If your answer is yes, then you’ve definitely come to the right place, says Mike Griffin, Spirax Sarco’s Emerging & Innovative Technologies Manager.
“Improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, minimising labour engagement and decreasing production outage are everyone’s goals,” says Mike. “But sometimes, opportunities to make improvements and gain an advantage over competitors are missed by using conventional technologies. Reassessing plant operations that involve heating process liquids could pay back the time with big savings and technical benefits.”
As manufacturers well know, unanticipated halts in production can prove costly in terms of lost revenue, especially while systems are cleaned or repaired. In the most serious measures, alternative break-down measures need to be taken. We all know what this means – dramatically increased costs and reduced productivity.
Have you considered using instantaneous jet heaters? If the name doesn’t ring any bells, they are a form of in-line steam injection technology that uses high-pressure steam as an efficient and instant way of heating, mixing and pumping semi-viscous liquids.
Mike explains: “Instantaneous jet heaters work by discharging pressurised steam into a liquid at high velocity, dissipating both sensible and latent heat within the liquid. As the name suggests, they are designed to combine two streams instantaneously, with a low risk of fouling and the associated costs of cleaning, maintenance and effluent removal.”
Designed for multi-function purpose, the jet heater’s system has many capabilities, including agitation, circulation, mixing and pumping, and eliminates the need for other equipment. This makes the system versatile, as well as energy and cost-efficient.
Mike says: “The jet heater’s robust and simple design delivers many advantages over other types of equipment. For one, there’s little maintenance required, due in part to its corrosive-resistant material, and low noise and vibrations. The lack of rotating parts also reduces the need for the replacement, lubrication or adjustment of bearings.
“It’s also easy to install, self-primed and highly adaptable, which makes the jet heater suitable for one-off applications, repeatable systems, batch operation and automated control.”
How do you know if it’s right for you? Mike has the answer: “Jet heaters are highly suited to a range of processes, including: mixing steam and semi-viscous liquids, heating or cooling, moving slurries or granular solids, condensing steam or water, reactor jacket heating, or vegetable blanching.
“Having said that, you can adapt them to suit a lot of different applications. No matter what your requirements are, there’s a high chance that a bespoke jet heater can be developed to meet your needs.”
Mike continues: “Once you have tested the validity of your jet heater and installed it into your plant, you will be well on your way to achieving smooth, uninterrupted heating. Low maintenance, low effluent, high efficiency and high adaptability – what’s not to like?”
For more information on Spirax Sarco’s range of instantaneous jet heaters, please visit here
Spirax Sarco is a leading provider of steam and thermal energy solutions headquartered in the UK