Case Studies

Lessons from an Oil Spill

Last summer a facility in Texas spilled 3,500 gallons of diesel fuel intended for one of their emergency generators. The fuel was pushed up through a day tank vent, ran across their parking lot, and into a pond adjacent to their property. The clean-up team recovered about 2,100 gallons of fuel out of the pond, but at a […]

Keeping the Data Flowing

What happened the last time your house lost power? That email you were writing might have had to wait an extra half an hour, and your refrigerator might have warmed a few degrees. At most, ordinary power outages represent a minor annoyance to the home or office. The situation is different at the massive data centers of the […]

Preferred Utilities Performs Energy Retrofit on Pharmaceutical Boiler in Puerto Rico

In conjunction with Puerto Rico representative M.R. Franceschini Inc., Preferred recently replaced an existing flame safeguard and oxygen trim system with the Preferred BurnerMate Universal (BMU) system on a 500 HP boiler at a pharmaceutical plant outside of San Juan. In addition to oxygen trim, the BMU is controlling the forced draft fan variable speed drive (VSD), and […]

Preferred Utilities Provides Mission Critical Systems to Airline Communication Center (ACC)

Carrolton, Texas — By David Eoff It seems the new buzzword for our industry is Mission Critical. It’s the name of a trade magazine that caters to data centers. It’s also a term marketers use when they want to impress upon people that their equipment is installed at important facilities. Preferred Utilities recently did a fuel oil project […]

Case Study: Food Processing Plant

Food Processing Plant Saves Money by Burning Alternative Fuel   Many processing plants produce large amounts of waste water, causing plant owners to rethink their energy use strategy. In 2013, a mid-western US food plant found a way to use its own waste water as an alternative energy source. When the city of Janesville, WI began constructing an anaerobic digestion system at its […]

Case Study: Ford Motor Company

Boiler Controls Upgraded for Efficiency, Flexibility, and Reliability   Ford Motor Company sought to upgrade its burner management and combustion control systems at its research and engineering powerhouse in Dearborn, MI. With the support of local representative D.J. Conley Assoc. Inc., Preferred Utilities upgraded several multi-burner boilers from manual to automatic firing rate control within the guidelines of NFPA 85.   Originally a […]

A Year Later, Hurricane Sandy Spurs Waterproof Innovation

A year after Hurricane Sandy, engineers are rethinking designs for subterranean equipment. Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation has created a solution that should limit the power outages that plagued mission critical facilities during the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. That solution is the waterproof pump. Designed for areas in flood zones, the pump attaches to back-up generator equipment. The state-of-the-art submersible pump is […]