Komax Systems, Inc., through patented technology, employ Komax severe duty steam heaters to help optimize the Oil Sands separation process. Our designs are made to endure the harshest operating conditions possible. These innovations allow oilsands processors to take advantage of the high thermal efficiency and instant controllability of direct steam injection.
High heating efficiency – close to 100% – long operating life, low noise, and minimal vibration all combine to make Komax severe duty steam heater a breakthrough in technology. Available any size to match your application-a highly modified direct steam injection heater utilizing tungsten carbide construction in high wear areas.
Significant efficiency, controllability and space savings over any heat exchangers.
Low capital cost
Highly resistant to scaling.
Komax steam heater models have been successfully installed in oil refineries, large industrial buildings for the general heating of water, food processing plants for the heating of slurries, pulp and paper mills for the heating of pulp stock streams and more recently the Komax severe duty steam heater in the oil sands industry for the mining of bitumen froth.
Instant Heating by Direct Steam Injection
Komax Systems’ severe duty steam heaters provide large or small volumes of heated process liquids, including water, with very precise temperature control. The very compact inline flanged steam heaters are the same diameter as the incoming feed line. They are significantly more energy efficient than indirect systems, heat exchangers or heat coils in hot water supply tanks, and provide an on-demand supply of hot water instantly.
Unlike earlier designs, our inline direct injection steam heaters have no moving parts. The steam and bitumen froth, tailings or other slurry are instantly mixed together by our unique internal equalizer mixing module . The six radially chambered static mixing elements produce and mix very fine steam bubbles into the process flow stream. This design, using no moving parts, provides a solution with very low noise with no significant vibration or water hammer. With a single modulating steam control valve the Komax severe duty steam heater provides better than a 10:1 turndown capability.
Demand for hot water may vary from no flow to maximum flow. Even with varying water pressures the severe duty steam heater will produce hot water at a precise temperature. A temperature controller actuates the steam control valve. The controller may be manually set to any desired outlet temperature or may be electronically controlled. Komax severe duty steam heaters are offered in sizes to match your application.