Draft Controls: Then and Now [Article]

By David Eoff Danbury, CT – In 1964, Preferred Instruments published an article in the Fuel Oil & Oil Heat magazine. During that time, draft controls were used primarily to control excess draft from tall chimneys and lower excess air to conserve fuel. (Heating oil was 25¢ a gallon in 1964!) Additional benefits included more reliable burner performance, reduced burner emissions, and increased […]

Critical System Maintenance – Is My Fuel Oil Delivery System Ready for an Emergency?

Danbury, CT — An extremely important, but often overlooked component of the back-up generator system is the Fuel Oil Delivery system. Like a silent sentinel, the fuel oil delivery system’s mission is to supply and constantly replenish diesel fuel to the generator day tank(s). It is therefore critical to perform regular maintenance and inspections in order to ensure reliability […]

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 […]

Product Spotlight: BurnerMate Light

In case you haven’t heard, we recently showcased our new BurnerMate Light at the 2014 AHR Expo.   The BurnerMate Light is an economical, state-of-the-art microcomputer-based burner management system with built-in first-out annunciation and combustion control designed for a single burner boiler or process heat application. Meant to provide a scaled-down, economical alternative to our powerful BurnerMate Universal system,  the […]

Hospital Loses Power, Keeps Running Thanks to Preferred Utilities

Preferred Utilities Provides Power to Abington Memorial Hospital during Storm When Winter Storm Derby knocked out power across much of Pennsylvania, Abington Memorial Hospital continued operating thanks to emergency back-up generation systems provided by Preferred Utilities Manufacturing Corporation. Danbury, CT — Power outages caused by Winter Storm Derby forced Abington Memorial Hospital to rely on emergency back-up systems. Thanks […]

Preferred Showcases New API-AF Burner and more at 2014 AHR EXPO

When thousands of exhibitors and visitors descended on New York City for the 2014 AHR Expo, many of them weren’t prepared for the sudden snow storm that blanketed the streets of downtown Manhattan.  Preferred Utilities, however, came well prepared–and stirred quite a buzz by bringing several big items to the big apple. Preferred Utilities debuted its new Advanced Performance […]

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 […]