If you own or manage a manufacturing facility you probably see an increase in demand leading up to the holiday gift giving season. To accommodate this increase, you may hire more employees or offer your current employees additional overtime. However, your employees aren't the only ones that need to keep up with the increased demand; your mechanical systems need to meet the demand as well.
One of the most crucial mechanical systems of most manufacturing facilities is the boiler. Boilers are used to produce steam power and provide heat and hot water for various aspects and processes within a manufacturing facility. However, boilers may not be able to meet an increase in demand without some sort of supplementation. Enter – temporary boiler rentals.
Instead of replacing your entire boiler system to meet the increase in demand that you see for a short period of time, rent temporary boilers on an annual basis. To do this, it's important to prepare your facility to accommodate a temporary boiler. Here's what needs to be done.
Choose the location
The location for the temporary boiler should be in very close proximity to the current mechanical components of your permanent boiler. Typically, facilities that rent temporary boilers frequently or annually will place the temporary boilers on the exterior of the facility directly outside of the permanent boiler. That way, all the necessary mechanical components that need to be connected to the temporary boiler are already nearby, such as water pipes, fuel lines and power sources.
Decide on the temporary boiler size
Of course, you'll need to know the weight and dimensions of the temporary boiler your facility will rent. Your mechanical engineer will need to determine how much demand the temporary boiler needs to meet, and discuss those figures with the temporary boiler rental company you choose. You'll need to know the size of the boiler in order to make preparations for its delivery and usage.
Prepare the ground
Once the ideal location is determined and the boiler size is known, it's important to stabilize the ground for the heavy weight of the temporary boiler. It is highly recommended to install a concrete pad that is large enough for a temporary boiler to sit on. Alternatively, asphalt can be used.
If you are unable to install a concrete pad or place asphalt in that location, at bare minimum the ground should have good drainage and be compacted to support the weight of the temporary boiler. If the boiler will be placed on the ground, the boiler will need to be placed directly onto wood timbers or concrete blocks for support.
Also, be sure there is a suitable path for the delivery of the temporary boiler. In most cases, this pathway needs to be large enough to accommodate a semi truck or a large forklift.
Protect from weather
If your facility is located in an area that is subjected to freezing temperatures or adverse winter weather conditions, it's important to protect the temporary boiler from these elements. Without protection from winter elements, the temporary boiler may not work effectively.
Construct a shelter to house the temporary boiler. This structure will keep snow and ice from accumulating directly on the boiler. Keep in mind that boilers are delivered on skids or in trailers. Therefore, the shelter will need a wide doorway or opening at one end to accommodate delivery and pickup.
The rental company can determine if and how the pipes and connections should be insulated. It's important to not install any insulation directly on the pipes and connections going to and from the temporary boiler without permission from the rental company. For this reason, it's a good idea to contract with a rental company that provides an operator for the temporary boiler at your facility. For additional info on the services that a boiler rental company offers, try visiting their site.