Understand the Roles of the Burner Management Systems



The BMS is a safety solution that is used in the power generation facilities to allow the safe start-up, operation as well as shutdown of multiple burner furnace sections of the boiler. The solution helps reduce the maintenance and improve the up-time, and also provide a safe environment for the plant and boiler. The safety solution is also used in other industries such as the natural gas and oil industry. In all situations, the management system for the burner monitors and manages the burner. In the long run, the solution helps make the companies more compliant, more efficient and safe. Here is how the BMS works.


Auto re-lights

When the burner is extinguished, the BMS will detect that there is no flame in the combustion and automatically reignite the flame. This increases efficiency since if the system was not in place, the workers would have to constantly monitor the combustion application and manually reignite the burner flame. Reigniting the burner flame is risky because this is done mostly using fuel-soaked rags which are tied to a long stick. Lighting the burner manually also takes time.


Temperature control

Another role played by the burner management systems is the management of temperature. The BMS will maintain the temperature points that have been set by the user. To guarantee temperature consistency, the system ensures that the burner flame is on when it is needed. Not having this system in place means that there are no electronic temperature controls. The burner application will burn continuously and at times needlessly. Managing the temperature in the application is hence not possible with a manual system.


Remote control and monitoring

The best thing about using a BMS is that you will achieve remote monitoring and control. This will enable you to manage the burner application from the comfort of your office as well as keep track of the entire unit without ever getting to the furnace. All in all, when shopping for a BMS, it is imperative that you make sure that it allows for remote monitoring and control. Not all systems are compatible with this feature.


Emergency shutdown

To increase safety, the BMS is designed to detect application inputs that indicate problems. It will shut down the application safely before a problem arises. The system will detect high/low pressure and determine whether a shutdown is required or not. Without the BMS in place, there will be no safety shutdown. This increases risks.


The above are just the main roles played by the BMS. Needless to say, investing in the system will provide myriad benefits. The benefits start with increased operations efficiency. It will ensure that the combustion application is only on when needed. The system will also monitor and reignite the burner flame in case of failure. In addition to that, the BMS will increase safety. There will be no more dangerous forms of re-ignition and you will enjoy emergency shutdown in case of a problem. The BMS will further increase compliance. Investing in a BMS makes a lot of sense for any industry that uses a furnace in operations. You only need to ensure that you invest in the best system that is available.