For some, Fall is the time to get the boilers started up. This could be the start of another productive season out of your boilers, or their destruction, thousands of dollars in repair costs, or even explosion and death. Handling a seasonal start-up correctly can make all the difference in the world.
Combustion controls regulate a fuel-fired system’s air and fuel inputs to maintain the air/fuel ratio within the limits that are required for proper combustion. Any application can realize added benefits through updates or modifications to its combustion control system. With the various control systems available, though, how do you know which system will prove most beneficial for your operations?
Whether you work at an industrial plant, school, hospital, or even a large apartment building, your site’s facility staff should review their ability to shut off natural gas both outside at the main shut-off and inside at different locations. This article describes these and other items to review that could mean the difference between life and death in a time of emergency.
CEC’s Combustion Safety Team has observed some unsafe practices while observing tradesmen doing Air Heater Safety Checks
This paper focuses on operational and maintenance related low cost/no cost strategies to reduce fuel costs and improve safety, reliability, and quality; discussing the basics of many ovens and furnaces used throughout the steel industry and steel processing facilities.
Requiring new burner or controls for your boiler, furnace or oven seems simple enough, but unless very careful planning is conducted and all involved are communicating vigilantly, trouble can arise quickly.
The two biggest sins found time and time again within industrial facilities are related to combustion air and flue venting for fuel-fired equipment and their gas trains. Overlooking or committing these common mistakes can lead to increased risk of combustion related incidents, reduced equipment life, impaired production and an overall reduced level of safety for personnel working with and around the equipment.
When it comes to cutting costs, many organizations focus on productivity, and although it is unmistakably very important, energy cost savings are also achievable yet often overlooked as solutions. Best operating practices, along with improved process heating technologies, can lead to significant energy savings at any plant.
Equipment reliability is at the core of production. Industrial facilities can’t operate and meet expected production standards and timelines when the combustion equipment utilized to create their product keeps tripping out, if the burners won’t stay lit, or if temperatures aren’t remaining consistent through the operating cycle. The issues seem to surround dirt and the ambient conditions that safety interlock components are asked to exist within. The two main culprits that have a negative impact on combustion system reliability are dirt and heat.
Valves are intended to regulate pressure and the amount of gas flowing through the unit; they are vitally important to the safe operation of fuel-fired equipment. However, without proper installation, regular inspections and maintenance, there are a wide variety of risks that can surface that those working with and around the equipment must be able to identify and mitigate.
In multiple burner installations on industrial ovens and furnaces, pulse-firing technologies can improve temperature uniformity, reduce emissions and cut overall fuel costs... is it right for your process?