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Once winter arrives it is a good time to remind our customers about how to properly prepare for freezing temperatures.  This not only applies to when a boiler is in operation, but also when a boiler is down or in transport.  The guidelines below will help get you started, but contact Nationwide Boiler if you have any further questions: 1-800-227-1967.

Freeze Protection Guidelines

Freezing conditions pose a huge risk to boiler equipment if it is not properly protected from the harsh elements. In order to ensure that your unit continues to operate while facing freezing conditions, Nationwide Boiler recommends the following:

    1. Enclose both the front and rear of the boiler area and use an external heat source to minimize freezing conditions.
    2. Install heat tracing with insulation to protect exposed stagnant water lines.
    3. Utilize an appropriate heat tracing method (electric or steam tracing) to all of your main lines and piping components. This includes the following lines which should be heat traced regardless if the boiler is in operation or not (in freezing conditions): sensing lines (steam drum to CMR, high steam and steam gauge), auxiliary low-water-cut-off, water column and level control blowdown. Depending on the length of piping runs, the main and continuous blowdown should also be heat traced.
    4. In addition to heat tracing on stagnant sensing lines, drain the lines and fill them with a 50/50 (water/glycol) solution, making sure to re-connect the line.
    5. When an extended boiler down time is expected, completely drain the boiler and stagnant water lines.



NOTE:

    • The above lines are considered stagnant lines and should be heat traced regardless if the boiler is in operation or not (freezing conditions).
    • Nationwide has also done the following in addition to heat tracing on the stagnant sensing lines: Drain line, fill with 50/50 (water/glycol) solution, re-connect line.
    • Depending on the length of piping runs, the main and continuous blowdown should also be heat traced.
    • For extended boiler down time, drain boiler and stagnant water lines completely.



Standard Enclosure

The above are recommendations; however, use sound engineering judgment calls when there are concerns of possible freeze damage to the equipment.

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Nationwide Boiler continues to gain worldwide presence and representation, signing ten new representative agreements just this year. The most recent companies to join the list include Campbell-Sevey in Minnetonka, MN, Illingworth Engineering Co. in Jacksonville, FL, and Gates Technology International (GTI) in Tulsa, OK.

Both Campbell-Sevey and Illingworth Engineering Co. have a history representing Nationwide Boiler in the past, but the newly signed agreements draw out exclusive territories of representation for the two companies. Campbell-Sevey’s exclusive territories include South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, and counties in Wisconsin, while Illingworth Engineering will be representing Nationwide Boiler in parts of both Florida and Georgia. Combined, the two companies have over one hundred and forty-five years of industry experience and expertise providing boilers and boiler related equipment to their customers. Like Nationwide Boiler, both companies are committed to providing excellent customer service and value to their customers.

Jack Gates, founder of Gates Technology International, is an independent consultant to the petrochemical and refinery markets with technical expertise in fired heater equipment and heat transfer. GTI recently secured their first CataStak™ Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system sale for a fired heater application located in Texas. With over forty years of industry experience, Jack Gates is considered a resident expert in the field, and he consults to most of the major fired heater manufacturers, specifically in Israel and the Middle East, on a variety of technical issues focused mainly on environmental emissions. GTI will be assisting Nationwide Boiler by providing key strategic initiatives regarding the application of CataStak™ environmental solutions.

We would like to welcome these companies to Nationwide Boiler and look forward to working together to provide superior steam and environmental solutions.

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The annual Power-Gen International Tradeshow is right around the corner! Join Nationwide Boiler in Orlando, FL, December 11-13, 2012 at the Orange County Convention Center for one of the largest tradeshows of the year.

If you would like to attend the show, click here for a complimentary pass! Register online or bring the completed form to the registration desk on site the day of the event. And don’t forget to visit Nationwide Boiler at booth #5219.

We hope to see you there!
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The end of the year is approaching quickly, which means Nationwide Boiler is gearing up for the 24th annual Power-Gen International Tradeshow & Conference, December 11-13, 2012. This year the show will take place in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center, and will include exhibitors from over 1,200 companies around the world showcasing their products and services catered towards the power generation industry.

Come join Nationwide Boiler at booth #5219 where we will be promoting our stock of new and reconditioned low NOx boilers for rent and sale, as well as our  CataStak™ SCR system to reduce NOx levels for compliance of strict air quality regulations.

Email us today at info@nationwideboiler.com to obtain a free visitors pass to this year’s Power-Gen International.

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