How to Be Compliant With Your Burner Management System

Fired equipment is dangerous and requires special attention, engineering knowledge, experience and training. What does a risk-based equivalent BMS design actually mean? And how can you be sure your equipment is safe?

Implementing a burner management system (BMS) requires a competent engineering team to design and deliver a compliant system that is safe to operate. Although the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers three prescriptive sets of standards to help make your equipment safe, this can be easier said than done.

The standards (85 on Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code, 86 on Standard for Ovens and Furnaces and 87 on Recommended Practice for Fluid Heaters) are easier to comply with for new units. If you have an older unit that has gone through upgrades and is no longer compliant to its vintage NFPA standard—or never complied with any NFPA standard to begin with—compliance to a current standard can be very challenging.

There are several ways…

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Usman Khan is a Professional Engineer in multiple North American jurisdictions with over 19 years of experience in instrumentation controls and process safety in the oil and gas and chemical industries. His technical expertise and experience is centered around multi-discipline engineering as well as operations of oil and gas assets. Usman’s work passion is centered around safety in design specifically around fired equipment. Usman was most recently the I&C and Process Safety Technical Authority for an operating oil and gas company where he managed the full design lifecycle of a multi-billion greenfield project and set company technical standards in addition to his regular day job of supporting existing producing assets. With his 360-degree experience working for instrumentation and control OEMs, EPCs and oil and gas companies in a wide variety of roles in project management and operations, Usman brings a unique perspective to the table. Usman is currently serving in an engineering leadership role, managing a group of engineers and safety professionals for aeSolutions’ Houston office.

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