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Martin Engineering announces new business unit

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Martin Engineering has announced the formation of a new business unit, specifically focused on the powerhouse, and products designed to clean the boiler and all air pollution control components, SCR reactors, heat exchangers, economisers, bag houses, ductwork, ID fans and ESPs. The new business unit targets not only the power industry, but also cement manufacturing, amongst others. The new Power Generation Solutions group is structured around a series of technologies that work in tandem to reduce ash build-up, boosting system throughput, regulatory compliance and energy efficiency.

“Virtually all large-scale boilers have pollution control devices,” explained Managing Director Mark Stern. “The components need to be relatively clean for the units to function properly, but they all collect deposits over time. It’s been demonstrated that ash buildup can cost some facilities more than a million dollars per year in reduced thermal efficiency, maintenance, system downtime and replacement catalyst.”

Issues include a range of problems caused by ash build-up, for instance a loss of de-NOX potential, increased pressure differential, decreased catalyst life from plugging, poisoning and erosion, loss of heat transfer or excessive buildup on bags, collector plates and ducting. The problem can even become severe enough that periodic shutdown and manual cleaning is required. Martin Engineering has addressed the problem, discovering through extensive testing that combining acoustic cleaning with ash sweepers delivers better results than using either technology alone.

The new business unit is a way in which Martin Engineering can bring together experts on cleaning technology for power generation stakeholders, to deliver solutions that improve process control and increase profit. The new business unity takes a broad approach, including experts in power generation, as well as those with experience in bulk materials handling and mechanical engineering. Martin Engineering has also partnered with SCR-Tech, a respected provider of SCR catalyst management and regeneration technologies.

“There’s some crossover between conventional material handling and these powerhouse applications, but we’ve learned that these are very specialised operating environments, with some unique requirements,” said Stern. “Whether it’s a retrofit or a new plant, we have the team members who really understand the power generation side and the material handling, which helps us develop customised solutions tailored for each individual customer process.”

In addition to marketing existing Martin Engineering sonic horns and ash sweepers, the business unit will be developing new products engineered specifically for power generation applications.

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