Forbes Marshall sets up a test rig for smoke tube boilers

Forbes Marshall sets up a test rig for smoke tube boilers

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Forbes Marshall, the specialists in process efficiency and energy conservation, have commissioned for the first time ever in the country, a fully automated test rig that can tangibly measure the quality of steam produced by a boiler. The setup of this special test rig is a result of increased usage of high efficiency smoke tube boilers, as against coil type boilers, which produce poor quality steam used in the past by many industries.

On the occasion of inauguration of this test rig, Dr Naushad Forbes, Director Forbes Marshall, said, “This test rig allows our customers to see the tangible benefits offered by smoke tube boilers in a scientific and methodical manner. With proven and documented data from sectors like pharmaceuticals, garments, textile, hotels, rubber processing, cattle-feed and food plants, we have observed amazing results from the used smoke tube boilers. This test rig, costing over Rs 10 million, is also one of our significant investments in R&D to develop products with scientifically proven processes. We believe it is the only one of its kind in the world, and is certainly unique in our country.”

The test rig compares a smoke tube boiler with a coil type boiler to scientifically quantify the quality of steam used in various manufacturing processes. This rig compares performance in terms of thermal efficiency, steam quality and wetness, and permits research on previously unsubstantiated areas, for example, effect of load variation in different boilers and what role do moisture separators play in process efficiency.

About test Set-up & Procedure test rig

For ease of operation, the test set up is fully automated. The boiler efficiency can be monitored online by using Forbes Marshall proprietary boiler House Management Software (BHMS). This software helps to get the thermal efficiency, overall efficiency, S/F ratio, Cost of Steam (Direct Cost), Losses and compares the thermal performances & cost of operation.