No matter what kind of company you work for in the United States, there are plenty of regulations that you will have to deal with. Everyone is familiar with OSHA and the fines or other consequences that can result if an inspection determines that you have failed to comply with their regulations. When it comes to boilers or other pressure vessels, most states and municipalities also have local codes that require equipment to be periodically inspected by a state boiler inspector, the fire marshal's office, or another designated authority.
Even with the price of oil unseasonably low, the quest for new forms of energy must forge on. Gaining access to oil reserves previously too expensive to develop is all made possible with steam. Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage or (SAGD) is one process to extract oil from large “oil sands” reserves.
Steam has been powering industry for hundreds of years. It was also used to move people from a to b, develop the United Sates, and gain access to resources that spurred the industrial revolution.
Our next WARE Boiler University class is right around the corner. During the 3-day courses, industry veterans, not professional educators, will provide in-depth training on safety, efficiency operations, maintenance, feed water, refractory inspections, troubleshooting and more.
Thanks for tuning into part 2 of the Steam Wood Kiln episode. If you missed part 1 of the Steam Wood Kiln, check it out here.
On this episode of the Boiling Point, Ritchie talks with Gerald Blain, director of sales, about traditional burner management systems. Ritchie and Gerald walk viewers through an extensive tour of each system.
On today's Steam Culture, we are learning how steam is used to dry lumber for cabinets and hardwood flooring. Our friend Tom Thompson from Salem Hardwood gives us a tour of his operation, and demonstrates how steam is used to dry lumber and prepare it for the next cycle of life.
In order for the wood to dry the lumber is placed inside a kiln, then it's exposed to indirect steam heat of 160-190 degrees for up to 70 hours until dry. Salem Hardwood dries Red Oak, White Oak, Ash, Hickory, Walnut and Poplar.
There is more to this business than wrenches and tools! Formulas and measurements play a large role in the boiler industry, to include making it possible to size our rental equipment to match a customer's needs.