Preventing corrosion, wear-and-tear and overheating is critical to the long term functioning of your valuable plant equipment. Many facilities have difficulty keeping the plant in conditions that don’t create high heat, moisture or intense pressures. After all, that is usually part of the process of creating the product! So minimizing damage during the production process is a valuable investment. Consider how direct steam injection can benefit your production process.
The process is simple but highly efficient when compared to older heat exchanger technologies. The use of latent and sensible heat leads to a variety of steam injection options. Basically, any process that mixes steam into the fluid at hand is a steam injection process. Steam heating is considered more reliable than other methods for a variety of reasons. For one, the direct application of steam is more reliable and less worrisome, since less mass is being heated at any given time. Precise input points mean better control over temperature, so there is less energy waste and less batch fouling.
But besides efficiency, there are other critical reasons to upgrade to a direct steam injection technology. A direct steam heater greatly reduces the danger of overheating because of a finer temperature control. But that isn’t the only advantage. Direct steam heaters also cut down on the floor space needed to operate as well as the noise levels on the production line. Because less cleaning is needed, there is less maintenance and risk to workers who have to get into the equipment periodically to deal with fouling. Now we’re talking safety!
From every point of view – safety, profitability, efficiency – a direct steam heater is the most cost effective way to go. Work with Komax to see how this technology can improve your plant.