Clean Hydrocarbons and Water Scale From Plate & Frame Heat Exchangers in One Cycle

Plate & Frame Heat Exchangers can be difficult to clean. Often, plants will disassemble the entire unit, and run separate cycles to clean for water scale and hydrocarbons. This process is time-consuming, and reassembling the unit is difficult and can result in the unit running less efficiently.

It makes sense to use chemicals to clean plate & frame heat exchangers, and a creative solution from Apex Engineering has made it possible to clean water scale and hydrocarbon residue in one cycle, using products that are completely biodegradable. There are two ways this cleaning can be accomplished:

  1. Create a mixture of Rydall VP in liquid form, and Rydlyme or a harsh acid. Circulate the mixture together to get rid of hydrocarbons and water scale. The mixture will be a specific concentration based on your system requirements, and will circulate for a specific amount of time. By applying the two products together, this method is the most efficient and takes the least amount of time.
  2. Inject a small quantity of Rydall VP in vapour form to remove hydrocarbon residue. In its vapour form, Rydall VP is extremely effective at removing hydrocarbon residues. Arinah can calculate a mixture that’s right for your system. Follow up with a circulation of Rydlyme to remove water scale. This method is the most cost-effective.

Both methods are extremely effective at removing unwanted scale and residue. Best of all, they can both be done without dismantling the unit, or taking it offline.

About Rydall VP
Rydall VP is a specialized cleaner / degreaser specifically designed for refinery process vessel cleaning and degassing. This truly revolutionary product is biodegradable, and reduces downtime, labour and water required for cleaning and degassing storage tanks and refinery process equipment.

Rydall VP can be applied in circulation or vapour phase applications. In vapour phase applications, Rydall VP will remove oil, gas, LEL, H2S and benzene with the added benefit of cleaning up to 70% of the hydrocarbon deposits in a single application.

About Rydlyme
Apex Engineering manufactures RYDLYME, a product specifically designed to dissolve the toughest water scale, lime, mud, and rust deposits from virtually any piece of water-based equipment. This powerful, yet totally safe, liquid is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-hazardous, non-corrosive and biodegradable; so RYDLYME will not harm your personnel, equipment or the environment. 

This dual application is an extremely effective way to remove mineral scale and hydrocarbons. If you’d like more information about the Rydall VP and Rydlyme combination, please contact us.

Cleaning Plate & Frame Heat Exchangers in One Cycle
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