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Raven Prepares to Launch New Technical Training Facility

Our site superintendent Bailey carefully reviewing the “ruff-in” progress.

While the Raven office may seem a bit quieter than usual with most of the team now working remotely, there is plenty of excitement brewing in the warehouse where preparations are being made for the unveiling of our new technical training facility!

With support from our vendors, we will be installing a 30 HP Powermaster firetube boiler fitted with a Weishaupt WM-G10 burner and the W-FM50 (LMV3) linkage-less digital combustion management system. The system will be installed by T’N’T Energy Systems along with Grundfos MAGNA3 and UPS pumps, and SecureSeal flue venting. In addition, we will have portable classroom trainer kits available for the Siemens LMV3 linkage-less control systems and RWF55 process controllers.

 

30 HP boiler tube sheets by Powermaster.

This new technical training facility will allow us to provide hands-on technical training and live product demonstrations right here in the Lower Mainland. Over the past few years, we have received consistent feedback from service technicians, plant operators, and engineers indicating that technical training for Siemens/Weishaupt linkage-less (parallel positioning) burner controls within BC is in high demand.

Boiler shell being fabricated at Powermaster

The LMV platform is also found on most current Fulton boilers. As these types of controls are becoming increasingly common throughout industry, Raven is committed to providing the resources needed to ensure that personnel fully understand the extent of their capabilities and can work on them independently with confidence. Our local training facility will greatly improve accessibility to technical education for technicians across BC, and it will allow us to demonstrate our products to prospective clients and consultants in a convenient setting.

Construction will begin during the summer, and we expect the first training sessions to become available in September 2020. Please contact us at [email protected] to get on the wait-list for upcoming training sessions. We look forward to hearing from you!

A New Year and A New Opportunity for Global Literacy

Schoolgirls at a Room to Read project in Vietnam. Photo credit: Room to Read

The New Year is always a time for reflection and setting new goals. This year, for 2020, we are setting our sights on building on the momentum of years’ past and do even more to support Room to Read.

Room to Read is an international NGO that promotes literacy in the developing world. The organization’s multi-pronged approach includes opening up school libraries, providing teacher training, publishing in language children’s books, and running community-lead interventions designed to keep young women in school and out of child marriage.

Every year, we pick one Room to Read project country to support. We make it easy for our community of vendors and customers to join in these efforts through matching donation drives and other initiatives. Last year, we hit a major fundraising milestone, with a grand total of $200,000 being raised since 2013 for Room to Read’s projects in 16 countries around the world.

This year, we’ve decided to centre our efforts on raising enough to send 50 girls to school in Vietnam. At one time, Vietnam was considered one of the poorest countries in the world. Today, this country in South East Asia is in a period of growth and development, but with this growth comes a widening gap between children who can afford to attend school and children who can’t.

Photo Credit: Room to Read Vietnam

In 2020, we’re aiming to raise $20,000 towards school scholarships to allow 50 young Vietnamese women to make the most of their changing economy.

Our Inside Sales Engineer Merinda Widmer lead us in the decision to support Room to Read Vietnam because of the organization’s excellent track record in the country. In 2015, Room to Read successfully influenced advances in the country’s national education policy. Last year, Room to Read partnered with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education to launch a targeted program to build and stock school libraries in the country. Room to Read also continues to train local social mobilizers that support girls and young women in low-income areas through life skills training and other programs designed to keep them in school.

Merinda will go to Vietnam in 2021 to see our fundraising efforts in action. Stay tuned for more exciting updates on how you can join us in making sure that children around the world have the reading skills they need to succeed!

Aldrich Steam Boilers

Aldrich Classic firetube boiler fitted with a Weishaupt burner

Here at Raven, we have been looking for a manufacturer that specializes in steam boilers for low pressure applications. Luckily, we found Aldrich, who does just that and more!

Established in 1936, Aldrich Company serves the global market as a premier manufacturer of firetube boilers and water heaters. Aldrich Company researches, engineers, manufactures and sells quality boilers and water heaters for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications.

The Classic Series 3-pass horizontal “scotch box” firetube boiler is available in sizes from 12 to 250 horsepower, with configurations as either low-pressure steam (15 PSI) or up to 80 PSI hot water boilers. The design is a hybrid between a 3-pass scotch marine firetube and a firebox boiler. It has the slim profile, easy maintenance, and economical cost of a firebox coupled with the durability, efficiency, and high-water volume of a horizontal firetube. Aldrich offers extra-thick flared tubes and tube sheets, making it a workhorse that is built to last for generations. This type of boiler is especially well suited in breweries, distilleries, and agricultural applications.

For more information on Aldrich boilers, please visit our website or contact us at the office!

Fulton Service Training

In August, Nic Sun visited The Fulton Companies headquarters in Pulaski, New York to complete a 4-day service course focusing on the Vantage condensing boiler line. Although the program is normally restricted to gas-fitting technicians, Nic’s background in engineering kept him fully engaged. He gives kudos to the course instructors for giving such thorough presentations and encouraging him to get his hands dirty in the test lab.

His favorite part was the detailed tutorial on the Siemens LMV36 combustion control system, which is also used on Weishaupt burners. He got to tinker with the simulation module, learning how to operate, configure, and troubleshoot issues correctly. For his final exam, he went through a complete Vantage start-up procedure. “Nothing beats hands-on experience, whether you’re in sales, engineering, technical support, or all of the above. I have always enjoyed playing with fire!” Nic says with a wink and a smile.

Linna Heads to Fulton

Last month, Linna attended Fulton’s Sales Training in Pulaski, New York. This training covered Fulton’s hot water boilers, steam boilers, and thermal fluid boilers over the course of three days. Linna had very high expectations going into training, and Fulton did not disappoint!

Along with building boilers Rugged, Robust, and Reliable, it will not be long until the Fulton name becomes synonymous with innovation. Even after producing boilers that are known for their quality, they continue to find ways to make their boilers even more Rugged, Robust, and Reliable. During her training, Linna had the opportunity to see Fulton’s new Endura+ (Condensing Hydronic Boiler) and VSRT (Vertical Spiral Rib Tubeless Steam Boiler). Together, these products have no less than 50 patents pending worldwide!

Although seeing the construction of the boilers was a very interesting part of the training, Linna was most impressed with the team they have at Fulton. Every individual she met shared two common attributes: They were eager to learn, and always ready to share their knowledge. With a team that values continuous growth and has the ability to effectively pass on their wealth of knowledge, it is no wonder Fulton is able to attract and retain bright individuals capable of keeping Fulton the most innovative company in the boiler industry.

Powerflame CMAX released!!!!!!

“Powerflame is pleased to introduce the newest addition to its versatile, high capacity forced draft burner.”

When Raven heard about the Power Flame’s announcement of their new CMAX burner, we just had to share it with you!

1,260,000 – 92,400,000 BTU/HR !!

The high capacity forced draft burner has state of the art technology with maximum combustion. It fires all types of light oils and gaseous fuels. The design of the CMAX is suited for today’s firetube boilers, providing stable combustion over a wide turndown range. It’s currently available in two frame sizes which are CM9 and CM10. The burners have a minimum rating of 1,260 MBH and maximum of 36,000 MBH. It is also available in low nox version which helps utilize induced fuel gas recirculation and burns minimal emissions of gas or light oil. Access doors located on the blast tube allows for easy maintenance of the firing head components. The Power Flame CMAX adds flexibility and versatility for a wide range of optional features.