New Paratherm™ HT Heat Transfer Fluid

Hydrogenated Terphenyl Chemistry Exhibits Durability,
High Temperature Capabilities

West Conshohocken, PA – USA – April 15, 2015

 

Paratherm recently introduced Paratherm HT Heat Transfer Fluid, which further expands the line’s temperature range for processing applications.  The product is formulated for closed-loop liquid-phase heating to 650°F in fired hot-oil heaters and 675°F in waste-heat recovery and full convection heaters used  in the  gas processing, plastic and chemical production , waste-oil recovery and biodiesel industries.  Clear Yellow Fluid Pouring Into Lipped Beaker

Jim Oetinger, Paratherm director of technology, saw the opportunity and need for the new fluid based on market research.  “Partially hydrogenated terphenyl based heat transfer fluids are nothing new; the chemistry is a proven performer. What our research told us is that there is a need for our core services – availability, fast shipment response and in-depth technical support – that is not being met by traditional suppliers.”

Founded in 1988, Paratherm has become a leading manufacturer of heat transfer fluids, system cleaners and other additive products. The firm offers a range of products (currently 10 fluids and three cleaners) covering temperatures from -148°F to +675°F. Paratherm serves a diverse number of industries including the chemical industry, food processing and plastics manufacturing.

Paratherm’s efforts have long been focused on their clients’ applications, systems and operations with expert assistance and quick turnaround being top priorities.  Orders can be filled quickly and in urgent situations very quickly, because the company stocks product in half-a-dozen North American locations and internationally in Europe, South America and Asia.

Since December 2012, Paratherm has been a business of CPI, a division of The Lubrizol Corporation.

For information on Paratherm fluids for hot and cold process applications – contact Andy Andrews (Andyan@paratherm.com) at Paratherm, 31 Portland Road, West Conshohocken, PA  19428.  +1 610-255-7910, (Fax 610-941-9191), info@paratherm.comwww.paratherm.com.

 

 

March Madness: Two Exciting Upcoming Trade Shows

One of the great things about making products that serve so many different industries and applications is that you get to meet, interact with, and learn about so many different people and companies.

This is especially true when attending industry trade shows—invaluable opportunities to not only get your product out there, but to connect with people and continue to learn more about industry trends, news, and technologies. Therefore, we’re very excited about two upcoming trade shows in March; both, we’re sure, will prove to be successful.

The first show brings us to Baltimore on March 17-19, for the World Of Asphalt 2015. Billed as “The Base of Innovation” for the asphalt industry, it’s a combination of innovation and technology, and in-depth educational opportunities. Of course, it’s also an opportunity for us to exhibit our industry-leading heat transfer fluids for asphalt tanks, mix plants, and storage silos.

These hot oils, designed for the specific needs associated with maintaining asphalt production and quality in plants and tanks, are one-of-a-kind (minimal additives and formulated to withstand temperatures over 600 degrees Fahrenheit!), and we’re very eager to display them at the World Of Asphalt.  Be sure to look for us at booth 1287!

The next trade show brings us to Orlando on March 23-27, where we’ll be connecting and reconnecting with our friends in the plastics industry. At NPE2015 , “the world’s most important plastics trade show and conference of the year,” we’ll once again have the opportunity to learn and interact, while showing attendees how our heat transfer fluids and related services can benefit them.

After all, Paratherm’s hot oils control process temperatures in molding, blowmolding, laminating, thermoforming, extrusion, and more. They solve countless problems while delivering uniformity, reliability, and the highest quality—and are non-fouling and non-toxic. In short, our hot oils for the plastics industry are formulated to make their products and processes better.  View Paratherm’s full NPE directory page at this link:  Paratherm at NPE2015.

March will bring much excitement and great opportunities for us, and we’re looking forward to getting face-to-face with old and new friends at both events. We look forward to seeing you there!

IPPE 2015 Has Arrived!

In manufacturing, it’s not just about making quality products. In order to stay ahead, it’s important to get out there, interact with clients and peers, and stay on top of all industry trends.

This is especially true in the manufacturing of heat transfer fluids. Our products are always on the cutting edge of technology, and innovation drives us. To this end, we feel it’s crucial to try to attend all relevant trade shows and conferences. That way we can not only present our products, but get direct feedback, learn from industry leaders, and work on our goal of continuous improvement.

As a result, we’re extremely excited about the upcoming International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), taking place January 27-29 in Atlanta.
IPPE is the renowned exhibition that combines The International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo, and International Meat Expo—encompassing the entire protein production and processing chain. The last show saw over 26,000 attendees from around the world; all gathering to view 1,180 exhibitors’ products while learning about the latest technology. In fact, IPPE continues to be the largest assembly of its kind.

For Paratherm, this presents an invaluable opportunity to demonstrate our products and solutions while learning more in the process. Our food-grade heat transfer fluids are used by countless clients throughout the food manufacturing and processing industries, and relied on for their precision, quality, efficiency, and safety.

At the expo, we expect to interact with various members of the food processing industry, from equipment manufacturers to poultry further processors—and many in between. We look forward to demonstrating our unique products and capabilities, our trusted services and safety features, and our proven record of increasing process uptime.

We especially look forward to interacting with our clients—both new and longtime—and sharing what we’ve been up to since the last expo. We expect IPPE 2015 to be the best one yet, and look forward to seeing many of you there!

The Easy Way to Sell More Fluid

The reason Paratherm, and other responsible heat-transfer fluid manufacturers, put so much value on fluid analysis is because it’s an objective and scientific evaluation.

Yes, there is a wide range of test values between brand-new fluid and fluid that has reached its end of life. And a discussion of the test results with a trusted expert allows the system operator to make informed choices in maintaining the equipment and the fluid itself.

But a useful tool like fluid analysis can be misused in some circumstances. Occasionally we hear about a competitor using hot-oil test results to sell to sell more fluid, in a questionable, even unethical, way.
 

“I’m Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC, and I Think You’re Lying to Me”

 
There’s a familiar formula for investigative television programming, routinely used on shows like 60 Minutes, Dateline, and 48 Hours, where the producers trick dishonest plumbers and car mechanics into revealing their sneak tactics for selling brand-new (but unneeded) water heaters and transmissions to the unwary.

Let’s face it, these television newsmagazine programs confirm an uncomfortable truth that we all would prefer not to believe; there are a lot of rats out there trying to rip us all off. Yes, there are good honest mechanics too, but if we’re to believe what happens on Dateline, you’ve got about a 50/50 chance of drawing a rat when you start a new relationship with a home contractor.
 

But what about industrial commerce?  Heat Transfer Fluid?  It can’t happen here, right?
 

Yes it can. Once a year or so, in fact, we hear about a customer being told to replace their total fluid volume when they don’t really have to. Sometimes it’s one of our customers, and sometimes it’s a case where we’re being asked for a second opinion.

In this blog, we try to keep our posts relatively short, so we’re not going to present a lot of detail here, but if you want the whole story with all the ugly details, give us a call.

And consider a rule of thumb; if two companies differ on an important sales recommendation, whether for fluid, equipment, or service, consider which one has the most to gain in the short-term, and evaluate accordingly.

And for that evaluation process, you don’t have to go it alone. Try thinking outside the box, or looking inside the box. These days there are online industry forums where people can ask questions and get answers; there may be competent, objective, and discerning pros on your own staff (or sister plants) that could weigh in; and there are seasoned, experienced engineers out there editing professional journals and running LinkedIn groups who would probably be happy to evaluate a real-life, real-time puzzler.

And one other thing… notice the single glaring circumstance all those televised scam examples seem to have in common; the victim in every case has no pre-existing relationship with the contractor scam artist.

Bottom line: Develop a network of suppliers and servicers that you can trust, and stay with them.
And if you think any supplier is trying to sell you something the easy way, slow it down. Ask questions. Make ‘em work for it.
 
Keep calm and I'm Chris Hanson from Dateline and I think you're lying to me

A Few Frequent Questions…With Answers

In Depth Answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions about Heat Transfer Fluids

Heat Transfer Fluid FAQ

 

The technology of heat transfer fluids is not extremely complicated. It involves liquids, heaters, pumps, flow rates, thermal and physical properties, and a few basic engineering principles.

Still, some of the more curious aspects of the fluids themselves fit with common-sense expectations, while at the same time, some other behaviors of these rascals fit into the non-intuitive category.

As one of the leading publishers of online content and information about the technology and use of heat transfer fluids in the process industries, we get a fair number of questions…

Questions that we are happy to help answer for you and questions that reach both ends of a very broad spectrum. That being said, we have found that there are just a few questions that we hear more than others. In an effort to help guide our customers to the best understanding possible of our products, we have put together a list of the top questions that we receive as well as providing our answers.

Here are three of them, in no particular order. In future blog postings, we’ll add to this list.

If we did not cover a question that you have, please call us! We would love to hear from you.

 

Q1.    If I can use water why would I want to use HTF?

A1. You probably wouldn’t. We often tell people that they’re better off with water, or water with freeze protection There are, however exceptions:

  • Once you get above 212°F, water boils and thus creates pressure in the system.  Get up to 400° and that pressure becomes substantial.  Non-aqueous heat transfer fluids don’t reach their boiling ranges until above 600°F.  High pressures (think steam) require different equipment, oversight, and maintenance practices for application and process management.
  • Water also freezes at 32°F.  Non-aqueous HTFs will remain liquid down to 0, -10, -35 and lower.
  • Water is also corrosive unless carefully treated and maintained. Not HTF.

 

Q2. What presentations do you offer?

A2. 5-gallon poly pails, 55-gallon steel drums, 1000-liter skidded totes, 330-gallon totes, and bulk by the gallon in trailer tankwagons or lined ocean 20- and 40-foot containers.

 

Q3.    Do you have local stock in Silverville?

A3. Paratherm has North American stock in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arkansas, Indiana, Nevada, and Ontario.  Internationally, in Europe and with distributors in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, China and Thailand. Not all products are stocked in all locations. Call for specific availability.


Q4.    Do you have a fluid for a) 800 degrees F?  b) 1200°F? c) -100°C?

A4. a) 800°F – We don’t but we know manufacturers that do. This is the limit for commonly used chemistries. Paratherm’s highest temperature product will withstand a film-temperature of 750°F

  1. b) 1200°F – Nobody does.  Rarely used molten salts have performed over 900°F, but they’re quite a challenge to handle and utilize.  We can recommend firms who provide these products, and engineer these systems.
  2. c) -100°C – Paratherm’s lowest goes to -88°C.  For lower temperatures, other technologies such as liquid nitrogen and helium are used.

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News Alert: Paratherm Welcomes New Sales Engineer Steve Beward

Steve Beward, new sales engineer for account management and customer support in the Eastern USA and Canada.

Steve has worked in industrial automation for over 20 years, serving in various sales, service, marketing and management roles, handling the entire North American market. He was responsible for developing service solutions for distributed control systems, safety instrumented systems, instrumentation and controls, as well as, process control equipment manufactured by other OEM’s. He has worked with every type of industry and process collaborating directly with end users, OEM’s, representatives/distributors, integrators and independent service organizations. Steve has traveled extensively for both domestic and international assignments.

New Paratherm Sales Engineer

Sales Engineer Steve Beward

Greg Jerdan, who previously served customers in this territory, is now Paratherm’s Operations Manager

Gas and Oil Processing Using a Thermal Fluid Heating System

The U.S. has recently loosened an almost four-decade ban on oil exports, allowing companies to begin selling U.S. manufactured oil overseas. Although the delivery of American-made oil probably won’t begin until August, now is a great time to familiarize yourself with thermal-fluid heating systems and their use in the conventional energy sector.

Many natural gas processing plants utilize thermal-fluid heating systems to provide precise, uniform heating and temperature control in the amine sweetening process, which is the stage in the purification of natural gas where the odorous sulfur is removed.

In downstream petroleum processing, hot-oil systems are also used to heat processes and control temperatures in applications such as liquid terminals, fractionation, recycling, and finished lubricant blending. Further upstream, the technology finds uses in well testing and down-hole heat dissipation, as well as heating for soil remediation.

Whether for purifying gas streams or heating and blending liquids, thermal fluid can be an attractive alternative to high-pressure steam and other heating methods. Compared to steam for instance, here are a few of the advantages:

  • Minimal corrosion
  • Unpressurized closed-loop operation
  • No flash losses, trap losses, or blow-down losses
  • Low maintenance
  • Environmental safety

Reducing inspection, oversight, and operator involvement has a minor side effect however; a system that requires so little attention can sometimes drift out of spec and create unwanted surprises down the road.

The answer:  Be proactive.

To ensure the safe and productive operation of a thermal fluid system, specific steps should be taken such as educating system operators and understanding how fluid degrades over time through overheating and oxidation. Additionally, routine maintenance plays a vital role in the safety and productive uptime of thermal fluid heating units. Thus monitoring and analyzing the hot oil on a consistent basis is important to the safety and success in petroleum and energy applications like natural gas and lubricants processing.

In order to maximize the effectiveness of thermal fluids as a heating medium, fluid selection is also very important. Thermal fluids can either be highly refined petroleum based oils, synthetic hydrocarbons, or silicon oils. When choosing an oil to use, factors such as temperature limitations, thermal efficiency, operating demands, safety and environmental circumstances should be considered

Thermal fluid systems will continue to play an important role in the conventional as well as alternative energy processes. Additionally, because we are such an energy-rich country and so many industries have developed their previously “tight” reserves, gas and petroleum processing will continue to boom in America. Furthermore, chemicals, processing, and other downstream manufacturing industries using these feedstocks will see future growth opportunities due to increasing natural gas and tight-oil production and exportation.

Related Article: Thermal Fluid Systems in Gas Processing Hydrocarbon Engineering Magazine Feb. 2013

Did Our Harsh Winter Set Up A Boom In Summer Paving Projects?

“The weather was relentless.”

As 2014 proceeds, when a person makes a statement like that anywhere in North America, the reaction is usually an agreeing nod.

But that nod might mean something completely different depending on where you are.

In the Dakotas, Great Lakes, and New England, they might be thinking about record cold spells.

In the great Mid-West, it was rain, flooding, and freak late-winter thunderstorms.

Prolonged drought in Texas, Oklahoma, California and Nevada.  The whole southwest, really.

But if you’re in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ontario or Illinois—or New York, Maryland, Virginia or Delaware, what are you thinking?  Relentless cold, snow, ice, freezing rain.  In other words, a little bit of everything (except the drought part).

Atlanta?  Forget about it!

And now, it’s summer, and we’re all driving around, commuting to work, going on vacation, wondering what the *~!# happened to our highways!

Ice Storm

Severe winter weather is a triple whammy that crumbles a lot of asphalt and concrete.  And the way that we cope with that weather wreaks havoc with the budgets allocated to repair the damage and maintain the condition of the surfaces.

Here’s how it works:  The last couple of years, we may not have invested enough in maintaining the infrastructure.  Going into the winter season, many surfaces had cracks and pits that didn’t get filled or repaved before the snows.  Winter came, and repeatedly snow, ice, and water filled the cracks, infiltrated, froze, thawed, contracted, expanded, and drove deeper into the substructure.   Everything loosened up.  Salt and scraping plow blades may have done their parts too.  The roads are in ruins.

Some would assume that this means a booming—perhaps record breaking—asphalt paving industry this summer.

Not so fast.  Early reports actually show nonbuilding (public works) construction contracts down 13% this year, compared to the same period in 2013.

Some areas seem to have found the funds to properly repair and maintain their highways after the devastation caused by recent severe weather.   Governor Cuomo up in New York State recently announced major funding for road projects for this paving season, with the intention of preventing a vicious cycle of continuing and accelerating deterioration.

But many states reported spending double, even triple on salt and snow removal in the winter of 2014.  They went way, way over budget for their annual highway expenditures, and have nothing left—less than nothing—for the summer/fall  paving season.

So maybe there’s no funding left to fix these roads, no money.  But there are still a lot of cracks, holes, and long washboard stretches where your tires rumble and your teeth rattle.

For those who don’t drive or don’t pay much attention to the day to day of the asphalt industry, the following numbers may be of interest. According to this article in TIME, a report was released that estimates that 27% of major urban roads need repair. That is a high enough percentage to cost drivers $80 billion per year. On top of that, the average driver eats $277 per year for repairs on their cars due to driving on pothole ridden roads.

If they’re not fixed, and we have another hard winter in 2015,  this time next year we may be driving on rubble.

 

News Alert: Paratherm Welcomes New Sales Engineer Mike Digiacomo

Paratherm welcomed a new sales engineer in 2013, for account management and customer support in the Western and Midwestern USA and Canada.

Mike started with us back in August 2013. His diverse background developing new business and technical sales will serve him well in his role here at Paratherm. He will be responsible for servicing accounts west of the Mississippi, along with some Canadian territories. Mike brings with him 10 years of experience in consultative sales and strategic planning. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from The University of Delaware.

New Paratherm Sales Engineer

Sales Engineer Mike DiGiacomo

News Alert: Paratherm’s New Sales Engineer Jim Walzer

Paratherm welcomed a new sales engineer in 2013, for business development and customer support in specific industries.

Jim Walzer is a technical sales and business development professional with over 25 years of experience; selling capital equipment and aftermarket components to the manufacturing fluid process industries, and public and private utilities. Jim has also held industrial staff positions as plant manager, maintenance engineer, quality manager and wastewater treatment manager with companies having a major presence including Georgia-Pacific, GAF, and Pepsi Cola. Jim’s primary focus is sales to select industries including petroleum, alternate energy, wood products and pulp and paper in the United States and Canada.

Sales Engineer Jim Walzer

Jim Walzer