Improving Combustion Efficiency for Natural Gas Applications
By improving the efficiency of combustion processes, manufacturers have the opportunity to achieve significant energy savings, improve productivity and enhance competitiveness. Flow meters for natural gas consumption are great tools used to measure natural gas flow.
The first step toward energy savings is to identify the optimal air-to-fuel ratio by monitoring air and fuel flow rates to burners. By measuring natural gas with Fox Thermal natural gas flow meters, an accurate figure of consumption can be found. Tuning burners to reduce excess fuel usage brings direct savings, but avoiding excess air flow also reduces the amount of heat lost in the exhaust. Additional savings from reduced electricity costs will also be achieved through efficient operation.
With the correct air-to-fuel ratio, less heat is lost up the stack and fewer hydrocarbons are released. An excess of hydrocarbons can lead to an increase in the need for shut downs to clean igniters. Equipment that operates with less downtime increases overall productivity. A flow meter for natural gas can be used to help determine the correct air-to-fuel ratio and begin your path to efficiency.
Lowering operation costs through energy savings and increasing productivity will lead to an edge over your competitors. Improving combustion efficiency is a cost-effective way of gaining this edge without resorting to replacing expensive equipment. A regular monitoring schedule using Fox Thermal natural gas meters and a precise control strategy will generate gains and enhance process quality.
Natural Gas Sub-metering
There are benefits of cost accounting for individual processes and buildings. Pressure from regulatory agencies to reduce emissions and improve efficiency has spurred manufacturers to engage in sub metering. Natural gas sub meters give operators an accurate reading of natural gas measurements where they need it, when they need it.
Industrial facilities and organizations with multiple buildings or processes place great value on accounting of natural gas measurement because of its many benefits:
- Exposing high consumption points within large gas feed systems
- Identifying leaks in fuel feed lines
- Evaluations of equipment efficiency
- Diagnosing process inefficiencies
- Promote conservation
Current economic uncertainty has been another major motivating factor for manufacturers to save energy and cut operating costs. Such challenges are bringing about a wave of energy conscious approaches to processing applications.
Sub-metering natural gas consumption is ideal for:
- Applying energy costs to Cost of Goods accounting
- Analyzing aging process equipment
- Periodic equipment efficiency auditing
The use of natural gas metering equipment can lead to long-term savings.
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Fox Thermal strives to design and manufacture the most innovative and reliable thermal mass flow meter products to our customers. All Fox Thermal meters measure mass flow rate and are available in insertion and inline models. Fox Thermal models FT1, FT2A and FT3 are mass flow meters and temperature transmitters providing isolated 4-20mA and pulse output for flow rate, and a 4-20mA pulse output for process gas temperature or a second flow rate output.
Fox Thermal flow meters are often calibrated to measure air flow. Please review the product features for Models FT1, FT2A and FT3 for further information about our thermal mass flow meter products. If you’re not sure which meter is right for your natural gas application, use our Help Me Choose app to find the ideal meter or Contact Us today!