Paragon Airheater Technologies and Porcelain Industries Announce Next-Gen Heating Element

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Strategic Partnership Delivers Cost-Effective Component With Unsurpassed Stress Resistance and Cleanability

Paragon Airheater Technologies, Inc. has partnered with Porcelain Industries, Inc. to release a new enameled basketed heating element configuration optimized to resist stress fractures and cracking. Representatives from both companies will be available at the Paragon booth (#6059) at the POWER-GEN International trade show in Orlando. Fla., November 12–14, to discuss how the jointly developed element configuration withstands intense soot blowing pressure while cleaning ammonium bisulfate deposits from air heaters.

“Paragon and Porcelain Industries adhere to quality standards that surpass all others in the industry,” said Hemant Dandekar, CEO of Porcelain Industries. “We updated Paragon’s tried-and-true Double Undulated [DU] element profile with Porcelain’s proven enamel formulation to deliver long life under highly corrosive environments. The result is consistent application and stress resistance up to eight-times greater than competing element designs on the market.”

Paragon Airheater Technologies is a long-time manufacturer of the DU series of hot and intermediate layer elements — the industry mainstay for decades. Two factors allow the DU element to withstand high soot blowing pressure: reduced bending due to the short distance between support notches, as well as the effective thickness of the element sheets. The design has been proven to reduce the likelihood of cracks for up to 10 years with proper operation and maintenance.

“Companies are racing to design their own proprietary element and to formulate custom enamels in the hopes of becoming the next industry standard,” said Ken Fairleigh, CEO of Paragon Airheater Technologies. “Unfortunately, it’s customers who pay the R&D price every time one of these element designs fails under real-world soot-blowing conditions. By combining the DU series, the existing industry standard, with Porcelain’s tested enamel formulations, we are able to deliver a solid product that promises longer life, more reliable operation, and better ROI for our customers.”

POWER-GEN attendees can visit booth #6059 to speak with Paragon Airheater Technologies and Porcelain Industries representatives and to request a product demonstration. For more information about the new product and partnership, visit

About Paragon Airheater Technologies, Inc.
Paragon Airheater Technologies is a worldwide supplier of engineered airheater technology and equipment with a focus on plant productivity and APC performance. Paragon provides custom parts, services, and technical expertise to improve the efficiency of APC equipment through the optimization and modernization of airheater components.

About Porcelain Industries, Inc.
Porcelain Industries is the largest independent enameller in the United States and has developed custom porcelain applications since 1956. Porcelain Industries provides enameling services and sub-assemblies for the appliance, automotive, energy, and housewares industries. As of 2010, 90 percent of all enameled airheater elements in the United States were coated at Porcelain Industries. Porcelain Industries has enameled over 76 millions pounds of element at 300 installations over the past 15 years. Together with Paragon Technologies, Inc., Porcelain has developed a DU Series–specific formulation that offers industry-leading corrosion resistance and cleanability under the most rigorous operating conditions.

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