Thermal fluid maintenance in five minutes…
Five minutes in the life of a plant is nothing. But as any busy process engineer knows, time is money and even one minute of downtime can cost thousands of pounds. Thermal fluid specialist, Global Heat Transfer, has revealed its top tips for the maintenance and shutdown of heat transfer systems with three quick and easy to read infographics.
The infographic based cheat sheets explain in five minutes or less how to extend the life of thermal fluids by following a few very simple steps. The guides are available for download on the news section of the Global Heat Transfer website .
“In Global Heat Transfer’s 25 years of experience, we’ve often observed that thermal fluid is a deeply misunderstood, although vital, part of a heat transfer system,” explained Clive Jones, managing director of Global Heat Transfer.
“Because it is usually out of sight, hidden in the depths of the manufacturing line, heat transfer fluid is often forgotten when it comes to maintenance, testing, analysis and replacement. Unfortunately, this oversight can result in costly and dangerous situations that present huge risks for any business.
“The good news is that heat transfer systems are reasonably easy to understand and maintain, as long as a few simple rules are followed and several basic principles are applied,” continued Jones.
In the first of the three quick-and-easy guides to thermal fluid maintenance, the experts at Global Heat Transfer explain the dangers of thermal cracking and how to minimise the risks. When heat is applied under pressure, it breaks the larger molecules of the transfer fluid into smaller fractions.
Some of the by-products of thermal cracking are light ends that have a low boiling point and can be highly volatile, which is why they need to be removed from the system. By following Global Heat Transfer’s top tips to reduce the chance of thermal cracking, any company can extend the life of its thermal fluid.
The second brief guide includes the top five tips to avoid oxidation, the process that occurs when a fluid comes into contact with air at elevated temperatures. Oxidation produces oil-insoluble oxidised materials and usually results in significant viscosity increase and deposits that can harm the overall performance of the system.
The final topic Global Heat Transfer engineers are often asked about is the correct procedure for a smooth maintenance shutdown. To eliminate doubts once and for all, the third guide offers five simple steps that can save companies time and money, when preparing for a system shutdown.
The proactive management of heat transfer fluid can help companies reduce operational, breakdown and compliance losses, as well as increase health and safety risks in the workplace.
More information on the supply, maintenance and testing of heat transfer fluid can be found on the Global Heat Transfer website (www.globalheattransfer.co.uk). Interested parties can also contact the team of engineering experts on (+44) 1785 760555.
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