Posts Tagged ‘Heat Recovery Systems’

Industrial Machinery-Draw Oven

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My son has an almost overwhelming amount of curiosity. I suppose it truly is a good thing because it makes him want to go the extra mile, or the extra ten miles! For example, when he was learning in school about factories and machines that work in them, it happened to coincide with a time where my husband, who owns and runs a manufacturing plant, had just purchased a new draw oven from Perceptive Industries, who he had always used in the past and who he always spoke highly of. My son was very intrigued by the draw oven, which my husband let him see, of course, as it coincided with school curriculum. Then, all of a sudden he wanted to know everything there was to know about industrial ovens.

My husband is on close terms with the people at Perceptive Industries, so he called them with my son and they asked all sorts of questions. Now my son won’t stop talking about not only his dad’s new draw oven, but also industrial conveyor ovens, stress relief ovens, and a bunch of other ones I can not remember.

My husband is now fond of saying that he recommends Perceptive Industries in two ways, now. They design and engineer beautiful and effective machinery, and also they willingly satiate the intense curiosity of a ten-year-old. And if you know my son, and knew anything about the complexities of these ovens, you would easily understand just how impressive that is in a company.


Re-design Your Vehicle with Industrial Ovens

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When I was in elementary school, my best friends and I would always go on bicycle rides after school. This was a great way to get in the exercise that we needed while also spending time together and enjoying nature. I had a lot of fun every single time we went on bike rides because I felt healthier and more energetic with the exercise that I was getting. When I went on the middle school, I had outgrown my bike and my parents had to give it away. Since I was in middle school and I was growing, I also had to get new clothes and new shoes, so I was not able to buy myself a new bike.

            One time, I was going on a walk outside and I noticed that my neighbor was getting rid of her old bike. I asked if I could have it, and though it wasn’t in the best condition, she said that I could. I took it back home to inspect it and was satisfied to find out that it had all of the parts and was in good riding condition. The only problem it had was that the paint had chipped away so that I couldn’t even tell what the original color had been.

            I talked to my dad about it, since I had no idea how to get this fixed and he said that I had to get the bicycle frame powder coated. I spent the next few months saving up my money, and when I had finally saved up enough, I sent it to Perceptive Industries, an industrial oven manufacturer who had industrial conveyor ovens, draw ovens, stress relieving ovens. I told them what color I wanted it and I also told them that I wanted the finish to be glossy and not matte. When I received the bike frame back, I was very pleased with the results. Before, the bike frame seemed old, obviously used and like something that would be found in a junk yard. After Perceptive Industries had done their work on it, it looked like a brand new bike frame that could be bought at the store!

            I put the bike together, cleaned the other parts off and I was able to ride the bike. I got lots of compliments from my friends and they asked where I had gotten it. They were surprised when I told them that it was my neighbor’s old bike and that I had just gotten it powder coated. I was so satisfied with the work that I e-mailed Perceptive Industries to tell them what a great job they had done. If anyone is looking to get anything powder coated, Perceptive Industries is a great industrial oven manufacturer that has industrial conveyor ovens, draw ovens and stress relieving ovens.

Save Money And Reduce Energy Consumption With Perceptive Industries

I grew up in Michigan and most people that are from this area know that it is a State that is highly focused on manufacturing.  Most people who I knew as a child were some how associated with the manufacturing industry or worked in a plant or a factory.  This gave me a great appreciation for the manufacturing process. However, just as important as the factories and plants that make the products that go directly to the consumer are the companies that engineer the machinery that makes those products.

                Perceptive Industries is one such company.  They design, build, and install several types of machinery that are used in the manufacturing process such as ovens, thermal oxidizers, and heat recovery systems.  They also do rebuilding and retrofitting. Industrial ovens are a very common type of equipment in a factory and Perceptive Industries specializes in these ovens including hydrogen embrittlement relief ovens, a tempering oven, and a stress relieving oven.  Ovens such as a tempering oven are used to heat metal so that it is able to flex and not break.  Metal can often be come brittle and easy to fracture after it is processed.

                These ovens can be quite complex as well.  When a factory or a plant needs an oven, there is a process of consulting, designing, building, and installing.  It is also important with environmental concerns and cost concerns that the ovens are very efficient.  Perceptive Industries designs ovens that can recovery energy, saving money and reducing energy consumption.  These factors are very important with new regulations and increasing energy costs.

Ways of Improving Energy Use

Like many consumers, I have become interested in making sure that the products I buy are made by companies that use environmentally conscious practices.  This is not just important for the environmental, but these practices are also important for human health.  The companies themselves have to take steps to acquire equipment and machinery that make their factories efficient but the people responsible for making and installing those pieces of equipment are companies like Perceptive Industries.

                Perceptive Industries one of the industrial conveyor oven manufacturers that is located in Michigan, a state that relies heavy on the manufacturing industry.  However with all the pressure on companies to meet new environmental regulations, companies like perceptive industries have been able to equip these factories with state of the art conveyor ovens, thermal oxidizers, and heat recovery systems to meet those new standards.

                Heat recovery systems and thermal oxidizers are specifically related to reducing pollution and energy efficiency while conveyor ovens are related to the actual manufacturing process.  Perceptive Industries can help companies get their industrial conveyor ovens to operate more efficiently by upgrading them and retrofitting with new technology.  This is a great way for companies to meet new standards with out have to scrap equipment and buy new.

                There are a lot of ways that factories can be made more efficient.  They can add special equipment that captures and reuses heat like a heat recovery system, or they can improve existing equipment.  Since the equipment is so specialized, upgrading and retrofitting with a company like Perceptive Industries is a very cost effective way of improving energy use.

Heat Recovery Systems in Michigan

What are Heat Recovery Systems? Where are they applicable? In this blog from Perceptive Industries, you’ll be able to learn some of the uses for great heat recovery systems that we offer here at our company. Many people may not even realize that they can receive benefits right now from installing a heat recovery system into their business or industrial line.

                These systems, in essence, are just ventilators that will help to move heat and then re-harness it so that it can be used again. Often the system will gather or store the heat and then deliver it to another area of a business/industrial line, so that it can be quickly used again to preheat incoming materials that need heat. In water systems, for example, these can work really well. Rather than having your water boiler have to heat up cold water each time the hot water faucet is used, from a basic cold state, the heat recovery system will be something that has captured the already hot water (used) and then channeled it to a place where it will preheat more water in the boiler so that less energy is used in the process. You save money and the water is hotter, faster.

                What’s amazing is that even with large industrial applications, you’ll be able to harness steam or heat that comes off in what would appear to be elusive forms. The systems simply work to capture and redirect the energy of the heat so that it is usable to heat up something else that will need heat. Some of the better systems and set ups will save up to 85% of outgoing heat from a process.

Waste Heat Recovery

This blog will focus on some in-home waste Heat Recovery Systems available to consumers out there. While Perceptive Industries has a high client base in businesses and manufacturers, we support home heat recovery systems and thermal energy optimization. We want to educate consumers about ways they can spread efficiency both at home, and then possibly take that knowledge with them into the workplace!

            The basic concept of a home heat recovery system is just like you’d expect. Energy recovery ventilation systems allow air to ventilate through a house in a controlled way, while minimizing energy costs. The reduction, or recovery, of the heat comes in different way for the winter (colder) and summer (warmer) months. In the winter, ventilated air is heated by transferring heat from warmer inside air being exhausted to the fresh (but colder) supply of air. Reversely, in the summer, the inside air cools the warmer supply of air outside to reduce ventilation cooling costs. These recovery systems end up more or less moderating, or in a sense, equalizing, and the temperature of air.

            There are really only two main types of home heat recovery systems: heat-recovery ventilators (HRV) and energy-recovery (or enthalpy-recovery) ventilators (ERV). Both kinds feature a heat exchanger, one or more fans that move air through the machine, and then some necessary controls that will vary according to application. There are some smaller models that you can install on a wall or window, but the majority of models is central, whole-house ventilation systems with individual duct system or shared ductwork.

So, what is the main difference, you ask? A heat-recovery and an energy-recovery ventilator vary in the way the heat exchanger works. With an energy-recovery ventilator, the heat exchanger transfers a certain amount of water vapor along with heat energy, while a heat-recovery ventilator only transfers heat. This makes some intuitive sense. The benefit of the water vapor being transferred along with the heat is that the humidity of the house also ends up being generally regular and maintained. It doesn’t mean that a heat only recovery system alters the humidity of the house, but it doesn’t do anything to maintain it. The options and applications are dependent on the consumer’s unique needs.

Look into these heat recovery systems for your home or workplace, and start saving!

Heat Recovery Systems

This blog will take a look at a specific case study pertaining to our work at Perceptive Industries, Inc. We worked with a snack bakery in applying a waste heat recovery system. The results are indicative of the performance and expectations you can have if you were to enlist Perceptive Industries in applying one of these heat recovery systems to your own business in the future.

            We installed a Heat Recovery System on a snack food process oven line. The recovery heat was to be used to heat both process liquids for a coating on the factory’s product, as well as for heating plant water.  After our assessments, we found that the project qualified for an energy efficiency rebate of $25,000, with an estimated annual energy savings of over $55,000. Certainly the economic implications are becoming clear. The entire project was to be completed in a bit over 2 years.

The snack food manufacturer was taking measures to dramatically reduce energy use in its productions, and thus enlisted Perceptive Industries to assess the situation and then install a waste heat recovery system. We found that this waste heat would come from the exhaust stacks from a natural gas baking system, which was discharging over 2 MM btu/hour of waste energy. This was harness-able and usable!

Perceptive Industries then worked with the snack food manufacturer’s energy team to brainstorm all of the possible uses for the recovered heat. We came up with practical applications that would reduce costs significantly. There were even certain byproducts of the heat recovery system that made cleaning operations more efficient as well. The manufacturer remains pleased with the decision to optimize its energy use through Perceptive Industries. That is just one example of what is possible with waste heat recovery systems.