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Brexit and The Machinery Directive - 'Game of Change'

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Keeping the lights on or "I wouldn't start from here"

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4 Key Measurements For Optimal Boiler Control

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Byworth Boilers - Case Studies

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Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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Spreading the CEA message to Hong Kong

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Allied Bakeries Case Study - INSTALLATION PROJECTS

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Allied Bakeries Case Study - ENERGY & TECHNICAL

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Allied Bakeries Case Study - OPERATION & MAINTENANCE

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The safe operation of boilers - who's responsible?

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Byworth Boilers - Case Studies

Jura, in a world of it's own - Find out more about Byworths journey to this famous distillery.

One road, one distillery, one pub, one shop and one community; but with over 5000 deer, Jura is an island with a unique spirit.
The Isle of Jura, nestled off the West Coast of Scotland is only 60 miles from Glasgow but takes a wee while to get there. A land where myths, legends, superstition and the craft of whisky making has been handed down from generation to generation.
Byworth went to the Isle of Jura to meet with Andy Jardine to get his perspective on business with Byworth; the benefits of better boiler life; improved efficiency; uptime and improved customer satisfaction.

 To view the video click here.

 

Animal Feeds plant reduces operating costs.

Watch our video where Animal Feeds company, GLW Feeds talk about the benefits of more efficient boilers and technology in the plant...
Byworth Boilers went to visit GLW Feeds at their site in Leicestershire to meet with John Kettle and get his perspective on business with Byworth and the Yorkshireman steam boiler.

In this video we learn more about the Yorkshireman steam boiler and how this has saved GLW Feeds nearly 25% on their running costs from switching from a coal fired boiler to a new state of art gas fired boiler.

To view the video click here.

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Brexit and The Machinery Directive - 'Game of Change'

Warren Spiers, Managing Director at Spiers Engineering Safety, looks at the possible changes that may come, following our exit from the EU.

Synopsis: 

The machine safety industry should be watching the Brexit process with baited breath. Nobody truly knows what the outcome will be. In fact, all we know is that our relationship with the EU will never be the same again and in this 'game of change' nobody knows the outcomes for sure. The purpose of this article is to explore the changes that could occur to the Machinery Directive and the machinery safety industry. 

As a professional in machine safety and as a machine safety consultancy business owner responsible for the livelihood not just of my own family, but also of the families of our employees, I am keenly focussed on what contingencies I might want to put in place to protect us all from the effects of the Brexit process.

To read the full article click here.

Warren Spiers will be delivering a one-day machine safety workshop at Cannock on Tuesday 21st March 2017. 

To view all of Spiers  Engineering Safety conferences and workshops for 2017 please click here.

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Keeping the lights on or "I wouldn't start from here"

A personal assessment by Kenneth Fergusson, Honorary Vice President of the Combustion Engineering Association.

In London, 23rd January 2017 dawned windless, foggy and frosty. 100 flights were cancelled at Heathrow. The BBC reported that the conditions were widespread across the country.  Looking at the weather map, I remembered an article written back in November 2003, when major UK wind generation capacity was only an aspiration, but RWE in Germany already had 13GW in service. 

In 2001, I retired after four years as Chief Executive of the Coal Authority. I was invited to become President of the Combustion Engineering Association, a role which I relished for four years. During that time, UK energy policy was being reformulated and for the first year, I acted as a consultant to DTI on the subject of "clean coal" for which carbon capture and storage (CCS) was prerequisite and the appropriate and the appropriate generation technologies were "ultra-supercritical"(USC) or "Integrated gasification combined cycle"(IGCC). 

In 2009 I was invited to write an article on UCG for "Modern Power Systems" for which I prepared a comparison of generation cost or offshore wind, nuclear, USC and IGCC, gas CCGT and UCG all the fossil fuel cases included 90+% CCS.

To read the full article click here

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4 Key Measurements For Optimal Boiler Control

The purpose of boiler control is to achieve safe operation, reliability and optimised performance with respect to load change response, fuel cost and emissions.

In most control applications, repeatability or measurement is more important than absolute accuracy. Accuracy can be adjusted for software, but erratic readings cannot.

Drum level is critical for safety and reliability. Inaccurate drum level control can result in safety issue and equipment damage. High levels can cause water carryover that lowers heat transfer efficiency and possibly damages downstream equipment such as steam turbines.

To read more on this article click here

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Byworth Boilers - Case Studies

Jura, in a world of it's own - Find out more about Byworths journey to this famous distillery.

One road, one distillery, one pub, one shop and one community; but with over 5000 deer, Jura is an island with a unique spirit.
The Isle of Jura, nestled off the West Coast of Scotland is only 60 miles from Glasgow but takes a wee while to get there. A land where myths, legends, superstition and the craft of whisky making has been handed down from generation to generation.
Byworth went to the Isle of Jura to meet with Andy Jardine to get his perspective on business with Byworth; the benefits of better boiler life; improved efficiency; uptime and improved customer satisfaction.

 To view the video click here.

 

Animal Feeds plant reduces operating costs.

Watch our video where Animal Feeds company, GLW Feeds talk about the benefits of more efficient boilers and technology in the plant...
Byworth Boilers went to visit GLW Feeds at their site in Leicestershire to meet with John Kettle and get his perspective on business with Byworth and the Yorkshireman steam boiler.

In this video we learn more about the Yorkshireman steam boiler and how this has saved GLW Feeds nearly 25% on their running costs from switching from a coal fired boiler to a new state of art gas fired boiler.

To view the video click here.

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Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

From a serious boiler explosion in Hong Kong to a fact finding and training visit to the UK, The CEA's Chairman Derry Carr with Cochran's David Branch was involved with helping the authorities in Hong Kong investigate a serious boiler explosion.

Then it was on to visit a very well run and organised NHS Estates department at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. Heartlands have been a member of the CEA fro several years, attending conference workshops and other initiatives such as the MCPD, Technical Boilerhouse Risk Assessment, BOAS and I-GAS. 

To read the full article click here.

 

 

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Spreading the CEA message to Hong Kong

 

During the summer of 2016 Cochran were asked to provide independent advice and guidance following a reportable accident in Hong Kong. To provide this independent advice Cochran asked Derry Carr (CEA Chairman) to attend site and investigate.

The Investigation highlighted a number of areas where systems and operation could be improved. As a result, a number of initiatives have been put in place with the Hong Kong government Electrical & Mechanical Service Department.

In 2017 it is planned for Derry to carry out further Technical Risk Assessment training to engineers locally in Hong Kong, along with Bill Higgins(Cochran Training manager) providing International Boiler Operation Accreditation Scheme training (I-BOAS) for the operators and maintainers. 

To read more click here

 

 

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Allied Bakeries Case Study - INSTALLATION PROJECTS

Installation Objectives

  • Guaranteed Energy Savings
  • Low Carbon Footprint
  • Reliable Steam Supplies

Installation Benefits

  • Realise lower emissions and energy cost savings
  • Realise economic project capital payback
  • Plant configured steam load for maximum efficiency
  • Long term site plant reliability
  • Access Project teams with proven track records
  • Explore project feasibility options such as biomass

Renolit Cramlington, a leading decorative surfacing materials manufacturer commissioned MCL Energy to Design, Build, & Operate their new boiler house.

The Energy Centre installation comprises two new steam boilers with integral economisers, chimney stack & associated works and site gas infrastructure.

The operation and support contract includes boiler operation, planned preventative maintenance, warranty and 24-hour emergency callout.

Renolit benefit from improved steam supply reliability, better plant efficiencies and good capital payback terms.

Recent installation clients include Huntsman Advanced Materials with energy savings of 30.5% or 1998 MWh in the first six months full operations.

 If you need to improve plant performance and reduce carbon footprint please email Business Development enquiry@mclenergy.co.uk or visit www.mclenergy.co.uk

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Allied Bakeries Case Study - ENERGY & TECHNICAL

ENERGY & TECHNICAL OBJECTIVES

  • Guaranteed Energy Savings
  • Low Carbon Footprint
  • High Efficiency Steam Supplies
  • Capital Provision To Fund Project

ENERGY & TECHNICAL BENEFITS  

  • Realise lower emissions and energy cost savings
  • Access project capital amortised over contract term
  • Guaranteed fixed costs for the next decade
  • Plant configured steam load for maximum efficiency
  • Long term site plant reliability
  • Access to free technical advice

Huntsman Advanced Materials (UK), a leading global supplier of structural adhesives for joining composite materials commissioned MCL Energy to Design, Build, Finance & Operate their new boiler house.

The Energy Centre installation includes project management, Construction Design & Management (CDM) regulations, natural gas site infrastructure, steam and condensate connection, civil works, building, steam plant, reverse osmosis and plant project capital.

Following successful completion an operation and support contract was awarded comprising plant performance, daily operation, planned preventative maintenance, emergency callout and remote plant monitoring.

Huntsman Advanced Materials has realised 30.5% energy savings or 1998 MWh in the first six months full operation. Recent Energy & Technical clients include Renolit Cramlington & SCA Hygiene Products.

If you need to improve plant performance and reduce carbon footprint please email Business Development enquiry@mclenergy.co.uk or visit www.mclenergy.co.uk

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Allied Bakeries Case Study - OPERATION & MAINTENANCE

Service Objectives

  • Competitive & Value-For-Money
  • Accurately Budget Maintenance Costs
  • Reduce Running Costs

Service Benefits

  • Accurately budget energy and heating plant costs
  • Optimise maintenance regimes and plant life cycle
  • Prevention focus to minimise reactive maintenance
  • Flexible service agreements to suit business needs
  • Access multi skilled engineering team

A leading UK manufacturer Allied Bakeries commissioned MCL Energy to Operate & Maintain their Stevenage site. Allied Bakeries produce the Kingsmill™ bread, one of the UK’s Top 10 grocery brands. Sub-brands Great Everyday White, 50/50, Tasty Wholemeal and Crusts Away are all manufactured at the site.

A flexible service approach enables Allied Bakeries to outsource specific energy and heating plant activities through the Service Level Agreement (SLA). The operation and maintenance comprises daily maintenance, combustion support, planned preventative maintenance, ad hoc asset replacement, water treatment and 24/7 inclusive callout.

Other Operation & Maintenance clients include Arriva Group, Dunlop Oil & Marine, Ribble Packaging, SAICA Packaging, SCA Hygiene Products and Synthomer Chemicals.

If you need to make energy cost savings, improve plant performance and budget accurately please email Business Development enquiry@mclenergy.co.uk or visit www.mclenergy.co.uk

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The safe operation of boilers - who's responsible?

Recently, our Chairman - Derry Carr - has had an article published in Plant & Works Engineering Magazine:

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If you are reading this, then the likelihood is you're an engineer with responsibility of the boiler plant in your organisation. Now that could be a factory, a hospital, a chemical plant, a prison or in fact anywhere with a boiler.

So, is the boiler plant your responsibility? Yes; you say, it is my responsibility.

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The fact is, the over-riding responsibility for the safe operation of the boilers within your organisation sits with the head of your organisation. It may be the MD or the CEO or some other such title but for this exercise we will call him/her the MD. The chances are, they're not from an engineering background and possibly don't even know where the boilerhouse is, but they cannot get away from it, in law, they are responsible.

So what are their responsibilities?

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