A small heat exchanger cleaning can present challenges including limited accessibility, smaller diameter tubes, and deposits. AES has various types of equipment at its disposal that allows us to adapt to most of the unique situations that can be encountered in an industrial environment. AES has completed small heat exchanger cleanings ranging in size from as few as 40 tubes upward to 3,200 tubes.
The first option in small heat exchanger cleaning is to use the Quick-shot air and water or the water pump systems that AES uses during the main condenser cleanings. These systems allow for time-efficient cleaning; should tube size and/or accessibility not allow for the larger equipment, AES relies on the Goodway AWT-100X tube cleaning system.
The AWT-100X tube cleaning system has the power and versatility to clean virtually any tube in wet or dry mode. The speed and torque of the unit’s flexible shaft is controlled by the cleaning operator so the AWT-100X can adapt to the various types of deposits. AES typically uses the AWT-100X in the wet mode to ensure a quality flushing during the cleaning.
For complete heat exchanger cleaning services, we have the crew, tools, and experience to get the job done for you.
AES’ philosophy is to “bring the heat exchanger out of the plant and onto our customer’s desk” during every heat exchanger maintenance project. If plant personnel have a clear understanding of the tube conditions during the heat exchanger cleaning then they can make critical decisions immediately and prior to the system being closed.
“Before” photographs of the heat exchanger waterbox, tube bundle, and internal tube will be collected to identify the “as found” condition. Abnormal or unique situations identified during the heat exchanger cleaning will also be photographed and documented.
Upon completion of the heat exchanger cleaning services, “After” photographs of the heat exchanger waterbox, tube bundle, and internal tube will be collected to record the effectiveness of the cleaning. Individual photographs and summaries can be immediately provided to plant personnel either by flash drive or e-mail directly from the work site.
At the conclusion of the cleaning all data will be compiled into one comprehensive report and delivered to the customer. This allows you to be fully informed of the maintenance completed and the functioning level of your equipment. You can consult with us on any questions or concerns you have that you discover in the data, and we will always work with you to provide effective solutions for any issues we discover.
Many different types of cleaning ends can be fitted to the end of the AWT-100X shaft for whatever deposits are encountered during heat exchanger maintenance.
These cleaning ends range from a nylon brush for light deposits, to a stainless steel wire buffing tool for light to medium deposits, or a PCH-180 abrasive cleaning end to a carbide drill tip when the tubes are heavily plugged with debris.
Depending on the deposit, several passes of various cleaner tips may be required to return the tube to its maximum efficiency.
“Boroscope Technology is the Best Heat”
A state of the art boroscope is used to collect the internal “before” and “after” photographs of the tubes during our heat exchange maintenance. The boroscope is capable of capturing still photographs or recording video as the inspection probe is passed down the length of the tube.
These photographs identify the condition of the buildup prior to the cleaning, and the effectiveness of the cleaning afterward, to help determine how effective the heat exchanger tube cleaning was and if any other actions need to be taken before the project is considered completed.
If debris lodged in a tube is unable to be removed, the boroscope can be used to identify the type of debris. Identification of the debris can assist in determining whether or not the tube should be plugged regardless of the tube being evacuated of the debris. The boroscope has also been used by customers while AES crews were on-site for heat exchanger maintenance to conduct foreign material post-job inspections of other job sites within the facility.
The additional use of the boroscope inspection is another aspect that sets AES above and beyond our competitors. Heat exchanger cleaning solution should not just be in-and-out, we are determined to be thorough, communicative, and provide you with any and all resources you need for your facility, no matter what issue you may be facing.
“Safety and Reporting Procedures”
Although they may be smaller in scope, AES’ commitment to safety is not reduced on small heat exchanger maintenance projects. These exchangers provide their own unique safety hazards that are discussed by AES crews during the Job Safety Hazard Analysis, Pre-job, and Mid-day Safety Briefings.
Our commitment to safety is part of every job we take on, from beginning to end. During your Shell And Tube Heat Exchanger cleaning, we will have a Safety / Documentation Manager on site whose job it is to be aware of all safety followings and who documents all findings for our end-of-the-project report.
The AES crewmen are thoroughly trained in all OSHA standards of safety, and receive annual safety review trainings. It is our belief that a safe job allows for an effective, thorough, and accountable job.
We are experienced in providing professional cleaning and inspection services for marine heat exchanger cleaning chemicals. American Efficiency Services uses a number of mechanical and chemical means to clean both shell and tube as well as various types of plate heat exchangers. We specialize in plate and frame heat exchanger cleaning services. The end-of-the-project report we provide will fully inform you of any significant findings we discovered during the heat exchanger cleaning. We include photographs, videos, and comprehensive documentation. This allows us to discuss any solutions you may want to implement to keep your facility running smoothly.
AES is not just about shell and tube heat exchanger cleaning, we are about being accountable to you, our client, for every job we take on.
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