Plant & Works Engineering

Dual-fuel RBC boiler installed

Published:  14 September, 2007

Due to the need to increase steam capacity at its dairy processing facility, Devon-based cheese maker Quickes Traditional has decommissioned its existing boiler and installed a dual-fuel RBC steam boiler from Fulton Boiler Works.

The new boiler system, which complies with latest regulations governing the operation of continuous-running boilers, includes a down-rated RBC 750 with automatic main blowdown system, a BDV5 blowdown vessel with after cooler and high-integrity controls. It has also been fitted with a switch to reduce pressure in the boiler during periods of low usage. The new system was designed in Bristol by Fulton's own team of engineers and installed by Bridgwater-based VAS Engineering.

Manufactured as a horizontal extension to its vertical boilers, Fulton"s nine-model RBC range of wet back fire tube boilers has capacities from 957 to 4787 kg/h and boasts operating efficiencies in excess of 90% (nett C.V.). Developed in response to customer demand for higher capacities, the RBC range can be specified with matched multi-stage oil, modulating gas or dual-fuel burners as standard, with other burners available on request. They meet current and anticipated legislation and have been engineered to provide a substantial performance margin and are constructed to BS2790, 1992 Class 1 standard with a maximum working pressure of 10.34 bar.

Quickes dairy manager Malcolm Mitchell commented: "Steam from Fulton’s RBC boiler is used at every stage of the process from pasteurising, scalding and brine washing, to the cleaning and sterilising of cooking vessels, which is why we needed a larger, purpose-built boiler system to increase steam capacity.”

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