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Technical Articles Archives

Pinned  A Gamajet Solution for Dirty Totes

Jan 12 2015 08:28 PM | Chris in Technical Articles

In our Feature video, Gamajet (an Alfa Laval company) demonstrates their new tote cleaning system.  If you're interested, please drop us a quick line or give us a call to discuss your needs.

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Pinned  Plate Heat Exchangers: Five Questions and Answers

Sep 26 2014 04:53 PM | Chris in Technical Articles

Plate heat exchangers are extremely efficient and can be workhorses in many different types of environments. But, knowing what to watch for when inspecting and maintaining your plate heat exchanger is critical. We'll explore five common questions and answers to help you take better care of your plate heat exchanger.

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Plate Exchanger Parts and Service

At Virginia Heat Transfer, we have over 35 years of combined experience with plate heat exchangers. Whether you need hard-to-find parts, a total cleaning solution, on site cleaning, routine maintenance, re-gasketing, or help with troubleshooting a prob...

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Compabloc Eliminates Production Bottleneck

An Alfa Laval Compabloc was used to remove a bottleneck in pigment production at BASF's Guarantigueta Chemical Complex. Read the story here

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Pick Heaters Custom Solutions

Pick Steam Injection Heaters offers many ways to prepare a custom package for your applications. Read about custom solutions Please Contact Us for any help you might need with designing a steam injection heater system.

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Young Industries STINGER Conveyer

The Young Industries STINGER® Conveyer is a great solution for transporting difficult-to-handle products such as pigments, talcs and clays. STINGER Conveyer Brochure

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Compabloc Condenser Removes Organic Compounds

A Ciba Specialty Chemicals facility in Memphis, Arkansas used one of Alfa Laval's Compabloc heat exchangers to eliminate the emission of volatile organic compounds from their stack vapors. Read the story here

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Pulp Mill Compabloc Provides High Performance

An Alfa Laval Compabloc heat exchanger was used at a pulp mill in Georgia, USA. The unit provided a high rate of performance with minimal maintenance and operating costs. Read the story here

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Debottlenecking Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers

Jul 16 2012 01:44 PM | Chris in Technical Articles

<p>Your shell and tube heat exchanger has served you well.  But maybe your heat transfer needs have grown and you&#39;re just not getting enough heating, cooling, condensing, or evaporation these days.  Don&#39;t send your shell and tube heat exchanger to scrap pile just yet, it may only need a partner to help out.</p>

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Types of Plate Exchanger Leaks

The design of plate heat exchangers is very reliable since they have several fail-safe spots to visibly show any leaks.  Nearly all possible leaks will cause the flow to spill out the sides of the exchanger to the ground so the problem becomes obvious....

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PHE Frame Corrosion

Corrosion under the connection liners in plate heat exchangers can cause significant problems. The key is to learn how the corrosion happens so that costly frame replacements can be avoided.Figure 1: Leakage next to the frame plate may be a sign of a...

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External Leakage

Plate heat exchangers can supply reliable operating service for years with proper maintenance, but what about when something goes wrong? Is your plate heat exchanger leaking? Is the leak slow or fast? How can you know what the problem is and the best w...

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Heat Exchanger Sizing and LMTD

One thing to consider when sizing a heat exchanger is the temperature difference of the fluids you wish to use.  While heat exchangers do a great job at transferring energy, they are limited by the heat source or heat sink you provide them.  No matter...

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Pick Case Studies

Pick Steam Injection Heaters are used throughout the industry for applications ranging from plant sanitation to process heating to in-line cooking, with success. Here are some cases of a Pick Heater being the proper fit for a variety of applications....

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Virginia Heat Transfer Packaged Systems

Pre-Packaged Systems are designed specifically to meet process industry needs efficiently and effectively, from a pilot project to a large-scale production.Customized Pre-Packaged systems deliver:Single source of supplyPortable skids, wall mounts or fl...

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Dessicant Air Dryers

Industrial ApplicationsDESICAiR dry desiccant industrial dehumidifiers provide precision humidity and/or temperature control (humidity levels from 60° F [15.6° C] dew point to as low as minus 40° F [-40° C] dew point) of either a room or process air st...

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Heat Exchanger

A heat exchanger is a piece of equipment that continually transfers heat from one medium to another in order to carry process energy. There are two main types of heat exchangers.Direct heat exchanger, where both media between which heat is exchanged ar...

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Spring Cleaning

Owners of heat exchangers often find that in the spring season as the cooling water temperature begins to rise, their heat exchangers begin to underperform.Considering that the heat exchangers were most likely designed for the highest cooling tower wat...

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Heat Exchanger CIP

In the past, we've talked with our customers about the importance of cleaning your heat exchangers and cooling towers. Now, Virginia Heat Transfer is pleased to offer cleaning-in-place service for plate heat exchangers, shell and tube heat exchangers,...

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Heat Exchanger Performance

Plate Heat Exchangers Not Meeting Performance? The Plate Heat Exchanger is relatively new heat transfer technology and they perform very well due to the research and design that is behind them. Plate and Frames are inexpensive, highly efficient an...

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Plate Exchanger: Fouling vs Scaling

Understanding the differences between fouling and scaling can help you be in a better position the next time you open your plate heat exchanger. We''ll examine the differences and discuss how each type of resistance to heat transfer can affect the perf...

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Storage Tanks

Storage tanks are all about quantitiy; having enough product to keep your process flowing is critical. At A&B we believe storage is also about quality that''s why we design and fabricate storage tanks with the highest quality at a competitive price.Qui...

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CIP Systems

At first glance, a Clean-in-Place (CIP) system from A&B Process Systems merely cleans process equipment. But broaden your vision and see that Clean-in-Place (CIP) systems improve product quality, product recovery and purity, as well as reduce pollution...

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The Glued Gasket Conundrum

You walk past one of your plate heat exchangers that's been working great for a long time. But, today you notice that it''s leaking onto the floor in several different locations. You need this heat exchanger for a critical heating or cooling applicat...

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