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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!

Tony Pregal Races for Raven Supply and Room to Read

Since 2017, Raven Supply has been sponsoring race car driver Tony Pregal, who races car #99 in the Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC). In 2019, Tony ranked first in his class in the Grand Touring Modified Under 4.0, and third in the overall SCCBC Club Championship standings.

Tony races at the Mission Raceway Park road course, which the SCCBC calls home, in a very special car. A Hurricane Katrina rescue, his BMW300i traveled all the way to British Columbia, where it was stripped and transformed into a race car.

Today, this rescued car proudly sports the logos of both Raven Supply and Room to Read, the literacy non-profit we support with the generous help of our vendors. For every discount we receive from a vendor, we match the amount with a donation to Room to Read. Our fundraising goal this year is $30,000 to send 50 girls in Vietnam to school for a year. Tony also supports Raven’s Room to Read projects.

Tony Pregal's BMW300i sponsorship decals

Room to Read creates world change by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Over 18 million children and counting have benefited from Room to Read’s achievements, which include establishing libraries, publishing local language children’s books and running a Girls’ Education Program.

In addition to race car driver and literacy advocate, Tony is talented in more ways than one. Did you know he is also a certified technician for Fulton Boilers? Off the track, he is our go to person when we need technical support for our Fulton products.

Racer or technician, we are proud to be sponsoring Tony. Join us in cheering him on from the stands as he races to win and to support literacy!

Raven Supply Takes on Chicago

Our team in front of the Weishaupt facility.

Recently, the Raven Supply team went to Chicago to learn more about the latest advances in burner technology.

Our trip to the Windy City gave us a chance to do some hands on training at the SSC Combustion for Siemens Controls and Weishaupt USA facilities. The four of us- Bennett Lee, Nc Sun, Merinda Widmer, and Linna Luu- spent time at each facility, touring and learning all we could about various new models on the market.

“The Weishaupt model installed inside the SCC Chicago office was very impressive,” recounts Bennett. “Seeing a red burner on a brochure versus feeling the substantial heft of the material and seeing light bounce off that shiny finish in person is worlds’ apart.”

“We even got the opportunity to ‘service’ the burner where we swung open the burner head hinge. It was very enlightening to see the ease of service and now I understand why service technicians love this aspect of the Weishaupt design,” he adds.

Merinda also appreciated the up close and personal experience that comes with visiting a facility in person.

“At SSC, we spent a lot of time just playing around with the demo machine. It taught me how to navigate the control system and troubleshoot,” she says. “David Lehrer was a fantastic instructor. We learnt A LOT in two days and got to ask question

Cutaway of ignition electrode assembly at Weishaupt USA.

after question!”

Nic was struck by the accuracy and ease of the newest burner technology to hit the marketplace.

“Siemens’ stepper motor actuators have redundant position feedback sensors, accurate to 0.1 degrees of rotation. Because there are 2 sensors, the actuators never require recalibration,” he enthuses.

In addition to our training, we spent some time enjoying the sights of Chicago, and even put in some time trying our luck at the lanes at the famous Pinstripes bowling alley.

“I was surprised by the number of bowling alleys in Chicago, and how up-scale they were!” continues Bennett. “It was fun hanging out with the team and having an upscale dining experience at a bowling alley. Almost placed #1 in the overall bowling score with a 2nd half run but unfortunately I couldn’t complete the comeback!”

Here at Raven Supply, we’re always doing our best to stay up to date on the latest and greatest in burner technology, so that we can bring you the best service possible. Stay tuned for more news on our next adventure!

Hops Company Gets Government Help

Raven recently supplied a Weishaupt WM-G 20 fully modulating linkage-less burner to BC Hop Company in Abbotsford which received $285,000 in funding from the federal and B.C.governments. The funding was provided through Growing Forward 2, a five-year $3-billion federal-provincial program to grow Canada’s agriculture sector.

The Weishaupt Burner from Germany will be installed on technology from Europe that will kiln dry the hops. Please see article from Business Vancouver Web Article.

Photos of the Hops Equipment taken by Raven Supplies Kimberley Waller who volunteered at this years BeerBQ Competition

 

Toronto Manufacturer Trip

Bennett, Nic, and Ashley went to Toronto for training this week at both the Weishaupt and De Dietrich offices. Raven has recently been appointed the Reps for BC and the Yukon for both product lines. They received in depth product training on Burners and Boilers, their operation and construction. They were very impressed by the high quality engineering and manufacturing of both product lines.