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Boilers and Burners

Company recommends boiler servicing to prevent scaling

22nd January 2016 Servicing boilers and cooling towers can ensure minimal scaling and protect the plant against premature failure, especially considering that 1 mm of scale can increase a company’s fuel bill by 10%, says boiler manufacturer Allmech GM Lionel Maasdorp.  

SA company leverages international partnerships to consolidate presence in Africa

22nd January 2016 Heat generation technology company Steam Generation Africa has been able to consolidate its presence in providing boilers on the African continent following its concluded agreement with Scotland-based industrial boiler specialist Cochran in 2014 and a partnership entered into last year with... 

SA company leverages  international partnerships to consolidate presence in Africa
INCREASING PRESENCE The Cochran boiler range is available in countries such as Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Botswana and Namibia

Medupi, Kusile boilers a large-scale milestone

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 The sheer size of the boilers being installed at State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations might not be repeated in Africa again, owing to future build prospects indicating a requirement for smaller boilers, says power systems company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems... 

Medupi, Kusile boilers a large-scale milestone
MILESTONE POWER STATION Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa predicts future power station build prospects being smaller in comparison to Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations

New boiler house produces stable process steam

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 As part of its continuous drive to reduce energy costs amid increasing electricity costs, tyre manufacturer Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA) has installed a new coal-fired boiler house at its Port Elizabeth plant. 

New boiler house produces stable process steam
NEW BOILER HOUSE The Port Elizabeth-based Continental Tyre South Africa plant has had four new John Thompson package boilers installed to generate process steam

Energy solutions company to launch Web-based boiler monitoring system

By: Dylan Slater     5th June 2015 Energy solutions company Energy Partners is in the final stages of developing a real-time Web-based boiler monitoring system, which will monitor and report on various operational parameters of a boiler or a set of boilers. 

Energy solutions company  to launch Web-based  boiler monitoring system
BOILER MAINTENANCE Energy Partners operates an outsourcing boiler operation business focusing on servicing coal-fired boilers in the process-steam industry

Boiler company creates new department to outsource expertise

5th June 2015 Boiler company John Thompson, the power division of electromechanical equipment company Actom, recently established its Energy Management department in 2014 to embrace the current worldwide trend of customers outsourcing their noncore business. This demonstrates John Thompson’s commitment to... 

Boiler company creates new department to  outsource expertise
INDUSTRIAL BOILER John Thompson considers the supply, operation and maintenance of an energy plant and associated equipment as its core business

US boiler company supplies federal facility

5th June 2015 US-based boiler company Nationwide Boiler announced in March the sale of five 650 hp mobile boiler rooms to a US federal government facility. 

US boiler company  supplies federal facility
MOBILE BOILER The ability to transport a large boiler by truck instead of by rail is a time-saving advantage

Singapore company appoints ASME inspector

5th June 2015 Singapore-based fully integrated water solutions supplier Hyflux Membrane Manufacturing (Hyflux) has chosen engineering advisory firm and assurance services company Lloyd’s Register Energy as its American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) inspection services provider for boilers and pressure... 

New regulations impact on boilers

6th June 2014 Since the change by South Africa’s Department of Labour (DoL) from the Vessel Under Pressure Regulations to the Pressure Equipment Regulations in 2009, local boiler users, among other pressure vessel users, are now required to have a risk-based inspection (RBI) scheme in place if they exceed the... 

New regulations  impact on boilers
Photo by Duane Daws
UNDER PRESSURE Risk-based inspection is a method using risk as a basis for prioritising and managing inspection programmes

Emergency boiler keeps cold out

6th June 2014 US-based emergency rental boiler and auxiliary equipment company Nationwide Boiler Incorporated assisted in keeping more than 125 buildings warm during the past winter season, in Midwest US. 

Emergency boiler  keeps cold out
MOBILE BOILER Nationwide Boiler has provided temporary and permanent boiler systems to district heating companies since 1967

Biomass boiler cuts costs

6th June 2014 A project to retrofit a biomass-fired boiler at the University of Iowa’s (UI’s) Oakdale Research Park campus in Coralville, Iowa received the 2013 Grand Place Award in the Energy Production category from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC). 

Biomass boiler  cuts costs
AWARD WINNING INNOVATION The University of Iowa Oakdale Research Park campus aims to have 40% of its energy needs met with renewable resources by the end of 2020

Wireless control for boiler maintenance

By: Dylan Slater     6th June 2014 Maintenance and testing procedures on power plant boilers can be monitored with engineering consulting company Carab Tekniva’s U-Fi wireless communication solution that was released in South Africa last year. 

Wireless control for boiler maintenance
WIRELESS PORTABLE CONTROL The portable unit is powered by a rechargeable battery and is encased in an anodised dye-cast extruded aluminium case

Controls improve efficiency

6th June 2014 Combustion controls, used in boilers, can boost thermal efficiency and reduce excess air curves, resulting in improved combustion reactions within the boiler. 

Controls improve  efficiency
ENVIROPAC BOILER With the addition of a carbon monoxide sensor, the combustion controller can self-learn the ideal shape of the burner excess air curve

Compact boilers and complementary software assists new companies

6th June 2014 US-based custom extracts and nutritional supplements company RFI Ingredients recently opted for compact and efficient boilers, instead of the traditional fire-tube boilers, owing to the compact boilers’ fast start-up capabilities and consistent steam supply. RFI Ingredients ordered three LX-150... 

Compact boilers and complementary software assists new companies
COMPACT BOILER Miura’s compact boilers enabled RFI Ingredients to build a smaller boiler room than what is usually required by traditional boilers

Boiler fuel dominance is changing

By: Dylan Slater     6th June 2014 The popularity of coal-fired boilers is slowly losing momentum to the rise in cleaner burning fuels such as natural gas, according to heat generation company Steam Generation Africa. 

Boiler fuel dominance  is changing
WEE CHIEFTAN Cochran boilers operate in more than 100 countries worldwide

Emulsion fuel offers environmental benefits

7th June 2013 Environmental technology company Nano Bubble Technologies’ (NBT’s) emulsion fuels offer the boiler industry environmental and economic benefits. 

Two 3 t steam boilers installed

7th June 2013 Heavy steel engineering company Cyclotherm SA in April installed two 3 t dual-fired steam boilers (Cyclotherm C7000) - which can be fired on gas or light oil - and all ancillary equipment for healthcare company Adcock Ingram’s new high-volume liquid plant in Oliphantsfontein. 

Gas-fired boilers exceed popularity of coal counterparts

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 The increasing conversion of existing coal-fired boilers to natural gas usage, owing to the changes in the price of natural gas, not only reduces emissions but also decreases boiler maintenance when compared with coal-fired boilers, says plant engineering and consulting company Carab Tekniva. 

Re-establishment of boiler industry brings challenges

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 The high local-content requirements and the recent re-establishment of the boilers industry have not only brought about opportunities but also challenges. The most challenging of which relates to a reduction in productivity and the quality of boilers produced by the industry in South Africa,... 

Projects guaranteed emissions and energy efficiency

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 Projects worth about R30-million, aimed at improving the emission levels and energy efficiency at facilities across South Africa, are being undertaken by energy efficient combustion technologies company Combustion Technology.  

Demand for biomass fired boilers increases 

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 As the price of biomass fuels becomes more competitive with traditional fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, the demand for biomass-fired boilers is steadily increasing. Subsequently, this has created a growing need for the manufacturing of boilers for these cleaner and more sustainable fuels,... 

New oil- and gas-fired boilers made available to industry

7th June 2013 Steam and hot-water equipment supplier Allmech has introduced its new range of oil- and gas-fired three-pass boilers to the market. 

New coal-fired boilers alternative to limited industry options

7th June 2013 Boiler manufacturer Dryden Combustion announces an exciting new development in the South African boiler industry as it is supplying new coal-fired boilers, employing the latest available technology for boiler control systems, Dryden optimises combustion efficiency, saving energy and reducing air... 

Technological solutions for improving combustion efficiency, safety concerns

By: Zandile Mavuso     7th June 2013 According to sources, more than 12 steam boilers in South Africa fail catastrophically each year as a result of undetected low water-level conditions, says specialist combustion optimization company Boiler Combustion Technologies.  

Manufacturer offers high-pressure monodrum boilers

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Boiler and environmental solutions provider John Thompson, a division of electrical products supplier Actom, is now offering the sugar industry, as well as other industrial users that want to burn biomass, high-pressure monodrum boilers. 

Modular burner control system to be installed for first time in SA

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Thermoprocessing solutions provider Talec Combustion will, this month, install a complete modular burner control system – the first of its kind in South Africa – for a major food manufacturer.  

Retrofitted boilers, burners increase combustion efficiency

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 Retrofitted boilers and burners provide reduced electricity consumption and improved combustion efficiency that can assist the boiler industry, which is facing rising energy costs, says combustion control specialist Steam House Africa project engineer Lionel Naudè.  

Emulsified fuel reduces boiler maintenance and harmful emissions

By: Sashnee Moodley     8th June 2012 An environment-friendly, emulsified fuel, called EM-fuel, supplied by environmental technology company Nano Bubble Technologies (NBT) is able to limit carbon build-up in boilers, reducing maintenance and harmful emissions, the company reports. 

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