Boilers & Steam Heating

Protecting Rental Boiler Equipment from Freezing Winter Conditions

Rental Boiler Equipment

If a temporary or rental boiler is required during the winter months at your plant, taking a few preventive measures can help protect the equipment — and your production — should outside temperatures dip below freezing. January 2020, p. 14

Boiler Upgrade Improves Texas Facility


The addition of auxiliary boilers help increase efficiency and production capacity. Driving factors for the plant upgrade included a desire to increase capacity and the requirement to meet stringent emission limits. January 2020, p. 26

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Equipment Overview: Industrial Boilers

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 how do you find a supplier? One source is Process Heating’s annual Equipment Overview on Boilers. April 2020, p. 18

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The Basics of Desuperheating and Steam Conditioning


Control valves are critical components in desuperheating and steam-conditioning systems. They require an understanding of system operation before they are specified. April 2020, p. 26

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Watertube Boiler Safety Based on Physics and Physical Design

Watertube Boiler Safety

Modular, on-demand watertube boilers have lower water content than traditional watertube and firetube boilers. How does reducing the water volume in an industrial steam boiler improve plant safety? May 2020, p. 20

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Before You Buy: An Introduction to Boiler Efficiency

Boiler Efficiency

A general understanding of boiler terminology and operating principles can help you make an assured and confident industrial boiler purchase. July 2020, p. 15

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Burners & Combustion Controls

Do You Have Control Issues?

control system for air pollution

Consider whether these 5 issues with the control system for your air pollution control equipment may be hiding in plain sight at your plant. February 2020, p. 18

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Specifying Burners and Combustion for Process Heating

burners and combustion

Careful selection of burners and combustion controls ensures safer operations. February 2020, p. 22

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7 Tips for Designing Combustion Control Panels

Designing Combustion Control Panels

Developing or specifying standard design panels that can be optimized for specific applications allows oven and dryer OEMs to avoid having to develop custom combustion controls for each heat processing system. April 2020, p. 12

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Control Systems Safety vs. Reliability vs. Complexity

Control Systems Safety

A well-designed system built from carefully selected components will mitigate safety risks while managing costs and maintaining high reliability. April 2020, p. 22

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Understanding the Requirements of Combustion Safety Equipment

Combustion Safety Equipment

Personnel, equipment and production schedules depend upon keeping fuel-fired burners safe per NFPA requirements.May 8, 2020

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Identifying Safety Instrumented Functions in Burner-Management Systems

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ISA provides helpful guidance as Technical Report TR 84.00.05 is under review. May 2020, p. 14

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Burner Management Simplification Improves Safety and Availability

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The BMS — also referred to as a flame-safety system — is a on nearly every combustion process. Updating and optimizing burner management system implementations can help boost overall performance. August 15, 2020, p. 11

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Equipment Overview: Burners


Whether your process requires direct or indirect heating, if you need a burner, Process Heating’s Equipment Overview on Burners provides a means to compare the capabilities of a number of industrial burner manufacturers. August 15, 2020, p. 18

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How Digital Trends and Extended Reality Will Impact Process Heating

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Where will technology take consumers in the next 10 years? More importantly, how will technology advances shape industrial manufacturing and, more specifically, combustion controls and process heating? Finally, is digital transformation an essential requirement for combustion control in the process heating industry? October 15, 2020, p. 4

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Changing Emissions Regulations Necessitate Specific Burner and Combustion Control Combinations

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Selecting a burner that meets emissions targets is imperative and requires a thorough understanding of the options. November 15, 2020, p. 17

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Why the Size and Composition of Your Product Matters

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Industrial dryers are not one-size-fits-all systems. Key differences between drying inorganic and organic material mean that when researching drying technologies, it is important to start with the product to be dried. February 2020, p. 26

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Modern Drying Ovens: Advancing at the Pace of Technology

drying ovens

A lot has changed in just 35 years. Consider how modern industrial ovens compare with those of the past. The innovations help improve the thermal processing of your products. February 2020, p. 12

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Let Your Application Guide Your Drying System Choice

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Gathering key information about your process and application, and sharing it with prospective dryer manufacturers before they quote your job, will help ensure you get a well-designed system. April 2020, p. 30

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Equipment Overview: Industrial Dryers

industrial 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 2020, p. 34

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Airless Drying Technology Solves Problems for Protein and Co-Protein Process Industries

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An airless dryer can address odor, environmental and product quality issues. The A rotary drum dryer with airless dryer technology uses atmospheric superheated water vapor — evaporated from the product — as the heating medium. October 1, 2020, p. 4

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Tips for Optimizing Operating Efficiency in a Forced Convection Dryer or Roaster


From proper housekeeping to using automation, industrial dryers can become more efficient assets. November 15, 2020, p. 4

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Heat Exchangers

Understanding TEMA Types for Shell-and-Tube Exchangers

Shell-and-Tube Exchangers

Shell-and-tube designs incorporate fixed or floating tube sheets, fixed or removable tube bundles and expansion joints as needed to create an effective heat transfer vessel. Gain a better understanding of the TEMA types to improve your process. March 2020, p. 22

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Assessing Product Properties to Optimize Heat Exchanger Performance

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Understanding the physical properties of a food product helps determine the most appropriate heat exchanger design for the project. May 2020, p. 30

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Using Plate Heat Exchangers to Process Bulk Solids

Vertical plate heat exchangers

Vertical plate heat exchangers offer indirect heat transfer when heating, cooling or drying bulk solids. Because the two streams are separated, contamination does not occur. June 2020, p. 36

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Understanding and Avoiding Costly Heat Exchanger Failures

Heat Exchanger

A lack of effective cooling due to heat exchanger failure can cause production losses and unplanned downtime. Fortunately, two common causes of exchanger loss — mechanical failures and chemically induced corrosion — can be prevented. September 15, 2020, p. 22

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10 Tips to Help Optimize Your Tank Heating and Hot Water Supply System

clean-in-place (CIP)

From clean-in-place (CIP) hot water and sanitizing to paper mill whitewater heating, myriad process applications have multiple hot water users and high turndown from normal to peak hot water. In such cases, a direct steam heater is well suited, but it is important to carefully review requirements to make the most of the direct steam-injection water heater. September 1, 2020, p. 5

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Equipment Overview: Heat Exchangers

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When selecting the type of heat exchanger to use, construction materials, heat transfer medium, flow arrangement and heat transfer method are all factors to consider. October 15, 2020, p. 26

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Heat Loss & Heat Recovery

Energy-Recovery Options for Oxidation Systems

thermal oxidizer system

Harnessing the waste heat from your thermal oxidizer system via an energy-recovery system can help reduce plant energy costs and optimize processes. March 2020, p. 32

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Using ISO Standards and Heat Recovery to Reduce Operating Costs

ISO standards

Refrigerated air dryers are using brazed plate heat exchangers to help increase system efficiency and lower system operating costs. July 2020, p. 34

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Minimizing Heat Loss in Process Heating Applications

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Insulation selection and proper installation are key factors in system design and require careful consideration. Different materials and thicknesses impact efficiency by reducing heat loss. Learn how application temperature, installation, environment and durability may affect your choices. October 15, 2020, p. 16

Methods and Tools for Minimizing Heat Loss

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A well-designed and well-installed insulation system is critical to ensuring optimized process control that minimizes heat loss. November 1, 2020, p. 6

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Heat Tracing

10 Tips for Successfully Applying Impedance Pipe Heating

impedance heating

Using impedance heating, there are no hot or cold spots, preventing fouled pipelines and damage to products. Project engineers should consider these 10 tips when implementing an impedance pipe heating solution. September 1, 2020, p. 5

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Heat Transfer Fluids

Equipment Overview: Heat Transfer Fluids

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. January 2020, p. 18

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Flexible Heaters: Mounting Method Matters

flexible heaters

Designed to conform to the operating environment and deliver heat where needed, flexible heaters are fitted into applications where other heaters would falter. When selecting a flexible heater for process heating, also think about how the heater will be mounted in the application. March 2020, p. 18

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Equipment Overview: Convection and Conduction Heaters

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Use our Equipment Overview on fluid heating and direct-contact heaters to find suppliers in less search time. June 2020, p. 24

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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Heavy Industry

electric heating technology

An electric heating technology may help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the reliance upon fossil fuels in petrochemicals, steel and other industries. July 2020, p. 25

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Getting the Most from a Thermal Liquid Heating System

thermal liquid heating system

These systems offer benefits when high temperature rather than high pressure is essential if they are designed effectively. July 2020, p. 30

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7 Temporary Heating Myths that Cost Your Plant Money

Temporary Heating Myths

Temporary heating solutions can provide manufacturers with increased control over seasonal variables. November 1, 2020, p. 17

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Industrial Internet of Things & Wireless Technology

Wireless Technology Modernizes Power Plant Performance Monitoring

control box

Using wireless technology cuts performance testing setup time from weeks to days by reducing wired infrastructure. WirelessHART can help plant assessment teams evaluate and improve performance by allowing the quick and temporary installation of process monitoring tools. January 2020, p. 29

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How IIoT Data Can Improve Heat Exchanger Performance


Adding sensors and analytical capabilities can help plants get a handle on early fouling or loss of heat transfer in heat exchangers. Wireless sensors gather data that can be used to improve performance, cut costs and reduce energy consumption. March 2020, p. 27

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Get Misdirected Maintenance on Track

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When maintenance efforts are driven by breakdowns or time-based maintenance, inefficiency will result. Upgrading to automated condition monitoring addresses these and related issues. June 2020, p. 10

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3 Steps for Improving Fired-Asset Operations

3 Steps for Improving Fired-Asset Operations

Unmeasured or overlooked process conditions can result in an assortment of problems but also present opportunities for improvements. Upgrading instrumentation and analyzers, applying improved automation technologies and implementing asset optimization will result in improved performance and safety. September 15, 2020, p. 14

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Infrared Heating

Infrared Technology Reduces the Drying Time of Water-Based Paints and Lacquers

Infrared Technology

Infrared emitters help increase production efficiency when curing. July 2020, p. 11

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Is Infrared Right for Your Part?


Infrared also is a being increasingly looked at for other types of thermal processing such as annealing, drying, dehydrating, laminating and sintering. When properly designed and applied to the process heating application, infrared delivers benefits. August 1, 2020, p. 6

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Equipment Overview: Infrared Heaters

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 1, 2020, p. 20

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Oven Safety Is No Accident

oven safety

Fatal accidents involving industrial ovens and dryers are relatively rare, fortunately. Incorporating safety features can enhance operator and technician safety when working near industrial ovens and dryers. January 2020, p. 11

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Find Your Industrial Oven

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Whether you want a booster oven or a completely new thermal processing system, use Process Heating’s Equipment Overview on Ovens to find suppliers and save time specifying your oven. March 2020, p. 12

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Which Safety Oven Is Right for Your Process?

safety oven designs

Safety oven designs — standard Class A, low oxygen Class A and explosionproof — incorporate specific components and heating methods to inhibit unintended combustion reactions. Aside from components, one of the biggest differences is how approach the fire triangle. August 15, 2020, p. 4

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Improving Oven Temperature Uniformity for Better Efficiency and Performance

temperature uniformity

When evaluating industrial ovens, experts suggest researching temperature uniformity, operating efficiency and heat transfer rates. September 15, 2020, p. 4

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Process Heating Equipment

Process Heating OEM Success Stories

Brief case studies illustrate how industrial heating equipment manufacturers combine engineering know-how with process knowledge to develop optimized heating solutions for process applications. March 2020, p. 41

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Manufacturer Focus: View from the Top

Get C-level perspectives from leaders and innovators of low temperature thermal-processing technology. Learn more about their companies, their industries and the events that have — and continue to — shape their companies. May 2020, p. 42

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Process Cooling Equipment

How to Implement Evaporative Cooling

evaporative cooling

Two case studies highlight ways evaporative cooling is used in the process industries to reduce the impact of heat-generating equipment such as paint ovens and plastic-molding equipment. February 2020, p. 32

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Paper Mill Opts for an Alternative to Field-Erected Cooling Towers

plastic cooling towers

The features found in plastic cooling towers are prompting some processors to rethink selection criteria. February 2020, p. 38

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Industrial-Scale Food Freezing Using Cryogenic Gas

frozen shrimp

Cryogenic freezing provides processors with the ability to change production, process a variety of products and produce high quality frozen food. April 2020, p. 34

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Pollution Control

Exploring Oxidizer Options for Air-Pollution Control

air-pollution control

Understanding the technologies available for air-pollution control is necessary for complying with environmental regulations. When applied appropriately, oxidation technologies such as catalytic and thermal treatment provide continuous performance with the lowest treatment cost. October 1, 2020, p. 15

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Power Control

Silicon-Controlled Rectifier Power Controls: Worth the Investment

computers on a desk

In the world of electric heaters, one of the most critical elements to consider is the control. In order to achieve the desired results, operators need to be confident that the process is reaching a specific temperature at the proper time on a consistent basis. SCR control systems often are an optimal approach these process applications. August 1, 2020, p. 12

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Equipment Overview: SCR Power Controls

Equipment Overview

In Process Heating’s Equipment Overview on SCR Power Controllers, you can use the matrix below or to compare the capabilities of a number of controls manufacturers. August 1, 2020, p. 16

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Temperature Control & Measurement

Equipment Overview: Temperature Controllers

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What kind of control does your process need? In print and online, use our Equipment Overview to identify an industrial temperature controller supplier. February 2020, p. 36

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Temperature Measurement in Metal Reheat Furnaces

Thermal imagers

Thermal imagers can be used to optimize metal reheat furnaces. March 2020, p. 36

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Questions to Ask About Temperature Measurement Applications

temperature measurement tools

Answering these questions can result in a more effective application with lower lifecycle costs. May 2020, p. 25

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Temperature vs. Flow: Finding the Balance for Effective Process Cooling

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Using an industrial temperature control system that provides the correct fluid at the proper temperature and flow helps improve cooling efficiency. June 2020, p. 20

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Remote Monitoring Helps Optimize Chamber-Based Thermal Processing Equipment

Remote monitoring

Remote monitoring enables companies to get control of their plant equipment and devices at any time and from anywhere. July 2020, p. 20

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