The days of using a rag and stick to light a burner have thankfully faded into the not-so-distant past. Technology has evolved and continues to do so at a rapid rate. Yet, the truth is that a vast majority of the process heaters in operation today are run using older, less user-friendly — and often unsafe — systems. Upgrading these outdated systems with a burner-management system (BMS) has become a common trend in the industry. As a result, there has been a significant improvement in both the safety and efficiency of updated systems and applications.
As with any improvement, issues arise when upgrading older systems. Upgrading can involve disruptions in operations and often require the retraining of staff. It can become difficult to determine when the benefits of upgrading really outweigh the extra costs and inconvenience. So, why bother with a comprehensive burner-management system? Here are the top six benefits to upgrading your process heater.