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Avoid Common Mistakes When Specifying Burner Management Systems

By Charles M. Fialkowski, Siemens Industry |

While some aspects of burner management systems may seem intuitive, overcoming misconceptions in their specification and design will help to elevate overall safety Boilers, burners, furnaces and fired heaters, along with any other fuel-burning equipment, are considered high-risk areas within the chemical process industries (CPI). This is due to their extreme operating conditions, complex sequencing and the processing of hazardous materials, all of which result in a wide range of safeguarding measures that must be applied to prevent accidents (Figure 1). One of the more commonly used and widely accepted safeguarding approaches is the use of safety-related systems that are implemented through programmable logic control (PLC) technology. FIGURE 1. The complexity of CPI heating processes, including boilers, burners, furnaces and more, necessitates much effort being applied to ensure their safe operation[/caption] This article presents an overview of safe burner management and reviews seven common mistakes that users of these technologies may struggle with when evaluating and specifying a modern burner management system (BMS). Performance-based standards published in recent years control the design of these technical safety systems.…
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