Nol-Tec’s Lodge Cottrell Division to Take Center Stage at Power-Gen International

Nol-Tec Systems will be taking part in and exhibiting at the upcoming 2016 Power-Gen International trade show. Scheduled for December 13-15, the convention is billed as “The World’s Largest Power Generation Event” and will include exhibits from over 1,400 companies from all sectors of the energy generation industry.

Nol-Tec will be among the exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. One area of focus at our booth (#1317) will be the air pollution control (APC) solutions provided by our Lodge Cottrell division. Acquired by and integrated into Nol-Tec in Autumn 2015, Lodge Cottrell—formerly KC Cottrell US—gives us a wide range of additional capabilities and specialties that makes us a total solutions provider for the APC market.

Over 20,000 attendees from more than 110 countries are expected at Power-Gen International 2016. The trade show is scheduled to include 70 conference sessions led by 300-plus industry experts, five additional co-located events, technical training sessions, and more. The event will take place December 13-15 in Orlando, Florida. For additional information on the Power-Gen International trade show, visit www.power-gen.com.

On day one of Power-Gen 2016 (Tuesday, December 13) Nol-Tec’s Bob Mastropietro and Nick Evans will be presenting “Improved Sorbent Utilization Using Lance-Less Technology Causes Re-Evaluations of Electrostatic Precipitator vs. Fabric Filter,” which will give attendees a closer look at the Lodge Cottrell division’s technologies. Mastropietro and Evans’ presentation is scheduled for 1:30-3:30PM in room S310D, as part of the Emissions Control II track.

Plan now to visit us at booth #1317 and to take in our presentation on Tuesday the 13th. If you’d like to receive details about our booth events and schedule, please fill out our “Contact Us” form and write “Power-Gen” in the comments section.

Nol-Tec to Host “Happy Hour” at Upcoming Power-Gen Trade Show

To give attendees a chance to learn more about their products, services, and company in general, Nol-Tec Systems will be hosting a “happy hour” event at their exhibitors booth (#1317) at the upcoming 2016 Power-Gen International trade show. Power-Gen 2016 is scheduled for December 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.

On Wednesday, December 14, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, the Nol-Tec team will be serving beer and fresh popcorn for all interested parties. More than just a meet-and-greet, the happy hour will also include a trio of presentations, with time for discussion and Q&A sessions, to help potential customers learn more about Nol-Tec.

The first presentation, planned for 2:00-2:30pm, is more general, and will cover who Nol-Tec is and what they can do for their customers. It will include a brief introduction to Nol-Tec Systems and the products and services they offer, with a focus on their work with power generating utilities and industries. Nol-Tec Sales Manager Jerry VanDerWerff will be on hand to discuss and answer questions.

Nol-Tec’s second happy hour presentation, scheduled for 3:00-3:30pm, will show potential customers how they can optimize their DSI/ACI systems with Nol-Tec’s Sorb-Tec™ technology. It will provide an overview of the company’s latest offerings for dry sorbent injection and advanced carbon injection systems, and show how Sorb-Tec minimizes maintenance costs and improves sorbent performance. Product Sales Manager Nick Evans will be present for discussion and Q&A.

The final happy hour presentation, from 4:00-4:30pm, will give an in-depth look at Nol-Tec’s Lodge Cottrell division. It will include an overview of how Lodge Cottrell’s well-known expertise in particulate control complements Nol-Tec System’s advanced technologies to offer utilities a total solution to control air pollution. Lodge Cottrell’s Product Line Manager Wayne Navickas will be presenting and answering questions.

The remainder of Nol-Tec’s happy hour event will be open for further discussion and questions.

To learn more about the Power-Gen trade show, visit www.power-gen.com.

Plan now to visit Nol-Tec at booth #1317 and join us for happy hour on Wednesday the 14th. If you’d like to receive more information about our booth events and schedule, please complete a “Contact Us” form and write “Power-Gen” in the comments section.

Adding to Nol-Tec’s Leadership in Air Pollution Control with Lodge Cottrell Division

In September 2015, Nol-Tec Systems acquired KC Cottrell US and transitioned the company into our new Lodge Cottrell division. With their focus on all aspects of air pollution control (APC)—inspection, parts, service, consulting, etc.—the Lodge Cottrell division makes Nol-Tec a total solutions provider for the APC market.

The addition of the Lodge Cottrell division gives us a whole host of additional capabilities and specialties. Lodge Cottrell offers an array of consulting services specific to ESPs (electrostatic precipitators), including evaluations via both high level data analysis and onsite inspections, performance predictions, and performance enhancements. They also provide ash resistivity testing and fabric filter evaluations.

Lodge Cottrell provides replacement parts and repair/maintenance services for APC equipment. Their ESP and fabric filter inspection capabilities include complete internal inspections—tolerance checks, ash buildup assessments, component wear examinations, etc.—and control inspections to check for proper operation and calibration.

ESP engineering and upgrades are also available through our Lodge Cottrell division. Their experts can provide replacement of internals in-kind or with rigid electrodes, expansion of the collecting plate area, additional inlet fields or parallel chambers, and more. They also provide complete onsite installation of new ESPs and fabric filter equipment.

Thanks to our Lodge Cottrell division, Nol-Tec can provide complete, start-to-finish air pollution control services. From consulting and evaluations to APC system design and engineering to installation, commissioning, and training, we have the know-how and the technology to deliver the perfect APC solution for any application—even yours!

 

OSHA Combustible Dust Regulations are Delayed, Not Dead

Don’t Wait to Implement Your Dust Mitigation Solution

In April 2009, OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) announced that it was starting work on comprehensive rulemaking regarding the mitigation of combustible dust in industrial settings. The organization published an ANPR (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) in October of that year, announcing their intentions for the forthcoming dust standard and seeking comments, data, and other information related to combustible dust hazards in the workplace from those in affected industries.

The combustible dust rulemaking process continued throughout 2010 and 2011 with a series of stakeholder and “Expert Panel” meetings. However, the next required step—convening a SBREFA (Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act) panel—has been postponed numerous times. Originally scheduled for April 2011, the SBREFA panel is now tentatively scheduled for August 2016. (It has not yet occurred as of this writing.)

A Complex Problem

Dust-related fires and/or explosions can have many possible causes, making it difficult to determine what is required for responsible regulation. OSHA’s own definition of combustible dust reads, in part, “all combustible particulate solids of any size, shape or chemical composition that could present a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or other oxidizing medium.” The solids in question include wood, fertilizer, sugar, textiles, and many other substances—essentially, nearly all manufacturing generates some amount of combustible dust.

“It’s not an intrinsic hazard; it’s created by multiple factors that differ by substance and setting,” said Marc Freeman, executive director of labor law policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a Bloomberg BNA article from January of this year. “In order to create a standard around combustible dust, it will take a lot of work.”

It seems likely that OSHA officials did not foresee the combustible dust issue being quite so complex. This complexity has, in part, put the rulemaking processes on the back burner. “This does not appear to be a priority for OSHA like it once was,” Jess McCluer, director of safety and regulatory affairs for the NGFA (National Grain and Feed Association), said in the same Bloomberg BNA piece. “After understanding the complexity it seems to have moved to the side. And other issues have moved to the top of the priority list.”

Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail

Though the rulemaking has been delayed, it is all but inevitable that the new standards will go through sometime in the near future. When they do, you need to be ready to meet those standards immediately—there is no grace period. As you likely know, failure to comply with OSHA regulations can lead to hefty fines.

A similar situation occurred several years ago when OSHA implemented their indoor air pollution standards. It was long and well known that the organization would be passing tougher air pollution mitigation standards, as were the requirements of those standards. But most of those to whom the regulations would apply waited to act until after regulations were put in place and being enforced.

This put the affected businesses in a tight spot. They had to have pollution mitigation equipment installed ASAP to meet OSHA’s deadlines, but because so many waited to take action, equipment vendors and/or installers were quickly booked solid and unable to meet the companies’ scheduling needs.

Additionally, because they needed “rush jobs,” many of these companies likely spent far more than they needed to. Rush jobs tend to cost more simply because they are rush jobs, and any sudden high demand for goods or services is sure to drive up prices, as well. And many companies, in their haste to meet regulations, may have had mitigation systems installed that were not optimized for the needs of their factories—they may have paid for “too much” system, or installed equipment that doesn’t work as well as it could or should.

To avoid these pitfalls and ensure that your facility meets OSHA’s dust mitigation standards when the time comes, it’s best to start early and stay ahead of the game. Nol-Tec offers complete combustible dust solutions, and has the experience and expertise to develop a mitigation system that is custom-tailored to your processes and your facility. Through on-site evaluations of your processes and small-scale trials conducted in our testing lab using the actual materials you work with, we can create a dust mitigation solution that delivers the perfect level of performance for your needs.

With time to plan ahead and make sure everything gets done right, you can get the right equipment for your needs, at the best possible price and installed on your schedule. Contact Nol-Tec today to get started on your combustible dust mitigation solution.