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Far more than a thermal fluid firm – TFS hits 20 and shares secrets of success

07 May 2016

Pioneering technology and a service predicated on risk-management lie at the heart of the success of the first company to bring thermal fluid reconditioning to process industries worldwide, according to UK system support and maintenance provider, Thermal Fluid Solutions Ltd, in its 20th anniversary year. 

TFS was the first firm to offer thermal fluid reconditioning, facilitating the maintenance of vital fluid safety parameters such as minimum flashpoints. A quick, cost-effective, environmentally sustainable alternative to replacement, HTfluidfit extends fluid life by a factor of at least 10, saving customers up to 70% of their thermal fluid costs.

Since its launch as Heat Transfer Systems in 1996, Derbyshire-based TFS has reconditioned over 10 million litres of thermal oil across 150 systems in 15 countries, saving customers in excess of £20 million in the cost of replacement oils, excluding the cost of disposal and downtime.

According to managing director, Richard Franklin, the market was quick to adopt its pioneering reconditioning service: “Until we introduced HTFluidfit, companies were having to spend thousands on replacing degraded oil in order to ensure that they complied with UK DSEAR (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations) and European ATEX (Atmosphère Explosible) legislation; we offered a cost-effective alternative.”

The company also attributes its success to its comprehensive, continuous risk-management service, which ensures the safe and efficient operation of customers’ thermal fluid systems and legislative compliance, via the creation of bespoke improvement plans.

Said Franklin: “We’re far more than a thermal fluid firm. We’re our customers’ risk-management partner, assisting them to meet their responsibilities for the safe, compliant operation of their thermal fluid systems, enabling them to focus on other aspects of their operation.

“One of the things we’ll be doing in our anniversary year is developing our risk-management offer further, and we look forward to sharing details of this with the industry later in 2016.”

Since 1996, the company has established a strong international customer base, and in 2011 launched HTFluidfit in North America. It has clients across a range of process manufacturing sectors, including food, wood panel, petrochemicals and fine chemicals. Over the last 20 years, TFS has worked for numerous high profile firms, including Premier Foods, Dow Chemical Company, Pfizer and Airbus.

In addition to HTFluidfit, TFS’ individual services include fluid testing, analysis and advice; water removal; drainage and refill. The company also supplies thermal fluids and a range of ancillary products. For further details, please visit

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