Having the proper thermal fluid filtration system in place is critical to maintaining optimal performance of your entire process heating operation. Loss of production due to breakdowns caused by fouled hot oil can mean a direct loss for your business. Trying to remedy the problem with temporary or quick fixes can cause even more damage and downtime, ultimately taking away from your company’s profitability. Your choice to incorporate hot oil filtration is vital to the reliability and operability of your thermal fluid process and production system. Below are even more advantages of implementing proper hot oil filtration in standard operations:
- It has been proven, time and again, that at least 80 to 85 percent of heat transfer efficiency problems in hot oil heating production systems can be attributed to contaminated or degraded oil. Controlling and monitoring contamination and degradation through the use of a simple side stream hot oil filtration system can reduce such problems and prevent them from occurring.
- Very tiny micron-sized particles that get past inefficient in-line strainers are the root causes of major wear and tear in thermal fluid system process pumps and valves. These particles build up within the heater and piping so that heat transfer efficiency is reduced. Operators lose the ability to control process temperatures and demand more from the heater. This generates even more contamination as it creates more particles, reducing the life and usability of the thermal fluid and expensive components. Unfiltered, micron-sized particles accumulate to damage one of the most expensive elements in the entire system: the thermal oil that is being used in the process. Build up of these microns become a catalyst for chemical reactions that substantially reduce the quality and the useful life of the hot oil.
- Rotating components, pumps, and valves that are damaged due to inefficient hot oil system practices directly affect the overall performance of production machines, effectively slowing production. Excessive contamination may also overload or sludge up other expensive components, which will eventually require replacement. This can significantly add to the production cost of your equipment and your entire operation.
- In addition to the above mentioned damages, contamination of thermal fluid may also compromise the mechanical seals in some hot oil pumps, resulting in fluid leaks. When leaks of hot oil occur, they can be dangerous to the operators and surrounding equipment because of the very high operating temperatures of the thermal fluid. This means lower production rates and even worse, unscheduled plant shutdowns for repairs to process pumps, heater elements, and other rotating or process components.