Modifying Startup and Shutdown Procedures

During a process and steam system assessment a New York food processor, uncommonly frequent failures of heating coils were reported. Investigation revealed that personnel were not allowing sufficient warm up time for a steam to water process heater. This was causing water hammer related tube and gasket failures. Kinergetics recommended new start up procedures, saving an estimated $25,000 per year on coil replacement cost alone. This does not include any gains from reducing process down time.