Most modern thermal fluid heaters at industrial plants are reliable, so unexplained heater shutdowns do not happen often. As a result, many plant operators do not know how to fix a shutdown problem — they have never encountered one in the past. But, eventually one does occur, and it is usually at the most inopportune time. This means the operator is under pressure to get the heater back in operation.
A fully integrated, dual-zone temperature control heater/chiller combo package allows manufacturers to implement energy-efficient control systems that include variable-speed compressors and fan motors to control temperature in a range of production processes.
The Industrial Heating Equipment Association is hosting a one-day seminar that will highlight changes to NFPA 86. Held May 14 at the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association in Elgin, Ill., the class is an overview for those who are already familiar with the standard but want to understand the recent updates.
A typical control approach for an industrial fired heater uses global measurements to keep the system efficient and within safe operating limits. Differences in combustion stoichiometry between individual burners, however, can cause global measurements to produce an incomplete picture of the combustion taking place within the heater.
BriskHeat, a provider of flexible heating, insulating, temperature-control and composite-curing solutions, opened a calibration center in Shenzhen, China. It joins the company’s ACR hot bonder calibration and repair centers in Columbus, Ohio, and AeroNed B.V. in Rotterdam Netherlands. These centers are manned by technical product specialists and sales engineers to provide field training and phone support.
Abbott Furnace Co. will host its fifth annual Continuous Brazing Symposium in Puebla, Mexico, May 21-23. Attendees will hear from experts in the areas of continuous furnaces, filler metals, belts, CQI-9, furnace atmosphere generation, atmosphere flow control, troubleshooting, maintenance and optimization.
The Columbus Flat Roll Division of Steel Dynamics Inc. will invest $140 million to add a continuous hot-dip galvanizing line at its plant in Columbus, Miss. The line, designed and manufactured by Fives, will be capable of producing 400,000 tons per year of unexposed automotive steel grades and specialized steel grades.