Category: Reconditioning

The Think Tank

4 Heat Exchanger Types and Applications

Have you ever been driving down the highway and seen smoke drifting up from a smokestack? The truth is, all that smoke is wasted energy that could be used for another purpose. That’s why heat exchangers exist.

A heat exchanger allows the heat from a fluid (liquid or gas) to pass through a second fluid without the two ever coming into direct contact with each other.

For example, a heating furnace burns natural gas that is carried over water by pipes. If the gas and the water came into direct contact, the heat exchange would stop and the water would never warm up.

Heat Exchanger Types

Even though all heat exchangers perform the same function, there are different types that have varied applications. Learning about these different heat exchangers will help you determine what the right equipment is for your business.

Let’s take a look at the 4 types of heat exchangers and their applications below:

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The Truth about Epoxy vs. Enamel Paint for Your Plant Equipment

Stainless steel tanks inside a pharmaceutical factory

When it comes to looking for stainless steel tanks for your business, there are plenty of things to consider. From type, size, and even orientation, it takes the right know-how to choose what’s best for you.

However, there’s one factor that is often overlooked: whether you use enamel paint or epoxy on your tanks. The distinction between the two can get a little confusing, but it’s important to choose the right coating.

Why? Because it can directly play into the longevity of your equipment. Given the value a tank has to your business, it is critical to ensure that the right coating is applied to set you up for success.

Let’s take a look at the difference between epoxy vs. enamel paint, so you can learn what direction is best for your business equipment.

Enamel Basics

Let’s kick things off with some basics. Enamel paint is often manufactured with Alkyd Resins, which means it is easy on the equipment when applied.… Read more

New or Used Industrial Food Processing Equipment? How to Decide.

A piece of equipment used in a food processing facilityIt’s that time again. You’ve gotten the most you’re going to get out of your industrial food processing equipment and it’s time to ask yourself the age-old question: Should I invest in brand new equipment or find something reconditioned?

Refurbished food processing equipment will certainly be more affordable up front. But what seller should you go with? And won’t brand new equipment give you more mileage and provide more bang for your buck in the long term?

With all these thoughts and questions running through your head while also considering budget, ROI, and performance, it can be difficult to make the decision. Reconditioned or new?

Here are some questions to help you weigh the pros and cons to both new and reconditioned equipment, and guide you towards the right decision for your needs.

Questions to Ask about New vs. Reconditioned Food Processing Equipment

1. What Do You Need from Your Next Piece of Equipment?

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Save Time & Money with Reconditioned Heat Exchangers

Checking for quality at a microbrewery, which is one product category that relies on heat exchangers.

When you need to replace a heat exchanger or add an additional unit to your line, time is of the essence. Buying a brand new heat exchanger is one option, but depending on your situation, it may not be the best choice. A reconditioned heat exchanger could save you some money, and it could also be up and running faster.

Of course, with so much riding on your production line, you want to make sure you’re getting a quality piece of equipment. In this post, we’ll show you what to look for and what questions to ask when choosing a reconditioned heat exchanger.

What does a High Quality Reconditioned Heat Exchanger Look Like?

Believe it or not, our reconditioned heat exchangers look a heck of a lot like brand-new heat exchangers. That’s because we outfit them with new plate packs purchased direct from the manufacturer. Then, we install the plates on a used frame that has been completely restored to its original factory specifications.… Read more

Ramp Up Faster with a Reconditioned Filling Machine

Reconditioned Filling Machine Product Example

When your company lands an order with a national big box retailer, you might need to ramp up production faster than you can realistically manage without making additions to your line. Problem is, adding new pumps, tanks, heat exchangers or filling machines doesn’t just require money – it requires time. And time is something you simply may not have.

Buying a new rotary filling machine could take anywhere from six to eight months to get up and running. If you have that kind of time, and you don’t mind paying full price for a new filler, this is a perfectly fine option for you. But, if you need to increase production capacity faster, a reconditioned bottle filling machine can be operational in as little as three months, and cost you a fraction of buying new.

How to Spot a High Quality Reconditioned Liquid Filler

When it comes to purchasing reconditioned manufacturing equipment, you’ll want to make sure to look beyond the surface.… Read more