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Thermal fluid hacks – Quick tips to elevate your heat transfer operations

Taking a cue from the internet age, this presentation takes on the spirit of “life hack” lists that are mainstay features of many social media sites. “Thermal fluid hacks” will provide attendees with quick, straight-to-the-point tips and advice on best practices for heat transfer fluid temperature control processes.

Date: March 26, 2019
Time: 11 AM EDT (8 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Anyone that spends even a relatively small amount of time on the internet and social media has more than likely come across a variation of a "life hacks" list along the way. These lists provide quick, useful, easy to apply tips and tricks for making everyday life easier and more convenient.

In the spirit of those popular lists, this presentation will aim to provide similarly useful and easy to apply tips focused on improving the user experience and the overall operating functions of thermal fluid heating systems. Heat transfer fluids (thermal fluids, hot oils) are designed to provide accurate, uniform temperature control to process operating units. The technology is a relatively safer and lower maintenance alternative to options that use steam or direct fire heating sources. Due to these inherent advantages and the "set it and forget it" nature of today's thermal fluid heating technology, these processes get overlooked and taken for granted all too often...until there is a problem.

Attendees will be presented with easy and useful tips and tricks that can be applied immediately at the plant level to improve the overall operating efficiency, maintenance planning and longevity of their heat transfer fluid operation. The presenters will provide "fluid hacks" on understanding flash point, how to prevent contamination, proper start up and shut down, removing water, interpreting fluid analysis reports, key focus areas for daily monitoring, and many more.

Key Takeaways

  • Avoiding water contamination and what to do when moisture creates problems
  • Best practices for fluid change outs, draining, cleaning, charging and starting up
  • The most critical practices for preventing premature degradation of the thermal fluid and fouling of equipment
  • Understanding key safety aspects including how to interpret flash points in relation to maximum operating temperatures
  • Why fluid analysis is crucial, when to test, how to sample and what to look for in a report


Ryan Ritz, Global Director of Technology, Paratherm — Heat Transfer Fluids

Ryan Ritz has been working with high-level technical aspects and the industrial application of heat transfer fluids since 2003. His expertise has been focused on practical functionality, product formulation, R&D, used fluid testing, technical service, sales and marketing, and laboratory management. Ryan is the Global Director of Technology at The Lubrizol Corporation's Paratherm division located in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.