Process Expo 2017 took place at McCormick Place in Chicago and welcomed professionals from all corners of the food and beverage industry. Enerquip was proud to be one of them, holding a booth in the show’s “Dairy Zone” from Sept. 19-22.
This year, we decided to try something new with our booth. We revamped our banner stands and decided to show off three of our shell and tube heat exchangers, rather than the cross-sectional model we had in years past. Visitors who stopped by our booth were impressed by the equipment, and it was convenient to be able to show them details of our straight tube, U-tube and low-flow designs. We were able to remove the bonnet and get into the details of the exchangers.
Exploring the many ways to use a shell and tube heat exchanger
— Enerquip LLC (@Enerquip_LLC) September 21, 2017
We decided to unveil our latest shell and tube heat exchanger offering at the show: a compact shell and tube heat exchanger designed for operations where product flow rates are low. With this design, the product makes four passes through the exchanger, allowing for a smaller exchanger and less heat transfer medium to be used. Several visitors were interested in the low-flow exchanger for processes such as dairy production and steam generation.
Having our actual exchangers on display seemed to catch a lot of eyes, and we were able to meet many new people from all around the food and beverage industry. We spoke with one man who works for a chocolate company and needed a new way to recover shaped and molded chocolates that didn’t turn out quite so perfectly – the company may be able to use a shell and tube heat exchanger to return that chocolate back to the beginning so they reduce food waste from their operation. Others were looking for ways to properly treat liquid and powdered egg products, efficiently cool mashed potatoes and more.
Some visitors stopped by our booth to talk about how a shell and tube heat exchanger could replace a piece of equipment they already had. For example, one company currently uses plate exchangers to process cream, but is frustrated by the high maintenance cost of cleaning their plate exchangers. By adjusting the footprint of the equipment in their facility, a shell and tube model may be the answer.
Another company currently has a copper shell and tube exchanger and is curious about the benefits of a stainless steel model. While copper has good thermal properties, there are plenty of stainless steel alloys that could be viable replacements. Copper has a tendency to develop a patina over time – this is that green layer the Statue of Liberty is known for – and is harder to clean than stainless steel. Additionally, stainless is known for its strength, durability and long life spans. People who invest in stainless steel process equipment often find that, over time, they have fewer maintenance costs to contend with.
Some visitors stopped by our booth, not to find process equipment for their food facility, but to explore new ways to lower their operating costs. While our exchangers are excellent for things like pasteurizing dairy or cooling juices and drinks, they’re also great at waste heat recovery. Virtually any large-scale facility can benefit from recovering waste heat and utilizing it in another way. A shell and tube heat exchanger can play an important role in capturing heat coming from a kiln, boiler or furnace, and directing it to another heating application elsewhere in the operation. This process can save money on fuel as well as make the company a little more environmentally friendly.
Talking shop and creative brainstorming
— Enerquip LLC (@Enerquip_LLC) September 22, 2017
One thing we love about trade shows like Process Expo is the interesting conversations we have with people who are looking for creative solutions to problems in their facility. We spoke with one person whose company fabricates food freezing equipment and wanted to know how a shell and tube heat exchanger might fit into a salt water brine cooling application. We’re looking forward to designing this project and are excited to share it with the company.
Another company stopped by the booth to ask one of our engineers, Shane, about a particular customization. He was happy to hop on the computer we had at our booth to design a custom model right there and show the visitor what the shell and tube heat exchanger would look like and explain how it would work in that company’s process.
It wasn’t just buyers or distributors who stopped by our booth. We were happy to speak with a 3A inspector who stopped by to look at our exchangers. We pride ourselves on creating high-quality equipment that can meet the stringent requirements of 3A and other industry standards like ANSI and TEMA.The inspector looked at our three models and said he was impressed with them – it’s always nice to hear that from a professional inspector!
We had a wonderful time at Process Expo and are already looking forward to our next trade shows. The next Process Expo isn’t until 2019, though Enerquip has two more shows lined up for this year, both taking place on the East Coast: The ISPE Product Show in Boston on Oct. 4, which is geared toward the pharmaceutical industry; and The Chem Show in New York City on Oct.31-Nov. 2, which is tailored to anyone in need of process equipment.
Did you get a chance to stop by our booth at Process Expo? If not, don’t worry – our team of friendly and knowledgeable engineers is always happy to discuss your operation and how a shell and tube heat exchanger can benefit it. Simply reach out using our online form and an expert from our team will contact you.