Monthly Archives: December 2018

Baker Furnace – 2018 Year In Review

Baker Furnace saw another year of growth and success in 2018. Back in 2017, Baker Furnace moved to a larger location in Brea, California, which allowed them to expand their workforce, hiring a variety of positions in skilled trades and engineering. The increase in floorspace and manpower boosted Baker Furnace’s production, resulting in shipments to companies in the oil and gas, aerospace, pollution control, and waste management industries. This equipment was used for applications such as solution heat treating, waste incineration, fume incineration, and aluminum aging.

Entering the international market was another huge contributor to this success that Baker Furnace experienced. Baker Furnace sent pieces of equipment to six different international countries. Among the equipment sent overseas was a custom waste incineration system to a pollution control company in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

“For Baker Furnace, 2018 experienced a huge step into the international market. Equipment shipped to Mexico, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Argentina, and the Marshall Islands. The highlight of the year was shipping a waste incineration unit requiring four high volume shipping containers and three special containers that weighed over 55,000 pounds and required special packaging to survive its 12-week journey at sea.” – Dave Strand, President & CEO, TPS

Baker Furnace Ships Custom Waste Incineration System to Pollution Control Company

Baker Furnace announced the shipment of a custom waste incineration system to a pollution control company. These incinerators will be used to burn off waste after a 12-hour process. The system is designed with three gasification chambers that can burn 10 tons of waste a day per chamber. The waste incinerator is being installed in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

The maximum temperature rating of the waste incineration system is 1900°F. The proximity to the ocean causes an issue to salt contamination. The system is designed to withstand the harsh salt environment by using a special epoxy paint on the exterior. The harsh environment had to be considered on the selection on all components including but not limited to, diesel firing burners, hydraulics, and conduit runs.

Pollution control equipment has become very popular in recent years. The islands of the Pacific have limited space to store waste and must find ways to dispose of it in a way that are safe for the environment.” – Sergio Luevano, General Manager.

Unique features of this waste incineration system include:

  • Diesel fired burners
  • Two-layer castable
  • High-temperature blast gate
  • Max temperature 1900°F, Normal operating 1800°F

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Recap of 2018’s Success

Baker Furnace has been designing and manufacturing industrial ovens, heat treat furnaces, and pollution control equipment since 1980, and 2018 was another terrific year of growth for us. After moving to a new, larger location in Brea, California in 2017, we’ve been able to expand our workforce by hiring a variety of positions in skilled trades and engineering. The additional facility space and manpower helped us to boost our production, which resulted in shipments to companies in the oil and gas, aerospace, pollution control, and waste management industries. This equipment was used for applications such as solution heat treating, waste incineration, fume incineration, and aluminum aging.

Throughout the year our blog series focused on pollution control including air pollution control, liquid waste treatment, and garbage incineration. In the blogs, we reviewed the causes of various pollution and how a variety of pollution control equipment is used to clean up contaminated air and waste. Read below for a brief overview of our topics.

Air Pollution Abatement

Take a deep breath. If you filled your lungs with clean, fresh air, you may have thermal oxidizers to thank. Thermal oxidizers help you breathe easier, reduce disease, and even live longer by cleaning pollutants from the air. A thermal oxidizer breaks down pollutants by exposing hazardous gases to high temperatures and then releases the treated gases into the air.

Baker Furnace has been an industry leader in custom industrial pollution control system engineering and manufacturing for more than 25 years. Our skilled team specializes in a variety of pollution abatement systems, including thermal oxidizers, for industrial air pollution control.

Treating Liquid Waste

Nearly every industry relies on water to manufacture, process, wash, dilute, cool, and transport their products. Many of these processes make water unfit for use and, unfortunately, there is a finite amount of clean water on earth. Without proper treatment, the inhabitants of the world would quickly run out of the water they need to survive. Liquid waste treatment helps reclaim some of this “used” water.

Baker Furnace offers state-of-the-art industrial liquid waste incinerators for liquid waste treatment and liquid waste management. Industry professionals rely on Baker Furnace’s liquid waste incinerators to handle nearly any type of liquid, including petrochemical waste, oil refinery waste, low CV (Calorific Value), high COD (chemical oxygen demand), liquid chemical waste, liquid ink waste, dyes waste, and many more.

Addressing the Garbage Epidemic

The environmental implications of today’s growing landfills cannot be ignored. The population across the globe quadrupled in the 20th century. On average, Americans produce 4.4 pounds of garbage every day; the nation produces 254 million tons a year. Because of the increasing amount of garbage produced each year, and the slow rate at which the garbage decomposes, landfills will continue to grow in number and size.

Incinerating garbage is an effective solution to reduce the amount of waste buried in landfills. In the past, municipalities were reluctant to incinerate waste because traditional methods produced toxic gases. Luckily today incinerator technology has advanced to include filters and systems that process these gases to remove all toxins prior to emitting the cleaned air into the environment. Baker Furnace’s waste incinerators are used to reduce garbage in settings with limited space for disposal.

Our team here at Baker Furnace takes great pride in providing equipment that makes the world a cleaner place, and we look forward to continuing this in 2019.

Waste Incineration: Addressing the Rising Concern of Overflowing Landfills

With the growing size of today’s landfills, the environmental implications cannot be ignored. From atmospheric effects, to compromised water supplies, society needs to take a proactive approach in dealing with the concern’s landfills pose.

The use of recycled materials has contributed to an efficient solution, as shown with statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2014. The study showed the situation improving and waste production being limited from 89 percent in the 1980s down to 53 percent as of 2014.

Another method of dealing with the overflow of trash in these landfills is through waste incineration. Many facilities incorporate a mix of recycling and incineration to reduce the amount of waste.

Landfills – A Growing Problem

World population quadrupled throughout the 20th century. Throughout that time, our growing population became a society of consumers who prize the convenience of disposable goods. Our exploding population combined with increased consumption of disposable goods creates one significant problem: garbage.

Humans produce garbage at a phenomenal rate. The average American creates 4.4 pounds of garbage every day; the nation produces 254 million tons of the stuff every year. Garbage poses special problems to communities and the environment. Most of the garbage is stored in landfills, where the waste decomposes at a snail’s pace. Landfills are increasingly common and getting larger all the time, which is challenging to island communities and other areas with limited space.

There are more than 2,000 active municipal solid waste landfills in the United States, according to the EPA. There are thousands more inactive landfills sprawled across the nation. These landfills are a significant source of pollution. Biodegradable organic matter in landfills breaks down to produce methane, which traps heat in the atmosphere to produce air pollution. Rain can release highly toxic chemicals from the landfill to cause groundwater pollution.

The rate at which we produce waste vastly outpaces the rate at which this waste decomposes in landfills. Plastic waste can take up to 1,000 years to decompose. Food waste, which is the largest waste in American landfills, can take months to break down. An orange peel can take up to six months to break down in a landfill, for example. While this does not seem like a lot at first glance, the average American eats about 9 pounds of fresh oranges each year and consumes about four times as much in orange juice, and all those peels take a long time to decompose.

Because of the increasing amount of garbage produced, and the slow rate at which the mountains of garbage shrink due to decomposition, landfills will continue to grow in number and size.

Humans will generate twice as much solid waste by the year 2025, according to some estimates, skyrocketing from 3.5 million tons each day to about 6 million tons daily. Worse still, the amount of solid waste will only keep growing. Global trash production will likely hit its highest rate sometime after 2100, when humans will produce approximately 11 million tons of trash every day. At this rate, our world will eventually run out of places to dispose of the solid waste that fills our garbage cans.

Clearly, we need a better approach to garbage.

Waste Incineration – An Effective Solution to the Garbage Epidemic

Incineration is a viable solution to the globe’s mounting garbage problem, as incinerating garbage effectively reduces the amount of waste buried in landfills. In the past, municipalities were reluctant to incinerate waste because traditional methods of burning garbage produced toxic gases. Fortunately, advancements in incinerator technology now include filters and systems that process the gases to remove all toxins prior to emitting the cleaned air into the environment.

There are several advantages of waste incineration. Garbage incineration is beneficial for nearly every municipality, but it is increasingly essential for island communities and other areas with limited space for landfills. Incineration reduces the volume of waste by about 95 percent, depending on the specific materials included in that waste, and decreases the solid mass of the original waste by 85 percent. This means incineration reduces the amount of material that ends up in the landfill, an essential benefit for countries and islands that have very little land available for waste disposal. Waste incineration is also beneficial in the management of medical waste and certain types of hazardous waste, as a waste incinerator can bring up temperatures high enough to destroy harmful pathogens and toxins.

Baker Furnace manufactures waste incinerators that are used to reduce the amount of garbage in settings with limited space for disposal. Baker Furnace also supplies thermal oxidizers and afterburners to remove toxins from the emissions created during the incineration process. For more information about pollution control equipment contact Baker Furnace today.