Visual inspections are great for quick checks, but you cannot maintain a boiler on your eyes alone. In order to keep a boiler running at optimal efficiency, technicians must schedule routine maintenance checks. Preventative maintenance can avert a total shutdown of the boiler system due to unattended issues, and, instead, allows the flexibility for time and money to fix an issue that could potentially evolve into a much larger scenario.
Available fuel type is a limiting factor for many facilities in need of a rental boiler. Depending on the location, certain fuels simply may not be available due to utilities not being run at the time of construction or geographic restrictions for moving a fuel type to the site. For example, certain rail yards that require steam for cleaning out railcars may be situated in extremely remote locations where it is not practical to run a natural gas line, therefore, burning fuel oil may be a more reasonable option to the rail company. That is a common scenario. Every once in a while, however, one may find that there is an unexpected resource that can be harnessed and utilized to great benefit.
With boilers becoming increasingly advanced with automation and controls, it is easy for operators to neglect simple safety considerations. These automated safety features lead plant personnel to become “comfortable,” which leads to assuming that it is safe to ignore routine equipment checks.
Today, Brent lets us tag along on his family vacation in Estes Park Colorado. We are actually shooting this video in front of the Stanley Hotel where they filmed The Shining.
Boiler University is an excellent resource for boiler training. Whether you are a rookie in the industry or a seasoned veteran brushing up on your skills, there is always something new to be learned at Boiler U. WARE hosts this event in different locations a few times a year, which is led by Jeff Barto and Jude Wolf. Jeff Barto, branch manager of the Chattanooga office and Boiler U instructor, brings more than 25 years of experience to the Boiler University classroom. His passion lies with passing on information to the students.
On this edition of the Boiling Point, Ritchie Ware and Glyn Lockhart discuss retubing a boiler. Glyn and Ritchie discuss the process behind cutting boiler tubes, and the process after tubes have been cut. Ritchie and Glyn also discuss cutting and measuring boiler tubes. In order to get the tubes at the precise length, Glyn tells us how to perfect the tube's length.
On this episode of Steam Culture, Brent dives into a big bowl of popcorn. Do you know how the popcorn kernels pop? Well, today we will find out! Join Brent on his demonstration of how the kernel explodes by the expansion of steam. Even through food Brent finds there is a connection to our delicious snack and steam.