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Improving Heat Exchanger Efficiency


With heat exchangers, as with every piece of equipment, the ultimate goal is to get as much out of it as possible while limiting operating costs. One way to achieve this goal is to improve your heat exchanger’s efficiency.

There are a number of ways to make this happen, from choosing one that fits your needs to using the proper operating variables to having it cleaned and maintained at regular intervals. While any of these steps are easy to put off or overlook altogether, it’s crucial to be diligent about all of them if you want your heat exchanger to perform at the level it’s capable of.

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The Ten Hottest (or Coolest) Jobs in the Power Generation Industry

Top 10 Hottest jobs in power generation industry

The power generation industry is a necessary and constantly evolving industry that utilizes a variety of technologies to better the lives of people around the world. However, as with any industry, the power generation industry is only as good as the people who work in it. Everyone, from engineers, to refinery plant operators, to wind farm operators make power generation one of the most rapidly-growing and interesting industries in the world.

Here we’re going to explore the hottest (or coolest) jobs in the industry, discuss what each position involves, and maybe even find a career path that suits you.

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Water-Cooled Heat Exchangers vs. Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers

Water-cooled heat exchangers and air-cooled heat exchangers make our day-to-day life easier. Also known as oil coolers, these devices keep our homes cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and keep our cars running smoothly, but we hardly even notice them. As with anything, both types of heat exchangers have their share of strengths and weaknesses and are better-suited to do what they’re made to do. With that in mind, we’re going to discuss some of the basic applications of each, what they can do, and what they can’t.

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Is a Custom Heat Exchange the Right Solution for You?

Custom Heat Exchanger

Buying a new heat exchanger is a big commitment, and there are many factors that go into deciding which one is right for your purposes. You know that the heat transfer you choose needs to be efficient and able to function in harmony with the available utilities in your facility. Most importantly, it needs to fit your space, as anything besides the right fit is … well, the wrong fit.

Even if you can squeeze a heat exchanger into a space, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should, as an ill-fitting device can cost a significant amount of money, energy, and productivity over time.

A custom heat exchanger eliminates this problem, as it is sometimes the only way to get a machine that fits your needs perfectly. The benefits of custom heat exchangers are numerous, and here we will discuss a few of those benefits and some of the most common ways in which custom heat exchangers are used.

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Industrial Heat Exchangers: How They Work and Why They Are Necessary

Industrial Heat Exchanger

At industrial facilities and worksites, heat exchangers are one of the most versatile, durable, and necessary pieces of equipment, and their usefulness isn’t just limited to one industry. The impact of heat exchangers is widespread, as they used for everything from oil refining, to processing food and dairy products, to brewing beer, to propelling large ships across the sea.

Although heat exchangers are used for residential purposes, as well, for our purposes we are going to focus on how they work and why they are so indispensable in an industrial setting. To start with, what, exactly, is an industrial heat exchanger and how does it work?

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Best Industrial Heat Exchangers for Small Floor Spaces

Industrial Heat Exchangers

Many industrial applications require a heat exchanger, but, when space is scarce, is it even possible to find one that’s small enough to fit? Even if you can find a compact heat exchanger that works for your space, is it even capable of doing the job you need it to do?

When people think of heat exchangers, the one thing that comes to mind is an old shell and tube heat exchanger. Great machines, but hardly plausible if you’re dealing with tight quarters. Fortunately, there are industrial heat exchangers available that not only fit in tight floor spaces, but which do the job of a machine many times larger. These compact heat exchangers are revolutionizing the way people think of heat exchangers and what they’re capable of, regardless of the size of the space available.

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5 Money-Saving Maintenance Tips for Heat Exchangers

Heat exchangers are used in so many ways, it’s almost impossible to keep track of them all, but one thing they have in common is that they all need regular maintenance to operate at an optimum level. If proper maintenance isn’t performed, dirt and sediment will build up, parts will break down, and performance will suffer.

Ultimately, these problems all lead to downtime and can cost you a significant amount of time and money. With that in mind, we will discuss some heat exchanger maintenance tips that can save you both time and money now and into the future.

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Heat Exchangers: A Buyer’s Guide

Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger

Space shuttle taking off on a missionHeat exchangers serve such an array of purposes, it can be easy to take for granted the role they play in our lives. Everything from home heating and cooling systems to rocket ships depends heavily on a heat exchanger’s ability to normalize the temperatures of liquids and gases used in their systems.

This level of versatility is why heat exchangers are one of the most sought-after devices on planet Earth and also begs the question – should you consider getting a heat exchanger? And, if you already have one, when is it time to replace it?

With these questions in mind, we’re going to discuss when to get or replace a heat exchanger, the difference among the different types, which heat exchanger is best for your application, and which type of company to buy from.

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Workplace Safety Tips for Operating Heat Exchangers

Plate, shell and tube, and air cooled heat exchangers combine to function for a variety of applications and are prevalent in a number of industries. If you work in an industry that uses machinery of any type, you probably knowingly or unknowingly work alongside a heat exchanger on a daily basis. While heat exchangers are incredibly useful and relatively safe to operate, there are precautions to should be taken when starting, running, and shutting them down.

Here are a few tips that can help keep you safe when operating a heat exchanger at work.

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When Does a Heat Exchanger Need to Be Repaired?

It’s not always obvious when a heat exchanger is going to stop working, which makes it difficult to know when it needs to be repaired. Complicating matters even further is deciding whether you should have your heat exchanger repaired or have it replaced altogether. Fortunately, there are ways to tell which option is best so you’re able to get your heat exchanger up and running again as soon as possible.

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