TIRUCHI: Users’ requests for technology up gradation of boilers for higher operational and fuel efficiency; maintenance of a stock of boilers for ready purchase; rigid conformity to safety parameters; conduct of regular exams to offset shortage of Boiler Operators; and provision of handbook for easy understanding of boiler operations were given serious consideration by manufacturers and the Directorate of Boilers, Tamil Nadu, at the inaugural of Boilers 2008, a seminar on small boilers organised here on Friday.
These requests were made by D. Thulasingam, president, Federation of Tamil Nadu Rice Mill Owners and Paddy Rice Dealers’ Association; S. Samiappan, president, Dyers’ Association of Tirupur, and S. Nanthikeswaran, vice-president, South Indian Kraft Paper Mills’ Association.
Organised by the Tamil Nadu Boilers and Components Manufacturers’ and Users’ Association, the third edition of the seminar was envisaged as a need-based exercise in the run up to the conduct of an international exhibition in 2010.
The souvenir brought out by the association with support from the Directorate of Boilers contains 18 presentations on the various nuances of boilers and their operations.
Inaugurating the seminar, R. Sundar, Director of Boilers, Tamil Nadu, announced that the examinations for Boiler Engineers will be conducted this year and that steps would be taken for conduct of exam for Boiler Operators once in two years. Committing the support of the Directorate, he requested manufacturers to provide the handbook the users had sought for and also magazines.
Mr. Sundar sounded sceptic about the practicality of manufacturers having a stock of boilers and felt that only the process of delivery could be quickened, but was not against the idea if the manufacturers were prepared.
He also assured that shortcomings, if any, in the functioning of the Directorate’s Single Window System would be set right.
G. Pattabhiraman, Association president, acknowledged the support provided to the manufacturers by the Directorate of Boilers and observed that Tamil Nadu is front-ranking and will remain in the forefront in manufacture of boilers in future owing to BHEL’s presence.
The Association, he said, would soon bring out a handbook and a magazine, and start a website for the benefit of users. Explaining the purpose of the seminar, V. Ramakrishnan, Association Secretary, said that CDs of the entire proceedings will be sent to about 5,000 boiler users in Tamil Nadu.