Plate heat exchangers
In heat transfer, getting the most energy-efficient and reliable performance comes down to having the ideal technology for your specific conditions. For 90 years, Alfa Laval has been developing plate heat exchanger technology tailored to our customers’ applications. Today we offer the market’s most comprehensive portfolio of industrial plate heat exchangers to cover the widest range of needs. With the experience we have gained along the way, we can match you with your optimal solution.
The market’s widest plate heat exchanger portfolio
Brazed and fusion-bonded plate heat exchangers
Our compact and maintenance-free plate heat exchangers offer a broad scope of proven brazed and fusion-bonded technologies.
Find your solution for general heating and cooling applications
The Alfa Laval Product Guide is an easy-to-use tool to help you find the best plate heat exchanger for your application. It also lists local Alfa Laval partners and you can request a quotation for your selected product.
With the new Alfa Laval Web Shop, it’s never been easier to select and order the equipment you need. While online ordering is currently only for brazed heat exchanger models, some gasketed plate-and-frame heat exchangers will be available soon, as well as spare parts for plate heat exchangers and other equipment.
Find the right plate heat exchanger solution for your heat transfer duties
For customers in the heavy process industries, having the right plate heat exchanger is critical for improving your sustainability, plant reliability and operating costs. But with so many options available today, finding the right one can be a complicated and time-consuming challenge.
The Alfa Laval HEXpert selector tool makes it quicker than ever to find your ideal plate heat exchanger. Just answer a few short questions and get a customized recommendation to meet your unique needs. The tool currently covers products for design pressures up to 100 bar and design temperatures up to 450° C.
Looking for more tools and expertise?
Want to get more of the knowledge Alfa Laval has gained in our 8+ decades of experience in thermal transfer? Does your business need to access BIM files, 3D drawings or other consultant tools? Take a spin over to our Alfa Laval Heating & Cooling Hub for the latest resources for your industry.
Prevent unplanned downtime with planned equipment maintenance
Are you prepared for when your plate heat exchanger breaks down unexpectedly? How long can you afford for that equipment to be out of service? Following a service maintenance plan can ensure your equipment is in optimal working condition to help avoid costly unplanned downtime.
Selecting the Right Service Partner for Your Plate Heat Exchangers
Regularly cleaning and servicing your plate heat exchangers helps to restore them to optimal condition and minimize maintenance downtime. But to realize these benefits, it’s important to have and stick to a planned, regular maintenance schedule—and finding the right partner can help.
Frequently asked questions about plate heat exchangers
What are the different types of plate heat exchangers?
There are many types of plate heat exchangers, with different designs intended to best serve different types of specific applications and process conditions. Broadly speaking, the main categories of common plate heat exchanger are:
Brazed plate heat exchangers
Fusion-bonded plate heat exchangers
Gas-to-liquid plate heat exchangers
Gasketed plate-and-frame heat exchangers
Semi-welded plate-and-frame heat exchangers
Welded spiral heat exchangers
Welded plate-and-block heat exchangers
Welded plate-and-shell heat exchangers
Printed circuit heat exchangers
What type of plate heat exchanger is best?
Several factors can influence what type of plate heat exchanger offers the best fit for a specific duty. These can include type of media and refrigerant, design pressure, capacity needs, efficiency demands, serviceability requirements, and many more. Based on the specific needs and conditions of your operation, Alfa Laval can work with you to find the optimal industrial plate heat exchanger for your duty. We offer the following online tools for guidance:
How do I design the best solution around a plate heat exchanger?
How do I pick the right size plate heat exchanger?
Based on your process needs and capacity demands, Alfa Laval can help you select the optimal size of plate heat exchanger for your duty. Please consult these online tools for guidance:
How does a plate heat exchanger work?
Different categories and models of plate heat exchangers have different operating principles. On the Alfa Laval Heating and Cooling Hub, you will find a number of resources, including online courses, that explain the fundamentals behind different types of heat exchangers.
In what light industry applications do I find plate heat exchangers?
Plate heat exchangers are used in a wide range of duties, in almost every industry imaginable, all over the globe. At the Alfa Laval Heating and Cooling Hub, you can find a number of real-world application examples that demonstrate why having the right plate heat exchanger for the duty makes a real difference in process performance.
Typical applications include:
What type of plate heat exchanger is best for natural and synthetic low-GWP refrigerants?
Different types of refrigerants have different properties and therefore require different plate heat exchanger designs. The optimal choice of heat exchanger may also be influenced by the specific application or duty in question. Alfa Laval is home to some of the leading experts in the use of synthetic and natural refrigerants with low global warming potential (GWP). Today we offer a wide portfolio of plate heat exchangers specifically engineered to meet the unique demands of working with hydrocarbons, CO2 and ammonia. In the knowledge bank section on Alfa Laval Heating and Cooling Hub, you will find videos explaining challenges and opportunities created by low-GWP refrigerants, as well as a detailed white paper available for download.
What does AHRI mean, and is it important?
AHRI stands for the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute. AHRI offers the market’s only third-party certification to ensure that heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and water heating products perform according to manufacturers’ published claims. Alfa Laval has AHRI certification for gasketed plate heat exchangers, brazed plate heat exchangers and fusion-bonded plate heat exchangers. You can read more about AHRI here.