Inline steam heaters are an equipment category that got great demands from various industries in the recent decades. When different industries need steam in various quantities, inline heaters are helping them with quick results. It provides a number of benefits compared to traditional steam heaters.
Unlike other steam heaters, an inline steam heater is more integrated into the system of plants. A large majority of inline heaters are flanged systems.
Therefore, it spares minimal space, and it becomes a viable choice for industries when they are struggling with industrial space. The heaters are known for producing precision temperature based on the need of the industries.
An inline steam heater comes with a number of heating elements. Usually, these elements are enclosed inside a vessel chamber to ensure maximum results.
These chambers are made to last long with anti-corrosion properties. The fluid is passed around the heating elements multiple times until it reaches the required temperature. Finally, the steam or fluid with the given temperature is taken out of the tank using a nozzle.
Interestingly, many inline heaters are insulated by the makers to increase the efficiency. Due to this reason, those inline heaters offer 20 to 30 percent more efficiency than other industrial heating systems. While an inline steam heater requires minimal maintenance, the ones that are using for heating oil need regular maintenance. It prevents any type of buildup of oil.
Though many industries think that conventional oil flushing addresses the needs of maintenance, it is not found to be cleaning the tank as it should.
In such cases, industries can go for specific maintenance options to clean their steam heater tanks. Some maintenance options include PLC-controlled pulses, pulse-induced waves, control and umbilical lines, and more.
Applications of Inline Heaters
An inline steam heater has two applications in general: water heating and steam heating including gas. The heater is used by industries to heat clean water for various uses, including industrial washing.
People should choose their inline heaters for water heating based on water flow rate and heating element specifications. Since the cleaning of the heater is easy, many water-based industries prefer inline heaters.
Industries also use it for steam heat as well as gas heating. The heater provides tremendous heating for a number of gases. It is used to heat argon, helium, nitrogen, and more.
While argon has application in welding, helium is used in airbags and balloons. Nitrogen pushes liquids in pipelines and has extensive use in laser cutting. Interestingly, the heated steam is used for propulsion, sterilization, and atomization.