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Upgrade Boiler Design Aims To Improve Performance
Upgrades to commercial condensing boiler line are designed to reduce installation and set-up time for contractors, simplify boiler system design for specifying engineers, and improve control interface commonality and communication across the entire Weil-McLain high efficiency boiler line.
Weil-McLain has enhanced its high efficiency SlimFit 1000, 1500 and 2000 MBH commercial condensing boiler line with the advanced capabilities of the Unity Controller.
“Sharing the same software platform as the Evergreen line, the integration of the Unity Controller to the SlimFit 1000-2000 models now enables consistent controller logic for Weil-McLain high efficiency boilers 70 kbtu to 2000 kbtu,” says John Miller, senior product manager with Weil-McLain. “In addition, the new units are ideal for variable primary flow and hybrid boiler system applications and offer greater ‘configurability’ for change/add software requirements.”
The new control features include a setup wizard that guides the installer through the start-up process and 10 preset typical heating operation conditions. The new design also features zone stacking up to 24 programmable zones without the need for additional external panels and 0-10 VDC analog output signal for easy integration with a lag boiler in a hybrid system.
Other additions include improved boiler-to-boiler communications, Modbus and BACnet for linking with BAS (building automation systems), express set up wizard, SmartSequencing to improve efficiency of multiple boiler systems and updated controls interface for simpler navigation, at-a-glance boiler status, diagnostics and troubleshooting.
With the upgraded SlimFit units, combined with Weil-McLain’s high efficiency Evergreen product, the company now offers an entire line of commercial condensing boiler controls optimized for variable primary flow.
“Variable primary flow applications with condensing boilers are becoming more prevalent in the industry, with boilers no longer decoupled from the hydronic heating systems they serve,” Miller says. “Design professionals seek products that integrate with these systems seamlessly.”
With proven durability and reliability, SlimFit boilers are manufactured for easy integration into existing systems.
“Weil-McLain SlimFit and Evergreen boilers and controls combined with new or existing standard efficiency boilers provide key heating plant functions such as boiler staging to take advantage of condensing efficiencies when available and meet peak capacity requirements,” Miller says.
SlimFit boilers provide thermal efficiencies up to 95.8 percent, making the product line one of the most cost-effective boiler systems to operate and maintain for retrofit applications.
The SlimFit boiler features a narrow “door-fit” profile and base-mounted roller casters for improved installation maneuverability in confined spaces and weight restricted areas, a critical solution for commercial retrofit projects. The units come completely factory assembled allowing for on-site plug-and-play installation, lowering installation costs and ensuring timely project completion.
“Every SlimFit boiler is factory fired and tested and arrives completely packaged, pre-wired, and pre-programmed,” Miller says. “The smaller boilers are lightweight and the larger boilers come with wheels which make them extremely easy to maneuver and install.”