Since its founding, Intek has always strived to find solutions to customers’ problems by applying advanced technologies and innovative engineering design.
From our first innovation in flow measurement technology to measure low liquid flows that are still unique in industry today, to creative solutions implemented for the space program, to our advanced understanding of steam surface condensers, Intek has always been recognized for its technical excellence, commitment to quality and customer service.
To learn more about Intek’s history and accomplishments, click here.
Intek Congratulates NASA on its 60th Anniversary
On October 1, 2018, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) celebrated 60 years of discovery, exploration and innovation. Several organizations, including Intek, joined in congratulating NASA for all of their accomplishments in research and space exploration over the years that have resulted in countless advancements in our everyday technology. To view some brief videos summarizing these accomplishments, visit NASA’s 60 Years and Counting page.
Intek has a long history of successful projects working with NASA. Through our partnership with Boeing, Intek developed liquid ammonia flow meters and temperature sensors for the Active Thermal Control System on the International Space Station (ISS), which led to several other projects for the ISS. This success resulted in several projects with NASA where Intek developed monitoring and control instrumentation for the Space Shuttle program. For a complete description of the projects completed for NASA, click HERE
Intek was one of several organizations that participated in a special anniversary edition of USA Today to commemorate the anniversary. Click HERE to view the USA Today Special Edition ‘NASA at 60’ (see our ad on page 44).
Intek Earns Certification for ISO 9001:2015
Effective September 8, 2018, Intek, Inc. was certified under ISO 9001:2015 standards by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Intek originally earned certification under ISO 9001:2000 in 2004 and has been audited and registered since that time by MCNA (Management Certification of North America).
Intek Quality Manager Collin Eckel said, “We are excited to earn this newest certification and believe it speaks to the culture of ‘Process Excellence and Continuous Improvement’ here at Intek. We strive daily to exceed our customer’s expectations in all areas and this certification speaks to that ongoing commitment.”
Intek began the internal process of re-certification in 2015, by comparing existing procedures against the new requirements. Since the company was already certified under the 2008 standards of performance, only minor adjustments were required to the processes in place to meet the new standards. Click HERE to view the certificate.
ASME Heat Exchanger Committee selects paper presented by Dr. Tim Harpster for publication
The paper presented by Dr. Tim Harpster at the ASME 2017 Power & Energy Conference, “Instrumentation for the Advancement of Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Design or for Implementing an Upgrade via a Retrofit Process”, was selected as the best paper for publication by the organization’s Heat Exchanger Committee.
The paper describes a new approach for designing and implementing upgrades to shell and tube condensers for improved performance using advanced instrumentation and analysis. The paper can be viewed and downloaded by clicking here: Instrumentation for the Advancement of Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger Design.
ILS-Integrated Lab Solutions Uses Rheotherm Model 210
in High-Temperature Reactor
ILS-Integrated Lab Solutions, based in Berlin, solved a difficult application challenge in their Vinyl Acetate Monomer Reactor using Intek’s Rheotherm Model 210. The process, which involves extremely high temperatures and low flow rates, could not be controlled using most commercial thermal mass or Coriolis mass flow controllers. The application required the selection and integration of both a flow sensor and a control valve capable of handling both the high temperature and the corrosive acid used in the process. They chose to use a high-temperature Intek flow meter combined with an Equilibar dome-loaded multiple orifice control valve.
The white paper describing the solution can also be viewed and downloaded by clicking here: ILS-Integrated Lab Solutions Uses Equilibar to Provide Flow Control for High Temperature Vinyl Acetate Monomer Reactor (PDF).
Performance Improvement Opportunities
During a Condenser Retube
In this article featured on Energy-Tech Magazine’s Heat Exchanger Series, details on how a critically under-performing condenser at Minnesota Power’s Boswell Energy Center was upgraded by Intek using their 4-Step Condenser Performance Evaluation process. Read the article at Energy-Tech’s website by clicking here.
The article can also be downloaded by clicking here: Energy-Tech June 2017 Article-Boswell Upgrade (PDF).
Condenser Monitoring Instrumentation Identifies Abnormal Condition
This article describes how Intek’s condenser instrumentation, which was installed to monitor condenser performance at East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s Spurlock Generating Station, helped the plant to identify an abnormal condition caused by debris in the cooling water before it caused major damage to the system. Read the article at Energy-Tech’s website by clicking here.
Condenser Performance Response to Air Ingress (Air In-Leak) and Exhauster Operation
In this article, Intek engineers explain how the measurement of a new parameter provided exclusively by Intek’s RheoVac Air In-Leak Monitor can help identify the source of condenser performance issues including excess back pressure, reduced heat rate and output, increased DO and other performance-stealing problems. Read the article at Energy-Tech’s website by clicking here.
Condenser Retrofits: Upgrading Condensers without Adding Tubes or Changing Tube Material
This webinar, hosted by Energy-Tech magazine, is now available for viewing at your convenience. Click here to view the webinar recording.
Power Magazine article: Improve Condenser PerformanceThrough Better Instrumentation
This linked article discusses the value power generation plants receive from having appropriate online monitoring of plant parameters. One of the Case Studies looks at a plant’s experience with real-time air in-leakage monitoring. Read more by clicking here.
Installation of Steam Side Retrofit Results In Lower Condenser Pressure (0.6-1.0″ HgA)
Performance study by Intek on an Ingersoll Rand and a Westinghouse condenser concluded that the condensers were under performing. Intek’s advanced instrumentation subsequently identified air storage in the steam space as the main culprit for the poor performance. A condenser retrofit to both units designed by Intek and installed during a retubing outage eliminated the air storage and significantly improved condenser performance. Read more (PDF)
Circulating Water Flow and Fouling Meters: A New Tool for Reducing Back Pressure
An article in Energy-Tech magazine highlights the valuable information provided by Intek’s unique Circulating Water Flow and Fouling (CWFF) meters. Part of the Rheotherm family of precision flow instruments used in power plants, these CWFF meters gave the subject power plant a look at the water flow conditions in the circulating water system in an effort to combat microbiological influenced corrosion. In addition, a clearer picture was obtained of circulating pump operation, debris flushing efforts, and eductor plugging. Read the article (PDF)
Helping a Nuclear Power Plant Solve a Problem
Based on Intek’s extensive experience with condenser operation and design, a nuclear power plant came to Intek for a solution to their unique problem. An issue encountered during outage work in the condenser needed to be accurately, and quickly, analyzed. A thorough analysis of the problem, with a specific recommendation was provided within a week. Read more (PDF)
Optimizing Condenser Performance: A Case Study
Intek undertook a project to improve the performance of a 37 year old condenser during a retubing outage. Since coming back on line after the retrofit, the plant has achieved record low condenser pressures for equivalent operating conditions, record low condenser condensate DO levels below 4 ppb, a 200% increase in polisher resin life, and a 6% heat rate reduction for the two years following the retrofit outage. Read more (PDF)
1. Harpster, J.W. Principal Investigator
“Air In-Leakage and Intrusion Prevention Guidelines” EPRI ID no. 1014125. Published 2008; please look for it.
2. Harpster, J.W. contributing Author
“Performance Monitoring Guidelines for Power Plants” ASME Codes and Standards. Published 2010; please look for it.
Condenser Performance: Meaningful Data with Minimal Instruments
In this presentation from the EPRI Condenser Technology Conference, Intek engineers Collin Eckel and Dr. Tim Harpster describe the instruments developed by Intek for shell and tube heat exchangers and their measurements made in operating large scale condenser units. The results obtained from analyzing the data provided by these instruments have been used to design upgrades for underperforming steam surface condensers.
The slides can be downloaded by clicking here: EPRI Condenser Technology 2017 – Minimal Instruments (PDF).
We look forward to seeing you at the following shows and exhibits:
|2019 Heat Rate Improvement Conference||February 5 – 7, 2019||San Antonio, TX||Condenser Instrumentation Essentials: Essential Monitoring for Reliability, Availability, and Efficiency||Yes|
|2019 Central Power Conference – Sponsored by Nalco||February 19 – 21, 2019||Covington, KY||Essential Instrumentation for Monitoring Condenser Operation||Yes|
|Southern Company Generation Technical Conference||August 20 – 21, 2019||Birmingham, AL||RheoVac System Operations and Maintenance||Yes|
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