Scion Industrial Engineering

Heat exchangers made compact

Wisconsin-based shell and tube heat exchangers company Enerquip has added a new line of compact heat exchangers to meet growing demands from customers with low flow-rate applications.

Enerquip describes itself as one of the leading providers of heating and cooling equipment for production plants and original-equipment manufacturers in the US, and the system integrators that support them.

Enerquip director of sales and marketing Ron Herman explains that low flow rates have until now not been catered for. “Until now, we haven’t had an efficient solution for product flow rates from one to ten gallons per minute. These scaled down versions of our exchangers use smaller tubes that keep tube-side velocities high, for better heat transfer, while avoiding problems with bypass, seen in larger exchangers when they are used at low flow rates.”

The heat exchangers – available in both U-tube and straight tube designs – are easy to clean, save space and are built to last. Enerquip’s compact exchangers are also American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME-) -approved, reassuring customers that their product will be safe during production.

The sanitary version also meets the rigorous 3-A sanitary standard, ensuring that equipment designed and fabricated according to the criteria will be cleanable. The pharmaceutical models are more ASME-bioprocessing equipment compliant than other low-flow coil models and other current designs in the market.

Enerquip enthuses that the new product line is ideal for small-batch processes, point-of-use streams, research and development, or pilot-scale applications, where a smaller compact exchanger would be an advantage.

Enerquip’s heat exchangers are typically used in the pharmaceuticals, beverage, brewing, food processing, dairy, paper, chemicals, wastewater and renewable fuels industries.