Product Heaters & Coolers
Personal care product processing facilities achieve uniform product blending largely due to consistent and accurate product temperature throughout blending operations. Enerquip shell and tube exchangers offer efficient heat transfer with both large and small batch products, providing consistency in product heating and cooling.
Shell and tube heat exchangers have several advantages over other types of heat exchangers for product heating and cooling in the sanitary industries. They are designed with stainless steel surfaces that are polished to low Ra finishes, which makes the surfaces resistant to product build-up and easier to clean. Shell and tubes can process products that are more viscous than many other types of exchangers. They also allow easier visual verification that surfaces are cleaned than a spiral exchanger or plate and frame exchanger, since surfaces can be viewed either through a sightglasss or with the use of a borescope. Shell and tube exchangers can also operate safely at much higher (and lower) temperatures than other designs and can be designed to work under vacuum or high-pressure conditions.
Shell and tube heat exchangers can also be designed in a variety of configurations, such as single pass or multi-pass straight tube units, or multi-pass U-tube units. They can be designed to operate horizontally, inclined, or vertically depending on the space available for installation. There are also many options available for surface finishes, mounting supports, insulation jackets and process and utility connection types.
Pure Water Heating & Cooling in the Personal Care Industry
Pure Water heating and cooling is vital to maintaining the quality and purity of personal care products. Essential for the safe and effective operation of the manufacturing plant, our experts can ensure your company has the right shell & tube exchangers for sanitary pure water.
In the personal care industry, pure water is used for the preparation of products typically to be used topically or by ingestion, and for the cleaning of those product-contact components.
Because water is prone to endotoxins and microorganisms, equipment and procedures used to create and store pure water must be designed and fabricated to minimize contamination. The most common preparation techniques of pure water is distillation and reverse osmosis.
In the distillation process, water goes to a still where it is heated until it is a vapor, stripping it of its heavier ions, particles, and endotoxins. That vapor is then passed through a series of tubes and recondensed back into its liquid form, becoming pure water.
Enerquip’s shell and tube heat exchangers can also be used to create clean steam, which can then be condensed and treated as pure water.
In the reverse osmosis process, pretreated water is forced through a semi-permeable membrane. The pores in the membrane filter dissolved ions, salts, and organic compounds. Because the membranes can foul easily, it is important to ensure proper pressure and flow rates across membranes.
Once pure water is made, it is important that it is either used immediately or stored properly. Proper storing of pure water includes keeping it in motion and at high temperatures of around 90 degrees. Shell and tube heat exchangers play a crucial role in maintaining even temperature of pure water for storing and keeping it in motion. They are also used for heating the water up to 185F during recirculation to prevent any contaminants like micro-organisms from forming, and then to cool the water back down to the optimum temperature for storage.
Our highly polished, stainless steel exchangers help to ensure there is no contamination in the system, preventing build up and cross-contamination, and allowing for proper draining.
Choosing the right equipment to deliver pure water ensures the desired flow and temperature at the point of use.