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Paratherm Looks Toward Growth in 2017

As the market and the world around us change, we know that we need to work flexibly within all aspects of the manufacturing industry. Every year at Paratherm we embark on self-evaluation to see what we need to do in order to continue personal growth within the business for the upcoming year. Looking to 2017, our focus will be on the expanding global market, our presence in it, and tailoring our experience for the numerous markets we serve. Meanwhile improving and enhancing our service and response for our loyal North American customers.

2016 was a big year for our company. We moved to our new location, allowing us to streamline many of our operations that we will continue in the New Year. We also updated our web presence to make a sleeker, easier-to-use interface and even garnered national attention from a feature in Construction Today. As we have become known for supplying superior heat transfer fluids to the market, including high-temperature, low-temperature, and food-grade fluids, there has been a drive for extension of our brands, and global outreach. To this extent, over the course of 2017, we look to:

  • Finish our adapted website for the United Kingdom market
  • Complete new mobile-friendly websites that serve our Spanish-speaking customers, as well as the official languages of our Brazilian and Chinese customers
  • Begin to develop country-level domains for our largest markets
  • Continue to develop our presence and customer-service abilities in our newer markets
  • Cement our position as one of the premiere, forward-thinking heat transfer fluid manufacturers across the globe

With our year of extension and global outreach coming up, we invite you to follow along with us and see how everything develops. Our blog, and other numerous social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, are all excellent way to keep in touch with us and see our internal and external progress.

Whether you are a new customer or have been with us for the nearly three decades we’ve been serving various industries, one thing you can count on over the next year is our continuous commitment to providing the best in customer service and project solutions in the business. Some of the industries we serve include asphalt paving, chemical processing, industrial laundry, plastics, converting, and poultry and meat processing. We are excited for our ongoing development and look forward to new paths the coming year will present.

From the Paratherm team, we wish you a healthy and happy new year!

Another Remarkable Year at Paratherm – Recapping 2016

It’s hard to believe that we are fast approaching the end of another year. Many exciting strides and changes contributed to the past 12 months, but the one constant you can be sure to count on is our dedication to providing the best heat transfer fluids (HTF) for each of our customers.  The Paratherm team consistently delivers solutions that are precise and true to each system. As we close out 2016 here are some important and relevant topics to review from our monthly blog.

Starting off the year in our new headquarters, we’ve realized the benefits of streamlining operations and how it has fully enhanced previous procedures. Our new lab enables us to assist customers in analysis of thermal fluids to diagnose and correct any problems that arise. Alongside our new facility followed a new website! Our new, sleek, site features a redesign but still offers the in-depth information on all of our products and services.

As leaders in engineered fluids for process heating and temperature control applications, as well as related services, we emphasize safety precautions and procedures. Blogs related to food processing highlight important issues to keep both the public and professionals safe from accidents, while fire safety is always a paramount concern and focus of National Safety Month.

Because of our large span of industry knowledge, we also kept a close eye on the needs of the construction industry. Engineered wood and asphalt are two areas of construction that rely on heating equipment and HTFs. Delving into something as big as “The Evolution of Asphalt Heating” exposes our audience to how far the industry has come.

After review, it is confirmed that 2016 was a great success here at Paratherm! As we look towards 2017, we look forward to another fruitful year of providing top-quality engineered fluids and expert support to our valued customers. We wish all of you very Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

Paratherm Introduces Newer, Sleeker, Easier to Use Website

Since 1997, our website has offered customers a convenient platform to connect and obtain information. We are excited to announce that we have launched a newer, sleeker, easier to use website to better serve our customers. The new website is designed to be more visually appealing, while being more user friendly. The website can be conveniently accessed on a desktop computer, laptop, or smartphone.

New Web Design

New Web Design

The new Paratherm website is able to perform many of the same duties Paratherm employees do when assisting hot-oil system users, and others interested in general and specific answers to frequently asked questions about indirect heating technology. The website is useful for customers, design engineers, process managers, fluid specifiers, and maintenance professionals. It educates users on important technical details of heat transfer fluid products, including: product data, safety data, and technical and thermal properties. The website also offers technical advice on products such as hot-oils, and hot-oil system safety, maintenance, and reliability.

Paratherm’s focus is on services including heat transfer fluid analysis, including a fluid maintenance program, standard fluid analysis, and quick analysis. We also offer troubleshooting and thermal fluid system training for high temperature fluids, low temperature fluids, heating and cooling fluids, and food-grade heat transfer fluid. If you’re interested in designing a system or adding components, our professional consultants at Paratherm can help guide you with that also.

Old Web Design

Old Web Design

At Paratherm, we proudly offer timely responses to any sales or technical inquiries, and fast shipments when obtaining the product is critical such as in emergency situations. Paratherm works with industries such as: biodiesel, chemical processing, asphalt paving, engineering, gas processing, industrial laundry, plastics, food, and solar.

When you need application support, fluid analysis, or hot-oil process troubleshooting, you can contact any of the professionals on our team. We hope you enjoy the new website redesign as much as we do. Feel free to explore all of our new features and keep in mind that representatives are available 24/7 at +1 (610) 255-7910, or you can visit the new website where you’ll find a quotes/inquiries form to fill out. Soon after filling the form out, you’ll have an answer to your question or problem, allowing you to get back to the business you need. We look forward to helping you with your heat transfer fluid and temperature-control needs!

PARATHERM AND THE NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH: VANGUARDS IN HEAT TRANSFER FLUIDS AND ROBUST HOT OIL SYSTEM DESIGN

June 2016 will witness the celebration of National Safety Month in the USA. It is a tradition that focuses on the importance of pre-emptive and cautionary actions at the workplace so that employees can give their best without falling victim to practices which compromise their security and their well-being. Over four weeks of high-quality free resources are offered to businesses all over the country in an attempt to educate decision makers about the importance of worker safety so that they, in turn, can invest in the right gear, design, and equipment to avoid personal injury—and its consequences.

Fire Safety is a Big Issue: 

Every year the National Safety Month (NSM) chooses a specific focus. And even though 2016 is not about fire prevention, in factories that use hot-oil systems for heat transfer the month is a great reminder to review care of the entire system, and revisit the best maintenance practices that can minimize fire risk.

Paratherm has been a market leader in the sector of high-temperature heat transfer fluids for years, and our team of experienced engineers has evaluated hundreds of hot-oil systems and processes to come up with a few suggestions;

• Leaks. High-temperature heat transfer fluids tend to have relatively high flash points, but when they leak from a system—typically from seals, flex hoses, or piping joints—fire can result.
• Proper ventilation is a key advantage, especially if the heater is located inside the factory building. Adequate ventilation prevents build-up of the required volume of fuel vapors to allow ignition and nips the fire problem in the bud.
• Insulation. Porous insulation materials, unless properly specified and installed, can increase the risk of spontaneous combustion.
• System components. For example, in general all valves should be installed with their stems facing side-ways so that bleeds and leaks can drip away from the pipes and the system.
• See below links for detailed coverage of these advisories.

Paratherm Is an Active Advocate of Fire Prevention and National Safety Month:

Paratherm offers fluid selection advice, and system safety consulting to hot-oil heat transfer system operators and also provides intensive training to help hot-oil-system operators in process industries, asphalt batch plants, and industrial laundries turn thermal oil systems into fire-free zones. Visit the below links for more details.

User’s Guide Technical Data Sheets

Preventing Fires in Thermal Oil heat Transfer Systems (Revised May, 2016)
Flash and Fire Points in Hot Oil Systems (Revised October, 2015)

Blogs and Articles

Paratherm’s Blog Series (3-Parts) on Preventing Insulation Fires
How To Build a Reliable, Practically Leak Free Thermal Fluid System (Process Heating Magazine)

Paratherm Thermal Fluid System Training

Services: Hot Oil System Training from Paratherm

NSC

National Safety Month

Housing Construction Expected to be Strong This Year

According to a 2016 housing forecast at realtor.com, home sales this year are likely to reach the highest levels in a decade. Rises in new-home construction and existing home sales are both expected to push total home sales to the highest levels since 2006.

Building materials should be in high demand, so the industries that produce them— forestry, milling, roofing, wiring and plumbing goods, among others—should thrive as well.

But lumber isn’t just milled timber anymore. Engineered woods, made partly from natural cellulosic materials and byproducts, combined with manufactured components such as resins and adhesives, are increasingly important, with ever improving features, benefits, and performance characteristics.

Engineered wood has become popular for a multitude of reasons. Oriented strand board(OSB), medium density fiber(MDF), paneling, plywood and other types of wood-based building products increasingly help contribute to modern construction projects. Engineered wood products are often times compared to steel because of their surface quality and are even specified for jobs over traditional lumber due to enhanced strength and durability.

OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

OSB (Oriented Strand Board)

So, we’re all clear that manufactured building materials are key players when contributing to sound construction, but how do heat transfer fluids apply?

Engineered wood is simply that: engineered, or man-made. It isn’t wood that comes from chopping down a tree in your backyard. This type of pre-planned wood is designed with specifications in mind to meet the standards—stability, durability, compressibility, etc—of the specified material.

This kind of specialty wood is made by the binding of materials. Continuous or batched mats of compacted wood, strips, particles or veneers are fused together with an adhesive utilizing a thermal-oil-heated press, at a temperature of around 425ºF.

“It’s a demanding process,” says Jim Oetinger, Paratherm’s director of technology. “The hot oil can maintain those temperatures without the extreme pressures you would need with steam so virtually every engineered-wood plant is using thermal oil these days. “

“However the oil can start to degrade and cause sludge buildups in the platens” Says Oetinger. “The problem is that the operators don’t realize that this is happening until the cold spots start to affect product quality. Eventually the platens have be cleaned which requires a complete system shutdown.”

To avoid that downtime, Paratherm’s maintenance programs, using hot-oil lab analysis, comparative fluid baselines, historical data, and plant operator interviews, keep the cold spots from developing, and the process and equipment within specs. At the very least, downtime can be scheduled during regular, expected shutdowns.

Paratherm HE is a durable natural hydrocarbon-based heat transfer fluid used in applications such as the creation of the engineered wood discussed above. Because safety, upkeep, and operation are crucial components of large applications, technical support for heat thermal fluids and accompanying equipment are necessary for general plant management and maintenance.

At the beginning of April we were given the opportunity to exhibit our capabilities at the 4th Wood Bioenergy Conference and Expo, followed by the 5th Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference and Expo (PELICE). Read more about the event here. In past years, both symposiums have attracted 300+ industry professionals to share in on industry knowledge and presentations, with 75 equipment and technology exhibitors to speak to the various kind of specialty wood and their composite breakdowns.

With this year’s Expos under our belts we are looking forward to jumping into field projects for the industry and upcoming construction season. In need of high-quality heat thermal fluids for the making of your engineered wood? Contact the professionals at Paratherm today. Staff members are on standby ready to answer any questions or help you complete any processes you may have.

Ask the Professionals: Service and Maintenance of Thermal Fluid Systems

Why should someone pick a fluid system over steam?

Thermal-fluid systems have been replacing steam in a wide range of process applications for decades. Non pressurization, simpler components, and higher efficiencies make these systems easier to run and maintain. Once you have decided to switch to a thermal-fluid system, proper service and maintenance are required to ensure that fluids and equipment stay in optimal condition. As an industry leader, Paratherm has experience and the service capabilities to keep your systems up and running. Hot-oil systems are especially attractive for new installations where steam boilers or a steam utility isn’t already present, and heating or heat removal is needed more than the unique properties of the steam itself.

What is your fluid maintenance program? Will it help me?

In short term, yes – it will help you. Paratherm’s Fluid Maintenance Program takes the guesswork out of thermal-fluid analysis. Through sample kits, we test your fluid, compare it against previous samples, and provide you with feedback on its condition. This comprehensive lab review determines if the fluid results are normal, if an equipment problem exists, or if operational issues are causing fluid to degrade. If any changes have occurred, you will be able to take corrective actions to prevent system downtime or damage. Proactive system maintenance is scheduled to meet your needs with incentives offered toward the next analysis.

Image of Laboratory

Our New Laboratory

Do you offer any other services to keep my system on track?

Thermal Fluid System Training is another service Paratherm offers to evaluate in-house maintenance and operation of the thermal-fluid system. Our qualified technical service representative arrives for a half-day or full-day site visit to inspect the system and train personnel on proper safety, operation, and operating practices. A follow-up interview and summary report are included. We also provide preventative maintenance programs, troubleshooting, and system application and design reviews.

Final Thoughts From the Experts

The experts at Paratherm are here to help you manage all aspects of thermal-fluid systems. From training personnel on new systems to maintaining existing systems, we provide the services and maintenance programs to keep your process running smoothly and effectively. In need of our systems today? Contact us here.

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!

Settling in to the New Year

Paratherm Feb. 2016 Outlook Blog ImageOur December post recapped events that took place in 2015. With January behind us, it is an ideal time for us to look toward the future and clue you in on our plans for the next 11 months.

Our main priority is to continue to serve hot-oil operators in a wide range of industries. The in-depth application support, troubleshooting, and fluid maintenance and analysis programs will continue to be a leader in the industry and provide the expertise and experience that our customers have come to rely on. We will continue to be the problem solvers you need to keep processes up and running.

With that said, we are excited to announce we will be conducting training webinars to provide our customers with the necessary information to optimize their indirect-heating systems, incorporating advice to help meet current safety codes and requirements. Watch for notification of the first of these safety and operation seminars on specific applications and industry topics in the near future.

Ed Delate, our new Business Director, continues to inspire the company with new ideas and concepts to best meet the needs of current and potential customers. Ed brings years of manufacturing knowledge to Paratherm, with experience in many applications that require hot-oil systems. We are looking forward to broadening our customer base with Ed’s guidance and leadership.

This year we are also expecting to see an increase in biodiesel production, as the Renewable Fuel Standard was increased in late 2015. The advanced biofuel, biodiesel, is a viable alternative to fossil fuels and meets standards for renewable energy. As the industry increases production, Paratherm will be there to support its growth.

To recap the end of last year, the move to our new office space took place in December, and today, we are fully settled into the new establishment. Our new address is: 2009 Renaissance Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Although the address has changed, our people, services, and products remain as responsive as ever!

We look forward to another exciting year of providing the highest quality products to keep systems running smoothly to solve and prevent challenging process problems that await.

From the Paratherm team, we wish you a happy start to the 2016 year!

Perfect Paratherm Fit: New Business Director Ed Delate Aboard Team

If you read our December blog you already know about the addition of Ed Delate to the Paratherm team this past August. For those of you who missed our post – Ed is our newest Business Director, bringing an abundance of great ideas to further our company goals and initiatives.

Ed’s previous experience includes roles such as the Vice President of Global Engineering, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Safety at Keystone Foods, a division of The Marfrig Group. Before joining his new work family, Ed worked very closely with top global food industry companies. His senior level executive experience in the food industry, BS in Chemical Engineering, and MBA further his capabilities to bring excellence to our customer service focus.

Ed was already familiar with Paratherm when he set his sight on Business Director. Past employers used Paratherm for heat transfer fluid needs such as heating fry oil, for ovens, baking, and meat and poultry processing – to name a few. As a result, we were pleased to learn that Ed already felt a personal connection with our company.

After working with Ed for the past four months we know we made the right decision in bringing him on board. His strong leadership, management, and strategy execution have increased our momentum as specialists in the hot-oil system and heat transfer fluid industries. Our service-oriented crew, with a variety of training, skills, and experience, is equally thrilled about everything Ed brings to the table. We foresee a bright future ahead with our sales continuing to drive upward through Ed’s welcomed direction and assistance.

Ed recognizes the tremendous legacy here at Paratherm, recently guided by his now-retired predecessor, George Schreiber. Ed is already carrying on with a similar work ethic to keep our mission, and his inherited personal mission, of exceeding high customer-service expectations right on track. He continues to emphasize the necessity of sample testing, analysis, and technical operation needs. Under Ed’s guidance, our group will maintain its successful efforts of focusing on old and new customers alike. What he finds best about the company? The fact that we have the background knowledge to connect our customers with the best personnel specific to job requirements, as well as getting the job done right! We continue to pride ourselves on keeping close contact with the OEM’s for equipment such heaters, heat users, and other components, to understand the ins and outs of working closely with our clients and fully understanding their needs.

As we look toward 2016 the team would like to publicly welcome Ed to the Paratherm family and Lubrizol organization. We look forward to what you will bring to the table in the New Year, Ed – congratulations on all of your hard work and success!