Steam Heating Innovation
Where Innovation Meets Customer Needs
Innovation is in our DNA at Hydro-Thermal. We are constantly seeking ways to optimize – and even reinvent – our products and processes to more effectively meet our global customers' needs. With more than 80 years of history in direct steam injection innovation, we have expanded our expertise from Wisconsin's paper mills to a vast array of industries across more than 86 countries worldwide.
Our approach to innovation is centered around four key areas: Optimizing our internal Processes, developing new Products while enhancing existing ones, fostering our People, and aligning with strategic Partners.
To keep up with new manufacturing and engineering advancements, we have invested in several new machining centers. In addition, we created a quality lab with its focal point being our Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM). The CMM is a state-of-the-art quality control center used to check for imperfections in parts before being used or sent to customers. These enhancements pass on cost savings to our customers and decrease lead times.
For the needs of the changing landscape of the industries we serve, customer-led innovation in direct steam injection is vital to us. We are continuously evolving our products, from increasing the capabilities of our genuine Hydro-Thermal JetcookerTM to ground-up engineered products, including the Hydrive Linear Actuator (HLA), SilverLine food and beverage cooking system, and the Non-Obstructing Heater (NOH). Throughout the development process, every department in the company plays a role, resulting in strong collaborations that continue to push our team's capabilities.
We realize that creating an environment where creativity thrives is critical to our company and our customers' success. Our culture fosters innovation throughout by encouraging all employees to improve processes at Hydro-Thermal with Continuous Improvement projects. These events allow our employees to get out of their daily routines, brainstorm with individuals from other departments, and tackle obstacles head-on. These projects can be anything from finding a better way to organize a work area to improving our ticket process for addressing customer needs. Also, employees are encouraged to submit company or product improvement ideas via a streamlined online portal, which is reviewed by a committee, that helps implement these suggestions.