The Global Automatic Tube Cleaning System Market size is expected to reach $147.6 Million by 2029, rising at a market growth of 4.4% CAGR during the forecast period.
The automatic tube cleaning system is used to solve equipment problems like fouling and scaling, particularly in tube and shell condensers, heat exchangers, and other components. In addition, in order to increase production efficiency, automatic methods are used while the equipment is in use. As a result, maintenance costs can be reduced by reducing equipment’s fouling and scaling, and energy can be saved.
Using heat transfer devices, including chillers, heat exchangers, and condensers, necessitates using automatic tube cleaning systems (ATCS). These systems are typically used in HVAC systems, power plants, refineries & petrochemical facilities, food & beverage, pharmaceutical, etc. Heat exchangers are frequently used in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to transfer heat from one medium to another.
Energy consumption is decreased, and heat exchanger efficiency is maintained owing to ATCS. In power plants, steam from the turbine is condensed using ATCS in condenser tubes. However, biofilms, scales, and other deposits can decrease the condenser’s performance and drive up maintenance costs. ATCS aids in minimizing their accumulation on the condenser tubes.
ATCS is employed in heat exchangers and condensers in refineries and petrochemical facilities. These systems aid in preserving the effectiveness of heat exchangers, cutting down on energy use, and avoiding fouling. Generally, corrosion and equipment failure result from excessive fouling.
COVID-19 Impact Analysis
Domestic HVAC applications drew the demand for ATCS. Also, the increased operational performance of HVAC systems brought on by the deployment of automatic tube cleaning systems is a major factor driving the market growth for these systems. Nonetheless, the pandemic also significantly increased technology in wealthy and underdeveloped nations. The closure of manufacturing and rising awareness about the cleaning of tubes to prevent the spread of pathogens remained the primary factors toward the use of ATCS during the pandemic. However, this was not enough push for the market to grow. Therefore, the pandemic negatively impacted the market.
Market Growth Factors
Increasing investments in cold storage and refrigerated warehouses
Businesses are creating a simple method that flushes regenerated cleansing balls through the cooling system with the help of a natural water flow to remove undesired deposits and residue before fouling happens. Improvements in heat transfer and a decrease in energy use arise from installing ATCS, which ensures that the inner lining of cooling tubes stays clean. More energy can be saved by this procedure, as well as the elimination of expensive downtime and improved heat transfer efficiency. In the market, these elements bring about fresh opportunities. As a result, the market for automatic tube cleaning system will grow during the forecast.
Rising number of desalination projects worldwide
In desalination plants, automatic tube cleaning systems are frequently utilized to prevent fouling in the water circuits in these facilities. Water is transported through several tubes in each step of desalination in the complex infrastructure of desalination facilities. Diverse dissolved compounds and salts in the ocean must be eliminated. These salts could build up inside the tube walls and lead to corrosion or fouling. Desalination is now being used in numerous locations around the world. The population has increased dramatically in many water-stressed regions, including sections of India, South Africa, China, and the United States, particularly in Arizona and California. Thus, the demand for automatic tube cleaning systems is anticipated to rise as the number of seawater desalination facilities required increases.
Market Restraining Factors
Design flaws and restrictions in several automatic tube cleaning systems
Certain automatic tube cleaning systems suffer from several design problems or constraints in their functionality. For example, sometimes, the water that is returning to the cold-water system from the condenser mixes with the hot water that is leaving the condenser, which causes the efficiency of the chiller to be reduced. Moreover, additional energy is required for the transfer of heat. In addition, once the balls have been cleaned, they are placed in a device known as a "ball trap." This device has a screen or strainer that prevents the balls from traveling upstream while allowing water to flow continuously. These factors may prohibit the market from expanding at a faster rate.
Type Outlook
Based on type, the automatic tube cleaning system market is categorized into automatic ball tube cleaning system and automatic brush tube cleaning system. The automatic ball tube cleaning system segment garnered the highest revenue share in the automatic tube cleaning system market in 2022. The ball tube cleaning system is a method that is frequently employed for cleaning tubes. With the aid of an injection pump, elastomeric balls of a size slightly larger than the tube diameter are periodically injected into the condenser and heat exchanger tubes, dispersing the sponge balls among numerous tubes. The newly developed ball tube cleaning technology was mostly utilized in power generation applications.
Application Outlook
On the basis of application, the automatic tube cleaning system market is divided into power generation, oil & gas, commercial spaces, hospitality, and others. The hospitality segment recorded a significant revenue share in the automatic tube cleaning system market in 2022. The HVAC system tubes in hotels are cleaned automatically using tube cleaning systems. This improves system performance and contributes to environmental cleanliness by clearing dust, dirt, and other debris tubes. Moreover, automatic tube cleaning devices are employed to prevent bacteria and other impurities transmission.
Regional Outlook
Based on region, the automatic tube cleaning system market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and LAMEA. The Asia Pacific segment witnessed the maximum revenue share in the automatic tube cleaning system market in 2022. This region’s biggest markets are China and India. These nations, which are centers of international manufacturing, offer tremendous opportunities for the automatic tube cleaning system market to expand. They also have one of the world’s fastest-expanding economies. The population of the globe is largely concentrated in these nations. These nations use renewable energy sources to meet their citizens’ electricity needs.
The market research report covers the analysis of key stake holders of the market. Key companies profiled in the report include Thermax Limited, Taprogge GmbH, E. Beaudrey and Cie., Ovivo, Inc. (SKion Water GmbH), Balltech Energy Ltd., Conco Services LLC, Innovas Technologies, LLC, WSA Engineered Systems, Inc., and Hydroball Technics Holdings Pte Ltd.
Scope of the Study
Market Segments covered in the Report:
By Application

  • Power Generation
  • Commercial Spaces
  • Oil & Gas
  • Hospitality
  • Others

By Type

  • Automatic Ball Tube Cleaning System
  • Automatic Brush Tube Cleaning System

By Geography

  • North America

o US
o Canada
o Mexico
o Rest of North America

  • Europe

o Germany
o UK
o France
o Russia
o Spain
o Italy
o Rest of Europe

  • Asia Pacific

o China
o Japan
o India
o South Korea
o Singapore
o Malaysia
o Rest of Asia Pacific


o Brazil
o Argentina
o Saudi Arabia
o South Africa
o Nigeria
o Rest of LAMEA
Companies Profiled

  • Thermax Limited
  • Taprogge GmbH
  • E. Beaudrey and Cie.
  • Ovivo, Inc. (SKion Water GmbH)
  • Balltech Energy Ltd.
  • Conco Services LLC
  • Innovas Technologies, LLC
  • WSA Engineered Systems, Inc.
  • Hydroball Technics Holdings Pte Ltd.

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