How to Select Industrial Boilers           Image Credit: ACME Engineering Products, Inc. | CCI Thermal Technologies, Inc. | Alstrom Energy Group   Industrial boilers are closed vessels that use a fuel source or electricity to heat water or generate steam for industrial heating and humidification applications. The basic concept of a boiler involves a heat source (furnace) and a heat exchanger...
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We asked our users for their input on Boilers (industrial). Here are the results of 72 users familiar with Boilers (industrial).

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing industrial boiler design?
11 answers
Answers:
Recovery of heat from flue gas. Use of alternative kind of fuel (cheaper and environment friendly).
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
Safety Health & Environment Fuel & Combustion monitoring system (Air Emission Control)
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Karachi, Pakistan
Boiler size, heavier fuels and boiler control systems
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Efficiency, fuel source, low water quality
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
Our boilers are of patent design.
~PATRICK ROCHE, Purchaser, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
Latest burner Management system
~Narayanan Kutty K, Owning a trading co, we do sell, maintain boilers , water treatment system, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Control systems
~Steve S-J, Specialist Mechanical Engineering Inspector (Forensic), London, United Kingdom
CFD-Modeling
~Alexei F., Design Engineer, Novosibirsk, Russia
Multi fuel
~Dennis, Purchaser, Halifax, Canada
Fuel use
~Benjiman W, Energy Manager, Old Town, ME
Controls
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative industrial boilers?
9 answers
Answers:
We only use boilers made by standard kessel.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Liverpool, Great Britain
There are several companies doing this.
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY
Loos Germany, Cochran boilers from UK
~Narayanan Kutty K, Owning a trading co, we do sell, maintain boilers , water treatment system, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
There are plenty other manufacturers
~PATRICK ROCHE, Purchaser, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
Meura and Cleaver Brooks
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
Combustion Engineering.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Nebraska boilers
~Dennis, Purchaser, Halifax, Canada
Spirax
~Steve S-J, Specialist Mechanical Engineering Inspector (Forensic), London, United Kingdom
B&W
~Benjiman W, Energy Manager, Old Town, ME

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used industrial boilers for?
19 answers
Answers:
As heat recovery steam boilers, we use the exhaust heat from our gas turbines as the primary heat source for our boilers. This allows to raise 25t/hr of steam which is used in our process to drive absorption chillers, heat exchangers and the print industry process.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Liverpool, Great Britain
Refinery boiler treatment applications, Natural Gas treating plant applications, Chemical plant applications and small package boilers used in multiple applications
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
1. Heating in process 2. Vacuum building in process vessels 3. Air conditioning 4. Drying & Cleaning etc.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Karachi, Pakistan
Laundries, Dairies, Oil refineries, Hospitals, Rubber Industries, Vegetable packing industries
~Narayanan Kutty K, Owning a trading co, we do sell, maintain boilers , water treatment system, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Steam process, food industry, chemical industry, pharma industry, brewery industry.
~Willy M, Project Manager, Cork, Rep of ireland
Only maintenance and repair boiler units in Electric Generating Power Plant.
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Tuba City, AZ
Industrial power generation, Heating premises, Traction devices
~Steve S-J, Specialist Mechanical Engineering Inspector (Forensic), London, United Kingdom
My experience has been in the maintenance and repair side.
~Technical Support/Services, Seffner, FL
Operation in manufacturing and power generation
~Benjiman W, Energy Manager, Old Town, ME
Mainly in crude oil refining operation.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Electricity generation, steam process
~Engineering, Process/Production, Cajica, Colombia
Petrochemicals, oil and gas, power
~Engineering, Process/Production, Onesti, Romania
Oil refinery applications
~Dennis, Purchaser, Halifax, Canada
Operation & maintenance
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, BOKARO STEEL CITY, India
Electricity production
~Alexei F., Design Engineer, Novosibirsk, Russia
For Methanol plant
~Engineering, Other, ARZEW, Algeria
Process heating
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
End user knows
~PATRICK ROCHE, Purchaser, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
Heating
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that industrial boilers have been used for.
4 answers
Answers:
Tertiary oil recovery (steam flood); Sulfur and other mineral mining applications
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
Heating recycled oil for fuel production.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Using boiler as a hot water boiler.
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
Stills, propulsion plants on ships
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of industrial boilers?
5 answers
Answers:
I am aware of failures because status indicators have become susceptible to corrosion and have allowed bridging between control circuits to open gas valves at inappropriate times.
~Steve S-J, Specialist Mechanical Engineering Inspector (Forensic), London, United Kingdom
Water treatment system ( softeners) is very important, Feed tank selection should be based on the boiler capacities, vent headed SS tank is preferred with de-aerator
~Narayanan Kutty K, Owning a trading co, we do sell, maintain boilers , water treatment system, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Explosions during boiler start up due incorrect procedure or improper or damaged safety system.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Many, most were expensive, some were fatal
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
Not incorrect usage but improper main
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
9 answers
Answers:
Easier access to parts of the boiler for safety testing; some components are extremely difficult to access without removing the additional burner sound enclosure.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Liverpool, Great Britain
Low stack temperature, recovery of flue gas heat, monitoring of boiler combustion efficiency, and its throughput in terms of steam generation.
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
Boiler design with minimum tube leaks or failures.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Increased automation, operator training
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
Durability and safety
~Steve S-J, Specialist Mechanical Engineering Inspector (Forensic), London, United Kingdom
Safety and dependability
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY
Better fuel economy
~Dennis, Purchaser, Halifax, Canada
Horizontal boiler
~PATRICK ROCHE, Purchaser, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
Ease of operation
~Benjiman W, Energy Manager, Old Town, ME

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using industrial boilers?
8 answers
Answers:
Take extra time to evaluate / study on the right boiler for your site application. Consider the boiler fuel usage and the fuel being used (cost of fuel and its effect to environment). Ensure that stack temperatures are low enough or unit has the facility for recovery the heat from the flue gas. Look into the availability of support services from the supplier (technical men and spare parts). Maintainability of the unit.
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
To have a good water treatment program. Good firing pattern and fuel. Good safety procedures and maintenance of boiler equipment.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Inspect boilers prior to start-up; use proper boil-out procedures; train operators in boiler operation and pretreatment programs.
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
First one should know the capacities requirements, if the selection is difficult, consult experts.
~Narayanan Kutty K, Owning a trading co, we do sell, maintain boilers , water treatment system, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Consult with people who will be installing, maintaining, servicing, repairing.
~Willy M, Project Manager, Cork, Rep of ireland
These are heavy duty boilers used for refineries.
~PATRICK ROCHE, Purchaser, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
Don't buy the cheapest!
~Steve S-J, Specialist Mechanical Engineering Inspector (Forensic), London, United Kingdom
Well defined scope
~Benjiman W, Energy Manager, Old Town, ME

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of industrial boilers?
7 answers
Answers:
Don't buy with lower cost as the only basis. Consider buying based on your requirements, technical and spare parts back-up. Also look into the combustion control and efficiency and its flue gas control.
~Antonio t anduyo A, General Management, Cebu city, Philippines
The use of package boilers is common and used boilers in particular are becoming more common. This increases the need for more technical experience in selection, plumbing and treatment programs.
~Terry J, Chief Operations Officer, Hobbs, NM
High lift safety valve should be mounted on flanges, not screwed connections. Blow down system should be key operated ball valves.
~Narayanan Kutty K, Owning a trading co, we do sell, maintain boilers , water treatment system, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
These boilers are delivered as a compact package and hence there is no scope for any error.
~PATRICK ROCHE, Purchaser, KUWAIT CITY, KUWAIT
Select well known boiler manufacturers with ready available maintenance and spare parts.
~Elias L, Facilities Manager, Panama, Panama
Use the mathematical simulation software during design process of industrial boilers.
~Alexei F., Design Engineer, Novosibirsk, Russia
Get as much advice from the manufacture of the product before committing.
~Gregory E, General Management, Pendelton, KY


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