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At Boulden Company, we understand the financial and operational impact caused by equipment failures and the importance of keeping high-value machinery running. We are committed to helping customers transform the reliability, efficiency, and safety of their rotating and reciprocating equipment by upgrading wear components that were originally designed to optimize first-cost. Our business is uniquely focused on what end-users value most – total cost of ownership – while serving the diverse needs of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Machinery Repair Facilities. Our team brings deep application knowledge, advanced materials expertise, a proven track record of solving complex problems, and innovative thinking to every challenge – always with an intense focus on the customer.
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Mixers and agitators have a heavy load to carry – and they’re typically supported by only two bearings. Apart from the large load, these bearings must also be able to withstand a wide range of temperatures and chemicals.
Hydrogen fluoride, or hydrofluoric acid, is often used in specialized chemical processes. That means hydrofluoric acid pumps need to work efficiently AND be able to withstand the presence of a strong acid.
Switching to Vespel® CR-6100 may seem like a small change, but it can offer big results. After making this change with Boulden Company, a fertilizer plant in Canada eliminated pump seizures, was able to run at full capacity with one pump, could save their second pump for 100% spare capacity and saved over $30,000 in one year, which paid for the upgrade in just months.
We have exciting news! As part of our relentless pursuit of innovative solutions, Boulden has acquired Gulf Coast Bearing & Seal. This acquisition adds adjacent products and aftermarket service for turbomachinery to our solutions portfolio, so we can continue to offer long-term solutions that solve problems in the here and now. Welcome to the team, Gulf Coast Bearing & Seal!
Power plant operators face operational challenges that stress their equipment in ways not anticipated at commissioning. Power plants designed and constructed as baseline plants are now balancing the load from intermittent power sources such as solar and wind generation. For many plants, this creates new operational challenges for machinery which was not designed for stop/start operation.
Industrial agitators are an essential part of many chemical and industrial processes. While these machines come in a wide range of sizes and configurations, a common maintenance item is the product-lubricated steady bearing. As the machine becomes larger and the shaft becomes longer, a product-lubricated steady bearing will be added along the shaft or at the bottom of the shaft to limit shaft movement inside the machine. Because agitators are used in some very tough environments, this steady bearing has to be able to withstand the process conditions without wearing out or failing.
Centrifugal compressor trains are the heart of an ethylene plant. Cracked gas and refrigeration trains are critical to plant production and consume huge amounts of power. Upgrading the labyrinth seals in these machines is a proven, reliable upgrade which increases compressor efficiency. For an ethylene plant, this can translate into either increased capacity or reduced operating costs.