Inside the Boiler Room

ABMA has launched our podcast - Inside The Boiler Room.  If you are working with boilers, this podcast is for you. The podcast has been established to raise awareness of today’s boiler industry and share important issues impacting our sector.

You can listen to our podcasts below or download them using the following links. iTunes - Stitcher - Podbean

Episode #14 - Do you Know the Water Level in Your Boiler? – Boiler Drum Level Instrumentation with Jim Kolbus, Clark-Reliance
Jim Kolbus from Clark-Reliance joins ABMA for Episode #14 of Inside the Boiler Room.  This is Jim’s second time on Inside the Boiler Room. He was also featured in Episode #3 focusing on boiler installation.

In this episode, Jim brings his expertise to the topic of boiler drum level instrumentation.  Jim regularly presents on this topic and is the lead author of their guidebook on Drum Level Instrumentation Guideline that is updated regularly based on changes in the ASME code.

This episode discusses the importance of drum level instrumentation and the various types of direct reading glass gages and indirect remote level indicators.

In addition, we delve into the importance of proper installation and outside influences that can effect operations including proper piping and value selection concluding with a discussion of ASME codes as it relates to drum level instrumentation along with common code violations Clark-Reliance sees in the field and the corrective measures to address them.

Episode #13 - Energy Research to Transformative Solutions – Tom Wenning from Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL)
Tom Wenning from Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL) joins ABMA for Episode #13 of the Inside the Boiler Room.  ORNL is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security.

This episode shares insights on the impactful research taking place at ORNL and the resources for boiler manufacturers and end-users of our products including the Better Buildings, Better Plants program, Federal Energy Management Program and new online tools available to assess your current energy management along with the value and impact of future investment.

Episode #12 - Demystifying the Flame - Burner Technology for Firetube Boilers with Bob Rizza from Power Flame & Eric Graham from Webster CombustionBob Rizza from Power Flame and Eric Graham from Webster Combustion join ABMA for Episode #12 of Inside the Boiler Room to share insights on burners for firetube boilers.  This episode features discussions on recent burner technology advances, purchasing a new burner, proper burner installation and ways to ensure efficiency during operation.

Episode #11 - Leading Boiler Industry with John Viskup - President & CEO – Victory EnergyNewly elected ABMA Board Chair John Viskup, President & CEO of Victory Energy, joins Inside the Boiler Room for Episode #11.

Guest interviewer Robert Beverly, the editor of ABMA’s magazine Today’s Boiler and senior editor of The News, talks with Viskup about his origins in the boiler industry, the continuing innovation in our sector and how ABMA members are solutions providers for their customers. He also shares why Victory is a member of ABMA, how the association is addressing industry-wide issues such as workforce development.

Episode #10 - Live from 2019 Annual Meeting - Flying Drones & ThunderbirdsThis episode of Inside the Boiler Room follows a flying theme with discussions with two speakers from our 2019 Annual Meeting. Johan Mlouka from Flyability kicks off the episode sharing opportunities of drone technology in boiler installation, inspection and maintenance.

The episode concludes with Nicole Malachowski, the female Air Force Thunderbird Pilot sharing her story that begins with military achievement in a male-dominated hierarchy to overcoming life-threatening situations by Harnessing Headwinds of Change and growing from her experiences.

Episode #9 - The Right Boiler for the Application – Understanding Boiler Types for Steam Applications Gene Tompkins, ABMA Technical ConsultantThis episode features a discussion with ABMA Technical Consultant Gene Tompkins on the basic types of boilers and includes highlights of ABMA’s new publication titled the Differences in Boiler Types, authored by Gene.

Episode #8 - Using SCR Systems to Address NOx Requirements with Dustin Divinia from Vector Systems & Sean McMenamin from Nationwide BoilerThis episode features Dustin Divinia from Vector Systems & Sean McMenamin from Nationwide Boiler for a discussion on Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) systems to address NOx emissions This episode shares the features of the SCR systems and what end-users should know about the installation and maintenance of the system.

Episode #7 - Live from MC 2018 – Keynote Insights from Jerrod Murr & Darren McBurnettThis special episode of Inside of the Boiler Room features interviews with 2018 Manufacturers Conference keynote speakers Jerrod Murr of Paradigm Shift and Retired Navy Seal Darren McBurnett.  If you lead or wish to lead within your company, this podcast is for you. Their messages will inspire you to be a better leader and focus on building exceptional teams within your company.

Episode #6 - Deaeration – Essential to Effective Boiler Operation with Tom Garbarino, BFS Industries & Jeremy Zellmer, Industrial Steam
Tom Garbarino of BFS Industries and Jeremy Zellmer of Industrial Steam joins ABMA for Episode #6 of the podcast to discuss the importance of deaeration in the boiler room. This episode features the benefits and impact of deaeration, common mistakes with deaerator installation and how end-users can head off water treatment issues.

Episode #5 - Economic Headwinds & Tailwinds for the Boiler Industry with Connor Lokar from ITR EconomicsEpisode #5 of Inside the Boiler Room features Connor Lokar from ITR Economics.  This episode includes an economic outlook for overall economy and boiler industry, the short and long-term impact of Trump Administration focus on tariffs and the realities for coal, gas and renewables.

Episode #4 - Want to Optimize Boiler Efficiency – Maintenance & Training is a Necessity, with Steven Taylor - Director of Sales, Rental Equipment and Special Projects - WareSteve Taylor from WARE joins ABMA for Episode #4 of the podcast to discuss the importance of boiler maintenance and training. Our conversation addressed the need for a comprehensive maintenance schedule, how to head off issues before they become big problems and the importance of partnering with expert field technicians.

In addition, we discussed the importance of training for boiler installers, operators and anyone working with boilers and Steve shared some details on WARE’s Boiler University.

Episode #3 – Properly Installing A Boiler Is Not As Easy As 1-2-3 with Gene Tompkins from ABMA and Jim Kolbus from Clark-Reliance
This episode discusses the importance of proper boiler installation with the publication authors Gene Tompkins, ABMA’s Technical Consultant and Jim Kolbus, product manager at Clark-Reliance. Our discussion touches on various areas of the boiler installation from common missteps and the role of codes and standards to what can happen if the boiler is not properly installed by a trained technician.

Episode #2 - Beyond the Headlines - Federal Energy & Environmental Policy with Ross Eisenberg, National Association of Manufacturers
Ross Eisenberg, vice president of energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) joins the podcast to discuss the outlook for Federal Energy and Environmental policy in the age of Trump.  During our discussion, we discuss the unique times in Washington, the Trump Administration’s focus on manufacturing and the outlook for energy and environmental policies from DOE and EPA that could have an impact on the global boiler industry.

Episode #1 – Work with Boilers? – This Podcast Is For YouThis episode is an introduction to the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) and our new podcast. We share insights on why ABMA decided to a podcast, what to expect and preview a few upcoming episodes.