Safe and efficient gas train component testing is everyone’s goal; however, there are risks associated with various test methods and equipment that must be understood to make testing easier and more accurate. There are two possible approaches; this article discusses each.
Whether a simple pilot burner or a large velocity burner, combustion equipment is designed to operate at a recognizable and repeatable level of performance. Learning about this equipment and appreciating how efficiently it can perform for you will save energy and maintenance budgets.
Each and every additional step taken to ensure people operating and/or using fuel-fired equipment are kept safe is well worth the time and effort. There is no measure of value that a single identified hazard can have on a facility and the people within it. This article provides four checkpoints to add value to your traditional boiler inspections.
Human error and poor maintenance are the number one causes of combustion related accidents with boilers each year. The majority of these can be prevented with appropriate training. This article discusses three case studies surrounding common issues that have actually occurred to help stimulate the most important training you can provide: “Emergency Upset Drills.”
If you know what to listen and look for, your fuel train, purge system, ignition system and explosion-relief panels will tell you when your oven may be operating unsafely.
Commonly, ultraviolet (non-self-checking) scanners fail on; indicating a flame is present. The article discusses sources of this common problem to help prevent this high risk hazard from occurring at your facility.
Three separate industrial water tube boilers experienced fire-side explosions with boilers with a capacity of 20,000 to 40,000 pph and operated at 90 to 100 psig pressure. The explosions destroyed one boiler and damaged three others, fortunately no injuries were reported. The incidents came after the three boilers experienced trouble lighting-up, had fuel/air ratio, or burner capacity problems.
Preventive Maintenance (PM) programs can be made even better by adding new technologies such as airborne ultrasonic services for compressed air system leak detection and bearing monitoring, and infrared thermography to focus on electrical systems. Finding additional areas of wasted heat and energy innately result in cost savings, but the amounts may surprise you.
Understanding basic gas train safety controls and concepts is critical to the daily operation of all facilities and the safety of every employee, yet awareness on this topic is lacking simply because it is complicated and misunderstood. It takes diligence and understanding to protect employees, facilities and industrial organizations from combustion-related incidents involving fuel-fired equipment.
Diagnosing boiler problems sometimes takes almost all of the senses. Developing a safety intuition regarding boilers embeds certain things into all of your senses.