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Large Complex Safety Program Increases Safety, Fuel & Operations Efficiency

An automotive manufacturer began an extremely focused safety program for all gas-fired equipment used in space heating and hot water production at their complex of office and research facilities housing more than 10,000 employees within 2,000,000 sq. ft of property. Since most sites were not conducting testing of safety shut-off valves, safety relief valves, interlocks, or establishing consistent checklists or procedures, the risk of an event was high.

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Explosion Leads to Creation of Best-in-Class Safety Program

A global manufacturer of paper and building materials had a minor explosion at one of their Southern U.S. plants. CEC Combustion Safety was contacted to test and inspect the site of the event, which lead to an investigation that highlighted numerous gaps in equipment, personnel and NFPA 86 (standard for ovens and furnaces) compliance across all sites.

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Gas Explosion Stuns Packaging Giant

A Fortune 500 packaged foods company experienced a devastating and deadly explosion during the installation and commissioning of new combustion equipment. The explosion killed 6 people, sent over 70 people to the hospital, damaged 100,000 square feet of the plant and released 18,000 pounds of ammonia into the atmosphere.

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Explosion Sparks Industry-Leading Corporate Inspection & Training Program

A multinational automaker had a large boiler explosion that resulted in loss of life, injury and extensive damage. As corporate leadership as well as governing agencies sought to prevent such tragedies from occurring again, a mandate was imposed company-wide to utilize a third-party vendor to provide training at all plants, as well as to inspect every boiler at all of their North American facilities for the next 3 years.

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Superb Efficiencies Create Tremendous Speed to Value from Boiler Control Upgrade

Noticing an ongoing reduction in efficiency due to unreliable combustion systems on their dryers and boilers, a large ethanol producer and operator in the Mid-West U.S. contacted CEC to help upgrade the control systems on multiple pieces of their equipment.

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Natural Gas Training Guides a University to Safety During Conversion Project

A large Northeastern U.S. University and their entire city were converting from fuel oil #2 to natural gas to reduce fuel costs. The university invested millions of dollars to commission a brand new powerhouse and hired an engineering firm to install all new piping, burners and combustion management systems in preparation for the change. Keeping safety as his number one priority, the Facilities Director sought out training for his entire crew since no one had ever used natural gas or the new equipment.

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Explosion Drives Creation of Corporate Training Program

A leading producer of steel in the United States, Canada and Europe had a furnace explode at their Northeastern U.S. facility. The explosion damaged process equipment and injured numerous people; drawing corporate’s attention towards safety for their entire operations.

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Large Complex Safety Program Increases Safety, Fuel & Operations Efficiency

An automotive manufacturer began an extremely focused safety program for all gas-fired equipment used in space heating and hot water production at their complex of office and research facilities housing more than 10,000 employees within 2,000,000 sq. ft of property. Since most sites were not conducting testing of safety shut-off valves, safety relief valves, interlocks, or establishing consistent checklists or procedures, the risk of an event was high.

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Natural Gas Training Guides a University to Safety During Conversion Project

A large Northeastern U.S. University and their entire city were converting from fuel oil #2 to natural gas to reduce fuel costs. The university invested millions of dollars to commission a brand new powerhouse and hired an engineering firm to install all new piping, burners and combustion management systems in preparation for the change. Keeping safety as his number one priority, the Facilities Director sought out training for his entire crew since no one had ever used natural gas or the new equipment.

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Safe Gas Conversion Project Planning Saves Time and Money for Multi-site Corporation

A leading producer of corrugated, packaging and recycling solutions keeps safety as a top priority. After reading an article from CEC online, facility leaders contacted CEC inquiring about a line breaking permit. After extensive discussions with CEC’s Gas Hazards Management Group, it was decided that CEC’s expertise was required to complete the upcoming gas conversion project safely.

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Large Complex Safety Program Increases Safety, Fuel & Operations Efficiency

An automotive manufacturer began an extremely focused safety program for all gas-fired equipment used in space heating and hot water production at their complex of office and research facilities housing more than 10,000 employees within 2,000,000 sq. ft of property. Since most sites were not conducting testing of safety shut-off valves, safety relief valves, interlocks, or establishing consistent checklists or procedures, the risk of an event was high.

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Explosion Sparks Industry-Leading Corporate Inspection & Training Program

A multinational automaker had a large boiler explosion that resulted in loss of life, injury and extensive damage. The event sparked immediate attention from corporate leadership as well as governing agencies that sought to prevent such tragedies from occurring again. A mandate was imposed company-wide to utilize a third-party vendor to provide training at all plants, as well as to inspect every boiler at all of their North American facilities for the next 3 years.

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Explosion Drives Creation of Corporate Training Program

A leading producer of steel in the United States, Canada and Europe had a furnace explode at their Northeastern U.S. facility. The explosion damaged process equipment and injured numerous people; drawing corporate leaders’ attention towards safety for their entire operations.

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Gas Explosion Stuns Packaging Giant

A Fortune 500 packaged foods company experienced a devastating and deadly explosion during the installation and commissioning of new combustion equipment. The explosion killed 6 people, sent over 70 people to the hospital, damaged 100,000 square feet of the plant and released 18,000 pounds of ammonia into the atmosphere.

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Explosion Leads to Creation of Best-in-Class Safety Program

A global manufacturer of paper and building materials had a minor explosion at one of their Southern U.S. plants. CEC Combustion Safety was contacted to test and inspect the site of the event, which lead to an investigation that highlighted numerous gaps in equipment, personnel, and NFPA 86 (standard for ovens and furnaces) compliance across all sites.

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Safety Prescription Reduces Risk of Boiler Headaches

An industry leader in biotechnology and a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company contacted CEC Combustion Safety after a risk assessment was completed. Two strategies were identified that would help to save lives, reduce costs and prevent explosions and outages.

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Medical University Cured of Boiler Explosion Ailments

A university medical center suffered three boiler explosions prior to any involvement with CEC. Our team of engineers, tuning and controls technicians identified the root cause of the explosions as an improperly designed boiler and inadequate repairs.

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