Bitumen Froth

Inline Steam Heater

High heating efficiency – close to 100% – low capital cost, phenomenally reduced noise, water hammer, and vibration all combine to make Komax Direct Injector Steam Heater a breakthrough in technology. Available from 2″ through 30″ NPS in carbon steel, 316L, or 317L stainless steel construction.

Steam Heater With High Heating Efficiency & No Moving Parts

  • 99% to 100% Efficiency.
  • 20% to 25%% more efficient than heat exchangers.
  • Low capital cost
  • Dramatically reduced noise.
  • Dramatically reduced water hammer.
  • Dramatically reduced vibration.
  • Dramatically reduces scaling.


Komax steam heater models have been successfully installed in oil refineries, large industrial buildings for the general heating of water, food processing plants for the heating of slurries, pulp and paper mills for the heating of paper pulp stock streams and more recently in the oil sands industry for the mining of bitumen froth.


Instant Hot Water by Direct Steam Injection.

Komax Systems’ direct injection steam heaters provide large or small volumes of hot water with very precise temperature settings. The very compact inline flanged steam heaters are the same diameter as the incoming feed line. They are 30% more energy efficient then indirect systems, heat exchangers or heat coils in hot water supply tanks, and provide an unlimited supply of hot water instantly.

Unlike earlier designs, our direct injection steam heaters have no moving parts. The steam and bitumen froth are instantly mixed together by our unique internal static mixer. The six radially chambered static mixing elements produce and mix very fine steam bubbles into the bitumen froth stream. This design, using no moving parts, provides a very low noise direct steam heater with no vibration or water hammer. With a single modulating steam control valve the Komax direct steam heater provides better then a 10:1 turndown capability.

Demand for hot water may vary from no flow to maximum flow. Even with varying water pressures the direct steam heater will produce hot water at a precise temperature. A temperature controller actuates the steam control valve. The controller may be manually set to any desired outlet temperature or may be electronically controlled.

Water heating, slurry heating, starch jet cooking – they all have one thing in common: the need for a solid inline steam heater to provide an integrated process heating solution. Komax Systems is the only company that provides a dependable inline steam heater you can count on. With decades of industry experience spent refining our products, Komax is the name to turn to when you want a solution designed specifically for your needs.

Achieving Higher Heating Efficiency

Ensuring your equipment is making you as successful as possible is the name of the game today, and our steam heater does that and much more. Providing nearly 100% efficiency, our steam heaters offer much more than a traditional heat exchanger ever could at a far lower capital cost. Add that to the fact that you can expect some dramatic reductions when it comes to noise, water hammer, vibrations, and scaling, and you have the breakthrough your company needs most.

Expecting the Best

Our steam heater has a white water flow rate of 3,500 GPM. The steam flow is 60,000 lbs per hour with a steam pressure of 175 PSIG. Starting temperature here is 95 degrees while the final temperature is 135 degrees.

Meeting Your Application Needs Now

Komax has worked with hundreds of companies in the past, and our inline steam heaters are perfect for a variety of applications. Ideal in oil refineries, large industrial buildings with a need for hot water, food processing plants, and pulp and paper mills, we can customize your unit specifically for company.

No Moving Parts

What’s your biggest equipment worry? If you’re like most companies, a breakdown tops the list for many plant managers, but the Komax inline steam heater shines here more than any other design on the market. There are no moving parts. Steam and cold water are instantly mixed together thanks an internal static mixer. One single modulating steam control gives the Komax inline steam heater more than a 10:1 turn down capability.

Ready to change your process? Contact Komax now.