With the trend toward reduced plant personnel, and institutional knowledge leaving many plants as Baby Boomers age out of the workplace, industrial facilities are faced with managing thermal processes with fewer and less experienced operators. At the same time, the influence of on-demand access to all kinds of data in our daily lives is driving demand for access to key performance data and the ability to remotely monitor thermal processes.
From even before I could actually read, or so my parents tell the story, you could find me with my nose buried in a book. I would tell myself stories in “toddler talk” as I turned the pages of my favorite bedtime stories.
When I started my junior year of engineering school in the mid ’80s, the lease on the apartment I rented did not start until October. The university was 200 miles from where I grew up, but it just happened that my dad was working at that time in the same city.
Anyone who has spent even passing time in the Midwest will have noticed a key difference among the seasons. There’s fall (nothing to do), winter (nothing to do), spring (still nothing to do) and festival season — I mean summer.
Back in my college days, I was introduced to Peter F. Drucker and his work on leadership, management, labor and economics. One of his famous quotes has stuck with me: “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” At first glance, that statement seems obvious. But what are those “right things?” What makes a good leader?
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.
As manufacturing facilities increasingly move to automation and advanced manufacturing practices, there is less slack in the system for failures and unplanned downtime. Factories must be ready to operate whenever production requires.
Bepex International designs and manufactures solids processing equipment and systems for the chemical, polymer, food and mineral industries: thermal processing; agglomerating and compacting; mixing; and size reduction. Our goal is to help you get to market faster than your competition.
Thermal processing is an essential part of many production processes. Whether cooking, pasteurizing or sterilizing, or heating or cooling a range of products, it is a safe bet that many manufacturers will be using a heat exchanger to carry out their thermal processing requirements. Yet, with such a variety of applications possible, it is important that you select the right heat exchanger for your individual requirement.
Dyron Liverman joined Paratherm, W. Conshohocken, Pa., as a sales engineer, responsible for business development with the oil-and-gas and chemical processing industries in North America. He will reside in the Houston area and can be reached 713-213-7409 or email@example.com. Liverman succeeds James Walzer, who retired from Paratherm.
Check out the April 2021 edition of Process Heating, featuring welded plate heat exchangers and downtime prevention, points to ponder when selecting circulation heaters, combustion controls retrofits, trends in boiler systems, news, products and much more!