One outcome of the supply chain disruptions brought about by Covid is that it highlights the importance of local manufacturers using equipment that is made in Australia; or equipment that is backed by an established Australian company.
Accu-Therm Plate Heat Exchangers, also known as PHEs, have been designed, assembled and/or made in Australia by Teralba Industries for more than 20 years now.
Teralba’s Accu-Therm Sanitary Plate Heat Exchanger Series are ideal for applications where the fluids handled have low viscosity with nil particles.
If the product outlet temperature is close to the service inlet temperature, Quality Plate Heat Exchangers are the optimum choice for close temperature approaches. They have some of the highest heat transfer coefficients of all heat exchanger types.
The Accu-Therm Plate Heat Exchanger is all stainless steel, complete with Triclamp connections, and consists of thin, corrugated heat transfer plates compressed inside a frame, with the product in every second channel and service fluid between the product channels.
The heat transfer plates incorporate a stamped herringbone pattern and are assembled in an inverse configuration to create two sets of parallel channels, one for each liquid.
The herringbone patterns point in opposite directions, creating a lattice in each channel. This provides a high level of turbulence, which in turn leads to very high heat transfer rates.
Accu-Therm Sanitary PHE’s heat transfer plates are sealed with proven clip-in gaskets and elastomers such as Nitrile NBR, EPDM and silicon, are available.
Frames for the sanitary units are typically 304 stainless steel with Tri-Clamp or BSM connections and can include height adjustable sanitary feet for food processing areas.
Alternatively, a forklift base on the heat exchanger allows the unit to be moved around a large winery or food and beverage plant. Both connections and plates can be supplied in alternative materials for particularly challenging food-processing tasks.
This two-stage PHE was made to order, for a Melbourne based pharmaceutical company, and cools potable water using chilled water.
Teralba has designed and produced heat exchangers in Australia, which includes tubular, plate & frame and the “coil in pot” type configurations.