How to Dry or Dehydrate Almost Any Solid

Continuous drying systems

Continuous drying systems can effectively dry or dehydrate many products in the process markets. When considering continuous-conveyor vs. fluid-bed or rotary industrial dryers, keep these points in mind. October 2019, p. 13.

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Heat Exchangers

Heat Transfer in Chemical Processes

chemical processes

It is essential that heat transfer systems for chemical processes are designed to maximize efficiency. Because the heat transfer step in many chemical processes is energy intensive, a failure to focus on efficiency can drive up costs unnecessarily. May 2019, p. 29.

Heat Recovery & Zero-Liquid Discharge

waste management

Improvements in heat exchanger, evaporation and zero-liquid discharge technologies work together to boost the efficiency of heat recovery in waste management. July 2019, p. 31.

10 Considerations When Choosing a Boiler-Bypass System

When a boiler fails, a hydronic heater coupled with the properly sized heat exchanger can provide an interim solution. September 2019, p. 28.

Equipment Overview: Industrial Heat Exchangers

Equipment Overview

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 2019, p. 36.

Reducing Cross Contamination in Pharmaceutical Applications

Heat exchangers

Heat exchangers specifically designed for pharmaceutical prevent potential contamination and provide leak detection. November 2019, p. 25.

10 Tips to Optimize Your Steam-Injection Heating Application

Steam-injection heating — sometimes known as direct steam-injection heating — is a direct-contact method of heating where steam is directly injected into the fluid. These recommendations will help you design a safe, reliable heating system. November 2019, p. 28.

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Heat Tracing

Impedance Pipe Heating Tips

impedance pipe heating

If you are not familiar with impedance pipe heating, you may not realize why it is an option for your next pipe heating application. Here is an overview of impedance pipe heating and 10 reasons to consider it. September 2019, p. 16.

Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks and Heat Trace

Learn 5 ways industrial wireless sensor networks assist and improve heat trace applications. September 2019, p. 20.

Installation Practices Key to Successful Heat Tracing

Laying out an effective heat tracing design requires careful attention to detail. November 2019, p. 17.

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Heat Transfer Fluids

Equipment Overview: Heat Transfer Fluids

Our annual Equipment Overview on Heat Transfer Fluids offers a side-by-side comparison of manufacturers of thermal fluids for industrial applications. Find it in print online at January 2019, p. 26.

Heat Transfer Fluid Monitoring and Remediation

Fluid degradation can lead to expensive maintenance costs and shutdowns due to fouling and loss of heat transfer capacity. Fluid reclaiming allows a processor to reprocess and reuse degraded fluid. May 2019, p. 33.

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What Caused My Heater to Shut Down?


A troubleshooting guide to common causes of heater shutdown can help you identify why your thermal fluid heater stopped working. May 2019, p. 24.

Industrial Heaters: Reducing Premature Failure

replacement programs

Tactics such as testing, planned replacement programs and preventing moisture ingress can help prevent premature heater failures. June 2019, p. 34.

Equipment Overview: Convection and Conduction Heaters

Find prospective suppliers using our annual equipment supplier matrix. June 2019, p. 38.

Electric Heaters in Industrial Applications

Electric heaters provide benefits that can improve overall equipment life, safe operation and ease of system integration. October 2019, p. 21.

Replacing Refractory Ceramic Fiber Linings

petrochemical industry

When it comes to lining fired heaters in the petrochemical industry, refractory ceramic fiber has been the go-to material, but it has its drawbacks. Consider an alternative material and learn how it can mitigate refractory ceramic fiber’s limitations. October 2019, p. 24.

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Industrial Internet of Things

Measure and Improve Air-Cooled Heat Exchanger Performance

analytical tools

Combining a few strategically placed instruments with analytical tools can provide insight into the condition and improve the performance of critical plant assets. January 2019, p. 16.

IIoT Contributes to Improving Industrial Processes

Integration of data

Integration of data, condition levels and maintenance needs can provide all tiers of the organization an ability to see the whole operation. March 2019, p. 26.

Improving Heat Exchanger Performance via Wireless Technology

WirelessHART instruments can supply data to apps to simplify the evaluation and optimization of liquid-to-liquid heat exchangers while cutting costs and installation time. March 2019, p. 30.

Driving IIoT Implementations with Culture Changes

IIoT implementations

IIoT implementations in industrial plants often prioritize technology issues. An equally important focus is personnel acceptance and company culture. March 2019, p. 36.

Online Tools Optimize Build-to-Order

consumer experience

The expectations regarding ease of use — driven by gains in the consumer experience — are influencing how business-to-business products are developed. May 2019, p. 37.

Industry 4.0: The Connected Enterprise

systems integrator

A systems integrator and a manufacturer of industrial automation solutions collaborated to upgrade the OEM. They share their best practices for a digital transformation. July 2019, p. 24.

Industrial Controller Connects Edge Data with IIoT

Programmable controller help simplify and secure automation and IIoT projects for a glass manufacturer. July 2019, p. 28.

IIoT-Based Applications for Sensing Temperature with Optical Fiber

optical fiber

The use of optical fiber for temperature sensing is expanding beyond safety applications. Optical sensors are replacing spot sampling in implementations that require accurate heat measurement and control. November 2019, p. 11.

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Infrared Heating

Using Infrared Heating Effectively in Industrial Process Heating Applications

Thermal processes

Thermal processes involving heating, drying or curing may demand process improvements to increase line speed and production. Infrared technology can achieve many benefits when used properly — and tested to ensure it is the best technology for the job. July 2019, p. 14.

Infrared Heating: A Heat Wave

Infrared Heating

Manufacturing companies are increasingly incorporating infrared into process heating applications to reduce costs, increase throughput and become more environmentally friendly. July 2019, p. 19.

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 2019, p. 34.

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Composite Materials Require Specialized Processing

Composite Materials

Composite curing ovens are specially designed for this process. Specific features can help optimize composite curing oven performance. January 2019, p. 12.

Equipment Overview: 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 2019, p. 12.

Sustainability in Powder Coating


Sustainable manufacturing — and more specifically, sustainable powder coating — is just one small effort we can make to minimize environmental effects. Get the view from one experienced (meaning old) equipment designer. August 2019, p. 10.

Controller Solves Oven Manufacturer’s Challenges


An edge programmable industrial controller connects directly to sensors and actuators through its I/O, yet it can be used to provide cloud-connected data collection and process automation. October 2019, p. 28.

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Piping & Valves

Tips for a Successful Plastic Pipe Installation

Pipe Installation

A support system can extend the life of thermoplastic piping systems in both high purity facilities and corrosive environments. March 2019, p. 22.

Desuperheater Application Best Practices


Proper specification, installation and maintenance of desuperheaters and associated control valves will increase efficiency and uptime. April 2019, p. 24.

Understanding Combustion Safety-Valve Standards and Regulations

Combustion valve standards and codes can seem like a mystery maze. This article explains how to meet the requirements of key codes from common standards organizations. June 2019, p. 18.

Automatic Self-Cleaning Strainer Takes the Heat

Self-Cleaning Strainer

Self-cleaning filter reduces production and maintenance costs at an iron and steel manufacturing plant. September 2019, p. 38.

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Process Heating Equipment

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 2019, p. 34.

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Pollution Control

Controlling NOX Emissions


Industrial processes produce NOX as a byproduct of processing and combustion. Several control and abatement technologies offer facilities solutions to control emissions. February 2019, p. 16.

The Impact of Dust Collectors on Process Heating

Dust Collectors

Used for pollution control and protection of downstream equipment, dust collectors play a vital role in process heating operations. October 2019, p. 17.

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Power Control

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 2019, p. 36.

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Design Considerations for Maintaining Peak Pump System Performance

Pump System Performance

High temperature liquids can wreak havoc on industrial operations if properly specified and installed pumping systems are not in place. This article will discuss three design considerations to evaluate when selecting a pump for any industrial process heating application. August 2019, p. 19.

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Temperature Control & Measurement

Monitoring Cold Storage in Research and Pilot-Plant Facilities

Cold Storage

Industrial wireless networks provide a solution when pilot-scale laboratory facilities do not have the infrastructure to support industrial instrumentation. February 2019, p. 33.

Equipment Overview: Temperature Controllers

What kind of control does your process need? In print and online, use our Equipment Overview to identify an industrial temperature controller supplier. February 2019, p. 38.

How to Select Temperature-Measurement Components

Temperature-Measurement Components

Some applications use a modular approach to temperature sensing while others must be built from scratch. Fortunately, there is no shortage of temperature sensor options to solve even the most complex problems. April 2019, p. 29.

Wireless RTDs: The Modernization of Temperature Measurement

Wireless RTDs have bridged the gap from decades of hardware to remotely connected devices. April 2019, p. 34.

Do Not Ignore Temperature Control for Electrical Equipment

Avoid damage to electrical equipment by using active cooling systems for your enclosures. July 2019, p. 36.

Instrumentation Solves Temperature Measurement and Control Problems

Having enough temperature sensors in the right places can mitigate the traditional problems associated with thermal processes. August 2019, p. 24.

A Tool to Simplify Thermowell Design

Thermowell Design

To help mitigate the risks posed to thermowells by vortex-induced vibration, a design tool can be used to help evaluate and optimize process thermowell designs. October 2019, p. 32.

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Water Treatment

Predicting Calcium Carbonate Scaling Accurately

Calcium Carbonate Scaling

Compare and understand the most common calcium carbonate scale prediction methods for cooling waters. Learn where and why some methods are inaccurate, and understand how an accurate prediction method can optimize a calcium carbonate scale control program as well as provide a cost reduction in cooling water treatments. January 2019, p. 20.

Reducing Boiler Water System Operating Costs with Digital Monitoring

Tools that monitor and analyze boiler water chemistry can help plants optimize their chemical treatment programs, protecting systems and leading to greater water and energy efficiency. February 2019, p. 23.

Working with Suppliers to Minimize Corrosion Between Manufacturing and Installation

An appropriate protection plan based on the expected corrosion threat should be adopted. June 2019, p. 30.

Water Technology for Saving Water

Real-world test shows electrochemical water treatment system reduces water and energy use. August 2019, p. 22.

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