Komax mixers are perfect at working alone; our static mixers work perfectly whether inputs are added upstream or otherwise need to be directly injected. Furthermore, contents exit the mixer in a steady flow with no after effects like swirling or water hammer. Although perfect for solo use, these attributes also make them an ideal partner for our Inline Steamer in the production and refinement of Bitumen Froth, otherwise known as tar sands.
Heating bitumen requires the contents of the pipe to be mixed completely. Tar sands separate easily within the pipeline and cause a drastic layering of components. Installing a Komax Custody Transfer Mixer in front of our direct injection steam heater is the optimal method for achieving a perfect temperature and consistency in a way that is highly resistant to fouling.
Both our Custody Transfer Mixer and Steam Heater operate using no moving parts. This, combined with their unmatched effectiveness with thick slurries like tar sands, means that pressure drops will be low and that the system will run without a hitch.
The benefits of this system go far beyond perfect heating and extremely low maintenance.
In an industry walking a tight line with environmental concerns, it pays to strive for efficiency and responsible practice. Komax practices conservation in all industries, which is why our mixers and heaters exemplify superbly energy efficient solutions. The Custody Transfer Mixer requires only energy already present in flow pressure to operate. Similarly, our Inline Steam Heater is 25% more efficient than other methods with its ability to heat similar volumes with less steam.
Very low energy needs, low maintenance, and extended lifetime are only the cherries on top of our extremely effective bitumen froth heating system. Operations will begin saving money immediately and although two Komax products are needed, there is no better solution.