1. Final Report Issued for Pulp and Paper Mill Explosion


On Tuesday, CSB issued its final investigation report into the February 8, 2017, explosion at the DeRidder, La., pulp-and-paper mill owned by Packaging Corp. of America (PCA). In addition to the deaths of three contract workers were performing welding and grinding above a tank that contained flammable materials at the time of the incident, and seven others were injured.

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2. Boiler Rental Project Largest Ever for Distributor


A California boilermaker will supply three skid-mounted, watertube boilers for a project at Saudi Aramco Jizan Refinery. Fremont, Calif.-based Nationwide Boiler Inc., a representative and stocking distributor of Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) package watertube boilers, secured the largest rental project in its 51-year history. The company will supply three 200,000 lb/hr, 750 psi design, 750°F superheated steam packaged boilers from B&W.

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3. System Turns Low Temperature Waste Heat into Cold Water

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A commercially viable turbo-compression cooling system for ultra-low temperature waste heat recovery shows promise for industrial applications. For example, a dairy producer could transform the waste heat generated when they pasteurize their milk and put it to work chilling the milk.

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4. Walk-in Oven Composite Cures Small Parts

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An electrically heated walk-in oven will be used for composite curing small parts. It has the capability to heat 16,000 lb of a composite material from 70 to 350°F (21 to 177°C) within six to seven hours. The unit was shipped to a company in the technology industry.

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5. Watertube Boilers Offer Safety Advantages

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Experts agree that some steam boilers are safer than others – not based on physics but on physical design. But what does safe mean? For at least one professional, staying safe equates to working in an environment that minimizes the potential for personal injury, disability, downtime, productivity shortfalls and worker’s compensation claims.

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6. Heater Maker Hosts In-House Expo to Provide Hands-On Experience


BriskHeat, a manufacturer of surface heating elements, held its first in-house trade show at its headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. The event was designed for the company’s employees to get a better understanding of its products.

More than 250 employees attended BH Expo on February 1, which was planned and staffed by 50 members of the sales and marketing team. Each of 10 booths represented a product line or a geographical region where BriskHeat has sales offices around the world, including China, Taiwan, France and Germany.

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7. Fire Injures 21 at Chemical Manufacturing Plant

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Officials with Kuraray America Inc. confirmed that a fire occurred at its EVAL facility in Pasadena, Texas, on May 19. According to the company, 21 employees were transported to off-site medical facilities for treatment. Preliminary findings indicate a pressure safety valve released ethylene, causing a flash fire in one of the process units. The company continues to work with authorities to complete the investigation.

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8. Hospital Upgrading Boiler Technology After 20 Successful Years

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Industrial-scale process equipment sometimes is tapped for non-process applications. Such was the case when Greenwich Hospital broke ground on a new building back in 1997 and purchased seven Miura high pressure steam boilers. At the time, the facility in Connecticut chose Miura boilers because of their compact size, efficient operation and lower emissions — benefits often cited by industrial processors.

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9. B&W Agrees to Sell Megtec, Universal to German Company

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Dürr AG will purchase the Megtec and Universal businesses of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Inc. (B&W) for $130 million. Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany-based Dürr will integrate the companies into its industrial environmental technology division, Clean Technology Systems.

Megtec, the larger of the two businesses, supplies exhaust-air purification systems, dryers and coating systems for the production of lithium-ion-battery electrodes. Universal is a supplier of acoustic solutions, specializing in noise and emission filtration systems.

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10. CSB Update on Husky Energy Explosion

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A four-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is investigating the scene of the April 26 explosion at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, Wis.

The refinery was shutting down in preparation for a five-week maintenance turnaround when the incident occurred. Several workers sought medical attention, and thousands of residents near the refinery were asked to evacuate due to heavy smoke.

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