Improving Heat Exchanger Lead Time and Life Span
A salt manufacturer in Virginia needed to significantly reduce the 36 week lead time of their heat exchanger fabrication. These heat exchangers are located within the manufacturer’s dryer columns and serve as the primary drying process for their salt. Consisting of eight coils, these heat exchangers are inspected every six months, and two are replaced at each maintenance shut down.
Process Supply was challenged to fabricate the heat exchangers with a significantly reduced lead time, improve the materials of construction, increasing the heat exchangers’ durability and life span.
Process Supply and a strategic partner successfully fabricated two heat exchangers and reduced lead time down to 15 weeks. Process Supply also improved material of construction to AL6XN, considerably improving the exchangers’ life span. Both units also had X-ray weld and helium tests performed.
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