War Story: Burner-System, Controls Upgrade Causes Reliability Issues

War Story: Burner-System, Controls Upgrade Causes Reliability Issues

A manufacturer retrofitted burners and controls on its boilers because of U.S. EPA-mandated emission regulations and then experienced operational issues.

Has your organization retrofitted burners and controls on its boilers because of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency- (EPA-) mandated emission regulations and then experienced operational issues? The owner of a large manufacturing-and-assembly facility in the Midwest did, and while conducting an operational review there in mid-2014, I experienced firsthand the frustrations of the plant engineering staff.

The System

During the mid-1990s, the facility underwent a ma

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