Industrial Boilers Manufacturers and Suppliers

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  • Schenectady, NY 518-344-7490

    Unilux Advanced Manufacturing has years of experience in applications of sales and service of water tube, industrial boilers and packaged products. The Unilux Boiler is the second oldest bent model currently on the market. Specializing in custom-engineered projects, we have the highest standards in quality workmanship, manufacturing, design and performance at our state of the art facility.

    Unilux Advanced Manufacturing, LLC
  • Pulaski, NY 315-298-5121

    We are an industry frontrunner here at Fulton and provide global solutions for industrial boilers. Whether you are in need of a steam boiler or a hot oil heater, we provide it all. Our boilers can use condensing and non-condensing methods and we guarantee our units will save you money in energy costs. Let us know your need and our specialists will direct you to the best industrial boiler. Contact us today!

  • Barberton, OH 330-753-4511

    Babcock & Wilcox provides boilers ranging from small package boilers for commercial applications to large, high capacity utility boilers used to generate 1300 MW of electricity. We have the experience to burn virtually any fuel to produce steam efficiently, safely and reliably. Our products include drum boilers, fluidized bed boilers, once-through boilers, heaters and burners.

    Babcock & Wilcox
  • Michigan City, IN 219-879-6561

    Weil-McLain produces top-quality industrial and residential hot water boilers, steam boilers, gas fired boilers, oil fired boilers and electric boilers. We are the leading cast iron boiler manufacturer in the U.S. We offer them in five sizes from 80 to 310 MBH. Contact us with your needs.

  • Delanco, NJ 888-992-4134

    Powerhouse Boiler Equipment sells, rents and services new & used boilers for all commercial and industrial needs. Our stock includes firetube, watertube, mobile and trailer-mounted boilers, available from 25 hp to 800 hp and 72,000 pph. Our boiler products can be delivered quickly across North and South America, and are used by business in a variety of industries.

    Powerhouse Boiler Equipment
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Industrial Boilers

Industrial boilers are typically used to generate steam by applying thermal energy to transform water into steam on a large scale. Often, the steam will be used for heating or to power equipment. High-pressure boilers yield large amounts of steam within the durable chamber. Once enough steam has been created, the steam is released through valves and pressure channels the steam through pipes to the destined machinery. Leftover cooled water is sent back to the boiler to be recycled and reheated. To avoid corrosion, fresh water should be added to counterbalance any loss of water during the process.

Industrial boilers are built to withstand more stress than commercial boilers or hot water boilers. Industrial boilers are often larger than commercial boilers and are manufactured with steel up to 35 mm thick, allowing for pressures up to 30 bar and above. These features make industrial boilers suitable for industries that require a large heating capacity.

The safety and efficiency of industrial boilers has come a long way since their invention. During the Industrial Revolution, industrial boilers were the main source for powering factories. In that time period, there were many instances of industrial boilers rupturing due to overpressurization and overheating, causing deaths and structural damages in some cases. In the late eighteen hundreds and early nineteen hundreds, an estimated 50,000 people died each year from boiler related accidents in North America. Since then, designs have improved and regulations have been put in place to avoid this hazard. Organizations, such as ASME, helped to create the standards for both design and operation that modern manufacturers adhere to still today. Industrial boilers are now furnished with pressure sensitive gauges and relief valves and fabricated with durable materials to prevent damage. These safety measures reduce risks as well as increase efficiency by reducing heat loss levels and cutting fuel cost. It is important to evaluate your application and choose an industrial boiler constructed by a trusted manufacturer in order to minimize the risk of accidents and increase output.

Industrial boilers can be categorized based on design, fuel used to generate heat, or combustion technology. In regards to design, there are two main concepts. Fire tube boilers and water tube boilers. Fire tube boilers are easy to operate and have a simple design. They transport hot gases, generated by the heating source, through tubes that pass through a water-filled chamber, transferring heat from the gas filled tubes to the water. While fire tube boilers are often less expensive, they have a bulky design, small steam capacities, and low to medium degrees of pressure. Fire tube boilers produce steam rates up to 26,000 pounds per hour. Water tubes, also known as high pressure boilers , have an inverse structure compared to fire tube boilers. Water flows through tubes that are surrounded by a cavity of hot gases. Water tube boilers are capable of producing 10,000 to 1,000,000 pounds of steam per hour. This design is more efficient but more complex and expensive to manufacture. The other downfall to water tube boilers is that the water that goes into the systems needs to be treated to keep the tubes clear from contaminants. Therefore to ensure optimal performance, a supporting water treatment system is recommended to supply filtered water.

Industrial boilers can also be classified by fuel type. Coal, oil, biomass (burnable plant materials such as wood chips or rice husks), natural gas, and steam. Boilers that use steam as fuel, hydronic industrial boilers, need to be coupled with another boiler type. Each fuel type offers varying cost, safety, and environmental benefits.

Finally, industrial boilers can be distinguished by the combustion technology. There are three types. Fluidized Bed systems “bubble” fuel and sand together to create a fuel-air mixture that helps keep uniform temperatures in the fuel bed and reduce emissions. Stoker systems burn coal and spread the heat by either continuous and even coal distribution or by feeding fuel into one area and then distributing the coal with a moving grate. The third combustion technology used to classify industrial boilers is thermic fluid heaters, which use a closed system of petroleum based fluids to deliver consistent temperature control and good thermal efficiency.

Industrial boilers are utilized in many settings. Industries such as agriculture, ceramic, electrical, refineries, food and beverages, paper and pulp, manufacturing, and many more employ steam production for a myriad of applications. These applications range from power generation, heating kilns, driving turbines, agricultural soil steaming, cement production, large scale heating etc. Some industries, such as paper and pulp, utilize industrial boilers that are fueled by the waste of their operations.

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Industrial Boiler – Unilux Advanced Manufacturing, LLC
Industrial Boiler – Unilux Advanced Manufacturing, LLC

Combustion Technology Employed in Industrial Boilers

While choosing industrial burners, one factor that you need to consider, other than the design and application, is the combustion technology. Industrial boilers are large vessels which have a combustion chamber and water chamber. Through different tubing systems, known as heat exchangers, heat is transferred from the heat source to water.

Different types of heating systems are used in the combustion chamber.

Fluidized Combustion Bed System

The most modern system is known as a fluidized combustion bed system, a technology that is used when solid fuels such as wood and coal need to be burned. On a hot bed of ash or sand, solid particles of fuel are suspended and air is blown to achieve effective air-fuel contact. A fluidized combustion bed is a great alternative to traditional furnaces, which are larger and bulkier. With this system, industrial boilers can be made smaller and compact. They also endow flexibility in terms of fuel, as an array of fuels such as biomass can be used. Moreover, the system is highly efficient and reduces the emission of contaminants.

Stoker System

The second alternative is the stoker system. It involves a bed of burning coals—similar to the one used on the steam engines—which is fed continuously with coal. A stoker type system is further classified as a travelling gate, also known as a chain-grate stoker, and a spreader stoker. In a travelling gate stoker system, a heap of coal is loaded on a moving steel grate, which travels back and forth from the boiler to the loading place. The system is fitted with a coal gate to regulate the rate of the coal feeds. In such systems, a uniform size of coal is necessary for efficient burning. The spreader stoke is simple in which coal is fed continuously to a burning bed, and a spreader distributes the feed evenly for better combustion.

Thermic Fluid Heaters

Some designs also employ thermic-fluid heaters, which use a petroleum-based heat transfer system. In this system, a heated fluid runs within the tubes through water and heat the water to its boiling point. This type of system enables to temperature regulation, and has high efficiency in comparison to the alternatives.

Other than the combustion technology, you as a buyer need to consider the type of fuel that will be used in a boiler. There are numbers of options, ranging from coal to electric to gas to oil.

The standard fuel is coal, however, modern designs use a fine powder of coal called pulverized coal, as fine particles burn more efficiently than lumps. With the addition of a fluidized bed, even biomass can be used as a fuel, which means all organic materials and agricultural waste products are fuel. In homes, electric-powered boilers are used to heat the water.

Other than these, gas and oil are extensively utilized in boilers. Gases like natural gas and propane are most commonly used in boilers, as they are cost effective.

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