To avoid the continual interruptions to the production line to stop, adjust the liquid temperatures, and continue with the run, a new system for maintaining the liquid temperature was necessary. The old system was not equipped with enough control sensors, so the first part of the solution included installing four sensors. Two were used to monitor the temperature of the seal down in the use tank and applicator pan, and two monitored the thermal fluid used to maintain the tank temperature in two separate locations.
To further reduce temperature variances, the size of the use tank was reduced to limit the amount of liquid to maintain, and the distance from the use tank to the applicator was reduced to keep temperature loss through the piping to a minimum. Lastly, the temperature of the thermal fluid used to maintain the use tank’s temperature was reduced, which eliminated the large temperature swings.
This new temperature maintenance system now monitors the process liquid temperatures continuously and can correct temperature movement within a few seconds. The manufacturer now enjoys longer process runs with virtually no disruptions due to the process liquid application.