BABCOCK WANSON PROVIDES FLEXIBLE PROCESS HEATING FOR AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURER
9 September 2015, News release from Babcock Wanson UK Ltd
Babcock Wanson's high efficiency Thermal Fluid Heaters have been installed at Gurit Automotive's site in Newport, Isle of Wight, as part of a very close control heating and cooling system for its composite part production facility.
Gurit has been supplying leading OEMs with carbon fibre based Class-A
composite panels since 2007. The company's strength is its
understanding of composite materials, structural design and materials
processing which provides the capability to formulate, design, prototype
and manufacture fully assembled, primed and coloured exterior body
A flexible process heating and cooling solution that can be precisely controlled is vital to the manufacturing process. Gurit selected a Babcock Wanson Thermal Fluid System which is used in their multi mould production facility for composite panel production and hot roller heating for prepreg material production.
Keith Netting, Product Development & Industrialisation Manager and Sam Robinson, Plant Engineering & Maintenance Manager at Gurit Composite Components, comment: "The heaters are well constructed and easy to maintain and have performed well. One existing unit on site has run approximately 24/7 360 days with only one failure in eight years. The controls are straight forward without any unnecessary complicated add ons which is refreshing; they are constructed to carry out what's required and perform very well."
Babcock Wanson's TPC450LN fully automatic coil type, multi-pass thermal fluid heaters come complete with integrated burner, control system and safety devices. The system precisely matches fuel input to plant energy requirements for high efficiency operation.
The thermal fluid system is supplied with Babcock Wanson's unique menu driven software, which provides Gurit with the facility to create up to 50 programmes for the simultaneous heating and cooling system of multiple users in a simple and operator friendly manner. It provides absolute control over the process as well as flexibility in the temperature rise and cooling stages. The software takes automatic readings every six seconds and the data is readily retrievable by simply downloading onto a flash drive. Statistical information is then available in a variety of formats, including clear graphs.
The software operates Babcock Wanson Temperature Control Units on each mould tool. They are connected to both the heating and cooling distribution loops to automatically feed the hot and cold fluid to each tool as and when required, meaning that each part of the line can be at a different part of the thermal cycle at any given time.
Sam is very pleased with the service provided by Babcock Wanson: "We have experienced excellent service from Babcock Wanson. They are willing to help and advise as required, with several site meetings, until the correct solution for our needs was found."
Babcock Wanson offers a complete range of products and services for boiler houses and other process heating needs, from steam boilers, thermal fluid heaters, rapid steam generators and hot water boilers to VOC and odour treatment by thermal oxidation, water treatment or process air heating solutions. The company aims to help optimise customer's energy production with high quality products and efficient service.
For more information, please contact Babcock Wanson on 020 8953 7111 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.babcock-wanson.co.uk