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Efficient Utilization of Gas Burners

A large number of laundry owners and managers fail to realize that efficiency in operations equates to reductions in expenses. Efficiency of combustion equipment benefits your operation by decreasing costs of natural gas, increasing equipment efficiency, reducing electricity costs, decreasing maintenance costs and increasing productivity and output. Consider your automobile when a mechanic adjusts the combustion system (carburetor/injectors, timing etc.) There is a wide range of adjustments to effectuate the proper (efficient) air/fuel ratio. When this ratio falls outside recommended ranges, this affects your vehicles performance and efficiency. Whether for economy or speed, high performance of your car is usually desirable.

The combustion system in your vehicle is essentially the same as the combustion system in your gas fired dryers, boilers or similar equipment, in that there exists a recommended air/fuel ratio which must be maintained for efficient operation. With proper adjustments, your equipment will produce a hotter flame and emit fewer hydrocarbons into the atmosphere (efficiency.) The igniter (spark plug) will not become fouled and disrupt operation and burner cleaning will be kept to a minimum. The air/fuel ratio must remain consistent from low-flame through high heat. A skilled technician, familiar with the operation of gas burners should be called to evaluate the present condition of your equipment.

Today, most equipment utilizing a gas burner contains a high pressure safety switch, to discontinue operation if high gas pressure is detected. Many manufacturers also include a low-pressure safety switch. This device disallows operation of the burner absent normal pressure ranges. If gas pressure is low, the flame content (air/fuel ratio) will not be within recommended limits and operation would be inefficient. In most cases, if your equipment does not have a low pressure safety switch it can be added, utilizing qualified personnel.

In many plants there is not enough outside air available to efficiently fire and maintain burners efficiently, especially where multiple burners are operational concurrently. Remember, each burner has its own requirements for air intake. With inadequate intake air it becomes necessary to install “make-up air” units to provide the needed air. Burners must be vented to outside air for exhaust purposes, however, venting intake air offers a supplemental air source to provide the needed air supply. This external ducting can be in tandem for multiple burners with proper area calculations and dampers placed for each unit of equipment –possibly eliminating the necessity for make-up air.

Once efficient operation of your gas fired equipment is established you will see a reduction in your natural gas and electricity use. Furthermore, with reduced drying time, the output of your plant will increase.

In today’s world, efficiency and the environment are primary concerns. Efficient equipment helps your plant be environmentally friendly since in addition to saving money, you’re saving resources. In most cases only the cost of technicians are needed. In the event you have experienced personnel, all that is needed is proper equipment.

I have spent years attempting to effectuate a safe work environment by analyzing efficiency of equipment and considering various circumstances. For the most part, simple and relatively inexpensive solutions resulted in enormous savings for the management. This is efficiency

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Ecolab Acquires Dober Chemical’S Textile Care Business

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Ecolab Inc. a leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety and infection prevention products and services announced it has purchased the commercial laundry division of Dober Chemical Corporation. The acquisition includes Dober’s laundry chemical and waste water treatment and Ultrax dispensing businesses as well as an exclusive partnership to market and provide key components of its Spindle monitoring software.

“Dober is respected throughout the industry for its innovative monitoring technology, product chemistry and commitment to service – qualities that complement our own strengths at Ecolab,” said Brian Henke, vice president and general manager, Ecolab Textile Care North America. “As we expand our North American commercial laundry business, innovation and service excellence will continue to be our top priority as we partner with our customers to deliver unsurpassed value to run their operations more efficiently, sustainably and cost effectively.”

“Ecolab and Dober share the same customercentric approach to service and innovative technology,” said John Dobrez, president Dober Chemical Corp. “This is an exciting development because it builds on the strengths of both companies to move the industry forward.”

Through this agreement, Spindle Technologies,a division of Dober, is forming a strategic alliance with Ecolab Textile Care in an exclusive licensing agreement for its ChemWatch Software technology and the OPTRAX Utility Module.

“There will be no movement of people as they currently all operate remotely,” said Henke. “The Dober leadership team is very skilled and respected in the industry. We plan to have them as part of the team moving forward. During the transition, both businesses will operate as usual and we do not expect there to be any changes in the service the customers are used to receiving.”