Burner Management Systems
The OnQuest companies specialize in the design, production, and implementation of state-of-the-art burner management systems and combustion control solutions for fired heaters in the process industries.
Emphasis on safety in the design, construction, and operation of direct-fired heaters has steadily increased in the last decade. Refining and petrochemical companies in various countries and jurisdictions have seen the introduction of legislation and other requirements to uphold and increase safety standards. Historically, heater designs and quality standards have followed API 560. For most operating companies, this standard is now mandatory and is used as a baseline, with individual companies adding their own requirements.
However, while recent legislation seeks to actively enforce the application of existing codes, and some detailed and prescriptive guidelines have existed for years, the rate and degree of the adoption of formal codes and safety systems varies significantly within the industry. Most operating companies have their own standard, which may still vary from one facility to another; it is not unusual for adjacent heaters built two years apart to have a different burner management system design—for the simple reason that two different contractors built them.
Recently, the evolution of burner management systems has accelerated. This corresponds to heightened awareness of a lack of standards across the industry, increased attention from regulators and governmental agencies, and justified concern about lawsuits relating to accidents where applicable codes and guidelines have not been rigorously enforced.
Providing safe and efficient control of combustion is our core business, and we are at the forefront of the evolution in burner management systems. We provide regulatory compliant systems for oil and gas, petrochemical, refining and related industries, designing BMS that are customized to the specific requirements of our heaters and furnaces, and in strict accordance with applicable standards in the U.S., in Canada, and in other countries where our clients operate.
While a basic set of safety requirements must be met for all fired equipment, intimate knowledge of heater design and operation is required to maximize any one heater’s reliability without adversely affecting its safety. That intimate, detailed knowledge of heater design, operation, and capabilities is what informs our BMS design work—a knowledge and experience that other companies cannot offer.
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