Safety Instrumented Burner Management Systems

Fired equipment is found throughout the process industry in many applications, including various types of boilers, incinerators, reboilers, bath heaters, process heaters, etc. The hazards associated with the burner operation are managed by an instrumented system commonly referred to as the Burner Management Systems (BMS).

Process industries are discovering that their BMS on their fired devices need to be upgraded due to:

  • Insurance audits inquiring about compliance gaps
  • Outdated BMS control systems requiring upgrade to appropriate codes
  • BMS carrying a health share of risk reduction (RRF) of hazardous scenarios


For these projects, owner/operators need to understand how to apply the various codes and standards to be compliant and know the options for customizing the design to their unique needs. aeSolutions developed a training course to teach these aspects and provide instruction on safe, practical design.

Topics Covered
This course provides a thorough overview of the BMS unit operation and associated combustion control techniques typically used to maintain a safe firing rate with emphasis on understanding associated hazards and design requirements to mitigate these hazards.

This course starts with a review of the NFPA, API, ISA, IEC and FM standards that describe Burner Management System design. The requirements of a Burner Management System, based on the standards, are then used to design an example Burner Management System. In addition the course will present an overview on combustion control fundamentals, burner management system design and application of safety instrumented system concepts to burner management systems.

Who Should Attend?
Staff and managers responsible for process safety management, engineering, production, and maintenance.