Archive for March 2016

Earth Day and Our Efforts

Earth Day is almost here and in recognition of its 46th birthday we are speaking to our efforts in the biodiesel industry. For over two decades now, Paratherm has incorporated biodiesel work into our daily activities. We have been an associate member of the National Biodiesel Board, and have also been featured in BIODIESEL MAGAZINE as the initiator of a mail survey of top-shape biodiesel plants in the U.S., as well as an article written by Dave Nilles – click here for more information.

Where and why did it all begin?

To briefly summarize, in the early 1990s a biodiesel plant was searching for a durable, food-grade medium that was stable for high-temperature heat transfer. The ultimate goal was to distill methanol off of the glycerine recovery—a recovery and purification step in the overall process. The company chose the Paratherm™ NF Heat Transfer Fluid—both for it’s non-toxic and food-grade properties, and thermal stability at the required high process temperatures.

During that time, Paratherm NF was already making a name for itself, being known for its use in food processing applications, and chemicals manufacturing. As we switched over to biodiesel we noticed an unexpected, but exciting characteristic – a less harsh smell. Biodiesel is less toxic and more considerate than regular diesel. Marc Archambault explains, “At the end of the day, you might crave french fries, but that’s better than having a splitting headache.”globe_78_full

Today, the fluid is used in numerous vegetable oil plants in replacement of steam or synthetic vapor-phase fluids. This distillation procedure is technically known as oil deodorization, because originally it was intended to remove off-flavors. The term now refers to a more sophisticated process that results in purer and more consistent edible oils for use in food production and home kitchens.

And these days, the feedstock streams for biodiesel and other biofuel manufacturing processes come from the same ultimate source. Used cooking oils, as well as raw vegetable oils and fats rendered from animal sources are all used for biofuel production.

What makes this heat transfer fluid attractive to the biodiesel industry?

Here’s the breakdown:

1. Paratherm NF has high temperature capability – allowing for 550° to 600° process temperature range, with a safety buffer to allow for temperature or operator glitches.
2. Paratherm NF carries NSF food-grade status – meaning it is non-toxic, easily recyclable and disposable.
3. This heat transfer fluid is readily available – stocked in 6 North-American regional warehouses, also available for emergencies on evenings and weekends. Need it by tonight or tomorrow morning? Paratherm can deliver!
4. Added technical support – questions about how your system works? Paratherm’s team of sales, tech support, and lab analysis engineers is on call to help with any hot oil questions.

Contact Paratherm for your eco-friendly heat transfer fluid products today! For Earth Day, and every day. For hot oil vs. steam costs and savings click here: http://ow.ly/ZQwtU.

Construction Today Features Paratherm

Recently, our company was featured in Construction Today, the magazine aimed at the people who build North America. This feature allowed us to highlight some of the areas where we stand as segment leaders and discuss how we are constantly trying to move forward with asphalt heating technology.

Dealing With Challenges and Presenting Solutions

One way that we, at Paratherm, have demonstrated our superiority is through the solutions we have developed from our fluid analysis program. Our customers work with asphalt, which stays fluid prior to use, but when it cools it becomes the solid surfaces you find on roadways. Keeping that asphalt hot and pliable is important.

Often, customers come to us with systems where the fluid that is in use (sometimes a multi-purpose oil instead of thermal fluid engineered for high-temperature heating use) has degraded faster than expected, which can cause all sorts of problems with uneven system heating, component damage, or loss of production. Our engineers use fluid analysis to troubleshoot the systems, and help to address any problems. The engineers can help the customer to correct incipient problems and avoid full system failure, or and use a running fluid analysis history to track their fluids over time, keeping them in good condition — preventing problems before they occur.Front page of Paratherm Article, Construction Today

Developing New Products

One of the biggest dilemmas our customers face, and possibly the most crucial, is assessing and replacing heat-transfer fluid in hot-mix asphalt plants and storage tanks. Asphalt needs to be kept hot and fluid for time periods of up to a week. Timing depends upon the plant schedule and the schedule of the crews spreading the asphalt. The fluid must be able to take the high temperatures without degrading or breaking down, and still be operable for years to come.

On top of developing these new products for industrial indirect heating, and improving services for maintaining them, we also work with our customers to provide training sessions on using our heat-transfer fluids. After all, simply having the technology isn’t enough. Clients must have the necessary training and knowledge of the product. We work on-site, with equipment manufacturers as well as plant managers and maintenance personnel, to make recommendations and help our customers get the best life out of the fluid.

As a national leader in heat transfer fluids, we expect our business to continue to grow. With the investment in infrastructure and road repairs that seemingly increase year after year, Paratherm sees a big future in the market. We also continually explore other uses for our heat-transfer fluids, in other applications.

We would like to take a moment to recognize Janice Hoppe for the great article write in Construction Today. Continue reading our blog for the latest updates!