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Preventing Damage to Your Tubular Air Heaters

Preventing Damage to Your Tubular Air Heaters

Tubular air heaters are essential to maintaining the efficiency of a power plant. Their ability to control the temperature of incoming air is key to proper boiler functioning, which directly contributes to efficiency. While minor decreases in efficiency due to tubular air heater degradation is… read more

Keeping Outages Efficient

Keeping Outages Efficient

Rolling out on jobs for predown is essential to keeping our work out of the critical path of outages, and a high level of organization and preparedness can make a huge difference in the efficiency of the process. We have large tool trailers stocked with… read more

Common Problems with Plant Air Heaters and How to Fix Them

Common Problems with Plant Air Heaters and How to Fix Them

Air heaters are common pieces of equipment in power plants because they serve a crucial purpose. An air heater unit accounts for 10 to 15% of a unit’s thermal efficiency. It reduces fuel cost, reduces parasitic loses, and helps achieve environmental compliance. When an air… read more

Proactive Maintenance: Which is better?

Proactive Maintenance: Which is better?

Maintenance in all facilities – whether it’s a power plant, a steel plant, a paper mill, cement plant, etc. – is either preventative or reactive in nature. Many maintenance managers are reactive in that they run on a philosophy of run-to-failure, which means running a… read more

Neglecting Equipment Coating Systems Can Cost Money

Neglecting Equipment Coating Systems Can Cost Money

In a typical power plant, there are a million and one things that need to be watched, maintained, and repaired if necessary. Most of us pay special attention to the major systems and their critical components. But one often-overlooked component is equipment coating systems. The… read more

How Can Plant Maintenance Improve Heat Rate and Thermal Efficiency?

How Can Plant Maintenance Improve Heat Rate and Thermal Efficiency?

Heat rate improvement and thermal efficiency enhancement is the name of the game for power plants today. With each percentage point of improvement, a plant gains bottom-line benefits that justify the investment of the improvements. But big capital projects aren’t the only initiatives that can… read more

Co-Firing and International Climate Goals

Co-Firing and International Climate Goals

One of the many ideas presented at the climate meeting in Bonn, Germany, was that of co-firing biomass and coal in order to potentially decrease CO2 emissions and increase efficiency. Could it be effective? Some say yes, but others aren’t so optimistic. A Divided Opinion… read more

BACT Pollution Standards, Simplified

BACT Pollution Standards, Simplified

BACT (Best Available Control Technology) standards are a part of every industrial plant manager’s life. As a part of the Clean Air Act, these standards require industries to implement the best possible technology in order to take pollutants out of their emissions stream. Because they’re… read more