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CLFP Expo and Showcase of Processed Foods - Caution or Optimism Ahead?

Nationwide Boiler recently attended and exhibited at the California League of Food Processor's (CLFP) Expo and Showcase of Processed Foods. This event showcased the latest equipment, machinery, products, food ingredients and services from a wide range of industry leaders and the largest food processors in California.

CLFP member companies in attendance included ConAgra, Del Monte, Frito-Lay, Ingomar Packing, Kraft Foods, Los Gatos Tomato Products and Seneca Foods Corporation. Nationwide Boiler and other CLFP supplier host members spent two days informing, educating, and networking with these companies to better understand their current and future needs. The mood from food processors about the future state of the economy was mixed. Despite some hesitation and anxiety, there were some companies whose operations have not been affected by the chaos, and are moving forward with growth initiatives. These attitudes matched those reported by a 2009 Manufacturing Trend Survey report, conducted by Putman media's Food Processing magazine.

In addition to Nationwide Boiler's vast rental fleet inventory and new and used boilers, the CataStakTM Selective Catalytic Reduction System, a proven environmental solution which helps food processors and others in the industry comply with strict NOx air emission requirements was also showcased. The CataStak, with over 60 installations, achieves 5 ppm NOx or less and can be applied to package boilers, turbines, steam generators, or heater applications.

Mark your calendar for next year's event planned for February 2-3, 2010 at the Sacramento Convention Center. We hope to see you there.

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IDEA Annual Campus Energy Conference

The International District Energy Association's (IDEA) 22nd Annual Campus Energy conference is scheduled for February 10-13, 2009 in Durham, North Carolina. This event joins energy professionals from all over the world to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities operators of campus energy systems face today. IDEA's Distribution Workshop will precede the conference, featuring panel discussions on topics including safety issues, maintenance, and training.

This year's focus, "Today's Solutions for Tomorrow's Climate Challenges", bridges the gap between manufacturers, suppliers, and energy professionals, highlighting real-world solutions and insights from some of the most efficient and innovative campus energy systems in the United States. As an on-going member of the IDEA, Nationwide Boiler will be exhibiting and displaying our energy efficient and low NOx product lines, including EconoStak economizers, CataStak SCR systems for watertube and firetube boilers, and E2Stak Solutions. Be sure to stop by our booth #30 and ask our staff how we can provide a cost effective solution to meet your efficiency demands and low NOx emission requirements.

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Freeze Protection Recommendations



The winter season is here and for many users affected by freezing temperatures it is critical that the boiler unit is properly protected. Nationwide Boiler recommends the following in order to ensure that your unit continues to operate while facing freezing conditions.

  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.


The above are recommendations, however, use sound engineering judgment calls when there are concerns of possible freeze damage to the equipment. Call us if you have any further questions at 1-800-227-1966.

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Introducing Nationwide Boiler's "Boiler Blog"

 

Welcome to Nationwide Boiler's Boiler BlogĀ. The goal of this blog is to educate, inform and provide a central forum for those in the industry to share thoughts and ideas on topics relating to obtaining optimum equipment performance. Topics will include boiler service and maintenance tips, planning guidelines for rental boilers, current environmental updates, and general industry news and events information.There will of course, also be updates about the latest product news and happenings from Nationwide Boiler.Please check back here soon or subscribe to our RSS feed.

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