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Create Quality Steam Using Existing Boiler Efficiencies

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jul 26, 2017 11:13:03 AM

Boiler Efficiency: The measure of how much combustion energy is converted to steam energy.

Steam Quality: The measure of how much liquid is present in the steam produced.    

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Creep Can Lead to Failure of High-Temperature Components

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jul 20, 2017 10:22:17 AM

No, this article is not about creepy people. In boiler-lingo, creep is the term for the distortion or warping of components due to high temperatures and constant stress.    

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Efficient Burners Mean Efficient Boilers

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jul 11, 2017 2:40:58 PM

Maintaining proper burner function is crucial to the operation of a boiler, as the boiler will only run as well as the burner performs. A badly designed boiler with an efficient burner can actually perform better than a well-designed boiler with an inefficient burner.  

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Minimizing Blowdown Rates Can Substantially Reduce Energy Losses

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jun 20, 2017 10:22:34 AM

The importance of boiler blowdown is often overlooked. Despite the best efforts to pretreat boiler feedwater, it can still contain impurities including suspended and dissolved liquids. These impurities can accumulate in the boiler and cause problems with piping, steam traps and other process equipment. To avoid problems, the water must occasionally be discharged or “blown down” from the boiler.

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A Combined Heat and Power Strategy Can Pay for Itself

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jun 15, 2017 3:46:21 PM

Companies in the market for a new boiler have options to consider. One option is to replace the boiler with essentially the same unit and add some features to make it more efficient. Another option would be to implement a combined heat and power (CHP) strategy, which would make your company eligible for a 10% Federal Investment Tax Credit.

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Prevent Iron Oxide Problems

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Jun 14, 2017 9:25:52 AM

Iron oxide is a widespread, but often neglected, boiler problem. Commonly called “red iron rust,” iron oxide is formed by the reaction of iron (steel) and oxygen.

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Asbestos in the Boiler Room

Posted by Ritchie Ware on May 25, 2017 3:28:54 PM

Few things trigger such an immediate and alarming response as the presence of asbestos. Most people know they do not want to be around it, and that if they come into contact with it, they could possibly suffer serious medical complications in the future. Inhaling loose asbestos fibers is known to cause lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, though in many cases it may take may take more than a decade before symptoms of illness become apparent. Every year, thousands of people are diagnosed with these diseases and can attribute them to past exposure that occurred in an industrial or commercial setting.

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The Power of Water and Steam: A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Ritchie Ware on May 16, 2017 9:36:52 AM

Boilers are safer than they’ve ever been, but the dangers of working with water and steam should never be taken for granted. One of the most critical, and basic, things to remember about boiler operation is that water flashes to steam at 212 ° F,  and when this happens it will instantaneously try to increase to 1,700 times its original volume. The following true story demonstrates how this fundamental fact of boiler operation, if overlooked, can lead to serious injury or worse.   

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