With fired heaters, users hope to get greater efficiency and reduced emissions but often are disappointed. Given the number of fired heaters operating every day and their importance in the process industries, any improvements realized across the board will have huge impacts. More units can reach their potential with some simple changes in work practices and technology upgrades.
Fired heaters are installed in a range of industries. Any manufacturing process needing heat is likely to have one. So, fired heaters represent the largest energy consumer in industry. Refineries account for thousands of fired heaters, and they tend to be particularly large. As a result, performance improvements in this context deliver the biggest bang for the buck.