Industrial steam boiler manufacturers have their work cut out for them. They spend long hours in their plants creating the massive components that come together to make boilers that are big enough to dwarf hunting cabins. If you have come up with a revolutionary component for boilers or a new way to manufacture them, and you want to open a plant using an existing plant, here is what your plant absolutely needs.
Fifty-Foot High Ceilings (or Close to)
Industrial boilers are HUGE machines; there is no other way to put that. When you are in the business of constructing them, you need a lot of headroom, and long spaces to accommodate boiler assembly. If your employees are going to construct more than one boiler at any one time, room is essential. Make sure your ceilings are at least three stories high so that both the boilers and the cranes needed to lift parts into place have plenty of room. Construction space should be at least fifty to one hundred feet across the width and length of the room so that more than one boiler may be assembled.
Lots of Ventilation
There is welding happening, which means that there is also sparking from metal. Fumes from gases can fill a space quickly. It gets very hot when building boilers. Plenty of ventilation for employees' health and well-being is necessary. Fans, vents, etc., must all be present and in good working order before the first workday in the plant.
Double-Wide, Double-Tall Dock Doors
Next, do not forget that these immense machines have to make it out the dock doors and onto "large load" trucks. That is why your dock doors have to be double-wide and double-tall so that no part of the fully-assembled boilers gets caught on or stuck on the doors or door frames. If the dock doors on an old plant that you want to buy are not large enough, you will have to complete some remodeling of the dock and its doors in time to load and ship your first boilers.
Lots of Cranes
It is nearly impossible to move boiler parts into position without cranes. Cranes in your plant prevent employee injuries and fatalities. Investigate which cranes will work best for your plant, and then install and test them before the first full day of work after the plant opens. Also, make sure that the employees you hire know how to operate these cranes.