An Ode to Combustion and Why Combustion Control Matters

a close-up shot of an internal combustion engineOh where would we be without combustion? Well, life would surely have progressed differently. If you own a car that runs on gas or diesel, then the combustion engine has become part of your life. The engine is the heart of the vehicle, as it is what pumps the necessary fuel through the engine to get it up and going. Because it is now so ubiquitous, most people don’t think about the internal combustion engine even though it likely is responsible for their daily commute. And while most people know that the engine is vital, we might not understand just why this engine is the best type. This type of engine was really the beginning of a lot of key manufacturing processes, so we thought why not pay tribute to it. That’s because today many of our industrial boilers use this technological concept to produce steam or hot water for space heating or process heating. 

There are essentially two types of combustion engines: an internal and an external combustion engine. In the latter, the fuel source—usually coal— is burned outside the engine. Then, the burning fuel will give it the energy it needs to run. 

An internal combustion engine works a bit differently. Instead of heating the fuel on the outside, a mixture of fuel and oxygen is injected into the engine. From there, there is a spark that ignites the fuel that causes it to make tiny explosions. This is why, of course, spark plugs are quite important to the whole operation. 

Over 150 years, the design of the internal combustion engine has been worked on and perfected and is by far the most preferred way to power a vehicle. When it comes to vehicles, this brings an advantage in using petrol or diesel as its fuel source because it can last longer. 

The invention of this type of engine was almost reached by several people simultaneously. Like many great inventions in human history, it seems that several minds across the world often come to it around the same time. Ultimately it was a man named Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir that patented the first combustion engine. Early iterations of the invention had only one cylinder. This often caused the engine to overheat, but it was able to power small vehicles. This was a huge milestone in the technology as there was an ability for it to run continuously. And then, thanks to several great scientific minds of the 19th and 20th century, the internal combustion engine was improved and became the most efficient engine. 

Combustion Systems in Boilers and Industrial Machinery 

After all, boilers use a lot of energy and take a lot of energy to run properly. They are made to produce hot water or steam through the combustion of a fuel. The combustion efficiency is important to consider for any business or commercial facility that utilizes these. There are more than 45,000 industrial and commercial boilers in the United States. These are boilers with a total fuel input capacity of 2.7 million MMBtu/hr. A combustion system for industrial boilers is a system designed to maintain a proper air/fuel mixture under varying load conditions and safe limits. 

Boilers can be categorized by water temperature and/or steam pressure. They can also be further classified by the type of metal they are constructed with. Typically, however, they will be built cast iron or welded steel. Boilers are rated in different ways and are measured with Btu/h or BTU per hour and MBtu/hr indicates the rate of input. 

 Many large commercial sites often wonder how they can increase the efficiency of their boiler function. There are essentially three ways to do this and they include replacing the boiler completely, replacement of the burner, or installation of a combustion control system. Having a combustion control system installed can help some facilities earn efficiency without having to spend the upfront costs of a full replacement. 

Combustion control systems work through continuous feedback from measurements of oxygen, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxide concentrations. This allows the combustion system to improve combustion efficiency while maintaining low carbon monoxide and nitrogen emissions. It also allows for continuous monitoring of boiler performance. 

A test conducted on the combustion control system in the Watervliet Arsenal in New York showed significant savings over the course of a year. The efficiency gain comes from various factors including the constant monitoring of carbon monoxide, which prevents inefficient and unsafe combustion to occur. 

Here at Wyler Industrial, we perform boiler maintenance and repair for small and large industrial or commercial facilities. If you’re looking to improve the efficiency of your boiler, call us today. We’re here for all your industrial needs. 

 

Dealing With Metal: Welding, Its History, and Importance

a man welding a pipelineWorking with metal is a craft in its own right. Oh, all the things metal will build! Since the dawn of time man has used the elements at his disposal to construct the world around him. And who would have thought, one hundred years ago, how metal would impact our lives on a daily basis. The history of welding goes back to the early 20th century and is today an effective method of fusing metal. One can trace the origins of the practice way back to the Bronze Age but the advancements and proficiency with which it is used today are entirely different. Here at Wyler Industrial, we offer welding services and know the importance of a job well done. An entire structure or infrastructure can depend on welding and this is a big responsibility we take very seriously. 

So when did it begin?

Well, no one can pinpoint the precise place in time where welding was born, but there is evidence of it as early as the ancient Egyptians, who may have learned how to weld iron together. After that, it was really various people and inventors throughout the following centuries that contributed, in their own way, to the advancement of the technique. 

During the 1800s, several advancements were made in countries like England. Edmund Davy of England is credited with the discovery of acetylene in 1836. The electric generator was invented in the 1900s, which gave way to some new technology to help the technique of welding. Around this time, Arc welding with the carbon arc and metal arc was developed and resistance welding became a practical joining process. Still, in the early 20th century, Stoghmenger introduced a coated metal electrode in Great Britain, and another engineer in Sweden invented a covered or coated electrode during the period of 1907 to 1914, as resistance welding techniques were also developed. 

The techniques since then have greatly improved and today we have things like robotic welding. This method uses computers to weld certain projects more effectively and precisely. This method is also incredibly safe and keeps workers out of hazardous situations. 

Important Industries Where Welding Is Used

How might the world be different if it weren’t for welding techniques? You might not see sturdy metal bridges, airplanes, or military tanks. There might be no room for large ships or cruise boats. So much of this is a result of the welding process that we thought we’d take a look at a few common industries where welding plays a key role. 

Aerospace

Remember that vacation you took last year with the family? It likely wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for welding. This is because most commercial, military, and cargo aircraft use some kind of welding. So imagine the tremendous impact that aircraft has had on modern life and modern warfare. Without it, the world would look pretty different. During World War II, especially, the power of aircraft was truly tested, and welders and mechanics showed their grit and talent by repairing aircraft that would get damaged during routine flights and need to be ready again by the next day. Warfare today and many unmanned aircraft use welding to a similar degree and it is through the outstanding engineering and design that our planes have become as proficient as they are in their given task. 

Trains

The railroad industry was a key part of his country’s history. It was, after all, after railroads started being installed in major cities and through towns, that trade and commerce within the United States really increased. Railroads and trains are, of course, large made and produced with metal. Joining hundreds and hundreds of rail miles necessitated a lot of professional welding. America’s first diesel streamline train was made by the same firm that came up with shot welding. 

Automotive Industry

Cars are just another way that welding is used on a regular basis. There are currently about 279.1 million registered vehicles in the United States. That’s a whole lot of automobiles! And every one of those cars had to go through the assembly line and probably be subject to some kind of welding. 

Construction

Building anything this day and age will likely take some kind of welding to get the structure secure and the foundation set. In the construction industry, it is mostly steel that is used. A large percentage of the steel produced in the world is used for the construction industry.

Shipping

Let us not forget our friend out at sea. Of course, ships, including many military naval ships, require a lot of welding in order to produce strong and robust ships. 

Get Reliable Welding and Metal Services with Wyler Industrial

If you have any kind of industrial work area, you want to ensure that your facility and infrastructure is secure and well-made. That’s where we come in. Here at Wyler Industrial, we provide top-quality welding services for your business. Give us a call today. 

 

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! 

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!

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.