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Inspecting a water tube boiler

Ever wondered what a boiler inspector gets to see on the job? An average day for our team is anything but average. 

On the docket for inspection today? A rental water tube boiler. Come take a look!

This water tube boiler requires feed water, natural gas and electricity to be piped to it. It is mounted on a Lowboy trailer, which allows the boiler to be lowered to the ground to assist the operators and mechanics. The grey box (towards the center of the photo) is where 480 volt 3 phase power is applied to the boiler, and the large square-shaped box stores and protects all of the electrical controls for the boiler and burner controls.

From another angle, you can see the gauges across the top of the board that show gas, feed water, steam, pressure and temperature. The silver cylinder in this picture is the air cleaner for the blower for the burner, the yellow pipe is the gas fuel train for the boiler and the black pipe is the gas piping made on-site. The left hand side of the boiler has the electronic controls with the switches and indicator lights. This boiler receives 20 psi natural gas and lowers it down to 15 psi for the burner to operate properly.

From the top of the boiler, you can see the relief valves, which are shipped separately from the boiler. They can be disassembled to be sent for testing and cleaning and will have certification paperwork and seals that prove their maintenance. You can see this boiler has the ability to add a third relief valve. 

See the thick vertical silver cylinder with the sight glass attached to it? It’s the primary water level controller. The sight glass shows the operator the boiler’s water level through visual indication and uses a series of different lengths of metal rods (through conductivity to the water) to tell the computer what the water level of the boiler is. These rods control specific functions of the boiler controls, such as opening the boiler feed water valves, allowing the burner to operate and sounding alarms if the water is too high or too low. All the other piping on this side of the boiler is for a low volume, low pressure steam reducing station. This would be used for steam tracing to prevent freezing in the winter.

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Meet John Kopetz

Meet John Kopetz! John joined the Florida BPC team in March 2021 as a jurisdictional inspector, with commissions in Florida, Georgia and Alabama. He brings over 40 years of field experience as a boiler and machinery inspector and claim specialist. John recently retired from Travelers Insurance Company as a senior risk control consultant, and he previously operated high pressure boilers for the US Navy and for a hospital.

Outside of work, John loves spending time with his two grandchildren, and enjoys hunting, target shooting and boating.

Welcome to the team, John! 

 

Meet Joe Ambrose

 

Help us welcome Joe to the team as our new Marketing and Sales Manager! 

Joe joins us with a background in market-facing primary and reinsurance underwriting, including equipment breakdown and technical property risks. His market knowledge includes both direct and wholesale brokers, reinsurance brokers and MGU/MGA management programs. 

He resides in a Philadelphia suburb with his Lab/Great Dane ‘twins,’ Brody and MacKenzie. His ‘non-twins’ are son Connor, a construction company operations manager, and daughter Riley, a nurse practitioner. Joe’s interests include the care and fielding of an old house and nearly anything outdoors.

We’re so glad to have you with us, Joe! 

 

Meet Ashley Moore

Meet Ashley Moore! She’s our newest addition to BPC, joining our finance team. We’re so glad to have you on board, Ashley! 

 

BPC: Tell us about your new role and how you heard about BPC. I am the accounting manager and just started this month. I am excited to be a part of the team at BPC! I have known BPC and the Cox family (BPC’s owners) for about 10 years. I used to work for the public accounting firm that serves BPC.  

BPC: Tell us about your day-to-day role. I’m still training right now, but spend most of my day on the computer. I will be communicating with the field staff, customers and vendors. 

BPC: What do you enjoy most about working here? I like the people! They have been very welcoming and seem to enjoy their jobs, which makes it a great working environment. I also like that I will be able to interact with the customers, clients and other employees, as I am an accountant who also likes people! 

BPC: What did you do career-wise prior to coming on to BPC?  Before joining the BPC team, I was in public accounting for over 10 years and also worked for a company that provides trust and financial administration.

BPC: Tell us about your life outside of work.  My husband Charlie and I have two daughters, Sage and Eliza, who are six and four. They keep us very busy. As a family, we like to be outside, hike, go to the beach and spend time with our extended families and friends.

Meet Thomas Danielson

Meet Thomas Danielson!

Beginning his boiler and pressure vessel career in the United States Navy, Thomas served as a boiler technician, operating, maintaining, and repairing M and D type propulsion plant boilers, auxiliary equipment, and the administration of oil lab activities. 

Upon leaving the Navy, Thomas worked for Nashville Thermal Transfer Corp. as an assistant boiler operator and maintenance mechanic. He then served the state of Tennessee as a Deputy Boiler Inspector – where he achieved a National Board Commission – and later the state of Nevada as a Safety Specialist III, inspecting boilers, pressure vessels, elevators, and escalators. 

We’re grateful that in September of 2020, he came to work with BPC as a Senior Jurisdictional Inspector in the Nevada region, where he lives with his wife and spends time with his three grown children and seven grandkids. Thank you for all you do, Thomas!

 

Meet Brent Pickle

Meet Brent Pickle! 

Brent joins our Oklahoma region as a Jurisdictional Inspector. He comes to BPC with experience as a CNA risk control representative and he previously worked for the Oklahoma Department of Labor as a boiler inspector and review team leader.

Brent served in both active duty and the reserves in the United States Air Force. 

Some of his favorite hobbies include fishing and hunting, but you can almost always find him enjoying the outdoors and spending time with his wife. 

BPC is grateful for the contribution Brent makes to our team – thanks Brent!