Industrial boilers are closed vessels that use a fuel source or electricity to heat water or generate steam for industrial heating and humidification applications. The basic concept of a boiler involves a heat source (furnace) and a heat exchanger (pipes or tubes) or heat transfer medium which allows water to be heated above its boiling point. The type of heat source and the method of heat exchange are what primarily define different types of boilers.
Gas-fired boilers are designed to operate on either propane or natural gas. Some gas-fired boilers can be switched over to one or the other with some modifications to account for the different characteristics of the fuels. The first two decisions you’ll need to make regarding your industrial boiler system are what type of heating system you need, and which kind of fuel your boiler will use. Boilers typically come in either a fire-tube or water-tube heating design, and they are designed either to run on natural gas or a dual-fuel option.
Industrial boilers are widely used and can be used by almost all industries with steam and hot water requirements, including:
- Breweries and Distilleries
- Food & Beverage Companies
- Chemical Production Companies
- Healthcare Facilities
- Laundry Services (may have peak demands as hotels and restaurants send in items for cleaning)
- Textile Industries
- Universities and Schools (e.g., campuses with multiple buildings and/or dorms where students use more hot water at morning and at night)
- Industrial Manufacturing (e.g., plants producing large items like aircraft and machinery)
BOILER MAINTENANCE AND SAFETY
Ongoing boiler maintenance is key to safe operations, and the easier the boilers are to maintain, the better. One of your primary considerations is whether your boiler system has adequate monitoring, self-diagnostic and troubleshooting features. Understanding the basics of industrial boiler systems can help you determine which type of boiler will best serve your facility’s purposes. If you’re looking to install a low-maintenance, high-efficiency boiler system for your plant, factory or campus, we’d love to discuss your options.