Celebrating their 60th year in the business, Miura, the world’s largest steam boiler manufacturer continues to impress customers while attracting sales organizations who want to be a part of the company’s growing success.
Among these sales organizations is Trap Energy Solutions, of Minnesota, and its CEO Garrett Trapnell, who really did his research before choosing Miura over all the other steam boiler manufacturers.
“Miura looked like the answer to me, but before I could feel 100% comfortable, I wanted to hear what existing Miura customers thought of the boilers, said Trapnell. “ So I contacted as many customers as I could with a simple 3-question survey to understand their perspective. The responses were overwhelmingly positive and some people went into great detail about their boilers and how they benefited their businesses. It was after this survey that I fully committed to becoming a sales rep for Miura boilers.”
After serving in the US Navy on a nuclear-powered submarine, where he was introduced to pressurized equipment and steam operations, Trapnell went on to operate steam plants and eventually became a boiler inspector for nearly 20 years in the insurance industry, where he visited hundreds of boiler rooms and inspected all types and sizes of boilers.
“Because of my long experience in the insurance industry, I knew firsthand that people are in need of high-quality equipment and services that provide value and have favorable returns, stated Trapnell. “Much of the equipment out there is beyond its useful and expected life. In addition, many of the steam systems are not optimized for energy savings; but at the same time, corporations are calling for serious energy savings and carbon reduction plans.”
After deciding that he could make his greatest contribution by going into the steam boiler business, Mr. Trapnell opened Trap Energy Solutions, www.trapenergysolutions.com.
The company’s mission is “to deliver high-quality and sustainable commercial-industrial solutions that protect customers’ assets and help to achieve their steam energy goals, while building solid, long-lasting relationships with our customers.”
As Mr. Trapnell explains it, “I’ve always had a strong desire to start a business and naturally I was looking for an opportunity in the steam world. I have a lot of steam experience, but I also thrive on my ability to serve customers. I thoroughly enjoy problem-solving and helping others to succeed, so I looked into equipment sales. My goal was to find products that offered innovative advantages and substantial value, including saving energy.”
The more research he did, the better Miura boilers looked, providing Trapnell and his team with energy-saving, high-quality, innovative products that often exceeded his expectations.
“Miura’s modular steam system offers tremendous opportunity for existing boiler plants and new facilities to help them meet their energy and sustainability goals,” adds Trapnell. “Customers want high efficiency, clean, and simple systems powering their businesses through the 21st century and the Miura ‘advantage’ can fulfill that.”
Miura boilers have a range of impressive benefits that are attracting a growing number of customers in a number of industries. Among these are: Cold start to full steam in under 5 minutes; overall improved efficiency (fuel savings average about 20% compared to traditional brands, based on customer comments); enhanced reliability through their modular design; advanced controls and advanced monitoring; and a best-in-industry safety record with zero catastrophic vessel failures resulting in casualty.
With more than 140,000 units in operation world-wide, Miura has never had a pressure vessel explosion resulting in casualty. The company’s “safer-by-design” engineering, combined with their unique boiler geometry, means that catastrophic vessel failure is practically impossible and day-to-day safety issues related to installation and operation are minimized.
Miura boilers also have numerous safeguards beyond primary vessel safety to ensure not only safe operations, but also high efficiency and reliable operation.
Plus Miura’s unique design provides a number of key advantages including reducing the amount of costly square footage required, and making installation and standard maintenance that much simpler.
“The Miura boiler system is innovative and fast acting with quick response to changing steam demands, states Trapnell. “Miura boilers are a walk in the park compared to operating conventional boiler systems. Annual service and inspection can be done in 3 hours or less without any disruption in production or weekend work. That is a huge benefit for some customers, especially ones that have not much redundancy built into their systems.”
As Miura grows their US market share, manufacturing innovative watertube boilers at their Rockmart, Georgia headquarter (which opened in 2009), more buyers will come to appreciate the many features and benefits that have made Miura the world-wide steam boiler leader.
“I am extremely fortunate and lucky to be presented with an opportunity to grow with Miura boilers, concludes Trapnell. “Not only do I look forward to a long-lasting and fruitful relationship with Miura boilers, but I am excited to be helping others in the upper Midwest area achieve their energy goals and optimize their process steam systems.”
Miura’s LX Gas/Low NOx Series, Low and High Pressure Steam Boiler (available in boiler models ranging from 50 -300HP) use natural gas or propane and are available in a range of steam pressure options (300 MAWP, 170 MAWP or 15 MAWP). Their compact size allows most models to fit through an industrial 7-foot doorway, while their naturally low NOx (nitrogen oxides) ratings are as low as 9ppm depending on model. This meets or exceeds current and proposed regulations for nitrogen oxide emissions levels. Hot water boilers are also available depending on models.
Miura’s EX Gas/Oil Series High Pressure Steam Boilers (available in boiler models starting from 100HP, and in 50 HP increments up to 300HP) are the most versatile industrial steam boilers in the world. The EX design minimizes carryover and produces 99+% dry saturated steam in less than 5 minutes from a cold start. Faster start-up means less fuel used, greater savings, and more responsible use of precious natural resources.
The LX-Series design consists of vertical water tubes in a rectangular array, while the EX-Series utilizes vertical tubes in a circular array. Both headers of each series are encased in a castable refractory with only the tubes exposed to flame and/or combustion gases. The upper header is attached to the lower header only by the tubes. As the tubes expand and contract, the headers float up and down accordingly.
The ‘floating header’ concept allows for even thermal expansion of the tubes, therefore reducing stress points within the boiler.” The ‘leaky tube’ problems associated with firetube and bent watertube designs have been eliminated.
Miura was founded in 1959 and has grown to become one of the largest industrial steam boiler manufacturers in the world. In 2009, Miura opened a new U.S. manufacturing facility in Rockmart, Georgia. For more information on Miura boilers, call in the USA 1-888-309-5574. In Canada call 1-800-666-2182. Visit Miura online at: www.miuraboiler.com.