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Beat boiler breakdown blues with a rental

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RAND-Air, a supplier of air, nitrogen, power, pumps and lighting solutions, has earmarked steam boilers as a vital rental solution for the local market.

“Steam, as a significant energy source, is essential in industrial processes and systems. Steam boilers are therefore commonly considered to be an essential component of process plants,” said Area Manager for KwaZulu-Natal Rudi de Vry.

“Should a breakdown occur, the production losses could potentially be substantial,” he added, saying this had prompted the company to offers a “well-planned and strategic” steam boiler rental solution which provides swift, reliable 24/7 availability for the production process.

“This guarantees that downtime is reduced while safety remains our top priority – keeping the ‘heart’ of the process plant beating.”

De Vry said the new rental solution – planned to suit a range of customers and industry sectors – came about following comprehensive market research and teamwork teamwork involving himself and seasoned KZN sales representatives Natlee Bennie and Liesel Johnson.

Bennie said identifying the market demand and earmarking specific boilers appropriate for  current and potential customers as short-or long-term hires meant the company could offer a streamlined turnkey steam boiler solution,” emphasises Bennie.

“The steam boilers, which are manufactured by Atlas Copco, complement our existing product portfolio of TUV-certified oil-free, diesel or electric air solutions; nitrogen solutions; power, flow (pumps) and lighting solutions, ensuring a diversified, yet comprehensive solution for customers,” she said.

The steam boiler offering currently comprises three-ton-an-hour steam boilers with a service pressure of 14 bar and a design pressure of 16 bar. However, the company will expand this offering in future to service projects or market demand for larger sizes.

The three-ton-an-hour steam boiler is fully integrated into a 20-foot container, (which can be shipped in break bulk) and includes the burner, the Programmable Logic Control (PLC) unit to monitor the boiler processes, as well as the blow-down tank.

“Features of the boilers include full portability and modularity, with each solution customisable and adaptable to customers’ specific requirements, while following the same core design,” Bennie said.

The rental offering will also include burners with a dual-fuel capability – natural gas-firing and light fuel oil-firing. Furthermore, all the hydraulic connections are located at the back of the container to simplify coupling on site.

Optimal uptime

This design therefore ensures a simple, yet swift and effective solution, in the form of a ‘plug-and-play’ set-up for optimal uptime – another important benefit for customers, De Vry said.

“There are minimal complexities in terms of installation and commissioning, as we only need to connect the boilers into the customer’s current steam supply, electricity, feed water supply and fuel source. This is beneficial – and vital – particularly when customers are faced with an emergency,” he added.

Nevertheless, with every installation, Rand-Air is cognisant of customers’ operations and how the boilers will fit into their specific application, said Johnson.

“We strive to comprehensively understand each customer’s current process and set-up requirements, taking into consideration the piping systems, fuel source, and the type of burners used – among other elements – to determine and provide the best customised solution,” she said.

As part of the company’s customer service, Rand-Air will also provide 24/7 technical assistance from a team of skilled technicians and expert advice; as well as national and global support during the hire.

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