A Deep Dive Into Combustion Control and How It Emerged

Still of a room of large combustion boilers.

For most people, the word combustion is likely associated with the beloved internal combustion engine. This type of engine, of course, provides incredible durability and drivability and is quite relevant to about 250 million highway transportation vehicles that use this type of engine. In addition to gasoline and diesel, they can use renewable or alternative fuel. If you deal with or are involved with commercial and industrial boilers, however, you also understand the importance of combustion control systems in the industry. 

The Heart of the Car — Combustion Engines 

Where would modern American life be without the vehicle. After all, one of the things that set this country apart from most others, is our incredible highway systems and the love of the open road. Americans love their cars and the truth is that on a day-to-day basis most Americans might not give a second thought to the process that allows them to get to work or get home or go to the movies. The heart of the vehicle is, of course, the combustion engine.  Since the year 1680, ideas and early designs of the internal combustion engine began to emerge. And from the year 1680, there were several engineers and inventors involved in the continuous attempt to develop, improve, and further advance this system. Up until the early 1900s, all of the previous attempts at internal combustion helped inspire the design of automobiles. 

A Word About the Famous Benz and Ford

These are likely two familiar names to anyone that has ever driven a car. Well, before it was Mercedes-Benz, German mechanical engineer, Karl Benz, built the first practical automobile to be powered by an internal combustion engine and received the first patent for a gas-fueled car. Henry Ford also played an important role in what would become the development of cars and internal combustion engines that are efficient and produced in mass. He was, after all, the first one to begin the assembly line manufacturing process which means some of the first Ford vehicles were assembled in about 93 minutes. 

Combustion Engines Continue

Combustion is burning; it’s the basic chemical process that happens when you mix fuel and air mixture. Sometimes this process can produce emissions that have been deemed undesirable for the environment. Over the last couple of decades, research and innovation have helped manufacturers reduce harmful emissions of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and particulate matter by more than 99%.

Today there are two types of internal combustion engines. One is the compression ignition diesel engine and the spark ignition gasoline engine. Most of these engines are what we refer to as four-stroke cycle engines, which requires four pistons to fire off before one cycle is completed. 

The Boiler Combustion System — The Use of Fuel/Air Ratio

The boiler combustion control system is designed to maintain a proper air-fuel mixture under varying conditions. This is often called FAR in the industry— standing for fuel/air ratio.   These control systems in natural gas or oil-fired industrial boilers use the links in the machines between the fuel control valve and air damper to adjust. Good combustion control helps minimize the overall air pollution. The combustion control system (CSS) is an important component of modern industrial boilers. 

According to the U.S Department of energy, there are more than 45,000 industrial and commercial boilers larger than 10 MMbtu/hr in the U.S. The twenty-first century is largely concerned with energy efficiency and the improvement of emissions systems.  There are several ways that the efficiency of boilers can be improved:

A good combustion control system gets continuous feedback and measures oxygen, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide concentrations and thus improves combustion efficiency while it maintains low carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.  A good system continually monitors the boiler performance. 

Large industrial facilities or commercial facilities are looking for the ability to adjust the fuel-to-air mixture in order to maximize efficiency while controlling emissions in order to comply with regulatory requirements. The Department of Energy encourages systems that help facilities improve their energy efficiency while reducing the release of harmful emissions into the environment. 

Effective combustion control systems have the potential to increase fuel savings by several percentage points. This gain in efficiency is due to the reduction of oxygen in the flue gas. Most systems will have a monitoring and data logging device that provides real-time feedback on the boiler performance. This allows for consistent assessment and measurement of savings and efficiency. Energy savings can be achieved in most facilities when equipped with well functioning equipment and a trusted boiler combustion control system. 

If your facility uses an industrial boiler, you want to ensure that you have an effective system that is working properly and functioning at its highest capacity without wasting energy. 

Get Boiler Service and Combustion Control Systems from Wyler Industrial

 Here at Wyler Industrial, we are boiler experts. Whether you are looking to install a new boiler, repair an old one, maybe replace the burner, or to install a combustion control system, we are here to do the job right.

A Look Back at the Industrial Revolution and Industrial Services Today

We’ve come a long way since the days of the industrial revolution that profoundly altered United States history and world history. Innovation is a great force; it’s kind of like steam— you can’t really catch it in your arms but it’s in the air and it carries with it great energy. As we’ve reached the end of another successful year in the industrial sector, we thought we’d take a look at the period of U.S history that kickstarted so much change and has brought us— about a hundred years later— to an incredible time in a different type of technological advancement. 

Well, we would be remiss if we didn’t give credit where credit is due and the truth is that Great Britain, our sister country, got started with the industrial revolution before the United States. The movement really started across the pond in old King’s territory around the mid17th and early 18th centuries. Then, in the mid-1800s, this movement really spread to the United States, which completely transformed and positioned the nation for its imminent turn to a global superpower. 

As the industrial revolution took hold of Britain, there was the emergence of water, steam, and coal as abundant sources of power. In America, the changes really began to take hold as the nation regrouped and solidified after the devastation of the turmoil of the Civil War. Many American inventors were working in Britain, helping the movement there. And as the years advanced, new forms of transportation and the emergence of electricity would create changes to the way life and labor progressed. 

Noted Inventions of the Era and Beyond — Paving the Way For Faster Production and Expansion

Cotton Gin 

Before the official industrial revolution really took hold, some brilliant American minds were already at work and looking to make labor and power production more efficient. In 1794, Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. This little invention shook its fair share of ground when it proved to be quite effective in the separation of cotton seeds from fiber. This could then improve and increase the speed of cloth manufacturing. 

Transportation & Communication

The westward expansion of the United States played a big role in increasing the demand and the need for faster and more efficient transportation. In the Midwest and other areas of the country, the steamboat was already making quite the splash (no pun intended) in helping people transport goods through the water. Railroads also played their role in people expanding further west and settling in towns along this trek. The first freight railroads emerged around the 1820s along the Erie Canal and other industrial centers. Regular passenger service on some of these railroads began as early as 1830. 

And as production grew, so did the middle class. Once this started to happen there was a little more leisure time available and it led to even more innovations and inventions, as people found time to explore new possibilities and avenues in which to increase production, improve efficiency, and make labor safer and more effective. The sewing machine, for example, was quite revolutionary around this time as well, as it completely transformed the clothing industry and allowed for mass production. 

The telegraph also emerged during this time, completely revolutionizing the way people communicated and could communicate. Today, we are so connected and have such easy access to everyone we know and love across the country and the globe, that we don’t often think how impactful the early communication devices were. 

Steam Engine

And who could forget our friend the steam engine? Thomas Newcomen designed the first prototype for the first steam engine in the 1700s in England.  Deemed the atmospheric steam engine, this invention was originally applied to power the machines used to pump water out of mine shafts. From this original idea, other inventors like James Watt and Matthew Boulton added modifications like a steam engine with a rotary motion, which spread the invention through a variety of industries including flour, paper, and cotton mills, ironworks, distilleries, waterworks, and canals. 

Today, we still use concepts of the steam engine in our industrial boilers when we use heat to produce power. The energy that is created within the boiler can then be turned into work or used for commercial or residential heating needs. An industrial boiler today works through using steam to power a turbine that is then converted into work. 

Use the Industrial Experts for Your Industrial Needs

Here at Wyler Industrial, we offer a variety of services for the industrial sector. Whether you need boiler repair, a boiler startup, pressure piping repair, combustion control, and more, we got you covered. All of our techs are highly experienced and specialize in a variety of areas. We offer all kinds of mechanical repair and services dealing with commercial gas lines. 


A History of Natural Gas and How Pipelines Came Into Play

Most people don’t think about pipes that often. That is, unless you’re in the industry or have some kind of burst pipe or clogged pipe; it’s just one of those things that don’t make it to the dinner conversation. In reality, the history of natural gas and how the world became connected through pipelines is quite fascinating and gives a little perspective on where we are today. We thought we’d take a look at the history of natural gas and how it became a vital commodity in the United States. 

So natural gas forms deep within the Earth, and it contains many different compounds. It formed from layers of fossilized plants and animals that formed thick layers on the ground. They were buried under sand, silt, and rock. Most of its components are methane, which has one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms. This compound is used for fuel and to make other materials and chemicals. 

For the beginnings of natural gas we must go all the way back to ancient Greece, to the Oracle at Delphi. It was here that natural gas seeped out in a flame. The Chinese started building bamboo pipelines to transport gas that seeped to the surface. Since then, the gas has been found in cracks and spaces between layers of overlying rock. Fast forward a couple of hundred years and in the mid 19th century, around 1821, the first successful natural gas well in the U.S  was built in Fredonia, New York. Soon, the Fredonia Gas Light Company formed as the first American natural gas distribution company. After that, natural gas became a convenient way to provide heat to people and businesses. 

A Clean, Safe, and Useful Resource 

Today, even though most people might not realize, natural gas is one of the most widely used and necessary components of  the world’s supply of energy. It makes up more than one half of the energy consumed by residential and commercial customers, as well as 41 percent of U.S industry. Commercial gas  lines are then an important part of the everyday operations of most U.S businesses. 

From the well, the natural gas goes into “gathering” lines. These lines then take the gas to where they are collected. Some of these gathering lines consist of a processing facility, which can remove impurities like water, carbon dioxide, or sulfur. From these gathering systems the natural gas moves into the transmission systems. This is almost like the highway for gas, interconnected and complex system of lines that carries the nation’s natural gas. 

Commercial Gas Lines and the Day-To-Day

Commercial gas lines play a major role in the day-to-day operations of businesses. They are the blood lines that maintain things functioning properly. Preventing gas leaks and insuring the health and maintenance of these lines is part of our top priorities here at Wyler Industrial. We offer services for commercial gas lines and more.  

Backflow: Causes and Consequences 

In December 1983, in a wastewater treatment plant in San Antonio, a mix up in maintenance related activities caused a nasty backflow into the facility’s potable water. Contaminated water caused eight employees to fall ill, though they recovered. Backflow, which is the unwanted flow of water or liquid in the reverse direction, can be a major health risk. It can also cause a financial burden, like in the case of a meatpacking plant that ruined $2 million worth of meat by spraying it with contaminated water. Even though dozens of similar cases have been documented throughout the decades, many businesses still do not have proper precautions to prevent such incidents. That’s why we at Wyler Industrial Works thought to shine a little more light on the problem of backflow.

Backflow Causes

Backflow is caused by a disparity in pressure. In a normal system, the supply pressure is greater than the system pressure, causing liquids to flow in one direction. Backflow will occur when there’s either back pressure or back siphonage. Back pressure simply means that system pressure has increased to be higher than the supply pressure. If there isn’t sufficient pressure to drive the system, the liquid will flow in the opposite direction. Back siphonage is the opposite—it occurs when the supply pressure is lowered in some way. 

Backflow Consequences

Like the two opening examples would suggest, backflow can pose a serious problem for any business. Backflow contamination from HVAC, poultry farms, contaminated ponds, and many more places all highlight how a mistake can ruin potable water for a company or house, and contaminate the public water supply. Dangerous chemicals can make you and the population around you extremely ill, so it’s best to have a system in place to prevent backflow. Wyler Industries has the backflow system to fit your needs, and the technicians to make sure it’s installed properly. 

Backflow Prevention You Can Trust

Here at Wyler Industries, we know all too well the dangers of backflow. That’s why we have certified backflow technicians that can prevent backflow, and keep your water, employees, and bank account safe. Contact us to see what we can do for you! 

Your Choice for All Your Mechanical Repair Needs

engineer maintenance checking technical data of system equipment Condenser Water pump and pressure gauge , water pump.

engineer maintenance checking technical data of system equipment Condenser Water pump and pressure gauge , water pump.Wyler Industrial is proud to be the go-to choice for many of El Paso’s industrial facilities. We provide mechanical repair services to all those in need. So, if one or many of your industrial machines falters and requires maintenance, Wyler Industrial can step in and take care of the issue at hand. We understand the importance of your work. For this reason, we will work in an efficient manner in order to cut down on downtime so you can get back to work sooner rather than later. If the issue is too grand, then our machine shop can step in. Simply put, Wyler Industrial provides anything and everything you might require.

Work With Wyler

Wyler Industrial Works, Inc. has been a staple in the Border region for over 100 years so we’ve seen and dealt with our fair share of mechanical issues. Even if it seems impossible, the Wyler team will get to work and find a way to fix the issues at hand. Before long, your factory will be back to work. It’ll be as if nothing ever happened in the first place!

The Best in the Southwest

In addition to mechanical repair services, we also provide boiler start-up and repair assistance, pressure piping repair and replacement, combustion control, and commercial gas line installation and maintenance. No matter what industrial issue you may be facing, Wyler Industrial Works, Inc. can help. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you!

The Importance of Properly Maintained Commercial Gas Lines

commercial gas lines

commercial gas lines

Natural gas is an ancient form of energy that’s been locked within the Earth’s surface for millions of years. In the late 18th century, natural gas was used to produce light within homes and streetlights in Britain. Fast forward to the 21st century where almost everything runs on natural gas. Commercial gas lines are particularly important to industries here in El Paso. The natural gas that resides within the Earth can be siphoned and used as fuel for a variety of industries. If you require commercial gas line service, then call Wyler Industrial!

Why Commercial Gas Lines May Require Maintenance

The commercial gas lines that run through your industrial complex can be seen as the circulatory system that keeps your business alive. The gas lines are the veins and the natural gas is the lifeblood that your industry requires in order to work efficiently, day in and day out. As time goes on, however, these commercial lines can face damage that may cause your business to work at a lower efficiency. When a gas line cracks or breaks, after regular use, it’s necessary to seek high-quality services as soon as possible.

Preventing Gas Leaks

A gas leak can spell disaster for any industry. This is especially true for those who use commercial gas lines on a daily basis. Instead of worrying about gas leaks, you can simply contact Wyler Industrial for all your gas repair needs. Our regular maintenance services will save your commercial gas lines from any potential hazards. The best way to prevent gas leaks is by seeking regular maintenance. If a gas leak occurs, however, then it’ll be necessary to tend to the issue as quickly as possible. Wyler Industrial can provide the expert care your commercial gas lines require in order for them to run as efficiently as possible. Remember, don’t put this off until it’s too late! The sooner you take care of your commercial gas lines, the better the outcome will be.

Wyler Industrial is Here for You

If you require commercial gas line services, then Wyler Industrial can help. We’ve been serving the El Paso area for many, many years, so we’ve seen every single issue and dealt with as many issues as you can imagine. Don’t let your commercial gas lines go to waste, let Wyler Industrial put any issues in their place! Give us a call today to set up your commercial gas line services.

Boiler Disasters: What Can Go Wrong if You Don’t Hire Professional Help

We all love our boilers, even if you don’t fully understand what they do. Boilers are especially pertinent during the winter months. They stop your home’s pipes from freezing, after all! It’s easy to take boilers for granted. The moment these pieces of equipment cease to work, it’s as if the entire world stops. And what are you to do? Before you go fetch the toolbox, remember that boilers are complex and require professional maintenance in order to avoid any issues. If you’re ready for high-quality service, choose Wyler Industrial. In the meantime, take a look at these common nightmare scenarios that may have occurred if you decided to fix your boiler on your own.

Annual Tune-Ups and Inspections are a Must

In order to avoid expensive repairs in the future, make sure your boiler is inspected and tuned up by a professional once per year. Through regular inspections, your boiler will be able to receive any repairs it may need now rather than having to repair or replace a more substantial aspect (or the entire boiler itself) in the near future. By preparing preemptively to face any repair or mishap, you won’t have to suffer in the cold winter months or pay exorbitant amounts of money when the time for maintenance comes around. If large-scale repairs are necessary, don’t put them off! Taking care of boiler repair can cost a pretty penny but if you put it off, it’ll be much pricier in the future. Avoid any future complications and have your boiler taken care of, today.

Choose a Reputable Team to Take Care of Your Boiler

Your boiler deserves the best help it can get. Don’t cut corners when it comes to boiler repair. Instead, make sure to hire a team who understands boilers, inside and out. With Wyler Industrial’s help, your boiler will be up and running in no time. We’ve been serving the El Paso area for decades and decades. Throughout our time, we’ve seen every single boiler issue imaginable and we’ve been able to use this knowledge and expertise to fix whatever may be ailing your unit. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you. Sure, winter might’ve just ended but that doesn’t mean your boiler should be forgotten about until next October. We’re ready to help!

Mechanical Repair Services for All Your Industrial Needs

a man cleaning a large industrial machineIn order for your industrial shop to remain successful, regular maintenance and prompt repairs are necessary. In case anything ever goes wrong, you’ll want to have a reliable shop available for mechanical repair. Whether your boiler goes down or your pressure piping stops working, the repair experts at Wyler Industrial Works can help. If you are looking for certified, experienced mechanics, you can choose Wyler Industrial for reliable service.

Mechanical Repair for Pressure Piping

If your pressure piping ever goes down, you’ll want to conduct mechanical repairs as promptly as possible. The last thing you want is for the problem to get worse which could lead to a halt in production or services. Even worse, breakdowns can also lead to safety problems.

In order to make sure you receive reliable mechanical repairs, you’ll need to find a shop with adequate certifications and experience.  You may also need a shop that can design new pressure piping components to replace parts, increase efficiency, or to accommodate for growing needs.

Boiler Mechanical Repairs

Industrial boilers require ongoing service and prompt repairs. Any kind of problem with an industrial boiler can cause further problems if not handled quickly. Although ongoing service may sound tedious, it can actually prolong the lifespan of your boiler! You can protect this costly equipment by calling the right machine shop for regular service.

After enough time, however, your boiler will need to be replaced. is no secret that boilers have to be replaced at some point. This is due to the machine’s heavy usage and the nature of sediment build up. Whether you require repair or replacement services, Wyler Industrial Works can help.

Preventive Maintenance

If you want to prolong the lifespan of any of your industrial equipment you can call up Wyler Industrial Works for inspections and services. If you notice noises, leaks or faulty operations, you can call us for prompt, reliable mechanical repair service. When issues, shortcomings, and breakdowns are handled right away, you can avoid breaks in production or service!

Contact Us, Today!

If you are looking for the right shop with reliable experts and the proper certifications to handle your industrial repair needs, don’t hesitate to contact Wyler Industrial Works. Please contact us today for more info. One of our friendly staff members will be happy to answer your questions or set you up with an appointment.

The Benefits of Choosing Mechanical Repair in El Paso

a mechanic working on a machineNo matter how high the quality of a machine, there will come a time when it needs repairs, or at the very least some maintenance. When your machine needs a little love and care, you do not want to let just anybody work with it. You want service you can trust, with experience and dedication to getting our machine on track. Wyler Industrial is one such machine shop. We have served businesses in the El Paso area with pride and care for many, many years.

Every Machine Needs Repairs

Even the toughest machines will need repairs every once in a while. It is not a matter of the machine being faulty or old, it is simply a fact of life. Having an experienced machine shop take care of your machine is one of the best ways to ensure it continues to work.

Routine Repairs

One way to avoid a machine break down is to have routine repairs done. Just as you should take in your car for regular oil changes, so too should you have our machine looked at. Whether the machine is big, like an air conditioning unit, or smaller, like a portable HVAC, it will need some care now and then. For example, an air conditioning unit needs to be checked at least once a year for dust build up, and to have its vents cleaned. An HVAC system, especially one that’s used often, needs to have its internal fan and vacuum checked. This is to avoid blockages occurring and to see if any parts need replacing. Many different machines require different kinds of maintenance.

Emergency Repairs

Now, what happens if your machine malfunctions during a crucial time? Well, if you have a machine shop you trust on standby, then you take care of the problem quickly. Having quality service on your side will help make even the most difficult situations a little less stressful.

Finding the Right Shop

You know that having a good machine shop in your contact lists is very beneficial for your peace of mind, but how do you pick the right one? Look for a team that has the experience and expertise you require. As such, Wyler Industrial is ready to help. We understand that Your machines help keep your business running smoothly. So when something goes wrong you need to turn to the qualified people at Wyler Industrial. Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer.