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We receive a variety of calls each day from companies that require boiler rental equipment. Reasons vary and   include items such as boiler outages, planned maintenance, unreliable equipment, and additional steam output needs.  When renting equipment from any rental company, up front planning is the most important stage.  Items to consider include:

- Maximum potential steam load needed
- Equipment location
- Fuel Source
- Accessible and sufficient connection lines
- Equipment needed

To help alleviate the stress from renting a boiler and to streamline the rental process, Nationwide Boiler developed the Emergency Preparedness Plan: Guidelines for Preparing for a Temporary Steam Plant.  This guide covers all the basics including Boiler size and weight, power requirements, piping sizes, instrument air, weather protection, local codes and rental boiler specifications.  Download your copy today and call us if you have any questions - we are here to help: 510-490-7100.

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Many customers have relied on Nationwide Boiler for new and reconditioned boilers to help increase production capabilities.  As a stocking distributor for the Babcock & Wilcox Company, Nationwide Boiler has complete boiler systems readily available for immediate delivery.   The example below illustrates how Titan Chemicals Corp. (formerly Titan PetChem), one of the largest polyolefin producers in South-East Asia, looked upon Nationwide Boiler for an immediate boiler solution to replace three existing boilers that were at the end of their useful life.  The company also wanted to expand production and required additional steam capacity.

Nationwide Boiler supplied Titan Chemicals with two new 200,000 lb/hr Babcock & Wilcox Model FM, 750 psig/750°F superheat boilers. The units were in stock and were available for immediate shipment to Malaysia.  Low NOx burners and EconoStak economizers for added fuel efficiency were also included with the boilers.  Both boilers were shipped by rail from Babcock & Wilcox's storage facility located in Mississippi to an ocean vessel cargo dock located in Texas for final delivery to Malaysia.

Overall, the two units easily met Titan Chemicals' excess process and cogeneration steam demands, originally achieved by three units. As well as meeting the customer's needs, the new equipment simplified boiler operation and maintenance as a result of consolidation of the boilers. In the end, the customer received the new boilers on time and was able to expand production capabilities as planned.

Be sure to give Nationwide Boiler a call when you are in need of a new boiler.  We stock a large assortment of new and used equipment and regularly update our inventory list of new and reconditioned watertube and firetube boilers.

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If you have ever rented a boiler, you may already know that the proper removal of rental boiler equipment is a critical step.  Not only does it ensure the safe return of boiler equipment, but it also reduces the risk of additional costs to you, the customer!

By following the seven precautionary steps below, the rental boiler can be properly prepared for pick-up and shipment.

1.) Boiler Drain & Flush - First, completely drain and flush all the boiler lines with clean water and open all water drain valves. This will minimize the chance of any corrosion and/or frozen pipes caused by unforeseen freezing conditions.  Remember - the boiler may need to be transported along freezing conditions to make it's way back to Nationwide Boiler.

2.) Inspect - Second, Inspect all fireside and waterside surfaces and report any visual damage, scale build-up, or refractory problems. Having photographic evidence of the boiler condition after the rental period is advisable.

3.) Stack Removal - Next, the stack should be removed, remounted and bolted down, along with the non-return valve, safety valves and vent valve to the trailer (same location as it was received).

4.) Cover all boiler openings (stack, steam, gas, water, electrical panel, safety valve openings)

5.) If the trailer is disassembled, reattach wheels and gooseneck

6.) Check tire pressure

7.) Return all instruction and operating manuals to the rental company via the trucker or transportation company responsible for returning the unit

If you have questions about preparing your unit for pick-up, don't hesitate to call Nationwide Boiler at 800-227-1966.  We’re here to help.

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As much as we sometimes wish they would just go away, compliance regulations are here to stay.  Overall, regulations are put into place by local governing agencies for the health and safety of the public, environment and plant operations.  These are all items which we agree must be top priority. However, the most difficult part of regulations is interpreting, comprehending, and staying current with new rules, revisions, and updates.  Combine that with the fact that the applicability of regulations can also be daunting -- things just get harder and harder.  

When it comes to NOx compliance, Nationwide Boiler has you covered.  We have helped hundreds if not thousands of customers meet both local and national NOx compliance regulations ever since the Clean Air Act passed in the 1980’s.   Our boiler rental fleet is equipped with the most advanced burners the industry has to offer and our new and reconditioned boilers all include energy efficiency upgrade options and CataStak™ SCR System component add-ons, proven to reduce NOx to levels as low as 5 ppm.

Our most recent compliance success story is a project we recently completed with NRG Energy Center San Francisco.  Nationwide Boiler provided a single Ammonia-Free CataStak™ SCR System for two 55,000 lb/hr natural gas-fired boilers that were required to operate at 9 ppm NOx levels as governed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).

Read more about this project and how it demonstrated a simple method of reducing greenhouse gas emissions without the use of a standard ammonia-based SCR in the fall edition of Today’s Boiler.

If you need help keeping up with compliance's, call us today at 510-490-7100.  We can help.

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