Process Heat

Companies partner with Valin for results.  Read these case studies to learn how we achieve more together.

Submitted by Andrew Cloy || Valin Corporation
on Fri, 03/15/2019

A maintenance manager at one of the largest petroleum refiners in the U.S. noticed that many of their duct heaters were failing at an alarming rate. Each location has hundreds of industrial duct heaters that provide forced flow heat convection. It had become the number one maintenance issue at this location.

Submitted by Jared Lanig || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 10/09/2017

An oil production company was having problems with the freshwater flow lines freezing up in the vertical sections that go through the permafrost layer. All of the frozen lines stemmed from the self-regulating heat trace cable they were using which kept burning out. It would short out at the bend required to fit it down inside the 1” thermowell pipe. The secondary problem was the lack of sufficient heat output when self-regulating heat trace is folded back on itself. With each failure came thousands of dollars in lost production, down time, labor and materials to thaw the line.

Submitted by by Harry Maynes || Valin Corp.
on Thu, 06/22/2017

Valin provided a solution allowing a manufacturer to reliably test new generation valves at 1550°F securing the proper approvals required by their customer. The end-customer was pleased with this solution, yielding 35% more fuel efficiency.

Submitted by Leslie Kovach || Valin Corp.
on Mon, 03/06/2017

A local refinery was injecting a catalyst into their process stream to strip out the propane-impregnated HF gas (mixed gas is a by-product of the FCC process), but the catalyst would only work at temperatures above 385° F. The presence of elevated HF gas downstream of the reactor was causing reduced life in the valves and instrumentation and they were having to replace these elements often. Valin’s process team analyzed the situation and recommended inserting an electric in-line heater upstream of the catalyst injection along with a control panel.  The customer agreed and Valin’s team began working on the solution.

Submitted by Paul Lyman, Valin Corporation
on Wed, 01/11/2017

A semiconductor company was given a large government contract to manufacture a special chip for a night vision application. Learn how they were able to increase wafer production by using a custom heating blanket.

Submitted by Harry Maynes, Valin Corporation
on Wed, 07/13/2016

Valin's solution to this high temperature application allowed our customer to do the proper testing on the valves used on major aircraft engines. This overall technology will allow improvements of 40% in fuel efficiencies of the next generation aircraft engines.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A medical equipment manufacturer in Concord, CA was developing a 3D X-ray microscope and used liquid nitrogen to preserve their samples for solid imaging.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin® Becomes the “Go-To” Source for Major Chemical Processing Company in Utah.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A large mining operation in Nevada had 33 emergency shower stations that were in need of freeze protection.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

A local electrical contractor needed to provide a complete integrated solution for gutter and downspout de-icing for a large data center in the cold wintery conditions of Quincy, Washington.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Mon, 02/03/2014

Valin had an opportunity to work on an application to heat-trace various process lines for temperature maintenance and freeze protection at an oil processing plant in Stockton, California.

Submitted by Leslie Carmen
on Mon, 01/21/2013

Because coal is dusty, it is common for mining and power plants to minimize the dust by spraying down the coal with a water-based chemical solution. In the colder months of the year, however, this solution causes the coal to freeze together in clumps and stick to the cold walls of the coal chute.

Submitted by Bill Black
on Mon, 09/03/2012

A customer called the Utah office to obtain pricing for 3,700 ft. of self-regulating cable. They asked for a rush delivery, and said some of the heat traced lines had to be operational within 2 weeks.

Submitted by Michelle Fischer
on Thu, 08/09/2012

The demand for molybdenum is increasing among the petroleum refining, electronics and aerospace industries and a large mining operation recently enlisted Valin Corporation to help them take advantage of this opportunity.

Submitted by Tom Trinh
on Mon, 07/02/2012

A major supplier of engineered dowel baskets for transferring vehicle loads across concrete roadway joints recently enjoyed a substantial growth period due to government based infrastructure rebuilding programs.

Submitted by Ron Novak
on Tue, 05/01/2012

One of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbines had a problem that needed solving and Valin® acted as the general contractor for this job providing project management, supervision and all of the cable and components.