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Boiler operators reminded of start-up dangers

In the run-up to the heating season, start-up dangers are a serious problem for many heating systems using steam as a source of heat, largely due to the fact that they have been lying dormant over the summer.

Water testing training course launched

The CEA has launched a new two-day training course aimed at water testing. 

Steam remedy helps to increase output

Fulton has supplied an oil-fired, skid-mounted steam boiler system to Neal’s Yard Remedies, a UK-based manufacturer of natural, organic health and beauty products including essential oils, moisturisers, shower gels and soaps. The 60J oil-fired boiler was supplied with the necessary ancillary items including hot-well, water softening, chemical dosing and blowdown vessels. PWE reports.

Putting CHP aftercare front of mind

While Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems continue to grow in popularity, aftercare all too often remains an afterthought. Carl Main, business development manager – Commercial and Industrial After Sales at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, explains the importance of servicing and maintenance in order to protect what often is a sizable investment.

1000th trainee gains City & Guilds certification

Just three-and-a-half-years after their introduction, Fulton is celebrating having welcomed its 1000th trainee onto its City & Guilds Accredited training course. PWE reports.

Boiler installation provides steam for bespoke volume corrugator

As part of a £11m investment in its Preston plant, corrugated sheet board manufacturer Board24 has installed a Babcock Wanson BWD60 fire tube boiler, which is being used to provide steam for a new bespoke volume corrugator.

Helping to keep the country’s hospitals in good health

Byworth Boiler Hire has been supporting Hospitals throughout the country for many years providing both steam and LTHW hire boilers for ad hoc hire and to cover annual inspections or peak seasonal loading.

Cost-efficient process heating solution at glass recycling plant

Recycling firm Ward Recycling Ltd (WRL) approached EOGB to provide an improved and more cost-efficient process heating solution at its glass beneficiation plant in Middlesbrough.

Is heat transfer technology failing British industry?

Mike Griffin, Emerging & Innovation Technology Manager Northern Europe at Spirax Sarco, outlines the problems with conventional heat transfer design, and explains how technology is providing a solution that is both innovative and has the potential to pay for itself in double-quick time.

Thermal fluid solution - Case Study

Steam is often seen as a traditional source of indirect heat for brewing and distilling processes but, with the recent explosion in micro-breweries and resurgence in craft brewing, the regulations and additional ongoing investment required for running a pressure-based system often adds too much cost when considering steam as a heat transfer solution. So when Rebellion Beer Company was looking to replace its ageing steam boiler system, they turned to two of the UK’s major thermal fluid specialists for help. PWE reports.

Waste heat recovery in industrial applications

You will be amazed to know how waste heat recovery units can be used in so many industrial applications says Matthew Crewe, managing director of Green’s (pictured).

I-GAS – a new qualification for maintenance & gas fitters

PWE takes a look at the launch of the Combustion Engineering Association’s “I-GAS” - a new qualification for maintenance and gas fitters working in industry.

Risk & reward

In any workplace, managers have a duty to evaluate the risks associated with that setting and, if there is a boiler installation on site, they are legally bound to keep it working correctly and safely at all times. Chris Coleman, marketing product manager, condensate handling & customer training at Spirax Sarco, looks at some of the key requirements of a boiler house risk assessment and explains how training plays a vital role.

Be prepared…

Failure of existing temperature control plant, steam and hot water systems can have disastrous consequences including downtime, closure of facilities, financial penalties, loss of revenue and a failure to provide a duty of care.

The future of forced draught burners

Steve O’Neill, Technical specifications engineer at EOGB Energy Products Ltd, focuses on energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings and how forced draught burners still play a role in reducing emissions.

Optimising steam boilers efficiency

The UK’s high energy costs continue to present a major obstacle hindering the country’s manufacturing performance. A 2014 survey by the EEF highlighted the cost of energy as a major concern for UK manufacturers, with many identifying it a key factor impacting on their profitability and competitiveness. On sites where steam and hot water is used, significant cost savings can often be found in the boilerhouse and steam distribution system. Alan Hunt of ABB Measurement & Analytics offers advice on the best ways to optimise the efficiency of your steam boilers.

Can your steam boiler handle the pressure?

With fluctuations in steam pressure having the potential to affect energy savings, environmental credentials, and wear and tear to boiler components, it is vital that the steam boiler operates to the correct design pressure at all times. Matt Walton, contracts manager at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, explains how this is best achieved.

Ensuring optimum efficiency

Steve O’Neill, technical specifications engineer at EOGB Energy Products Ltd, looks at how the implementation of new heating technology can have a significant effect on the efficiency of industrial heating systems.

Keep your heat transfer system under control

What do a golf ball, a hamburger and a bucket of paint have in common? Not much at first sight. But delve deeper into how they’re made and you might find your answer. Thermal fluid systems are commonly used in manufacturing food and beverage, pharmaceutical, textile and plastic products of all kinds, including golf balls, hamburgers and paint. Clive Jones, managing director of thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer, explains how boiler maintenance can make or break a thermal fluid system and ultimately, a manufacturing line.

Distillery specifies steam for traditional still system

A London distillery has decided to switch from an electrically-heated process to one using a steam boiler. PWE reports.

Understanding your legal obligations

The Combustion Engineering Association’s (CEA) activities continue to expand and grow, and for over 82 years the CEA has been providing information and education on how to improve the understanding and development of the combustion industry. The forthcoming conference on 17th November, explaining the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), is just one example of the numerous education programmes it organises. PWE takes a closer look at this important industry association.

Industrial boilers: upgrade or replace?

Given the expected life expectancy of an industrial boiler, it can be difficult to find justifiable reasons to invest in modernising or even replacing entire systems during their life cycle to enhance energy efficiency. Rob Brown, technical manager for Industrial Boilers at Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, emphasises the importance of a detailed site survey before any decisions are taken and discusses some of the upgrade options available.

The critical role of commissioning

Martin Cooke, technical manager at EOGB Energy Products Ltd, looks at the steps that need to be taken to ensure a successful commissioning process.

Flame Detection – More than meets the eye

Detecting the presence of a flame in a combustion process is often more complex than might be first imagined. Mick Barstow of LAMTEC UK reports.

Choosing the right industrial heating

Martin Cooke, technicalmManager at EOGB Energy Products Ltd, discusses the critical considerations to bear in mind when selecting a replacement industrial heating system.

The steam trap

The price of energy continues to cost industry dearly, but energy waste is costing even more. It’s little wonder therefore that sustainability has become such a hot topic. Understandably, much attention has been given to highly visible and energy hungry items such as motors, but in many instances the energy waste is invisible – in the form of lost steam. Even small leaks add up significantly over time. Hans de Kegel of AVT Reliability explains.

When gas pressure needs a boost

When gas boosters are required for heating system there are a number of key issues that must be taken into account to ensure reliable and efficient performance. Bernard Dawson, tTechnical director of Riello, explains.

Flash steam recovery trims gas bill

Biomar Grangemouth has cut between 9 and 10% off its annual gas bill with the help of a system to recover energy from flash steam that would otherwise be lost to atmosphere. The aquaculture manufacturer says that the energy savings alone mean that the Flash Recovery Energy Management Equipment (FREME) engineered system from Spirax Sarco has paid for itself around 10 times in the four years since installation.

Technical boiler house risk assessment

PWE reports on a new technical conference workshop to help you comply with your legal obligations.

CEA conference highlights the most significant

The Combustion Engineering Association’s (CEA) July conference in Manchester on new HSE guidance for steam and hot water boiler plant, highlighted the most significant development in the steam industry for over a decade.

No room for wastage

With energy conservation an increasingly hot topic within the process heating industry, stakeholders are now looking towards innovative methods to reduce energy consumption. Rob Brown, technical manager for Industrial Boiler Plants at Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, explains how a combination of technologies can be used to accompany a steam boiler to maximise energy efficiency.

COe Control – The New Kid on the Block

Oxygen Trim (O2 trim) is widely acknowledged as an essential element of burner control that allows boiler operators to reduce both energy costs and associated harmful emissions. Over the past two decades O2 trim has evolved from basic systems that adjusted mechanical linkage characterising cams using Bowden cables through to today’s microprocessor controlled electronic linkageless burner management systems that employ highly accurate and repeatable servo motors to position air dampers and fuel drives. Mick Barstow, sales manager UK & Republic of Ireland, reports.

You and your Boilerhouse

Why in many organisations is the boilerhouse often overlooked? It is just there, and it keeps producing steam or hot water and only when it stops or it affects production do people take an interest. Boilers are seen as a service to production, often very little consideration is given to the equipment or the people who look after and maintain them. PWE reports.

Are you affected by the Medium combustion Plant Directive?

Anybody running combustion plant from 1- 50MWth Input is very likely to be affected by the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCP) from the European Union. David Kilpatrick director of the Combustion Engineering Association and council member Paul Whitehead talk to PWE about the implications for industry in the UK.

Accurate boiler blowdown

Boiler blowdown is probably one of the most regularly completed, but least understood areas of boiler operation. Blowing down a boiler is necessary to ensure that the boiler can deliver clean, dry steam to the heating system, but getting it wrong can lead to preventable energy losses. Paul Mayoh, technical manager at Spirax Sarco, reports.

Optimising turndown

Aligning plant operation to demand is clearly sensible but it needs to take account of fundamental engineering principles. Bernard Dawson* explains how this principle applies to burner and boiler turndown.