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Nationwide Boiler's 35th Annual Charity Golf Tournament was a great success, with a donation of $60,000 to the ABMA Randy Rawson Scholarship Fund. The ABMA noted that this was the largest amount ever donated to the ABMA!
Nearly 50 golfers arrived at Pebble Beach early Wednesday to take part in a practice round at Poppy Hills Golf Course, followed by our traditional Clam Bake Buffet reception that night. Tournament play commenced on Thursday at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Golfers raved about the scenic view and great experience offered by both courses.
Thursday night over 100 guests joined Nationwide for a Mardi Gras themed awards banquet and reception to celebrate 35 years donating to a charitable cause. The men's low gross winner, Justin Hoose, took home a beautiful crystal trophy while Angela McGowan took home the first place crystal for the women. A $1,000 card raffle was held, as well as a silent and live auction containing various items generously donated by Nationwide Boiler's customers, vendors, representatives and colleagues. Additional funds were collected through cart and hole sponsors, as well as mulligan sales the day of the tournament.
We hope that all who attended enjoyed their time at Pebble Beach, and want to thank all involved once again for your support.
Next year we will continue our tradition with tournament golf at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and lodging at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Save the date - May 4 - 5, 2016. We hope to see you there!
To learn more about this year's tournament as well as the scholarship opportunities offered by the ABMA, check out our latest press release!
The final phase has begun of Nationwide Boiler's comprehensive pre-delivery testing procedure of the five (5) 650 hp mobile boiler rooms recently sold to a Department of Energy (DOE) facility. After the testing phase is complete, we will begin preparation for the shipment of these boilers to the customer.
Check out some of the photos taken during the test fire at our shop in Fremont, CA!
Power Engineering Magazine featured an article in their February 2015 edition entitled “Best Boiler Cleaning Practices”. The article outlined a variety of ways that boiler owners and operators can clean their equipment in order to increase efficiency and even reduce emissions.
Slag deposits, or built up ash that acts as insulation on boiler tubes and protects the tubes from heat, will form on a boiler over time if proper cleaning is not performed. When a boiler is filled with slag, it will require more fuel to reach the same temperature and produce the same output as a clean boiler. A clean boiler will perform 1 to 4 percent more efficiently than a boiler with slag deposits, and because less fuel is required for the same amount of power, it will also produce lower emissions.
Boiler owners and operators can choose from the following methods to perform cleaning on their boilers:
- Acoustic cleaning; utilizing acoustic energy to knock ash off of boiler tubes without risking damage to the tubes
- Water lances; high pressure water jets or hydroblasting boiler tubes to remove the slag deposits
- Soot blowers; a component installed with the boiler that uses compressed air, steam or water to keep slag buildup from occurring without having to shut down the boiler
- Explosives; quick and convenient way to remove slag without the use of water
Some of these methods can be done while the boiler is running, and others will require the boiler to be taken offline. If offline cleaning is performed, a planned outage will take place and a boiler rental will likely be required to keep plant operations running. Nationwide Boiler can supply rental boilers in a number of sizes and types, from 47.5 hp firetube mobile boiler rooms to the world’s largest 120,000 lb/hr watertube trailer-mounted boiler.
Contact Nationwide Boiler at 1-800-227-1966 for more information, and check out Power Engineering’s full article for more details on these boiler cleaning practices.