Your MHI Inc. blog for saving the quality of energy and quantity of water usage

To help with the COVID-19 process we are encouraging our customers to consider helping  front-line workers at hospitals, testing clinics and other health-care facilities in their fight against the Coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease it causes with innovative uses of the steam products and Airtorch Products.  We have placed many such products in the ‘Sale’ section of the MHI web-store.

  • MHI Inc. is a Leader in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials.
  • The company practices and advances innovation in its technical fields and in business methods.
  • MHI uses and delivers only high-quality energy.  MHI’s mission relates to high quality energy preservation.
  • A Leader for energy efficiency with materials design, integration and innovation.  Integrating Engineering and Science Inventions.
  • With unsurpassed technology portfolio focused on Airtorch®, Radiative-products and MightySteam® technologies.
  • MHI ships all over the world small KW to MW devices.
  • Committed to saving water in a myriad of industrial applications
  • Innovator in nano-texture development and surface engineering.  It’s Quasi-R®
  • Significant IP for products including energy materials, steam antimicrobial and nano materials.  Responsible use.
  • Smart Power focused. Easy use and built in scalability modularity.
  • Clean energy manufacturer. Steam applications for antimicrobial. Airtorch® applications for CO2 conversion
  • A Leader for Saving the Quality of Energy.
  • A global presence for your innovative efforts. 
  • Scholarly references
  • Mission
  • MHI Web Store

Improve Everything

Best Biomedical Technology Tool Bit Manufacture Shrink Label Technology
Making Abrasive Wheels Bending and Shaping Glass Technology Clean Microbes with steam when used properly
Save Aluminum Dross Stick Resistant Using steam or hot air for vats

Why and how are MHI devices built with high energy efficiency The use of high-grade energy almost automatically leads to many types of improved efficiencies including the use of much lower energy for a defined objective and much lower time of processing i.e. to a higher productivity. MHI excels in high-grade energy conversion in the hot-products sector. High temperature-energy is high-grade energy. Now Quasi-R™ MHI technology further extends the dramatic energy savings up to the Exa-Joule range.  The world uses ~450EJ or so today.   Did you know that Energy requirements will increase by 1/3 over the next 20 years.  The push will be to have high quality energy.

Efficiency to preserve the quality of energy is important.  MHI is working hard to reduce the amount of energy for any objective.  This is the only way to really reduce emissions.    Did you know? human evolution is most likely related to energy efficiency – of digestion!  

Simplicity is fully extended to the industrial sectors. This design philosophy is helping with MHI Inc. Climate and Sustainability Products.

From texturerd surfaces that use very little grease to reducing greenhouse gases  –  some examples of  new technologies and SmartMachines are discussed below for Heating, Communication, Fiber-Forming, Furnaces, Fuel Production, Clean Reactions, Ultra low friction and many more…..

Even the very high power models are simply installed and used for Process gas heaters. 

We service a host of Fortune companies.

300+KW MHI Power and Temperature Control Panels
256 KW Airtorch™ with only ~1 psig pressure drop at 1300C.
The stable and low cost delivery of hot steam and hot air have greatly improved open processes. E.g.  Fuel from waste food is offered above 750 C or Vulcanization in steam or Air.
MHI’s works with our global community.  When we discover new energy savings ideas and technologies we quickly offer them to the global community.

Process Air/Gas Heaters

GTA & MVTA up to 1200°C Convective Energy
Airtorch® Gas Heaters Accurate, Low Pressure Drop, Easy Installation, Incredible Warranty. Superior Warranty.
Highly Efficient and Small Foot-print Airtorch and High Quality Steam Products
Choice of Steam Generators Choice of Pressures.  Apart from the significant energy savings that MHI products offer – several additional savings are also experienced.  For example when one saves over 10 psi in pressure drop, this equates to a about a 30 KW savings for a a 1000 SCFM flow.
Smooth Management of Very High-power.

The Economics of high quality thermal-devices

The best way to increase savings and reduce emissions is to lower the power consumption and total energy use for any objective.

Lower the device power usage by just  1 kW – Save $876 per year @US 10c/KWhr (A typical US household uses 2-4 KW (power) devices at home).  Multiply this power by the hours-used for obtaining the energy-used and price-paid.

Industrial use of power is much higher  ~ 100-1000 KW are used for industrial devices specially when radiative, steam and materials processing requirements.

MHI SmartPower devices offer substantial power savings.  Click to this page for an overview.

How much do the devices cost and how to obtain the best price.

How much detail should I use to specify my device?

The best price is obtained when you purchase the closest standard equipment for your desired use.

So it is best just to specify the essentials.

For Steam: Choose the power, temperature and kg/hr water usage.  Examples on how to increase productivity? Drying, Antimicrobial and Fuel Production. Waste to Fuel Production.

For Process Air Devices:  Chose power, and temperature.  If in-line use, specify the pressure. What are MHI SmartDevices?   Go Green with smart reactions enable by clean hot gases. Heat all gasses whether non-combustible or combustible,

For Furnaces:  Choose the Temperature and power (based on the load).  Choose furnace makers that provide at least a one year warranty on the heating elements. How distortion free stainless steel enclosures improve life and efficiency?

For Heating Elements:  Please review economics on this page.  What is GAXP?

Items to Include

These items are now basic in a new device specification.  They are best practices and should be part of your project when specifying a device.

  • Warranty – Ask for Warranty on the Heating-Element for a Steam Generator, Hot Plate, Airtorch or Furnace.
  • Ask for Testimonials – Or look for them on the manufacturers web site.
  • Does the manufacturer provide several levels of tutorials – Online forms.
  • Online RFQ’s – Does the manufacturer provide this.
  • Prices:  Although not always comprehensive there should be an online web store with price guidance.
  • Does the manufacturer talk up energy efficiency and sustainability?  Its a good practice to ask the sales agent.
  • Does the manufacturer believe in Simplicity of design?.

What makes a device cost more?

Here is a list of items that typically may lead to an increase in the capital cost of a device.

  • Short Time-Frame – The faster you need it; the more people will need to work on your order to make the deadline.   More people equals more money.
  • Customization– Customization could be great but highly costly.   Please be aware that the more items built from scratch, the more the cost.
  • Spreading out payments:  Paperwork from your end could take time – sometimes even compared to the build out.  Manufacturers routinely depend on being paid on time.  The best prices are given when prepayment is made.
  • Integration to 3rd Party Tools:  Choose a manufacturer that provides their own data acquisition system.  Third part tools can cost money and time to integrate.

Will I get my money back.  What is my ROI?

When choosing a product ask for typical Return On Investment Calculations if you will use it to generate revenue.


  • Check for Testimonials and Reviews.  A good manufacturer will always post these
  • Is the repair policy sound,  affordable and useful.  Machines will break down – maintenance is typically 10% of the initial purchase.  Buyer should check if the manufacturer offers a comprehensive policy like the NeverDown(TM) policies.
  • It does not hurt if the company that you are dealing-with is at least two decades in existence with continuous testimonials.
  • Did the manufacturer or seller provide the quote in a timely manner. If not, it could be a symptom of  downstream delays.  There are exceptions but buyer beware.

Summary: There is obviously no one answer to how to choose your best thermal device.  The above are some guidelines that refer to good practices.  Now include some Green Practices and obtain more benefits-

Some Benefits Of Going Green and even Blue In Manufacturing?

Attracting  buyers and as away to do more business is a benefit of sustainability. How can MHI help?  MHI technologies offer the potential to:

Reduce Costs

Energy use reduction can substantially reduce long-term electrical costs. Reducing water usage and cutting down on material-waste disposal  can also add up to big savings over time.

Enhance Brand Image

Establishing your company as a voice for environmental responsibility can possibly lift the perception of your company and play a vital role in the success of your business overall.

Attract Committed Employees

One of the best ways to appeal to the next generation of workers is to demonstrate a commitment to the environment.


Look Inside a tube furnace its uniform

Look Inside a tube furnace its uniform

Robust Radiator™ RR, GRR and Scale-able Modules Range of Power/Temperature Capability
NoAge™ Enhanced Silicon Carbide Class Leading Longevity

The smallest Microheaters made by MHI are the four below.

  1. The spiral
  2. The linear microheater
  4. Microtube.


MicroLinear Heater



Steam- the new insta-steam revolution.

Applications of Steam Generators:   From Drying Animicrobial and Waste to Energy – Steam has many advantages e.g.  reducing the amount of landfill dumping,  reducing the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions and pollution, as well as reducing dependence on non-renewable fossil fuels.

OAB® Superheated Steam Generators 1300°C High-enthalpy Steam

OAB® Superheated Steam Generators 1300°C High-enthalpy Steam

HGA-M Models High Throughput On-demand
MHI now offers Steam Plasma

Energy Savings: Why Should We Be Concerned With the Quality of Energy Conservation?

Basic Thermodynamics.

All about steam action.

If one burns fossil fuel, the best efficiency is ~50-85% for achieving a work objective. With electric energy, efficiency for an objective can be closer to 100% during conversion.  Sunlight to direct electrical work is ~35-44%.

How much energy does the world use?

For a quick review of thermodynamics- and learn about the many temperature and energy scales!

For a nifty US Government calculator click here.

 Table shows the pounds (lb) weight of carbon dioxide per One Million BTU (293 KWhr) of burn with different fuels and processes.

The approximate price of this much amount of energy used is US$30.  A typical US home monthly electric bill is also in this order.

Note for comparison that the average human exhales about~ 1 kg of carbon dioxide on an average day,  (about 7-9 kg a week) because human activity averages at about ~100 Watts or 341 BTU/hr of power usage (energy burn rate) .e. ~ about 200-250 lbs/ Million BTU.  

An average size tree can absorb 20-25 kg  of carbon dioxide per year and can sequester 1000 kg  of carbon dioxide by the time it reaches 40 years old.  At standard pressure and 15°C (59 °F) the density of carbon dioxide gas is 1.87 kg/m3 (0.1167 lb/ft3).   Therefore one roughly needs about 8-10 active trees per human for for a zero sum. 

It is estimated that there are 3.04 trillion trees in the world of about 7.7  billion people (source: (Please note that these are all approximate numbers and should only be used for an order of magnitude type of analysis). Other living species also produce CO2 and CH4 as well – do the combustion processes listed below. The estimate for animal species is itself  from 8-30 Million species. Each species may comprise of large numbers in them.

One pound (~454 grams) of carbon dioxide gas occupies 0.2426 m3 (8.566 ft3, 64 US gallons, 243 liters). 

Now compare emissions from energy usage that produce CO2.  Can we convert the CO2.

Weight of carbon dioxide in lbs., per one million BTU of energy.

Diesel fuel /heating oil, 161.3 lbs

Gasoline, 157.2 lbs

Propane, 139.0lbs

Natural gas, 117.0 lbs

E-Ion,  Plasma, HGA or OAB® steam at device, 0.0 lbs  
Surface Energy = Energy/Area
Compare Metals, Ceramics, Glass and Plastics

Surface Energy = Joule/m2Newton×m/m2Newton/mForce/Length Surface Tension

Metals typically 1000 mJ/m2

Ceramics typically 500 mJ/m2

Glass typically 100 mJ/m2

Soft Matter/Plastics typically 50 mJ/m2