Typical Electric Heater Applications: Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Presented By

Patrick Bartell - Valin

Conference: Galveston 2019

Crude Refiners have long known the additional value to the bottom line of FCC and RFCC processes. Electric regeneration process heaters are a vital part of these installed units. The primary function of a set of electric process heaters is the regeneration of catalysts. Minimizing catalyst deactivation helps to maintain the highest and most efficient activity. Electric Process Heaters specified in this process are tasked to do just that…improve catalyst effectiveness. They are often overlooked when it comes to maintenance and reliability. Their efficiency and reliability are vital to the performance of these FCC and RFCC processes. Valin Corporation has provided valuable assistance to plants deciding to more actively include these heating systems in their routine PM processes. Our presentation is designed to instruct plant process owners the most effective way to maintain and continuously improve these regen heaters by:

  • Understanding how to properly evaluate the performance and health of regen heaters
  • Design modern innovative modifications to the heater and it’s control panels that allow for better real time evaluation and performance
  • Developing a plan for “in between shutdown” patches to keep running
  • Helping process owners maintain a spares program that will ensure a ready to go operational spare heater
  • Showing new and innovative designs offered in the market that are improvements on old and antiquated process heater designs.
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