There is a growing trend among companies that produce personal care products to adopt cGMP’s related to their process equipment. This became necessary as many of these companies were acquired by larger pharmaceutical companies, who already comply with more stringent design standards. Also, this change was driven by implementation of additional regulations on more products by the FDA and other governing bodies.
Enerquip has seen this trend evolve and has proactively guided many of our customers through the impact of these regulations on their shell and tube heat exchangers.
Customers who produce cosmetics, nutraceuticals and dietary supplements, and even pet care products historically requested non-sanitary process equipment including heat exchangers. Upgrading to higher quality sanitary stainless steel shell and tube heat exchangers has resulted in many benefits to our customers’ operations.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Heat Exchangers
The longer life span of our stainless exchangers reduces down-time for change-out of equipment. Stainless steel materials are corrosion resistant, with reduced maintenance time and cost, and no repainting is needed. Stainless surfaces are also more easily cleaned, either mechanically or by CIP systems.
Replaceable tube bundles in sanitary U-tubes allow shells and bonnets to be re-used, and bundles can be upgraded to higher alloys if needed. Regulatory officials prefer sanitary stainless steel equipment due to their sanitary design features and full traceability of the materials that make up the heat exchanger. This reduces the risk of compliance issues that could delay inspections and start-ups.
Double Tubesheet Heat Exchanger Design
Some customers are taking their standards to the next level, from sanitary to pharmaceutical grade, using heat exchangers with a double tubesheet design to minimize any risk of cross-contamination of their product by utility fluids. Seamless tubes are also preferred, and an improved surface finish on product contact surfaces enhances their cleanability.
Experts in Sanitary Shell and Tube Heat Exchangers
The helpful heat exchanger experts at Enerquip understand the applications for heat exchangers in the personal care industry and can assist you with designing the perfect exchanger for your product, at whatever sanitary level you require.
Enerquip’s Quality Control Manager and Engineers sit on advisory committees for 3-A and ASME-BPE, the organizations that guide the design and fabrication standards for sanitary equipment. This ensures our customers that we will remain on the leading edge of regulatory requirements and best practices, which results in better, safer equipment for our customers’ operations.
Applications for Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
in the Personal Care Industry
Personal care product processing facilities achieve uniform product blending largely due to consistent and accurate product temperature throughout blending operations. Enerquip’s shell and tube exchangers offer high heat transfer efficiency with both large and small batch products, providing consistency in product heating and cooling.
To meet the necessary sanitation requirements, personal care companies will often employ CIP systems in their plant. The purpose of a CIP (Clean-In-Place) system is to remove product residues and microorganisms from inside tanks, pipes, vessels, and process equipment without requiring disassembly. In most sanitary industries, cleaning and sanitation …
Vapor condensers in the personal care industry are often used with their reactors to capture moisture that is unsafe for the atmosphere. When reactions take place in batch products and organics are boiled off, the vapor must be condensed to avoid unsafe venting. This condensed vapor can often be repurposed for a future batch of product.
Pure Water heating and cooling is vital to maintaining the quality and purity of personal care products. Our experts can ensure your company has the right shell & tube exchangers to supply this essential element that ensures the safe and effective operation of your manufacturing plant. In the personal care industry …
Enerquip Shell & Tube Offerings for the Personal Care Market
Sanitary Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
With over 40 years of experience, Enerquip’s resourceful team can provide you with sizing and design selection assistance. Enerquip’s skilled sales engineers use state-of-the-art modeling software to recommend the right heat exchanger for each heating or cooling application. Your end result will be a high quality, sanitary heat exchanger with lead-times that are half of the industry average.
Custom Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
Enerquip’s design experts and engineers have experience in custom heat exchanger design in a wide variety of industries. When our off-the-shelf heat exchangers won’t work for you, you can count on Enerquip to bring you an optimal heat exchanger for your application with the fastest lead times in the industry.
REPLACEMENT TUBE BUNDLES
Enerquip understands that a leaking heat exchanger tube bundle can result in contaminated product and costly down-time. That is why Enerquip stocks several sizes of replacement tube bundles and O-rings for immediate delivery. Enerquip can also supply replacement bundles for competitor’s heat exchangers, often faster than they can.
Commercial Grade Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
Enerquip has a line of commercial grade shell and tube heat exchangers for when your heating and cooling applications do not require sanitary surface finishes. They are made of all SS materials and suitable for non-product applications such as utility heating and cooling, thermal oils, tank jacket heating and cooling, waste stream cooling and more.
Compact Shell & Tube Heat Exchangers
In certain situations, a typical shell and tube heat exchanger is too large or doesn’t support the type or volume of product you need heated or cooled. In these situations, a compact shell and tube heat exchanger can offer a tremendous advantage.