Babcock Wanson Wins Process Heating Order For Fibre & Yarn Company

Drake Extrusion, Europe's leading independent manufacturer of coloured polypropylene fibres and yarns, has installed two new Babcock Wanson TPC1000B Thermal Fluid Heaters for its Huddersfield, West Yorkshire plant.

A long standing Babcock Wanson customer, Drake Extrusion has been using a small steam generator since 2001 and a thermal fluid heater, both built by Babcock Wanson, plus 16 electric thermal fluid heaters supplied as part of the yarn processing equipment. Whilst still operational, this equipment is reaching the end of its natural life providing Drake with the opportunity to upgrade to modern, more efficient equipment and save substantial energy costs.

Two Babcock Wanson TPC1000B gas fired Thermal Fluid Heaters have been installed in their place, with each heat user having a secondary circuit to ensure the correct design thermal flow rate and temperature, which varies from 100 to 280°C. This will allow Drake to reduce fuel costs by replacing electrical heating with natural gas and will also free up space within the factory as the 16 separate heaters located around the factory along with much of the pipe work will be removed. Instead, the new Babcock Wanson heaters have been installed in a new external housing, which also makes for an improved working environment.

In addition to the TPC1000B Thermal Fluid Heaters, Babcock Wanson has supplied all necessary ancillary equipment including pumps, tanks, control valves, manual valves, thermal fluid pipe work, gas pipe work and the external heater house. They were also responsible for removal of redundant equipment.

A fully automatic coil type, multi-pass thermal fluid heater complete with integrated burner, control system and safety devices, the TPC1000B provides optimal distribution of the heat, high fluid velocity in the exchange tubes and continuous flow monitoring to ensure long fluid life and the highest level of safety. The system precisely matches fuel input to plant energy requirements for high efficiency. With lower energy input demand also comes lower total exhaust emissions, so there are also environmental benefits.

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.

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