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Plant Performance - Heat Exchangers Dillema

I have been looking and concentrating to improve my plant performance. Sometimes, it's difficult to get the desired oil quality and the management will questions this. Sometimes, I cannot produce the target throughput that I am suppose to deliver. Some of the prime reason is just because of inefficient heating in the plant, which means my heat exchangers are not working effectively. Therefore, i cannot get the heat that i wanted which directly affects the oil product quality. Now, my major task (together with the others) is improving all the heat exchangers so that they are properly maintained. I need to have extra fresh plates for plate heat exchanger so that we can immedietly have it for back up. I also need to add some more "cleaning in progress" line, to clean the heat exchanger on-line. Well, this is among the challenge that I have to face. So, in the mean time, I have to work with some of the less effective heat exchangers. If the heat exchangers are not ok, the plant will consume more steam and natural gas/fuel apart of not getting the quality. Anybody facing the same problem....?

posted by zaki yamani @ 9:23 PM,

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I’m Zaki. I used to be a project, process and chemical engineer. Few years ago I successfully became a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) and Professional Engineer (BEM). I'm now employed as a chemical engineering educator/researcher/consultant. Hope you like reading my blog. I welcome any feedback from you. My email: zaki.yz[alias]gmail.com. TQ!


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