What is a Burner Management System?

What is a Burner Management System (BMS)?

Oil and natural gas companies use a burner management system to provide temperature control on heated vessels. Typical features of a burner management system include safe start-up, emergency shutdown, and remote monitoring of process burners.

What is the purpose of a BMS?

Producers introduce heat to oil and gas processes in order to accelerate the separation of the gas, oil, and water. Units such as heater treaters or reboilers use a burner and fire tube to provide this heat.

When a BMS is not in use, the pilot light used to ignite the main burner continues to burn. The type of system is referred to as a free-standing pilot. Not only does this waste natural gas, but it can also create a hazardous environment.

A BMS senses when the burner needs to be extinguished or relit. It then sends a signal to a low pressure control valve, such as Kimray’s E-LO Control Valve. The valve releases the appropriate amount of gas into the fire tube in order to maintain the desired temperature.

Benefits of using a BMS

The primary benefits of using a Burner Management System include less gas emissions and safer working conditions.

  • Less excess gas emissions – using a BMS enables producers to be more in control of emissions. The BMS automatically shuts off and relights the burner based on what temperature it senses. This means they are releasing less gas into the atmosphere.
  • Safer working conditions – because gas is not continuously being released, operators are working in a safer environment, reducing the risk of injury.

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Alex Crow serves as a Product Manager at Kimray, and is responsible for Kimray’s line of electric actuators and control products. He collaborates with Kimray’s engineering, manufacturing, and quality teams to optimize the performance of our products and make a difference for our customers.