Guest Blog Dealing Commercial Plant Boiler Breakdowns

When a plant fails, it can have devastating effects on a corporation, including service interruptions and revenue losses. Jamie Ross-Davies from Ideal Heat Solutions provides his suggestions.

Ideal Heat are frequently relied upon to provide temporary commercial boilers for plants across the south east.

The installation of a modern, reliable temporary boiler can sometimes be completed in a matter of hours.

Sometimes however, the process can take days. Why? The answer is, it’s all down to design!

Designers need to ‘plan for disaster’ within their plant design. A more beneficial technique than the current “twin head pump and standby boiler” approach is needed to take this simple idea to a new level.

There is good news in that it doesn’t involve a lot more effort, time, or money. All that is required is the provision of a series of capped connection points for plant.

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Picture the scene, the boiler breaks down, there is no source of heat or hot water and the repercussions soon rise. What impact would this have on your company?

Inconvenience, quality of customer service, price, and the well-being of workers are all likely considerations. First step is to seek provision of a temporary boiler, in Ideal Heat’s case we would arrive within 24 hours and could install a temporary boiler within hours, unless one or more of the following is discovered:

• There is no option for spare power • The system requires a tapping • New welded connections need installing

• A new plant room is required for the system.

In these cases, recovery from plant failure can take days.
An easy and rapid approach with minimal service interruptions would have been possible if comprehensive catastrophe planning had been taken into account during the design stage.

If the plant fails, designers should conduct a single point failure study to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Installing a temporary boiler is a realistic option, but how feasible is it?

In the early stages of the planning process, Ideal Heat advises installing a makeshift boiler. In the early stages of the planning process, Ideal Heat advises installing a makeshift boiler. A full spectrum can be viewed here.

A succession of capped connection points reduces the requirement for fresh welded connections. The installation of connection points would add cents to the cost of the design but would save significantly bigger sums, as well as saves in time and discomfort caused by their absence.

If a single connection point is incorporated in to the primary network and one on each secondary, components of the system will be able to function during maintenance and repair work to the primary network.

Using a valve and an end cap, make sure the connections are of line size. During routine maintenance, these will be used for flushing and testing. In addition, commando plugs and a temporary water supply are both highly recommended. If these tiny measures are included at the design phase, when a boiler breaks normal service can be resumed within hours instead of days.

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Last Updated on December 29, 2021

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