October 2019, Vol. 246, No. 10

Tech Notes

Tube Tech International Launches Next-Generation Cleaning Robot

Tube Tech International Ltd. (TTIL) launched its next-generation cleaning robot, which the company said is capable of eradicating more than 90% of heat exchanger fouling. 

The technology is believed to be the first of its kind in the industry. A defining feature is the system’s ability to record videos and images of blockages and the cleaning taking place while automatically adjusting to warped tubes. 

The robot can be programmed with information supplied by the customer, creating a visual representation of the bundle for TTIL technicians to use before gaining access to the site. This information is used to select the best cleaning process, which can be pre-programmed into the robot, saving valuable time on site.

The robot is able to bring assets back to original design thermal efficiency regardless of the level of fouling, dramatically reducing CO2 emissions.  

“Traditional water jetting can damage costly assets. It uses 25% more water than necessary and only cleans between 30-50% of fouling,” said Jon Camp, managing director of TTIL. “Our next-generation robot protects assets, drastically reduces water consumption and eradicates more than 90% of fouling.” P&GJ

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