Boiler Manufacturing Through the Ages

Low Pressure Boilers

I think of how much technology has changed in my lifetime, a mere 24 years. I remember seeing my parents’ first computer. A huge computer tower as well as a big screen consumed the desk. A telephone sat next to it, a cord attaching the receiver to the dial pad. Nowadays you can be out in the middle of no where accessing the internet from your tablet computer or even yourfavicon smart phone. A kid I used to babysit laughed when a character was wrapped around a phone cord in Honey I Shrunk the Kids, exclaiming “That’s funny! Phones don’t have cords!” The same with phones, I overheard a small child ask what film was at an airport security check point!

Boilers have changed a lot since the original concept in the 1800s. After the Industrial Revolution from 1750-1850 many aspects of industry, communication, economics and society changed. The Industrial Revolution made iron and steel less expensive to purchase and greatly assisted in the advancement of boilers and steam engines and that in turn helped with railroads. Advancements were made in healthcare, transportation and communication. The life expectancy of humans increased. It was a progressive time in history. In 1889, inventor Grandville Woods applied for and received a patent on an improvement made to steam boiler furnace. Back when there was less technology and the concept of steam was new, explosions were a possibility and it must have been an uncomforting situation in which to work. Now, boilers and steam are more controlled and explosions are infrequent.

Today boilers come in many different shapes and sizes for a variety of different applications and purposes. They can be high efficiency, low and high pressure, use oil or water or be powered electrically. For every building or application, there’s a boiler for that. Boiler manufacturers have had to adjust, adapt and keep up with the ever-changing needs of the industry and their customers. Boilers greatly affect everyone whether they realize it or not.