The Use of Steam for Cleaning Machines and Parts

Most industries require cleaning of machinery and automotive equipment for proper maintenance, for which a heating source is required. To clean these automotive equipment of milling deposits and grinding residues most industrial applications use steam heaters or flanged heaters to provide the necessary heating or steam needed for thorough cleansing. They provide reliable steam heating with high efficiency.   Steam Heaters Most steam heaters used for providing steam for cleansing industrial equipment and parts have the following features:

  • High efficiency- almost up to 100%
  • More reliable and efficient heating than most heat transfer units
  • These steam heaters have been designed to reduce vibration, noise, scaling and water hammering.
  • Low investment costs as this steam heaters are relatively inexpensive.

  Most Steam heater designs depending on the Manufacturer have the following specifications:

  • Support Water flow rate of almost 3500 gpm
  • Temperature start range is 95o F and final range is 135oF
  • Support steam flow of 60,000 lbs per hour
  • Support steam pressure of 175 psig

  The manufacturers of steam heaters provide various designs and installation types to provide the best fit for your industrial steam heating requirement. Designs can be customized for efficient steam heating and proper cleansing.   Flanged Immersion Heater Flanged steam heaters are used for steam heating. The tubular elements of the flanged heater are coated with special alloy materials and stainless steel that provides protection to the heating element and corrosion resistance. These flanged steam heaters can be easily installed in the container or on the wall of the reservoir or machinery that requires cleaning. A thermocouple is also provided to help regulate the exact temperature required and steam flow to provide proper cleansing. These heaters come with varied power or wattage ranges to suit your cleaning requirement.     Fig1: Direct Steam Injection steam Heater   The elements in the steam heaters produce steam particles and digital controls help to regulate the steam flow. Most heaters support steam flow rates of 60000 lbs per hour, steam pressure of 175 psig and water flow rate of almost 3500 gpm. Industries that require cleansing of machines and parts can get customized steam heaters based on the steam input, steam flow and voltage requirements. These steam heaters are also designed to help reduce noise and vibration during cleansing. They have been specifically built to minimize water hammering or pounding and scaling.   Benefits

  • Steam heaters are more efficient in providing quick heating as compared to other heat exchange units.
  • Steam heaters come equipped with thermostats that help regulate temperature and steam flow. The manual controls allow one to adjust temperature accordingly.
  • For cleaning multiple machinery and parts, assembly lines of steam heater can be used that help reduce cost.
  • These steam heater designs are built for noise reduction, vibration reduction and to reduce water pounding and scaling.

  Installation Types of Steam Heaters   Most steam heaters are used in large oil furnaces, multiple industrial applications, food-processing application and other petrochemical industries for heating water, oils, solvent, paper pulp streams and other solvents. However, these steam heaters are commonly used for providing steam to cleanse industrial machinery and parts especially automotive machines.   Direct Steam Injection by Flanged Steam heaters. Most manufacturers provide flanged steam heaters that have a direct steam injection mechanism. Such steam heaters provide high water flow rates with manual controls for temperature adjustment. Most of these inline flanged steam heaters have heating elements with the same diameter as the cold-water input pipeline. These steam heaters are much efficient than heat exchange units or heating coils and provide quick heating for large volumes of hot water supply. These flanged steam heaters have been designed in a way where all parts are immobile. These heaters inject direct steam to the machinery or parts that require cleaning. There is a single stationary mixer that combines the cold and hot water instantly. The heating elements of the heater that are designed as chambers produce and mix steam particles in the water stream. These steam particles can be used to provide cleansing for automotive parts and other industrial machinery. This heater design allows direct steam injection and minimal noise and vibration. Water pounding and scaling are greatly reduced through this design. A steam control valve that allows manual steam flow adjustment accompanies the heater. Depending on the requirements for water and steam flow, the heater is designed to provide hot water at optimum temperature. There is a temperature control valve that prompts the steam control valve to regulate steam flow. This valve can be manually operated to be set at desired temperature and electronically as well. There are various sizes and shapes available for these direct steam injection heaters with specifications to suit your cleansing requirements.   Effectiveness of Steam Heaters for Cleansing Machines and Parts For cleansing industrial machines and parts, direct steam injection heaters are an easy solution that provides high efficiency and low energy costs. The steam controls that come with these heaters provide easy regulation of steam flow and can be manually adjusted to provide the necessary steam flow rate to properly cleanse your industrial machinery and parts.

  • Steam heaters are easy to install and operate
  • They are low cost heating devices that provide 100% efficiency
  • Steam heaters require less space and can be easily installed in a pipeline or vessel
  • The heater parts are stationary and are designed to reduce noise and water pounding

  Cost Effectiveness These flanged steam heaters require minimal maintenance costs, hence, they are cost effective solutions for providing steam necessary for cleansing the residues and dirt deposits off the machinery and automotive parts. You can also adjust the steam flow rate as per your requirement so that you can get the required team for thorough cleansing. There are many designs and models available with varied steam flow, water flow and steam pressure rates along with wattage and temperature ranges to cater to the various industrial requirements. The manufacturers can help with the installation type and heater design customization best suited to your machinery cleansing needs and requirements.