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Process Heating

A generic term used which refers to different kinds of heat transfer techniques related to industrial production is known as ‘process heating’. Process heating has some versatile functions among which activities like distillation, evaporation, drying, curing, heat treating, melting and facilitating the heat for endothermic chemical reactions are some core activities. Less use of energy makes a perfect business proposition ( it is rightly said). It boosts the overall image and reputation of a business and in western countries they fight for that image.

Process heating can be categorized functionally as (although it’s a diverse area). There are actually two kinds of changes which are dependent on process heating such as: Physical change which can be explained as melting and evaporation (actually which changes the form of something) quite self-explanatory as we all have studied physical and chemical properties of materials. And the second one is chemical change quite predictable like baking, cooking heat treatment and chemical production.

To talk in a layman term process heating can be defined what, Microwave oven does (one put the food inside it) set the suitable or desired timer let it heat and as a result of process heating we get the hot food. Most of the time process heating is used for a third purpose which is cleaning and sterilization which has both the aspects (physical and chemical). Furthermore, there is a wide range of fuels which are dependent on process heating such as, electricity, natural gas, various oils, LPG and coal etc.

Although the process cannot be segmented on the basis of temperature range in which they usually operate overall categorization is low, medium and high and the type of heat delivery. A mild hot air can be extracted by electricity and indirectly through combustion process of natural gas or other fuels. As per study more than 80% of heating is extracted from what you call fossil fuels and approx… 16% to 20% is generated from the renewable energy. Any heating or cooling sector drastically reduces its energy consumption and overall reduces the fossil fuels. Advanced construction in buildings is the answer to reduce the overall consumption of heating and cooling systems, now we have plenty of options to design high tech buildings and high performance insulation materials which can actually support the overall functionality of process heating systems.

Boilers, Burners, Conduction/convention heaters, Dryers, heat exchangers (based on construction materials, flow arrangement, medium processed, heat transfer method and more), Heat Trans fluids (base stock, flashpoint, pour point, viscosity), gas infrared heater, ovens, Power controls, tem controls (to find a temperature controller with the features). All mentioned above are some commonly related examples for process heating. The unique product mentioned above is conduction heaters which allows proper configuration band (e.g. choose from different types of bands, variety of configuration, flexibility and so much more); energy source manufacturing processes and industry related heating processes are some very common attributes of process heating.