Plate Fin Heat Exchangers: Technology Enabling Process Optimization Today and in the Future


“You may never use the products we make, but everyone uses the products we make possible.”

This slogan, developed at Chart to capture the essence of our business, is a perfect fit for our brazed aluminum plate fin heat exchangers (BAHX) that sit at the heart of the cryogenic gas separation processes, producing the raw components for industry and energy.

In the industrial gas industry, BAHX, also known as plate fin heat exchangers (PFHE), are key to the separation and purification processes for oxygen, nitrogen, and rare gases. Particularly given the global slow- down in industrial output, the recent and much-publicized focus on over- capacity in the steel industry being a prime example, cost and optimization are center stage and today’s industrial gas market demands the improved manufacturing techniques and processes, that Chart has invested in, to meet its requirements.

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