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Fulton has supplied a skid-mounted, dual-fuel-fired steam boiler package to Southmead Hospital for a project as part of North Bristol NHS Trust’s £430m PFI redevelopment of the site, which partially opened at the end of May 2014.

Steam from the skid-mounted package, which features two Fulton 60J boilers plus ancillaries, is used during the washing and sterilising of surgical equipment and instruments at the hospital’s temporary central sterile supply department (CSSD).

The washing process at Southmead’s new CSSD involves rinsing used surgical equipment in cold water before it is then washed in hot water, with steam from the Fulton boiler system being generated to indirectly heat water to a temperature of approximately 80°C.

Once the surgical instruments are washed and re-packaged, raw steam (at approximately 180°C) from the Fulton system is then used to heat the water source of the CSSD’s clean steam generator, steam from which is then supplied to the sterilisers at a temperature that is sufficient enough to kill any remaining pathogens, microbes and bacteria.

Fulton’s J series vertical gas- and oil-fired steam boiler range includes eight models with outputs from 96 to 960kg/h. Its tubeless design, invented by Fulton, eliminates coils and tubes traditionally used in steam raising plant and enables the J series to raise its full steam output in just 20 minutes. Its simple design and robust construction from quality materials makes them suitable for arduous applications in a range of industries.

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Key benefits of product application

  • Steam is fundamental to the hospital’s central sterile supply department and the Fulton system could raise sufficient amounts and in a relatively short period.
  • Fulton was specified because a large residual store of energy was required and, in operation, its 60J vertical steam boilers feature a large reservoir of water at super heated temperatures. This means that if a demand for steam is required, the boiler can therefore ‘flash off’ a considerable amount of steam, something a steam generator is not capable of.
  • Fulton Swiss burners were recommended to ensure a constant supply of steam was always available should the hospital’s gas supply be interrupted.
  • The specification of a twin boiler, skid-mounted system ensures N+1, a redundancy method adopted by the consulting engineers to ensure an additional source of steam is available to support the CSSD’s required performance, e.g. if one of the boilers needs to be taken offline for servicing or maintenance.
  • Commenting for Hulley Kirkwood,­ the consulting engineers responsible for the CSSD and specification of the Fulton system,­ Richard Boocock said: ‘Although temporary, the central sterile supply department is an essential change-over facility that is indispensible in the move from the original NHS Trust site to the new PFI-owned hospital. The Fulton system is at the heart of the CSSD and Fulton¹s on-going support and training is vital to its operators.’

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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