Choosing a Boiler System for Industrial Manufacturing
From hospitals and universities to factories and plants, many institutions rely on steam boilers for heating, hot water, etc. But choosing a good boiler system for industrial manufacturing applications can be a more complex matter. Manufacturers have a wide range of needs, operating costs and fluctuating demands, and not every boiler system is right for every industry. How do you decide which type of boiler system is the right fit for your needs and steam demands? Do you need a conventional fire tube boiler, or a more compact water tube boiler? Should you install one large boiler, or several in modular format to deal with changing demands? Does your company have any emissions standards to consider?
The answers to these questions can go a long way toward helping you choose the right boiler system for your manufacturing needs. Let’s explore a few specific factors you should look at.
Minimal “Down Time”
For most industrial manufacturing facilities, the phrase “time is money” certainly applies. Consumer demands, and operating costs require them to be constantly producing with as little down time as possible. Conventional fire tube boiler systems can take one to several hours to fire up and blow down, and if your process requires steam heat, you may be nonproductive for those hours—not to mention any time the boiler has to go down for maintenance. By contrast, a quick-firing water tube boiler can go from a cold start to full steam in minutes, so you can begin producing almost immediately. Furthermore, if you install a modular configuration of several smaller boilers, your plant can remain productive even if one of the units needs to power down for maintenance.
For certain facilities like hospitals and other institutions, the demand for steam heat may remain fairly constant without fluctuating too much. However, for some manufacturers, the demand for steam can fluctuate widely even within minutes. Conventional boiler systems can’t adapt quickly to those changing demands, so the end result is often that they continue burning fuel and producing steam that you don’t need. Modular boilers with water tube designs, on the other hand, can respond almost immediately to changes in demand in either direction. When boilers fire up when you need steam—and power down when you don’t—you can save thousands per year in energy costs.
Energy Efficiency/Environmental Friendliness
Other factors to consider when choosing a boiler system are energy efficiency in general, as well as environmental impact. Many steam boilers by design are known for having a large carbon footprint, consuming large quantities of oil or natural gas and releasing toxic emissions. If your company has an ethic of environmental responsibility or your state has emissions regulations to meet, this can pose a problem. You need to look for a boiler system that requires less fuel and water, and preferably one with a low emissions rating.
Miura Boilers have an innovative design that is uniquely suited to the needs of industrial manufacturing. Their once-through water tube design enables them to produce steam from a cold start in as little as 5 minutes, and their compact, modular design allows industries to configure them as needed to power on or off according to fluctuating demands. Most companies report reduced energy bills of 25 percent or more per year, and with low to no CO2 and NOx emissions, Miura Boilers can meet even the most stringent emissions standards.