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Carrolton, Texas — By David Eoff

It seems the new buzzword for our industry is Mission Critical. It’s the name of a trade magazine that caters to data centers. It’s also a term marketers use when they want to impress upon people that their equipment is installed at important facilities.

Preferred Utilities recently did a fuel oil project at a building that might be termed mission critical. This building will house the airline communication center (ACC) for one of the largest airlines in the country. The FAA requires that airlines be in constant communication with all their active planes at all times.

If they lose communication with a plane, that plane can’t fly. If it’s in the air, the plane has to land. If the airline’s ACC loses power, all their planes are immediately grounded. Losing communications with aircraft would require the airline to ground its fleet, resulting in a huge negative impact across the national airspace system.

Emergency Generator

The building that houses the ACC is on grid power. But it also has three generators, each with it’s own over-sized belly tank. The airline wanted this building to be tornado resistant, so the generators, belly tanks, and fuel supply system is all below grade. We provided Model 3 fill boxes so even the fill lines for the belly tanks are underground.

The generator to the left is one of three that can provide power for the building if the grid power fails. The Preferred PWC-based fuel controller provides tank gauging, leak detection, and overfill protection for the belly tanks for the three generators.

The image to the bottom right shows tank 1 being filled during final construction of the building. The Preferred system provides tank volume display at the fill port, as well as an overfill alarm at 85% full, and will shut off the fill line at 95% full.

Underground Fill Tank

Each generator has enough fuel to power the building for at least 24 hours. In addition, the airline pays a steep premium to be high priority for fuel delivery trucks. Their priority level is just below local hospitals in an emergency. The facility people have my cell phone number too. I live 20 minutes from the building and will respond if something goes wrong.

But who says that mission critical systems can’t be pretty, too? In addition to being tornado resistant, the Preferred Model 3 fill boxes can be hidden behind mulch and shrubberies to offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance. Look at the photo below if you don’t believe us.

 

Underground fill tank
 

In case you haven’t heard, we recently showcased our new BurnerMate Light at the 2014 AHR Expo.PMC-004

 

BurnerMate Light

BurnerMate Light

PMC-004The BurnerMate Light is an economical, state-of-the-art microcomputer-based burner management system with built-in first-out annunciation and combustion control designed for a single burner boiler or process heat application.

Meant to provide a scaled-down, economical alternative to our powerful BurnerMate Universal system,  the BurnerMate Light offers standby, purge, low fire ignition, main fuel light off, and release to modulate sequencing for oil and gas fired burners.

 For more information on this fully UL approved product, check out the full product page.

 

 

 

 

Preferred Utilities Provides Power to Abington Memorial Hospital during Storm

When Winter Storm Derby knocked out power across much of Pennsylvania, Abington Memorial Hospital continued operating thanks to emergency back-up generation systems provided by Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation.
Abington-Memorial-Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital

Danbury, CT — Power outages caused by Winter Storm Derby forced Abington Memorial Hospital to rely on emergency back-up systems. Thanks to the emergency fuel systems provided by Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation, the outage did not affect care and the hospital remained fully staffed throughout the storm.

Dr. John J. Kelly, hospital chief of staff, told local news, “We’re in good shape.” When most local schools and residential complexes found themselves without power, the Abington Memorial hospital continued its critical mission thanks to its emergency generation back-up plan.

According to NC10.com, PECO Energy, the largest power provider in the Philadelphia region, assessed Winter Storm Derby as the worst winter storm outage ever. At the height of the storm, more than 600,000 customers were without power.

Dr. Kelly explained that the hospital found itself in good shape because it had planned for contingencies during events such as snow storms. In the event of lost power, the hospital knew that it needed an emergency generation system that would work in a time of need—because for a hospital, the availability of electricity can be the difference between life and death.

In order for emergency generators to work properly, they needed a reliable delivery system to keep the fuel oil pumping during emergency situations. Abington Hospital was well

Fuel Oil Pump Set and Day Tank

prepared for such an emergency situation thanks to a series of fuel oil products provided by Preferred Utilities, including: underground storage tanks, tank gauges, pump sets, day tanks, and boiler fuel delivery systems.

The underground storage tanks keep large amounts of backup fuel ready in case of emergencies. The pump sets provide fuel to the day tanks, where back-up fuel is ready at all times.

For mission critical applications such as emergency diesel generators and dual-fuel boilers, Preferred recommends that at least four hours-worth of fuel is immediately available via the Day Tank without activating the transfer pumps below. Abington Memorial Hospital utilized such a standby back-up fuel system.

Thanks to these products, Abington Memorial Hospital continued providing critical care to local residents during the storm—and they did so with full confidence that their fuel oil system would work when they needed it most.

Automatic Fuel Oil Transfer Pump Set

Preferred Utilities is the single-source umbrella for all mission critical needs. Services include customized engineering, consultation, installation, and scheduled maintenance.

Products include fuel oil handling systems, boiler equipment, burners, nuclear components, flow modeling services, and more. Our products can be found in commercial, institutional, industrial, and nuclear facilities.

 

 

When thousands of exhibitors and visitors descended on New York City for the 2014 AHR Expo, many of them weren’t prepared for the sudden snow storm that blanketed the streets of downtown Manhattan.  Preferred Utilities, however, came well prepared–and stirred quite a buzz by bringing several big items to the big apple.

Preferred Utilities debuted its new Advanced Performance Inject-Air Low NOx Axial Flow Burner (API-AF). This burner includes Preferred’s first packaged burner unit for 4MMBTUH-20MMBTUH applications.

API AF outside

API-AF Burner

By producing an exceptionally stable flame at all firing rates, the API-AF offers the same high efficiency, low emissions, fuel variety, and ease of maintenance of the original API burner–just in a smaller, more robust package.

API AF inside

API-AF Burner (open)

Included in the API-AF package is the new BurnerMate Light controller. Boasting UL approval, the BurnerMate Light provides an economical, state-of-the-art microcomputer-based burner management system with built-in first-out annunciatior and combustion control for a single burner, boiler, or process heat application.

BurnerMate Light

BurnerMate Light

Preferred Utilities also made a splash with its new Waterproof Pumps – an innovation spurred by Hurricane Sandy. The flooding in areas like New York and New Jersey emphasized the need to rethink mission critical infrastructure. Preferred developed the Waterproof Pump to operate uninterrupted during flood events, ensuring the safe supply of fuel for emergency generators and boilers.

WP Waterproof Pump

 

 

Also at the show: Preferred’s new Fuel System Controller (FSC). The FSC is Preferred Utilities’ next generation programmable logic controller with features specifically designed for critical data center and health care backup generator fueling systems.  FSC controllers automate fuel oil pump sets, suction integrity test, leak detection monitoring, generator day tank level control, day tank return pumps, main tank filtration/chemical treatment skids, multiple main tank motorized selector valves, tank gauge integration, tank truck off-loading , and much more. The FSC distributed control architecture avoids common mode failures. Each FSC has an independent power supply, CPU and I/O . Multiple FSC controllers communicate over a masterless, electrically  isolated, dual redundant network.

If you need to rethink your mission critical strategy–or if you would like further information on any of these new products–please contact Preferred today!

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Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation hosted its annual “Robert G. Bohn Invititational” golf tournament on Wednesday, Oct 2.

Pat Foley and Richard Bohn finished in first place, landing a net score of 67. The competition was long, however, as Preferred employees spent nearly five hours on the greens at the Redding Country Club. While some participants said that they had been practicing for the event, others clearly showed some rust.

Rust aside, the golfers could not have asked for a better day of weather.