Babcock Wanson has completed a turnkey project for FORMICA to install a high efficiency Thermal Fluid Heater and ancillary equipment at its Coast Road, North Shields site to heat a newly installed oven used in the manufacturing process.

To maintain the consistent quality Formica is renowned for, reliability and efficiency are key to the manufacturing process.
Babcock Wanson therefore recommended its EPC 1500ES Thermal Fluid Heater. During commissioning, with an outlet thermal fluid temperature of 287°C, the flue gas was cooled to 200°C giving a combustion efficiency of 90-91 %. However, in subsequent operating tests under production loads and with a lower outlet thermal fluid temperature of 251°C, flue gas temperature was only 127°C and combustion efficiency increased to 94%.