This year, the All Ways Steam Team was excited to attend Chicago’s AHR Expo—one of the oldest and largest heating and ventilation shows in the world. AHR Expo offers a unique opportunity for the entire industry to get together. It plays host to vendors and exhibitors from every state in the nation, plus representatives from 165 countries around the world.
In the first chapter of our new Boiler History series, we looked at the invention of the steam boiler and its rise from a simple kettle on a fire to a turn-of-the-century mechanical marvel. We left off with pioneers like George Babcock and Steven Wilcox, and firms like the Stirling Boiler Company and the Grieve Grate Company, competing to produce the best boilers, while Americans were coming to depend on the safe, reliable heat they provided.
If colder temperatures and shorter days have your boiler working overtime, then it’s the perfect time to make sure you’re taking all the necessary steps to maximize your energy efficiency. In addition to shaving money off operating costs, these tips will also help extend the life and effectiveness of your boiler. That means your overall cost of ownership will be reduced and your bottom line will benefit.
Through the years, we’ve all come to love the power and reliability of steam heat – just a load of this vintage model that was one of our very first rental boilers! But like every great invention, boilers have a rich history. In this new blog series, we’re going to take a look at some of the milestones in the evolution of the modern boiler and marvel at how far we’ve come.
We love spreading Steam Culture near and far, so when we had the opportunity to attend PowerGen 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, our Steam Team was happy to pull up a seat at the table. PowerGen is the world’s largest power generation conference, playing host to more than 20,000 attendees and 1,400 exhibitors. It brings together leaders from across the energy industry to share the latest innovations and learn about the newest technologies.
The temperature is dropping and winter chill is beginning to creep in, which means your boiler system is working hard to keep you comfortable all day. Heating costs are beginning to rise and your boiler will experience normal wear and tear as it enters its busiest time of year. To help manage your energy bills and keep your boiler running strong throughout the winter, WARE recommends proper pipe insulation.
Don’t get left in the cold! Too often, we see facility managers or property owners waiting until a boiler completely breaks down before replacing it. To make matters worse, these situations typically arise when the boiler has been working at its peak – during winter. A routine breakdown can turn into a full-fledged emergency quickly in bitterly cold conditions, and unless emergency funds are readily available, an unplanned boiler replacement can become a financial burden.
To be the best, you have to train with the best. That’s why WARE developed Boiler University, a combination of collegiate-style lectures and lab training, presented by our experienced professionals and conducted on real world equipment. This robust, hands-on training has helped dozens of boiler pros improve their productivity, safety and success on the job, and we’re proud of the quality of the education available at Boiler U.