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Watlow introduces new OPTIMAX heat exchanger

LNG Industry,

Watlow® has introduced its new OPTIMAXTM heat exchanger that combines critical design criteria with new Watlow proprietary technologies.

OPTIMAX is smaller and lighter than traditional heat exchangers and can help reduce the overall footprint by almost 50%. Although the size and weight are less, users will realise improved heat transfer efficiency and excellent pressure drop performance.

This optimal performance of the OPTIMAX is possible because Watlow incorporates its proprietary enhanced fluid dynamics (EFD) technology to provide advanced flow throughout the system without compromising the integrity of the fluid, heating elements and/or vessel. Fluid temperatures are further optimised through the use of Watlow’s optimized film temperature (OFT) technology in the heating elements. These, coupled together, provide an accelerated heat transfer rate, allowing the vessel to perform consistently at shorter lengths, or smaller shell diameters. Additionally, the OPTIMAX can be designed for backwards compatibility with existing designs.

Watlow has validated these technologies through CFD / FEA modeling, as well as over 5000 hours of laboratory testing.

"We are excited about our new OPTIMAX heat exchanger because of the benefits our customers will realise," said Dennis Long, Global Marketing Director, energy processes business unit.

OPTIMAX is available with all applicable global certifications including UL, ASME, CSA, ATEX, IECEx and PESO.

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