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The Unwritten Laws of Engineering

The fall edition of our Steamlines newsletter featured an article by Nationwide Boiler's President, Jeff Shallcross, which discussed the writings of W.J. King and his publication The Unwritten Laws of Engineering. King's list of “laws” describes engineering guidelines of professional conduct for those new to the engineering field.

Below is an excerpt from the article, however you can download the complete Steamlines newsletter and become a subscriber by visiting Nationwide's website.

    • However menial and trivial your early assignments may appear, give them your best efforts.

 

    • There is always a premium upon the ability to get things done, and this requires energy, resourcefulness, and persistence.

 

    • Before asking for approval of any major action, have a definite plan and program worked out to support it.

 

    • Strive for conciseness and clarity in oral or written reports; be extremely careful of the accuracy of your statements.

 

    • One of the first things you owe your supervisor is to keep him informed of all significant developments.

 

    • Whenever your work affects another department or another employee, make sure they know what you are doing, and why.

 

    • Get the facts, make an analysis, apply judgment, and make a decision; do not hesitate or be indecisive.

 

    • Be interested in the people who work with you or for you, and treat them as you would want to be treated.

 

    • Regard your personal integrity as one of your most important assets.

 

    • Be careful of your personal appearance; if you are an executive, look the part.



Many additional “laws” could be added to the list however, the following summarizes the above information best:

"You should make an effort to learn what is expected of you in your job. Realize that people do form first impressions of you; people do appraise your appearance, the way you conduct yourself, and your ability to accomplish assigned tasks; and these evaluations are being made all the time."

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Introducing the Latest Innovation in NOx Control: The Ammonia-Free CataStak-FT SCR System

Does your facility own or operate a firetube boiler that must comply with regulations of 5 ppm NOx? Are you concerned about storing or handling ammonia on site? If so, then Nationwide Boiler has the solution - the ammonia-free Catastak-FT SCR system.

Through extensive research and development Nationwide Boiler has successfully obtained performance results of 1 ppm NOx on an 800 hp firetube boiler during a demonstration test unit at the company's test and maintenance facility in Fremont, CAThe CataStak-FT utilizes the Combustion Components Associates, Inc. patented TRIM-NOXâ„¢ urea injection system, which decreased NOx emissions by over 90%.

Read Nationwide Boiler's recent press release detailing this successful demonstration project and download the new ammonia-free CataStak-FT product bulletin.

To see the test unit in operation and to learn how a CataStak-FT can safely and easily help bring your firetube boiler into compliance, register for the CataStak-FT Product Open House, Thursday, February 17, 2011, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. This event is open to the public and registration is free!

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California League of Food Processors Show

2011-expo_color.jpgOn February 1, 2011, Nationwide Boiler, along with other industrial food processor suppliers and vendors, will be attending the annual CLFP Expo & Showcase of Processed Foods. This two day event will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center, 400 J Street, Exhibit Halls A-C, in Sacramento, CA.

Stop by Nationwide Boiler's booth, #535, to obtain information about our extensive line of rental boiler systems, Best Performance Standards (BPS) boilers, efficiency upgrades (EconoStak economizers) and ultra low NOx emission controls (CataStak SCR systems). If you are a food processor or a grower and would like a complimentary visitor's pass to the expo, please submit your request online or contact us directly at 800-227-1966.

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Analyze Your Steam System for Free

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Have you been considering steam system improvements in your plant, but do not know where to begin? Do you want to potentially save 10% or more in fuel costs, while reducing emissions?

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program can help answer those questions for you and has developed the Steam System Scoping Tool (SSST) for energy coordinators, facility managers and plant electricians to help evaluate your steam system's performance. The software (available in MS Excel or Visual Basic formats) asks 26 questions about different areas of your steam system including system profiling, steam system operating practices, boiler plant operating practices, and distribution and recovery operation practices. Based on your responses, the software will indicate opportunities for improvements and will suggest a range of ways to save steam energy and boost productivity. It also compares your system against similar facilities in your industry and identifies best practices.

According to the DOE, six DOE Industrial Assessment Centers used the SSST in 2001 to assess steam systems at 18 small and medium-sized facilities. Overall, the software identified 89 system improvements with an average fuel savings of 12.5%. Collectively, the total improvements yielded a total annual savings of $2.8 million.

To learn more about this free software, visit the DOE's website.

Call Nationwide Boiler at 800-277-1966 to let us know how much energy you are able to save. We can also provide you with valuable information about our energy efficient equipment for sale or for rent, including EconoStak economizers, Best Performance Standards (BPS) boilers and CataStak SCR systems for boilers and gas-fired turbines.

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