Heat exchangers are arguably some of the most important units within an industrial facility. They are responsible for the heating and cooling of various fluids for a wide variety of purposes. While most heat exchangers serve a critical purpose, very few have the necessary instrumentation and managerial oversight to enable personnel to know how they are performing. The result is decreased efficiencies, reduced production, increased maintenance, shortened equipment life and, in some cases, reduced safety.
Our TransferEyeTM Heat Exchanger Efficiency Monitoring Program can utilize a combination of existing and new instrumentation to easily and effectively monitor heat exchanger performance. The parameters that need to be monitored are a function of the type of heat exchanger, as well as the operating dynamics of the system. In some cases, the conditions might be very steady-state, and the outlet temperature of the fluids might be the only thing that needs to be monitored to get an indication of how the heat transfer surfaces are. In other cases, there might be a need for more extensive monitoring, such as the temperature in/out of the cooling fluid, temperature in/out of the process fluid, pressure in/out of the cooling fluid, pressure in/out of all fluids, and/or flow rates of one or both fluids.
To accomplish extensive monitoring of heat exchanger performance, we provide sensors that are connected to RemoteLobesTM, which are mini-computers with WiFi capability, with a simple screw-connect electrical fitting. Users can easily connect to our RemoteLobesTM via any WiFi device to configure sensors on the heat exchanger. No special software, cables, wiring, drivers, etc. are required. There is not a simpler installation or configuration process for heat exchanger monitoring on the market.
These readings are transmitted wirelessly to ProcessCentralTM, where custom analytics are utilized. Users can easily develop calculated variables using the various sensor inputs as sources. Variables for ΔP, ΔT, LMTD and overall heat transfer efficiencies can be written effortlessly by any user. The data within ProcessCentralTM can be kept internal to the organization, or it can be shared with companies that can directly impact their heat exchanger performance, such as cleaning companies, process experts or water treatment specialists.
The TransferEyeTM program helps to:
- Protect asset integrity
- Prevent downtime by being predictive
- Improve safety by ensuring proper cooling of critical applications
- Simplify operations by not needing IT/OT personnel to get started
We offer 3 standard packages that have been developed depending on the degree of information desired (other options available). The information for these packages is contained below.