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COVID-19 Update

As a state-authorized inspection agency, Boiler and Property Consulting, LLC, provides an essential service to other essential businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, which means we’re still meeting our customers’ inspection needs as usual. The need for state-mandated safety inspections of boilers and/or pressure vessels that are being used by essential businesses as part of their normal operations has not stopped during this time. We’re also continuing to provide our customers with the highest level of customer service available in our industry while ensuring the safe operation of their equipment and facilities.

We are following all CDC guidelines during the performance of our work and are doing our part to prevent the spread of coronavirus and maintain a safe work environment for the employees of essential businesses.

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Meet Del Schirmer

Meet Del Schirmer! Del leads BPC’s Central Region and works with 13 national board inspectors. We recently chatted with him to learn more about who he is and what he does. Keep reading for our Q&A with Del.

 

BPC: What kind of objects are you typically inspecting?

Del: Our inspectors and I inspect all sizes and types of boilers and pressure vessels to ensure safety and jurisdictional code compliance. We do simple, small pressure vessels and utility-size boilers fired with various different fuels, and every size in between. 

 

BPC: What are some interesting things you’ve seen on the job?

Del: The most interesting things I see on the job are the variety of people the inspectors work with on a daily basis. 

 

BPC: What do you enjoy most about working here?

Del: I enjoy making our processes easier and working with the inspectors to identify ways to do high-quality inspections and then implementing those ideas into our standard work procedures. We are always looking for an easier way to do the best inspection we can do. 

 

BPC: What do you think sets BPC apart from your competitors?

Del: We do the right thing.

 

BPC: What do you like to do outside of work? 

Del: My wife, Susan, and I have raised four boys. We gained three amazing daughters-in-law and two of those couples are parents of our three granddaughters. My hobby is bicycle riding.

 

We appreciate the hard work and leadership Del provides to our team. Thank you, Del!

 

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Boiler & Property Consulting, LLC Ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for 28 Straight Months

For 28 straight months, Boiler & Property Consulting, a Buford, GA jurisdictional boiler inspection firm operating in conjunction with XL Insurance America (XLIA), recently announced it was ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for maintaining the lowest percentage of overdue objects.

Each month, Jurisdiction Online releases a report ranking users on their percentage of overdue objects. BPC has maintained the lowest percentage of overdues and stayed at the top of the list for the past 28 months.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this organization and receive monthly acknowledgement from JO for over 2 years in a row. Here at BPC, we don’t just talk about customer service, we also deliver the highest level of service in our industry,” says Venus Newton, president of Boiler & Property Consulting.

Since its beginning, BPC has quickly grown to be one of the top boiler inspection companies in the United States. The company has inspectors nationwide and services all industries including power generation, basic metals, chemical, steel and pulp & paper.

The company has used Jurisdiction Online for the past five years. Jurisdiction Online supports regulatory code enforcement workflows, risk management workflows and jurisdictional accounting needs associated with regulatory activities. Its products are used by agencies in 31 states, more than 90 local jurisdictions and multiple Fortune 500 and private sector companies, including major insurers involved in the boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) market.

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Meet Anzar Hasan

Meet Anzar Hasan, our Chief Inspector/Chief Engineer!  Anzar has worked with BPC since 2010, and some of his responsibilities include:

  • Providing technical support to inspectors and technical assistance to customers
  • Developing training courses and training inspectors directly
  • Developing practices and procedures for the inspection and evaluation of B&PV, mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Inspecting boilers, pressure vessels, HVAC equipment, gas and steam turbines, compressors, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, and any other object you can imagine

 

One reason Anzar loves working at BPC is the global perspective it’s given him.

 

“BPC has taken me almost around the world visiting manufacturing plants in countries that include Turkey, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and all over Europe,” Anzar said. “In addition to insurance loss prevention surveys, it gave me a great opportunity to travel around the globe and learn to appreciate cultures and their differences, discover new cuisines, and quickly adapt and communicate with people who were not fluent in the English language.”

 

Anzar also appreciates working alongside helpful and communicative staff and experiencing the independent, flexible, and trusting environment at BPC. He takes pride in working for the number-one company in the country for Jurisdiction Online inspections. Prior to BPC, Anzar worked in other large insurance and fortune 100 companies. He says, though, that BPC has been his most professionally satisfying experience! 

 

On a more personal note, Anzar has a love for owning and driving motorcycles and high performance sports cars.

 

“I am an outdoor person and like to travel, meet and interact with people,” he said. “I have ridden motorcycles for over 40 years, and am a proud owner of a Lotus Super Seven race car and a 650 HP eight speed Corvette Z06 and have memberships in Corvette, race and muscle car clubs and groups.”

 

Anzar married his high school sweetheart who supports and enjoys his hobbies, and is, in his own words, his best friend. Their son is an attorney and lives in Washington, DC, and their daughter is an electrical engineer and lives about a mile from them in a suburb of Dallas, TX. They also have a granddaughter who is, quite simply, their pride and joy.

 

Thank you, Anzar, for all you do for BPC!

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Boiler & Property Consulting, LLC Ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for 26 Straight Months

For 26 straight months, Boiler & Property Consulting, a Buford, GA jurisdictional boiler inspection firm operating in conjunction with XL Insurance America (XLIA), recently announced it was ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for maintaining the lowest percentage of overdue objects.

Each month, Jurisdiction Online releases a report ranking users on their percentage of overdue objects. BPC has maintained the lowest percentage of overdues and stayed at the top of the list for the past 26 months.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this organization and receive monthly acknowledgement from JO for over 2 years in a row. Here at BPC, we don’t just talk about customer service, we also deliver the highest level of service in our industry,” says Venus Newton, president of Boiler & Property Consulting.

Since its beginning, BPC has quickly grown to be one of the top boiler inspection companies in the United States. The company has inspectors nationwide and services all industries including power generation, basic metals, chemical, steel and pulp & paper.

The company has used Jurisdiction Online for the past five years. Jurisdiction Online supports regulatory code enforcement workflows, risk management workflows and jurisdictional accounting needs associated with regulatory activities. Its products are used by agencies in 31 states, more than 90 local jurisdictions and multiple Fortune 500 and private sector companies, including major insurers involved in the boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) market.

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Welcome, James Standart

We are pleased to welcome James Standart to the BPC team as our new marketing and sales manager. His experience in engineering, underwriting, management, and marketing will be an asset to our company in achieving our growth efforts. Most recently, James was employed with Liberty Mutual Insurance.

In his spare time, James plays golf recreationally, tennis competitively, and follows Vanderbilt (his alma mater) football. He is also active in his church, enjoys trivia, and has two playful golden retrievers.

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Boiler & Property Consulting, LLC Ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for 24 Straight Months

For 24 straight months, Boiler & Property Consulting, a Buford, GA jurisdictional boiler inspection firm operating in conjunction with XL Insurance America (XLIA), recently announced it was ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for maintaining the lowest percentage of overdue objects.

Each month, Jurisdiction Online releases a report ranking users on their percentage of overdue objects. BPC has maintained the lowest percentage of overdues and stayed at the top of the list for the past 24 months.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this organization and receive monthly acknowledgement from JO for 24 months in a row. Here at BPC, we don’t just talk about customer service, we also deliver the highest level of service in our industry,” says Venus Newton, president of Boiler & Property Consulting.

Since its beginning eight years ago, BPC has quickly grown to be one of the top boiler inspection companies in the United States. The company has inspectors nationwide and services all industries including power generation, basic metals, chemical, steel and pulp & paper.

The company has used Jurisdiction Online for the past five years. Jurisdiction Online supports regulatory code enforcement workflows, risk management workflows and jurisdictional accounting needs associated with regulatory activities. Its products are used by agencies in 31 states, more than 90 local jurisdictions and multiple Fortune 500 and private sector companies, including major insurers involved in the boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) market.

 

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Hydraulic Extrusion Presses

    

Hydraulic extrusion presses have a history of developing cracks and defects. If these defects are not detected at their incipient stage, they could propagate and result in extensive damage to the press and extended outage, resulting in loss of business. 

Recently, I visited couple of large Aluminum extrusion facilities and found that all the extrusion presses had cracks and defects going back several years. In one instance, the tie rod actually broke, deflecting the front and rear platens.

Through a close review of the operating history of the presses, maintenance, testing procedures and business continuity programs, I found:

  1. In most cases, the presses were over 25 years old and the manufacturer was not in business. 
  2. The plants had a comprehensive annual NDT program to monitor the cracks and if it was found the crack had propagated, welded repairs were done. Often the repaired areas developed secondary cracks. Sometimes, the cracked and welded areas had to be re-welded.
  3. There was no documented contingency plan in place to transfer the production to other sister or independent plants. Verbally, it was stated there were several independent plants that could be contacted to handle the production at additional cost. The additional cost factor was not calculated. It should be considered that most extruding operations are customer specified and often the dies are owned by the customers. Even if the independent companies had similar tonnage presses, there is no surety the dies would fit the press.
  4. None of the plants I visited considered reducing the operating tonnage and/or increasing the monitoring of crack propagations.

Conclusion/recommendations:

  • It should be noted there is no scientific method of predicting the geometry of propagation of cracks and predicting the failure mode and time period before breakage. If a component has developed cracks, it should be replaced. This could sometimes mean rebuilding the press.
  • During the Equipment Breakdown inspection visits, the operating history of the press should be discussed, and the inspector must ask for copies of NDT reports for minimum of three years and do a close review. 
  • If welded repairs have been completed, as a minimum, the material should be identified to select proper weld alloy and procedure.
  • The welders should be qualified in the welding procedure. 
  • The crack should be completely excavated.
  • The excavation should be made at an angle wide enough to permit confident welding.
  • Surfaces to be welded should be ground smooth.
  • The area should be preheated to a minimum of 200 F and maintained throughout welding.
  • Extra surface reinforcement should be added to areas where cracks initiate.
  • Final weld should be tapered and ground smooth.
  • Stress relief heat treatment for weld 2” or more thickness.
  • Increase visual examination to weekly visits while press is offline with written reports for each inspection that details inspection points and results.
  • Increase NDE to quarterly with all cracked areas inspected and a report issued.
  • The NDT program should utilize straight and angle beam Ultrasonic (UT) and Magnetic Particle (MT) methods as appropriate.
  • The components to be NDT should include front and rear platens, side cylinder rods and hot container shift cylinder rods, main pullback cylinders and hot container shift cylinders, main rams, ram stems and ram stem bolts, main hydraulic cylinders, valve – to – main cylinder bolts.
  • Laser press alignment should be completed annually.

The lead time for major components – such as tie rods – could range from 3 to six months based on the tonnage of the press. Platens, container housings, rams, power cylinder could exceed 12 months. Often, they have to be manufactured either from drawings or actual measurement of the components if drawings are not available. 

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Boiler & Property Consulting, LLC Ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for 23 Straight Months

Boiler & Property Consulting, a Buford, GA jurisdictional boiler inspection firm operating in conjunction with XL Insurance America (XLIA), recently announced it was ranked #1 by Jurisdiction Online for maintaining the lowest percentage of overdue objects for 23 straight months.

Since its beginning eight years ago, BPC has quickly grown to be one of the top boiler inspection companies in the United States. The company has inspectors nationwide and services all industries including power generation, basic metals, chemical, steel and pulp & paper.

The company has used Jurisdiction Online for the past five years. Jurisdiction Online supports regulatory code enforcement workflows, risk management workflows and jurisdictional accounting needs associated with regulatory activities. Its products are used by agencies in 31 states, more than 90 local jurisdictions and multiple Fortune 500 and private sector companies, including major insurers involved in the boiler and pressure vessel (BPV) market.

Each month, Jurisdiction Online releases a report ranking users on their percentage of overdue objects. BPC has maintained the lowest percentage of overdues and stayed at the top of the list for the past 23 months.

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Yankee Dryers: Head/Shell (Crevice) Corrosion

Prepared by Anzar Hasan (Chief Inspector)

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The purpose of this technical bulletin is to advise inspectors engaged in the inspection of Yankee Dryers to be aware of a head/shell corrosion condition. This condition – and corrective action taken by the mill – should be a topic of discussion during the Yankee Dryer inspection and evaluation process.

There have been catastrophic failures of Yankee Dryers since the tissue paper manufacturing industry started utilizing Yankee Dryers. Due to the increasing number of failures that often require replacement of the dryers, the issue was taken up by TAPP in 1985. Studies such as finite element and root cause analysis were completed and several papers were submitted and published in TAPPI. 

This crevice corrosion is a serious condition, and if not detected, could result in cracking of the head and shell. Depending on the size of the dryer, the replacement cost could exceed $3M, with a delivery time ranging from 9 to 14 months. If detected in the early stages, repairs and modifications can be satisfactorily completed.

In the majority of cases, the crevice corrosion started from the head spigot corner and clamp fit of the head and shell flange. The investigative studies concluded the problem was caused by chemical showers during the tissue paper drying process. The chemical showers are used to improve creeping characteristics of the paper. Uneven temperature condition in the head and shell caused a gap between the head and shell flanges at the outside radius, reducing the efficiency of the clamping force. The chemicals seep into the gap, resulting in corrosion to form in the crevice.

The growth of crevice corrosion is slow and difficult to detect as the shell deformation is masked by natural shell wear and the shell grinding process.

Special gauges are used to measure head tilt, head to shell spigot loss and establish crevice corrosion severity. 

Nondestructive examinations techniques are also utilized to track corrosion growth and verify Yankee dryer structural integrity. These tests included acoustic emission and ultrasound.

The head/shell joint on new dryers has been modified to reduce and/or stop the crevice corrosion. If the corrosion is detected in the early stages, older dryers can be modified with successful results.

The methods utilized include:

  • Removal of crevice corrosion by machining substantial cutback of the head outside diameter to remove corrosion-jacking force that concentrate stresses at the head spigot corner.
  • Bore out the existing bolt holes and upgrade the bolt size to increase the clamping forces necessary to overcome permanent deformation caused by crevice corrosion jacking. 
  • Remaining dryer life should be calculated as recommended by engineering and/or Jurisdiction requirements.
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