Thermal processing is a key processing step in the manufacture of myriad products. It is through the effective and controlled application of process heating or cooling technologies that products ranging from plastics to chemicals to foods are manufactured. Targeted and controlled heating and cooling are the difference between a product that meets specs and one that must be scrapped.

Yet, many process applications have unique parameters that preclude the simple application of an off-the-shelf product. It is at the intersection of thermal processing equipment capabilities, process requirements, and plant and process application limitations that thermal processing innovation is often born.

In recognition of this, Process Heating and Process Cooling — the world’s most-read low temperature industrial heating and cooling engineering resources — created our Innovation Award. At our upcoming show in May, we would like to recognize your — or your colleague’s — innovative efforts with the Process Heating & Process Cooling Innovation Award.

So ask yourself:

  • Have you, or someone you work with, used industrial process heating or cooling equipment to solve a thermal challenge within your plant?
  • Has your expertise or experience with industrial process heating and cooling equipment projects enabled you to reduce process operating costs, improve thermal processing efficiency and increase process safety?

Nominations for the Innovation Award will be accepted until April 4. Nominate yourself or a colleague who has solved process heating and cooling challenges innovatively within your facility. The award will recognize the innovative application of technical expertise or experience with industrial process heating and cooling equipment, projects or efforts to reduce costs, improve thermal processing efficiency and increase safety.

The winner of the 2023 Process Heating & Process Cooling Innovation Award will be announced at the Process Heating and Cooling Show, which will be held May 24-25 in Chicago (Rosemont, Ill.). Learn more about the show at

The award recipient (person or company) will receive recognition in Process Heating & Cooling, on both Process Cooling and Process Heating magazines, websites and enewletters, as well as a plaque. In addition, Process Heating & Cooling will make a one-time $1,000 scholarship donation in the winner’s name to the engineering school of the winner’s choice.

Submit your nomination today!