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The 9.6M BTU process unit at WIKA’s testing facility in Houston, Texas, replicates precise furnace conditions. This capability means customers can find solutions to real-life problems without interrupting refinery operations.

For customers in the refinery and petrochemical industry, it was difficult to know how well their furnaces were operating. Are the thermocouples and other sensors reading the right temperatures? How can the unit’s burners be optimized?

One way to find the answers was to carry out testing in an actual working unit, but doing so requires interrupting operations. The WIKA R&D Center for Temperature Measurement offers a better solution, one that does not call for costly downtime.

Our fully functional 9.6M BTU heater has an innovative system of furnace walls that lets us manipulate conditions in order to replicate almost any issues you might be experiencing. This ability to conduct a wide range of tests and verifications – all without interrupting your operations – means you receive relevant, actionable data to:

  • Increase unit capacity with furnace optimization and combustion management
  • Reduce unscheduled shutdowns
  • Plan more efficient turnarounds

Not surprisingly, the 6,000 sq ft campus in Houston has also become a classroom for hands-on training – not only for WIKA staff, but for refinery and petrochemical companies as well.

For more information about our state-of-the-art fired heater and furnace testing, watch the video or contact WIKA USA.



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