HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Saving energy is easily one of the biggest problems in the wastewater industry today. Salvaging as much heat as possible can certainly help, but not all of them provide the level of savings many demand. The Komax Heat Exchanger is different from other systems because it provides the efficiency needed as well as a number of other hidden benefits.
A Fascinating Backstory
The Komax Heat Exchanger didn't quite start where most did. The company has been designing and manufacturing Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers with their patented static mixers inside for more than two decades. Built for products with viscosities of over ten-million centipoise, it was ideal for eliminating thermal damage to products. Over the past three years, though, the company discovered something new.
"We've developed a new heat exchanger design for low viscosity products less than one hundred centipoises, which have a tendency to foul in pipes. We had already managed to perfect a special non-plugging, low pressure drop; static mixer designed for sludge dewatering that was extensively field-proven. Hearing operator complaints about the major downtime caused by needing to frequently clean their existing spiral heat exchangers got Komax involved.
We then realized by jacketing our sludge mixer, we could create an ultra-efficient heat exchanger that was far better than anything available before," said Sameer Kshirsagar/Sr. Applications Specialist.
The Hidden Bonus
Time and Energy savings are the obvious benefits with these heat exchangers, but customers get another amazing bonus too. The size of the heat exchanger can be dramatically reduced thanks to the mixing technology itself. The static mixing elements inside help to remove municipal sludge on the pipe walls that often prevent heat transfer. It translates a sludge heater that offers better results in a smaller space.
"We've seen heat transfer improvements of up to 300% with this type of slurry heater as well as reduced sizes by up to two-thirds with this technology. The static mixer turbulence defines self-cleaning answering the prayers of everyone who has been forced to clean a sludge-filled spiral heat exchanger!" said Sameer Kshirsagar/Sr. Applications Specialist.
These digester heaters are available with standard piping materials, but they can also come in alloys that are corrosion resistant should you require such technology. To learn more about how sludge heater technology can help you, give Komax a call today. http://komax.com/
Robert S. Smith, President
15301 Graham Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
SOURCE Komax Systems, Inc.