Bill Lill, Jr., President of IFCO, presented at the Ohio Water Environment Association (OWEA) conference. During his presentation titled "Leveraging Existing Furnace Capital Assets", he shared his expertise for why rehabbing an MHF proves to be a more economical choice. While many in the field want to replace MHFs and FBIs with the newer Cambi Process, there are still many reasons why MHF and FBI rehab should be considered. Click below to view an excerpt of his presentation.
Industrial Furnace recently completed a process training package for a Wastewater Treatment Facility in Toronto, ON, CA. The main purpose of this training was to provide the operations staff with a better understanding of both the overall process as well as the finer details of operating the furnace from a hands-on perspective. It is was also important throughout this session to outline how the process, when operating optimally, removes pollutants from the sludge and flue gas streams and ultimately provides the environment with now cleaned elements in process water and off-gasses.
Starting with a bird’s eye view of the overall process helped to break down the individual subsystems later in the training, so fully illustrating via P&IDs the mapping of where the process flows was extremely critical. From there, an in depth look at how subsystems should work in conjunction with each other to balance the process breaks the overall process down a bit more. Finally, understanding the intricacies of each subsystem, including its strong points and faults, alarms, and operating parameters brought the entire training together.
The final element of this training was an operator walkthrough on the plant floor. This provided to be a very insightful activity because, as with any plant, the operators have some of the best information regarding how their individual site runs. From the first out of five trainings, we identified some major bottlenecks in the overall process as well as how those bottlenecks affected the process within the Multiple Hearth Furnaces themselves. This not only aided the operators in how to alter their process for better throughput, but also pinpointed some trouble points for the management staff to look into when trying to improve the overall system. The operator walkthrough ultimately brought all the information outlined in the classroom session together.
These types of training sessions are great because they get everyone, from operators on the process floor to senior engineers in the office, sharing information to improve their site as a whole. Getting these different perspectives on the same page is critical in creating a fluid process and positive work environment.
Not only does IFCO provide hardware for Multiple Hearth Furnaces and Fluidized Bed Incinerators, but IFCO also offers Process and Combustion Optimization Training. IFCO currently provides this annual training for many customers in both the U.S. and Canada.
IFCO provides full-service maintenance contracts that handle every facet related to the incinerator. Things like combustion sytem tune-ups, optimation, operator training, deslag/cleaning, inspections that address immediate needs or forecast future issues, supply of parts and castings, engineering/design services, refractory, and more. The contract includes emergency repsonse service and/or preventive maintenance.
IFCO recentlly provided MSHA Part 48 New Miner Training and Miner Refresher Training for employees. The majority of employees completed this training and the goal is for all IFCO employees to be trained in both MSHA and OSHA by mid-2019.
In partnership with Bloom Engineering, Industrial Furnace Company is proud to announce that it has received U.S. Patent No. 9,702,022 for de-coating aluminum scrap with a Multiple Hearth Furnace.
The secondary aluminum industry is huge, accounting for nearly 60% of the US aluminum production according to a US Geological Survey. Secondary recovery rates are extremely important, as losses must be replaced with primary metal, which is extremely energy intensive.
There are three main categories of secondary scrap, defined by their volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as a percentage of weight:
- Low: <5%
- Medium: 5% - 25%
- High: >25%
Low VOC scrap (“clean”) that is easier to process is becoming less available, and more expensive, whereas High VOC (“dirty”) scrap is more readily available. Current de-coating technologies frequently have difficult processing higher VOC scrap, creating high specific energy consumption, incomplete removal of coatings, oxidation of the metal, and low recovery rates.
Our patented process has shown that we are able to successfully remove the coatings from many different types of scrap aluminum, including high VOC scrap that is difficult to process with today’s technology. Our testing showed that the aluminum retained its form, and the coatings are completely removed with little evidence of surface oxidation, resulting in extremely high recovery rates.
Check out our patent here: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&d=PALL&S1=9,702,022.PN.&OS=PN/9,702,022&RS=PN/9,702,022
OSHA compliant 'system scaffold' design build with 6 foot outrigger erection for an FBI refractory roof with expansion joint inspection and repairs. All refractory wall penetrations patched and a complete Refractory Dome seal coating provided.
This project was a great example of IFCO being a full service industrial contractor.
IFCO has engineered, assembled in our UL-listed shop, and supplied over 500 burner boxes for MHFs. Some examples are pictured below.
IFCO recently completed a project to upgrade an SSI Multiple Hearth Furnace in upstate New York. We supplied IFCO special-shape drop holes, new hearths, new burners, a centershaft section, arms, teeth and a top bearing. We also provided 13 new burner control panels and 1 combustion control panel. Following installation, IFCO provided training for the employees in this waste water treatment plant. Pictured below is IFCO engineer Tim Quandt conducting classroom training and field training with the employees on-site.
IFCO recently supplied 13 state-of-the-art combustion control panels to a wastewater customer. These shipped factory-tested directly from IFCO’s UL Listed panel shop.
Pictured below is another successful MHF installation in Europe! Not only was the final product a great achievement for IFCO, but it was also completed in a timely fashion. Installation was 10 months from Contract to Production.
Many of IFCO's customers are utilizing prequalification services for the contractors they hire. IFCO maintains membership with ISNetworld, BROWZ, and Avetta (formerly known as PICS), along with other smaller prequalification programs.
Pictured below is IFCO's Mike Hilton, providing MACT training for employees of a wastewater treatment plant. IFCO has performed six MACT compliance upgrade projects in the last year. Program evaluations have shown excellent ratings for our recent trainings!
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IFCO also specializes in polymer concrete applications engineered specifically for: floor resurfacing, creating pitch or slope in process areas, column and pump pad rebuilds/repairs, trench rehabilitations, etc.