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After twenty-nine years of service and dedication at Nationwide Boiler, shop superintendent Woody Lohse is retiring.

Woody started out at Nationwide on January 14, 1985 as a mechanic pipe fitter, following work as a service technician and testing technician in the shop. Finally, he was promoted to shop superintendent in 1992 and has been running the shop ever since. Prior to joining the Nationwide crew, he worked at Wilkinson, another rental company for lifting equipment, and a manufacturer of amusement park rides.

Woody has contributed to Nationwide’s success in many ways and is a man of many talents. He works well with everyone, from customers to vendors to colleagues and everyone in between, and he will always be known for his knowledge of the trade and ability to fix just about anything. His ambition and drive motivated others, and the generosity of his time and skills extended to all, helping out whenever he was needed.

Woody intends to keep busy with multiple projects throughout his retirement. Instead of building boilers, he will be rebuilding his 1940 Chevrolet 4-door Deluxe Sedan, something he has been planning to do for 41 years. Along with his car project, he plans to keep busy with home renovations, trips to the lake, and drinking plenty of wine with good food and friends.

Nationwide Boiler would like to extend our gratitude to Woody for his many years of hard work and dedication. Everyone here at Nationwide wishes Woody the best as his new journey in life unfolds. He will truly be missed.

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At his Retirement BBQ Luncheon Showing-off his "Woody's Officially Retired" T-Shirt

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Representatives from Nationwide Boiler will be in attendance at two different trade shows this week on opposite sides of the country. 

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Sales Engineer Tim McBride is currently on the East Coast in Atlanta, Georgia at the 27th Annual IDEA Campus Energy Conference. Nationwide Boiler has provided high quality, reliable rental boilers and equipment to Colleges & Universities for decades. Visit him at booth #55 to learn how Nationwide can provide solutions for your steam needs.

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Wednesday and Thursday, February 19-20, the rest of our sales team will be traveling to Sacramento, California and splitting shifts at the CLFP Food Processing Expo 2014. This year's event will include over 200 exhibitors and 1,800 attendees, informative and educational sessions on topics including Food Recalls and Energy Cost Trends, and a kick-off breakfast with well-known guest speaker Steve Gilliand.

In addition to our mobile boilers and boilers for sale, Nationwide Boiler will be promoting the renowned CataStak SCR System, designed to allow food processors to easily comply with strict emissions rules seen throughout California. Be sure to visit us at booth #536 to speak directly to a Nationwide sales team member and learn more about how the CataStak SCR System can reduce NOx emissions and save you money!

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Nationwide Boiler is a proud partner and stocking distributor for Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), a boiler manufacturing company that has been around for over a century. The founders of B&W have compiled a list of requirements for the perfect steam boiler, and Nationwide Boiler would like to share them with you:

  1. Proper workmanship and simple construction, using materials which experience has shown to be best, thus avoiding the necessity of early repairs.

  2. A mud drum to receive all impurities deposited from the water, and so placed as to be removed from the action of the fire.

  3. A steam and water capacity sufficient to prevent any fluctuation in steam pressure or water level.

  4. A water surface for the disengagement of the steam from the water, of sufficient extent to prevent foaming.

  5. A constant and thorough circulation of water throughout the boiler, so as to maintain all parts at the same temperature.

  6. The water space divided into sections so arranged that, should any section fail, no general explosion can occur and the destructive effects will be confined to the escape of the contents. Large and free passages between the different sections to equalize the water line and pressure in all.

  7. A great excess of strength over any legitimate strain, the boiler being so constructed as to be free from strains due to unequal expansion, and, if possible, to avoid joints exposed to the direct action of the fire.

  8. A combustion chamber so arranged that the combustion of the gases started in the furnace may be completed before the gases escape to the chimney.

  9. The heating surface as nearly as possible at right angles to the currents of heated gases, so as to break up the currents and extract the entire available heat from the gases.

  10. All parts readily accessible for cleaning and repairs. This is a point of the greatest importance as regards to safety and economy.

  11. Proportioned for the work to be done, and capable of working to its full rated capacity with the highest economy.

  12. Equipped with the very best gauges, safety valves, and other fixtures.

Source: List prepared by George H. Babcock & Stephen Wilcox in 1875

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A boiler log provides a written record of the boiler operating conditions on a given day and at a given time. The log can be used for both hot water and low and high pressure steam boilers. The purpose is akin to that of a patient’s hospital chart. The log provides a clear historical record of the boiler’s conditions, which enables the boiler operator or service technician to evaluate and correct problems before they become serious.

The following paragraph is from an Engineering Bulletin entitled “Boiler Log Program”, published by the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company:

“Not every accident is preventable. The results of accident investigations show, however, that by far the great majority of accidents to boilers are preventable. The number of such accidents can be effectively reduced through the proper application of operating and maintenance logs.”

The need to regularly check water level controls and the waterside of the pressure vessel cannot be overemphasized. Most instances of major boiler damages are the result of operating with low water or the use of untreated or incorrectly treated feed water.

Here’s an example of how a boiler log can also help increase uptime and reduce fuel costs:

After taking readings for one week, you notice that the boiler stack temperature has been climbing. By reviewing your log sheets, you also determine that the gas pressure has increased a couple of inches of water column per day. Looking at the two pieces of information, you might conclude that the problem lies in a faulty gas pressure regulator, producing possible sooting and causing a reduction in heat transfer.

Maintaining a boiler log sheet allows you to make an intelligent, informed decision based upon historical data, not a guess based on a spur of the moment reaction. It can save companies a substantial amount of time and money, and potentially save lives in a high risk situation.

Contact Nationwide Boiler for a sample log sheet by emailing us at info@nationwideboiler.com.

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