Foreign-made Thermal Oxidizers: Lessons learned

Purchasing and installing a thermal oxidizer is a common solution for manufacturing facilities that need to neutralize toxic air emissions. We recently installed a foreign-made thermal-oxidizer for a client and encountered several issues that we thought would be worthwhile to share with others considering a similar solution. Consider these as lessons learned from our experience. 

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Relief Valves & Maintaining OSHA Regulations

We’ve recently seen an uptick in the number of clients asking for support to complete the PSM (process safety management) documentation and calculations for relief valves. Although the reasons for the recent compliance efforts vary, we thought it would be worthwhile to review the regulations and requirements OHSA has established for process vessels.

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Choosing Used vs. New Process Equipment, Part 2

To help you determine if used equipment is right for your budget and process, here are some important items which need to be considered.

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What you should expect from your equipment /instrument vendor

At SPEC process engineering we buy a lot of parts, pieces and specialty equipment.

Over the years we have found some reps/distributors to provide not only good prices, but also thorough documentation.

A high quality vendor should be able to provide the following WITH QUOTE:

1.       Cut Sheet, in PDF format
2.       Autocad Drawing of Equipment
3.       Link to Website with Full instruction manual
4.       Price with actual delivery (not “standard quoted delivery”).
5.       Price with Delivery, Full model number.
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Choosing Used vs. New Process Equipment, Part 1

What, if any, is the real benefit of buying used equipment for your project? Many people believe that they can save money by buying used equipment for their capital projects, and depending on the age and condition of the equipment they can save between 50% and 75% of the original cost.

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