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The Central Valley Facilities Expo (CVFE) is this week, March 15 – 16 in Modesto, CA. The CVFE is an event for industrial facility owners and operators that focuses on engineering, maintenance, and energy management needs. It is a great opportunity to learn about new technology and products available and receive valuable knowledge.

Representatives from Nationwide Boiler will be exhibiting at the CVFE for the first time this year. Nationwide Boiler is the exclusive Babcock & Wilcox representative for the entire state of California, as well as the Superior Boiler Works representative for Northern California and Nevada. 

Nationwide Boiler’s product line includes new and reconditioned boilers, Econostak Economizers, CataStak™ SCR systems for as low as 2½ ppm NOx, and other boiler related equipment. In addition, our extensive rental fleet consists of mobile boiler rooms up to 1,000 hp and trailer-mounted boilers up to 125,000 pph. Our latest innovation, the DataStak™ Emissions and Efficiency Monitoring System, is the first of its kind to provide facility engineers with emissions, fuel efficiency, and carbon footprint readings at their fingertips. You can take a look at this product live at the expo this week!

Be sure to stop by booth #615 to learn all about new and innovative products and services offered by Nationwide Boiler Inc.

 

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This week, Sales Engineer Tim McBride will be representing Nationwide Boiler at the Western Regional Boiler Association’s (WRBA) Annual Conference. The show starts tomorrow, March 7th and is being held at The Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho. This three day show will include boiler operation presentations, and vendors and suppliers will host exhibits featuring their latest products and services for the boiler industry.

Be sure to stop by booth #27 to visit Tim and learn about Nationwide Boiler’s complete line of rental boilers, new and reconditioned boiler systems for sale, contingency planning, and ultra low NOx solutions. 

 

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One of the leading causes of poor boiler performance is improper water treatment.  Improper water treatment, or not treating your boiler water at all, can cause irreversible boiler tube damage called scaling. To avoid scaling, boiler water should be circulated through a water softener before it is fed to the boiler. A water softener removes hard water minerals, like calcium and magnesium, which can cause scaling and damage in the boiler tubes. Acting as an insulator, scale deposits can prevent proper heat transfer, decrease boiler efficiency, and lead to costly downtime and even premature boiler failure. 

The Chemical Process – Ion Exchange

Hard water contains positively charged ions, like magnesium, calcium, and iron. An ion exchange in the water softener removes the positively charged ions from the water through the use of resin beads. The resin beads that are inside the resin tank are negatively charged by brine, which contains salt and potassium. As the water  goes through the resin tank, the magnesium, calcium, and iron are chemically attracted to the negative charge of the resin beads, sticking to the resin as the water runs through the tank. This process removes majority of the “hard” minerals from the water, creating “soft” water. 

The Cleaning Process – Regeneration

Regeneration cycles are required to clean the resin beads, allowing the system to continually remove hardness from the water supply. The regeneration process, which can take roughly one to two hours, consists of flushing out the solids, drawing brine from the brine tank, and recharging the resin beads. If your softener only has one resin tank, the boiler will be supplied with hard water during the regeneration process. In a system with two tanks, the standby resin tank will become operational during regeneration of the first tank to continue the flow of soft water to the boiler.

The Bottom Line – Soft Water Supply

It is important to supply your boiler with soft water at all times to avoid damage and costly repairs. Water softening, when combined with a reliable water treatment chemical program and blowdown schedule, can lead to many years of reliable boiler system performance.

Nationwide Boiler has installed duplex water softening systems in all of our mobile boiler rooms, mobile steam plants, and mobile feedwater systems to ensure optimal boiler performance 24/7. We also have larger skid-mounted, stand-alone water softeners available for rent or for purchase. For more information on products and services available, visit our website at www.nationwideboiler.com.

 

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The International District Energy Association’s (IDEA) 30th Annual Campus Energy Conference is almost here! This year’s theme is “A Sustainable Future,” and includes thermal distribution and microgrid workshops. In addition, there will be presentations ranging from master planning to energy management for conference attendees. 

Nationwide Boiler will be exhibiting at this year’s show, located in Miami at the Hyatt Regency  from February 20-24. Be sure to visit Jim Barbeau and Jaime Cubillos at Booth #73 to learn how Nationwide Boiler can provide your campus with temporary or permanent steam solutions for your upcoming projects. 

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