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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

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.

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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.

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!

Insulation, Part 3: Minimizing Fire Hazard Using Mixed Insulation Materials

Insulation is nothing more than a large number of air pockets that are held in place by some type of material. For high-temperature systems pumping combustible liquids, these materials may consist of mineral fibers, compressed particles (calcium silicate or perlite) or cellular glass.