The conference program at the Process Heating & Cooling Show — planned for June 15-16 in Chicago — focuses exclusively on industrial heating and cooling equipment, components and supplies used in the process industries. During our conference program at the show, Mike Spalding of Reuter Stokes, a Baker Hughes company, will speak on June 16 about safer steam methane reforming.

Mike joined editor Linda Becker to speak about this presentation via podcast. During his presentation at the show, he will help attendees understand the use case for flame sensors and the critical role they play in the safety of steam methane reformers.

  • What are flame sensors, and what are some of the common ways they are used with steam methane reformers and, more widely, the process applications? [0:50]
  • So they're used with the burner management system on steam methane reformers. Are they used more widely on other combustion systems? [2:05]
  • Are there any things that are unique to using flame sensors on a steam methane reformer? [3:27]
  • What are some of the features to look for in a flame sensor that will be used in a steam methane reformer application? [5:03]
  • You've mentioned that some people don't think there is a need for or an ability to use flame sensors for steam methane reforming applications. Can you describe what some of the benefits of using flame sensors on steam methane reformers might be? [6:28]
  • Are there any drawbacks to concerns about using flame sensors on steam methane reformers? [7:32]
  • Assuming the flame sensor is designed and selected for the operating environment, how often do they have to be replaced? [8:59]
  • So the other thing you had mentioned was the availability of your equipment due to the interaction of your flame sensor. Can you explain more about that? [10:04]
  • What positive results should a company using flame sensors expect? What is a reasonable payback? [11:12]
  • How is Reuters-Stokes positioned to help people achieve these results? [12:35]
  • From your perspective, what are some of the major challenges for those in the thermal process industry right now? [13:39]
  • Have some of the larger market forces like difficulty hiring or supply chain lags affected Reuters-Stokes? How is Reuters-Stokes positioning itself to deal with those challenges? [15:10]
  • Finally, one of the benefits of attending a trade show or listening to a podcast is that you get to take advice from experts in the field. If you were sitting next to any thermal processing expert right now, what would you ask them? [16:10]


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