Combustion Engineering Assistance for Process Heating Equipment 

Here at Metro Services, Inc., we specialize in combustion engineering, HVAC Services, mechanical contracting services, and solar energy services. We have made it our mission to exceed our customers’ expectations by providing world-class service across all product and service lines, guaranteeing that when you work with us, you work with the best. In today’s post, we wanted to go over NFPA Article 86 guidelines, which have a major impact on the industry as a whole.


The Most Widely Referenced Standard for Heat Processing Equipment


The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) is the governing body concerned with making sure that businesses dealing with fire, combustion, etc. are able to effectively adhere to safety codes that not only ensure workers and plants are operating under the safest conditions, but are also operating under conditions which allow them to be as efficient as possible. NFPA Article 86 is the most widely referenced standard in the United States for ovens and furnaces, and is updated on a regular basis. The main goal of article 86 is to minimize the fire and explosion hazards of ovens and furnaces used for commercial and industrial processing of materials. Article 86 lays out a list of standards and practices that must be adhered to to ensure that all safety measures are being taken. Here at Metro Services, we offer a variety of services to help make sure that companies are able to effectively adhere to these standards. Below, we have listed just a few of the services that we offer.


Preventative Maintenance of Ovens, Furnaces, and Boilers


A robust preventative maintenance plan is the best way to reduce the amount of downtime associated with processes in the heating industry. While downtime is inevitable, Metro Services offers monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual preventative maintenance contracts that provide peace of mind to company owners by making sure that their equipment is functioning properly. Well-planned and well-executed preventative maintenance programs play a huge role in making sure that uptime stays as high as possible. Increased uptime helps to reduce the amount of unexpected downtime which, as anyone reading this article probably knows, can be quite costly.

With proper preventative maintenance, the reliability, efficiency, and overall performance of combustion equipment is increased, optimizing the performance of the equipment and maximizing operation efficiency. Sufficiently optimized combustion equipment consumes less fuel and, even better, converts fuel to BTUs more efficiently.


Combustion Safety and Training


Metro Services also offers combustion and safety training courses that are custom designed to address the specific equipment of the facility that we are working with. Instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach, we have found that tailoring our safety classes to the unique needs of our clients is more efficient in making sure they come away with the knowledge, skills, and safety information needed to safely operate and maintain the equipment they interact with on a daily basis. During our training courses we cover topics including air and fuel delivery systems, burner adjustments, combustion theory, and safety in combustion systems as well as preventative maintenance techniques. Our training courses are a hands-on study, utilizing our test burners and flame safeguarding modules.


Safety Surveys & Accident Investigations


In an effort to provide the best services possible to out clients, we have established a safety survey the meets (and exceeds) the NFPA Article 86 guidelines. Our safety survey covers the NFPA’s requirement of annual testing and goes further to include burner adjustments and a detailed report of all findings that we uncover during the survey. Our safety survey program is designed to be as simple and transparent as possible, which is why we include access to a password protected web portal that gives our clients access to their company’s entire service history as it relates to our involvement with them. This web portal includes access to all reports, pictures, recommendations, settings, serial numbers, and model numbers of the equipment that was surveyed.

With the information that comes along with our survey services, preventative maintenance measures are easier to put into place – a step that goes a long way in making sure that a facility stays at optimum operating capacity.

If you would like to learn more about the services we offer to help keep our clients in compliance with NFPA Article 86 guidelines, we encourage you to review our website further. With over three decades of experience helping our clients be as successful as possible, we are certain that we can help you with any need that you may have.