One characteristic common to many electric utility companies is the mix of sizes and technologies at the utility’s various plants. This means efforts to improve performance and reduce costs can vary from plant to plant.
Within process manufacturing, temperature is one of the primary considerations in reactions and product separation. There are not many processes where temperature is not a significant factor in controlling product quality.
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.
Most people who purchase personal computers buy fully configured and assembled units. This is especially true for computer buyers who plan to use them for everyday tasks like word processing or surfing the web.
One of the most common pieces of equipment in many industries is a heat exchanger. As its name implies, it is designed to move heat from a process fluid to another fluid — which might be liquid or air. The process fluid is heated or cooled as the application demands. The transfer fluid might be air or a liquid, also as the application demands.
The importance of cold storage for certain chemical products, particularly organic peroxides, hit the headlines in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. When a plant outside Houston was flooded and lost power, it also lost its cold storage for the organic peroxide products produced at the site. As they warmed up, the surrounding area was evacuated in anticipation of the resulting explosions and toxic releases.
When heat must be dissipated from a process fluid — either liquid or gas — it is usually transferred to another fluid — either liquid or gas — using a heat exchanger. The two most common types of heat exchangers are liquid-to-liquid and liquid-to-air.
Suppliers of automation and instrumentation systems to process plants sometimes stress the technologies embedded in their products and services, but focusing on technology alone does not solve problems. End users know this and are usually much more interested in specific applications and use cases than technology details.
Wireless steam trap monitors solved problems and met European Energy Efficiency Directive requirements.
October 1, 2016
Levaco Chemicals’ products include specialty chemicals such as dispersants, emulsifiers, wetting agents and anti-foaming agents used in agriculture, fiber manufacturing, paints and coatings. Levaco also manufactures specialty chemicals for major chemical companies on a contract basis.