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Nuffield Health has installed Fulton skid-mounted steam boiler packages with remote monitoring capabilities as part of a continuous improvement programme at its off-site decontamination units.

Each of the six sites contains a skid-mounted package consisting of three 60J boiler plus ancillaries.

All 18 boilers are being remotely monitored by a Fulton-designed telemetry system, which complies with the current PGS2 standard.

The system is capable of reporting critical alarm conditions such as primary and secondary low water, flame failure, high pressure and high water for each of the three dual-fuel 60J units per site, two of which are firing constantly with one on standby.

The system also monitors signals from digital and analogue meters for gas, electric and water supplies, and steam pressure.

If a critical alarm condition is raised, the boilers will automatically shut down and the Fulton telemetry system will notify Nuffield site engineers via BT Redcare.

The next phase of the programme will enable the telemetry system to provide an overview of the operating conditions of each boiler remotely via the internet.

This will be installed when the new BG01 standard is ratified by the CEA, SAFed and HSE, and is expected to reduce Nuffield’s regular plant room visits from 24-hour intervals to as little as every 72 hours.

Site engineer Simon Baker said: ‘Under the old PM5 and PGS2 standards, manually monitoring six sites and 18 boilers 24-hours a day, six days a week, cost Nuffield Health in excess of GBP160,000 a year.

‘With Fulton working towards the BG01 standard and future proofing the plant rooms using remote monitoring via telemetry, we will be able to reduce this figure substantially,’ he added.

Each of the skid-mounted packages designed and manufactured by Fulton, comprises three 60J boilers, a blowdown vessel, condensate recovery system and water treatment plant.

Each Fulton package was connected to existing site services, which included a clean steam generator and heat exchanger, and now provides steam for Nuffield’s in-house decontamination and sterilisation services and DHW and heating.

Every day the plant room boilers are blown down, visually checked and alarm systems tested by site engineers.

All six plant rooms are also covered by a Fulton service contract.

The Fulton name has been synonymous with steam since the company first introduced the vertical tubeless steam boiler in 1949 and Fulton was established in Bristol in 1966. Fulton is still one of the world’s leading manufacturers, producing an unrivalled range of multi-fuel steam boilers. But increasingly these are ordered by customers as part of bespoke turnkey systems designed to meet exacting specifications.

Today Fulton Ltd is an important design and manufacturing base in Fulton’s global network that also includes production facilities in the US and China. The company’s UK facility makes it possible to manufacture products more efficiently and to assemble completed units for whenever and wherever they are needed throughout the UK and in export markets.

Once just a steam boiler manufacturer, Fulton now specialises in ready-to-ship skid-mounted and fully packaged boiler plant rooms to meet the current demand for off-site fabrication. The company puts great emphasis on providing sales and application advice and a full commissioning and after-sales service to a growing customer base in hospital and healthcare facilities, food and beverage processing, laundries and other applications.

Design and manufacturing resources are shared and co-ordinated around the world, but no matter where your product originates it will always be produced to the highest quality in a facility that is wholly owned and managed by the Fulton Group, which remains a privately owned family business.

Fulton’s heating and hot-water systems can be delivered as fully prefabricated plant rooms or complete skid-mounted units, built to fit a prepared location and to connect direct to your services.

Using the latest CAD equipment, its design team can accommodate the most sophisticated engineering specifications in surprisingly compact spaces, locating components in the best possible position to suit the installation.

In every sense, today’s Fulton boiler systems are solutions that fit the requirements of the modern age of steam.

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