A heat exchanger fouling or scaling in industrial production equipment costs billions of euros every year and has a major negative impact on the environment. Studies have shown that heat exchanger fouling may contribute up to 2.5% of global CO2 emissions, while reducing the global GDP by 0.25%. Biological, mineral, and chemical fouling production equipment causes inefficiencies in terms of energy use and production yield. Clogging may even break the equipment if the cleaning is not done on time.
Heat exchanger fouling may contribute up to 2.5% of global CO2 emissions, while reducing the global GDP by 0.25%.
Traditional cleaning methods are either mechanical (sand/soda/dry ice blasting, high pressure water cleaning, brushing) or chemical. All these methods require stopping the production and dismantling the clogged equipment. Such stops can cost tens or even hundreds of millions of euros to large manufacturing companies. On top of it, these methods can seriously harm the equipment and do not always have optimal cleaning performance.
The common methods’ efficiency is further reduced by the increasingly complex shapes of the current and future production equipment. Now if we talk about chemical cleaning, the method employs hazardous substances that can cause health issues to the cleaning personnel and to people living near the production facility.
The drawbacks of these methods are becoming even more prominent with the growing trend of implementing smart technologies in manufacturing. Because traditional cleaning methods require dismantling the equipment and opening it, the level of fouling inside the production processes cannot be monitored accurately when the process is running. Therefore, modern process industries can’t know what is happening inside their equipment.
Case Study: Getting rid of heat exchanger fouling in minutes
We helped one of our clients to clean their heat exchangers with the AltumHX solution. Our customer tried every single traditional cleaning solutions but nothing worked. It was only after Altum came in that they could get their equipment up and running in just minutes.
In this case study you will see a “before and after” set of pictures while we cover the problem, the solution and the benefits of cleaning a heat exchanger in minutes with Power Ultrasound. You can get the case study by submitting the form on the bottom right corner.
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