A question I get asked a lot from industrial owners and business owners is how to maintain industrial heat exchangers, which can run all day long. I use my industrial heat exchanger company (IHEO) to keep two metal plates spinning at a steady pace, almost like a conveyor belt. In the past, I had to physically hand pull each plate by hand. Now, I just use a computer based program, that allows me to do this with a click of a button. In less than two hours, my industrial plate is always up and running, as if nothing ever happened!
Of course, running these industrial heat exchangers can be very demanding on your time. The good news is, that if you run into any problems with them, they can be fixed in no time at all! Here's what I do when my industrial heating units start malfunctioning:
In about an hour or two, I'm back in my office, using my laptop. What I have learned from this experience, is that if you find that your heating units are not functioning properly, you need to make sure that there aren't any leaks, or other types of damage. Most of the time, I have to shut everything down until everything is fixed, but here's what I usually do when my heaters stop working:
I check the power source and find that the problem is with the transfer element. This element transfers heat from the air to the plates. Usually, it's the part of the heating unit that transfers heat to the air, not the outer shell. When this happens, the rest of the machine begins to function correctly again, and the exchanger is working fine again. If I don't find that there are any issues with the transfer element, I shut everything down until everything is repaired.
Here's another story that I've recently heard: a metal fabricator was experiencing some problems with their industrial heat exchanger. They had stopped making repairs on the tubes, because they weren't making any money on them. They did have a few customers complaining about overheating in their industrial areas, so they decided to look at their tubes. About an hour after they started looking, they found several tubes that were severely overheating.
Apparently, they didn't like the color or the pattern on the tubes. They decided to make all of their industrial heat transfer equipment new. I think they spent $300 on this trouble. Unfortunately, this is one of those situations where the best solution is prevention. You really need to do preventative maintenance on your industrial heat exchanger units, because they're just like cars: you fix the problem when it happens, and then you have problems with overheating when it's not happening. You can spend thousands of dollars each year having trouble shooting issues with your industrial heat transfer equipment.