The right time for indirect heat-transfer technology
Today’s metalcasting operations rely on up-to-date systems and advanced technologies being deployed to produce a range of durable goods essential to modern life — from appliances to aircraft carriers.
Still, many U.S. foundries’ vintage sand-handling systems need upgrading to meet the increasing complexities and quality requirements of the products produced, as well as to maintain the higher levels of productivity necessary to be competitive by global standards.
In the August 2020 issue of Foundry Management and Technology magazine, Solex Thermal Science discusses how advances in heat-transfer technology are giving foundries an opportunity to reset their prospects versus mounting regulatory, technological and competitive pressures.
“While traditionally served by direct-contact solutions such as fluid beds, indirect plate exchangers provide the ability during core sand-conditioning to handle more product in less space, while using less energy, emitting near-zero emissions, and providing highly accurate temperature control,” says Scott Harris, Regional Director, Americas for Solex Thermal Science.
In the article, Harris and Gerald Marinitsch, Global Director, Industrials, with Solex, touch on how the modular design and vertical orientation of today’s plate heat-exchangers make them an ideal choice for debottlenecking or revamping plant operations.
Both experts also highlight what is becoming two of the most pressing issues facing today's foundries: the need to minimize silica dust emissions and also maintain consistent sand temperature.
“It is a simple and robust solution for core-sand conditioning,” Marinitsch added.
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