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    Cleaning heat exchangers as a part of routine maintenance is vital for improving the plant performance. Yet, it is most neglected in many production units where priority if given running the plant. It ultimately leads to frequent breakdown, production of out of spec products and huge loss of revenue. Fouling in heat exchangers will always build up and it will be a continuous drain of money if routine heat exchanger cleaning is not given due priority and importance. 

    What is heat exchanger and where it is used?

    A heat exchanger is a piece of equipment that is either made of shell and tube or with plates. Heat exchangers are used to efficiently transfer the heat from one medium to another either by cooling or heating. It is used in a variety of applications like air conditioners, boilers, chillers, furnaces etc. Shell & Tube and plate heat exchangers are widely used in processing plants to cool extruders, air compressors, food processing equipment, etc. 

    Why you need to clean heat exchangers?

    During prolonged operations of heat exchangers, there will material depositions in the heat exchangers that reduce heat transfer and it is technically called fouling. The fouling in heat exchangers can be caused by several reasons and need to be removed timely to ensure maximum surface area availability for proper heat transfer. Some important reasons for fouling are crystallization, polymerization, decomposition of organic products, biological deposits, corrosion, etc. 

    The buildup of the deposits in the shell and tubes of heat exchangers, or the plates of plate heat exchangers will reduce the effectiveness of the heat exchangers for heat transfer. The inefficiency will increase the energy consumption, and energy cost will increase with increase wear and tear of the system. Plant downtime can also increase due to fouling in heat exchangers and the process will become unstable. 

    Types of cleaning of heat exchangers:

    There are two main ways of cleaning the heat exchanger and both ways can produce good result. The first method remains chemical cleaning while second method for heat exchanger cleaning is hydroblasting. 

    Chemical cleaning of heat exchangers:

    It can be the most desirable process for cleaning a heat exchanger effectively and it can be done in also just before plant shutdown or just during start up. Most of the debris that are built-up in the plate heat exchangers can be cleaned by this method and the process can be quicker than other methods.

    Hydroblasting:

    In this process, high-pressure water jets is used to blast the debris from the tubes and the shells and the process can be automated or can be carried out manually. 

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    Heat Exchanger Cleaning Can Plant Performance Vastly Cleaning heat exchangers as a part of routine maintenance is vital for improving the plant performance. Yet, it is most neglected in many production units where priority if given running the plant. It ultimately leads to frequent breakdown, production of out of spec products and huge loss of revenue. Fouling in heat exchangers will always build up and it will be a continuous drain of money if routine heat exchanger cleaning is not given due priority and importance.  What is heat exchanger and where it is used? A heat exchanger is a piece of equipment that is either made of shell and tube or with plates. Heat exchangers are used to efficiently transfer the heat from one medium to another either by cooling or heating. It is used in a variety of applications like air conditioners, boilers, chillers, furnaces etc. Shell & Tube and plate heat exchangers are widely used in processing plants to cool extruders, air compressors, food processing equipment, etc.  Why you need to clean heat exchangers? During prolonged operations of heat exchangers, there will material depositions in the heat exchangers that reduce heat transfer and it is technically called fouling. The fouling in heat exchangers can be caused by several reasons and need to be removed timely to ensure maximum surface area availability for proper heat transfer. Some important reasons for fouling are crystallization, polymerization, decomposition of organic products, biological deposits, corrosion, etc.  The buildup of the deposits in the shell and tubes of heat exchangers, or the plates of plate heat exchangers will reduce the effectiveness of the heat exchangers for heat transfer. The inefficiency will increase the energy consumption, and energy cost will increase with increase wear and tear of the system. Plant downtime can also increase due to fouling in heat exchangers and the process will become unstable.  Types of cleaning of heat exchangers: There are two main ways of cleaning the heat exchanger and both ways can produce good result. The first method remains chemical cleaning while second method for heat exchanger cleaning is hydroblasting.  Chemical cleaning of heat exchangers: It can be the most desirable process for cleaning a heat exchanger effectively and it can be done in also just before plant shutdown or just during start up. Most of the debris that are built-up in the plate heat exchangers can be cleaned by this method and the process can be quicker than other methods. Hydroblasting: In this process, high-pressure water jets is used to blast the debris from the tubes and the shells and the process can be automated or can be carried out manually.  Visit: https://www.thompsonindustrialservices.com/services/chemical-cleaning/industrial-chemical-cleaning/
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