Choosing A Steam Boiler For Food Processing
Steam boilers are an essential part of operations at any food processing company. Everything from preparing food to running the machines to sanitizing cooking tools to heating the facility relies on the production of steam and hot water from the boiler system. Needless to say, food processing companies can’t skimp when it’s time to choose a boiler; they need the best one available. Here are a few things that food processors should look for when choosing a steam boiler.
Meet Fluctuating Needs
Obviously, food processing companies require large volumes of steam on a daily basis. However, they aren’t always running full throttle 24/7. Some days require more steam than other days and certain times of day can be busier than others depending on what tasks need to be accomplished. This requires a boiler system that can increase steam production when needs rise to prevent operations from being interrupted.
Miura boilers are ideal for meeting fluctuating needs, as they can be producing steam within five minutes of a cold startup, making it easy to respond to sudden spikes. Multiple installations are also common with Miura’s smaller, modular boilers. Rather than one or two large boilers being relied on for everything, a series of smaller boilers makes it easier to turn on additional boilers when steam needs are high and then turn them off during less busy periods.
Ease of Maintenance
With steam boilers being needed for so many different tasks, keeping up with maintenance is essential for food processing companies. If boilers start to show a reduction in productivity or need to be shut down for repairs, it can interrupt the operations of the entire processing plant. Thus, it’s essential for boiler maintenance to be as quick and easy as possible so work can continue without a long interruption.
With Miura boilers, there is a user-friendly control panel and a remote monitoring system so any problem can be detected and addressed as soon as possible. Routine inspections of Miura boilers can also be done in less than a day whereas larger boilers sometimes need to be shut down for multiple days to conduct a full inspection. Plus, with multiple installations, one Miura boiler can be shut down for maintenance while the rest remain running, so there is no interruption whatsoever.
Fuel and Water Efficiency
Many food processing companies are facing challenges related to the amount of fuel and water they use. Rising fuel costs can complicate budgets and start digging into profits, so it’s important to cut fuel costs without sacrificing productivity whenever possible. Companies in certain areas also face restrictions with regard to the water they can consume. This is particularly tough on food processing companies that require large amounts of water to operate, forcing them to use boilers that give them the most bang for their buck when it comes to steam production.
Miura boilers can help address both of these concerns. Since Miura boilers can start producing steam within minutes of a cold startup, they have a fuel-to-steam efficiency ratio that far exceeds traditional boilers. This helps to reduce fuel costs, as does the ability of Miura boilers to switch back and forth between different types of fuel, enabling companies to use whatever fuel is cheaper. Also, with Miura’s remote monitoring and water treatment systems, it’s easier for food processing companies to optimize their water use so they can meet any restrictions while still producing the steam they need to function and maintain high levels of productivity.