Made for heating revolving rolls, platens, molds, jacketed tanks and autoclaves, the Hot Oil Systems are designed for consistent heating in petrochemical plants, pulp and paper plants, plastics manufacturing and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Their pre-engineered, proven design package has been field tested in continuous operation up to 650F. Even heat inside the tube bundle comes from low watt-density Incoloy 800 sheath heating elements, and the systems feature the unique "Buffer Tank" design. This design prevents degradation problems with hot oil (more than 150F) at the expansion tank, but without a nitrogen purge system. They can be run in a non-hazardous area by a remote, customized control panel.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.