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Thermal Fluid/Hot Oil Filtration System promotes plant efficiency.

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April 8, 2010 - Able to integrate within any new or existing facility, Vector Series Model VB10C continuously filters contaminants on side stream basis down to 10 microns. This keeps fluids clean for higher heat transfer and plant efficiency, longer fluid life, and minimal maintenance downtime. Able to withstand 150 psig max pressure and temperatures to 650°F, system offers flow rate and cleaning capacity of up to 15 gpm or 900+ gph. Electronic filter condition monitoring system is also available.

Liquid Process Systems, Inc.

1025a Technology Dr, Indian Trail, NC, 28079, USA

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Integrated Continuous Thermal Fluid or Hot Oil Filtration System Lets Plants Run More Efficiently at Less Cost for a Fast ROI

Press release date: April 7, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N. C. --- A heat transfer fluid filtration system that filters contaminants down to 10 microns for enhanced plant efficiency and longer component life is now available from Liquid Process Systems, Inc.

Easy to integrate within any new or existing facility, the patented Vector Series Model VB10C Thermal Fluid Filtration System from Liquid Process Systems continuously filters contaminants on a side stream basis down to 10 microns. This keeps fluids clean for higher heat transfer and plant efficiency, longer fluid life and minimum maintenance downtime. System flow and pressure available from the plant process is used to re-circulate hot oil or thermal fluid from the pump discharge through the filter. Clean fluid is then returned to the suction side of the pump.

Industries were this technology is applied include petro-chemical recycling and refineries, automotive, die casting, adhesives, sealants, food and supplement processing, manufactured wood, petroleum, chemical, pharmaceutical, institutional and resort textile operations, asphalt manufacturers and others. Systems are built to comply with strict ASME Section VIII, Division 1 pressure vessel specifications.

Vector System Explained The Vector Series Model VB10C system from Liquid Process Systems can withstand up to 150 psig (10.5 bar) of pressure and temperature up to 650°F (345°C). Flow rate and cleaning capacity is up to 15 gallons per minute (114 liters per minute) or over 900 gallons per hour (3,405 liters per hour). This is enough cleaning capacity to filter the entire volume of a smaller system several times in a typical day.

As a result, the useful life of the hot oil is increased since it is filtered and remains clean to last longer. Fouling and carbon sludge build-up are reduced, unscheduled maintenance is minimized and heat transfer efficiency is increased. With cleaner fluid, wear on moving parts such as process pump mechanical seals, impellers and valves are significantly reduced. In fact, filtering hot oil normally results in a three fold increase in pump life, according to Liquid Process Systems.

"Not filtering the hot oil or thermal fluid at your plant could disrupt your operation at the most inconvenient time," noted Judy Shums, President of Liquid Process Systems. "Our system is customized for quick and easy installation in your plant with only a minimum time disruption. All we have to do is make the two inlet and outlet connections by choosing either threaded, socket weld or flanged. Investment is minimal and payback is quick depending on total volume filtered. Disposable elements are cheap and easy to replace."

Shums added that we wouldn't run our cars without an oil filter so why run your plant without one. Contaminants that can cause havoc to any operation are easily and efficiently removed, she said.

Vector System Explained The Vector Series Model VB10C from Liquid Process Systems uses economical glass-fiber wound cartridges that have excellent dirt holding capacities, are easy to change and are disposable. Life of the filter element is approximately 6 to 10 weeks, depending on condition of the fluid. Regular filter change outs can also be scheduled if preferred by maintenance and operations personnel.

As an option, an electronic filter condition monitoring system is available that displays a flashing light or communicates directly with the plant's computer monitoring system to notify the plant operator when filter cartridge needs replacing or when it is completely clogged.

Shums noted that initially more frequent change outs of the filter can be expected. As the fluids become cleaner, change outs become much less frequent, she said.

Fluid is drawn into the filter unit by tapping the existing piping that diverts a small percentage (usually about 10%) through the filter unit. The fluid is then cleaned and re-introduced down stream or to the suction side of the existing recirculation pumping system.

About Liquid Process Systems Liquid Process Systems, Inc. specializes in providing customized hot oil filtration systems, pumping systems, process water filtration and process heating and cooling equipment for over 18 years in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Along with VECTOR series filtration systems, the company also provides a series of stand-alone SENTINEL filtration systems with pump and control panel for facilities where existing system flow and pressure are completely dedicated to heat users leaving insufficient flow and pressure available for a filter housing only.

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