Industrial Uses of LPG
The versatility of Totalgaz LPG allows you to have heat, light and power wherever and whenever you need it. Looking beyond these industries, LPG also powers a vast range of economical and environmentally responsible machinery.
LPG can be used in many applications in the industrial sector namely in space- and process-heating, powering industrial ovens, production of food, kilns, furnaces, production of packing material as well as in powering forklift trucks in warehouses.
LPG is one of the best choices of energy in this particular industry. Ceramics made of clay require a high heating value in order to dry and become hard and solid. Easily controllable, LPG provides clean combustion and is therefore advantageous in the maintenance process. Burners and kilns have to be maintained less often causing less downtime, with the consequence of saving costs and increasing productivity. As a choice energy, LPG is widely used in pottery, roofing, ceramic tiles and sanitary ware.
LPG is widely used in many food processing systems because of its clean burning properties. Bakeries and the manufacturers of biscuits, chips and chocolate are inclined to choose LPG as their preferred energy option as their products will not be exposed to the risk of contamination. In addition, this energy is also used in slaughterhouse for the cleaning of facilities and sterilisation, pork butchery in the process of cooking, drying and smoking as well as in the dairy industry for pasteurisation.
Metallurgy uses heat treatments to meet the demand for highly specialised metals. Heat treatment consists in modifying the original structure of the metal or alloy in order to obtain mechanical specifications. This is done while using a precise thermal cycle that includes heating, maintaining a high temperature and cooling. Some heat treatments need a controlled atmospheric environment and the production of such an environment is possible in furnaces where LPG is used since combustion products have no contact with the furnace wall (thus avoiding any oxidation processes). Using LPG in this process allows the industry to manufacture products of a higher quality thanks to its flexible usage and low maintenance costs. LPG can also be used in applications involving surface treatment such as paint drying and galvanisation.
The textile industry consists of three groups, namely:
- Natural textiles: cotton, wool, linen, silk,
- Artificial textiles: derived from natural products
- Synthetic textiles: 100% chemical products with a high degree of polymerisation.
The textile industry requires a number of energy-consuming processes for which LPG is found to be a suitable fuel. These processes are:
- Heating of the bath (cleaning, bleaching, dyeing)
- Drying, thread singeing and polymerisation
Totalgaz LPG has multiple advantages in that it is clean and flexible, easy to maintain and produces a high thermal yield.
The manufacture of pulp, paper and cardboard consumes a considerable amount of energy. If fuel oil is to be commonly used in manufacturing pulp, it is possible for LPG to find many applications in paper, cardboard manufacturing processes and printing. In colour printing, the paper has to go several times through the rotary press as it requires a fast ink drying process. It is therefore always better to use the decentralised heating solution rather than the centralised steam solution in these processes as it offers more advantages: modular heating, easy regulation of gas output, cleanliness and environmental care.
A number of products are part of the field of chemical engineering, i.e.
- Colourings and dyes
- Wax and polish.
A number of products are destined to:
- The food industry (aromas, flavours, spice extracts)
- The pharmaceutical industry
Although chemical engineering is the biggest user of steam boilers, LPG-powered heat-exchangers are recommended in a number of different stages of the process. By using LPG, the chemical processes are enhanced thanks to good temperature regulation attributes, very high yields of energy and low maintenance procedures that are required by this type of installation.
Good for meeting air quality regulations in the workplace and technical demands for a modern handling (rapidity, power, flexibility, economy), LPG is nowadays the best response for the fuelling of thermal-engine trucks. Lead-free and soot-free, LPG has a very low rate of carbon monoxide emissions and is therefore the chosen energy when a pollution-free environment is critical. Should you invest in new forklifts trucks, there are many reasons why you should use LPG models.