The Advantages Of Compact Plate HEs For Retrofits Or Expansions

These two heat exchangers have equivalent duties. The blue one costs less, is easier to install, has a much smaller footprint, responds faster and is easier to clean. Which one should be a candidate for your next expansion or construction?

Expansions of building envelopes or of process output is capital intensive, with large demands on engineering, purchased equipment and installation labor. What if you could scale up output without scaling up complexity and equipment footprint at the same or higher proportion? This is the benefit you get by upgrading your shell and tube heat exchanger technology to plate heat exchanger designs. The differences are significant:

  • Tranter Plate And Frame Heat Exchangers require only 20% to 50% the space of equivalent duty shell and tube units including service footprint
  • Tranter SUPERMAX® Shell And Plate Heat Exchangers require only 30–50% of the space of equivalent shell and tube exchangers
  • Both types are much lighter in weight, and they cost less

This means you have less chance of spatial conflicts between the upgraded thermal systems and surrounding pipework and equipment. Engineering costs less. Pipefitting is simpler. The labor component is less.


The smaller, more efficient plate heat exchangers are faster responding and more efficient. That helps your engineers to attain accurate thermal control more easily, and that in turn saves energy. Maintenance cycles are longer, and servicing is much simpler.

Next time you are planning an expansion or a process modification, ask your engineering and project teams to look at plate heat exchangers. You will very likely stretch your capex dollar and lock in additional savings through the life of your facility.