IMMERSION HEATERS FOR PROCESS FLUIDS
Process fluids are found in every major industry, and process fluid heating is an essential task for each of these. Electric immersion heaters are the ideal solution for heating industrial process fluids.
This article offers a review of common industrial process fluids, as well as their heating challenges and solutions.
Industrial Process Fluids
Some of the most common industrial process fluids include:
Deionized water is water with no charge. Ions can be removed by using electrically charged resins to attract and remove salts, creating deionized water. Deionized water is used for a variety of industrial applications including steam turbines, water treatment, and pharmaceutical systems.
Detergents play an essential role in a variety of industries. From sanitation to commercial laundries, to the textile industry detergents are essential. In addition to cleaning, they also play a part in manufacturing products such as insecticides and printing inks.
High-pressure applications, like compressed gases, take advantage of the safety and control of immersion heaters. Compressed gases are used in a variety of industrial applications such as welding.
Machining fluids are essential in manufacturing industries. They see frequent use for cooling, lubrication, and their corrosion-resistant properties.
Challenges for Process Fluid Heaters
Industrial processing and manufacturing frequently uses corrosive mediums. Corrosion can cause damage to critical equipment, resulting in inefficiencies and shortening heater lifespans. The best way to address corrosion is with custom-manufactured immersion heaters.
Custom manufacturers can select corrosion-resistant sheath materials to protect immersion heaters from specific mediums. As well, manufacturers can select from different materials to protect against high heats and varying wattages.
Process fluids containing highly conductive material, such as potassium, can cause problems for heaters. They present a challenge for uniform heating as well as creating a risk of heater burnout. Setting the immersion heater for low-voltage heating helps to avoid these complications.
Contact BRIGHT Company to help determine the right wattage and voltage for your specific application.
Maintaining a consistent flow rate is important. It keeps materials at the ideal temperature and viscosity. As well, it prevents adding extra strain on your process heater. Electric immersion heaters offer precision heating to help maintain flow rate. As well, regular maintenance such as oil flushing prevents sediment buildup and blockages that can affect flow rates.
Fluid-borne particles are another good reason to perform regular maintenance. Many industrial process fluids contain particulate that builds up as sediment inside of the system. As sediment builds up it reduces the efficiency and lifespan of your heater.
The position of the heater during installation can prevent sediment build-up from fluid-borne particles. As well, regular flushing will extend the lifespan of your system.
Even heat distribution is important for process heating. Uneven heat distribution can be problematic with process fluids, especially if they are combustible. Flange heaters are a popular style of immersion heater because the flanges allow for fast, even heat distribution