Hurst Boiler News

New High Efficiency Integrated Control Systems

Hurst Boiler | January 12, 2012

Offering integration, reusability, and scalability, the new, high efficiency Integrated Control Systems from Hurst Boiler for remote boiler room monitoring and communications provide advanced supervisory boiler controls for all new and legacy Hurst products.

A family-owned business serving the global market, Coolidge, GA-based Hurst Boiler & Welding Co. has developed and manufactured coal, solid waste, wood, biomass, and hybrid fuel-fired steam and hot water boilers and packaged systems from 6 to 2,500 bhp and pressures to 450 psi since 1967. Hurst Boiler is proudly introducing their comprehensive line of high efficiency integrated boiler control systems featuring graphical visualization and information collection to facilitate easier and better operational management of boilers and supporting peripherals. Each integrated control system provides cutting edge PLC control and HMI interfaces devices. Facilitated by the Siemens TIA Portal, the system is able to share a lot of data with other programs.“Large facilities such as schools and hospitals have multiple boilers for redundancy and turndown," explained Jimmy Bruner, Hurst Boiler's Control Systems Manager. “Our new, highly advanced integrated control systems are easy to use and provide many efficiency enhancements. For example, before it was not unheard of for us to spend two or three days on a project. With our new integrated control systems we can complete a project in 4 or 5 hrs., saving us 30% to 40% in engineering time. The systems facilitate the development and sharing of parts and pieces across product lines, which are allowing us to expand our product line, apply more automation, and do more with less. Customers benefit from the ease of use and the ability to pinpoint problems or ways to improve overall efficiencies that offer significant fuel and overall cost savings."

Hurst Boiler's new line of processor-based smart controls is fully compatible with all Hurst designs including alternative fuel boiler models. Their new high efficiency integrated control systems can be easily adapted to any existing Hurst boiler system, making it possible for all Hurst customers to upgrade to the new, seamless technology to take advantage of the savings and efficiency benefits it provides.

“All of our products can be retrofitted with the new technology," said Bruner. “The FireMaster controls option fits all gas/oil package products and provides real-time monitoring of operational status, informative alarm annunciation, and trending to augment the dependable standard controls associated with the boiler operation. The OXYMaster moves the deaerator's controls to a new level where information can be displayed and gathered to see the effects of feedwater oxygen reduction and temperature control for efficient boiler operation. The FEEDMaster is our offering to gather information and control feedwater where less water tempering is required. This takes our industry-proven feed water delivery systems to a higher level, allowing any component to be monitored for optimum efficiency. Our Hurst BIOMASSter is the industry leader in control of biomass boilers. All aspects of the biomass system are controlled, monitored, displayed and trended. From fuel delivery to boiler operation to ash removal - all processes are readily available for precise, informative control of the biomass boiler. And to facilitate centralized control and data collection, our BOILERmaster brings all the aforementioned components into a concise overview. So we really have covered all the bases. As a matter of fact, Siemens Automation recently featured Hurst Boiler in their TIA Portal video and Control Engineering magazine article because of our innovative use of their PLC and HMI products."

Hurst Boiler's advanced integrated control systems offer precision control for increased boiler plant productivity, lower fuel costs, reduced emissions, and lower maintenance costs. For more information about Hurst Integrated Control Systems, visit or call 1-877-994-8778. To experience the integrated controls first hand, visit Hurst Boiler at Booth # 4949 at the upcoming 2012 AHR Expo, January 23 – 25, 2012, McCormick Place North and South, Chicago, IL, for a live demonstration.

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