Burner Management System (BMS)
A burner management system is a set of control devices to safely startup, operate and shut down a fired vessel. One heavily regulated industry that utilizes BMS is the oil and gas industry. Designed to monitor and control various equipment while heating a vessel to a desired temperature set point.
Various BMS Installations
The BMS is designed for users to easily set parameters for ignition sequence. The number of ignition retries, delay to sense flame, time for ignition delay to open the fuel valve, and flame sense intensity are all configurable from the easy to use menu on the controller screens.
The standard unit is powered by 12 Volts DC, making solar charging an easy option for remote, or non powered applications. Other power combinations are also readily available.
With on board inputs and outputs, the BMS can be easily configured for a variety of control sequences and shutdowns. Examples of alarm conditions would be high stack or reboiler temperature, reboiler and flash tank levels, and remote input shutdowns (based on external conditions; example-compressor shutdown). Control examples would be automated valve or drive control to maintain temperature.
The BMS has multiple ways of logging data. One is the ability of an on board storage chip that can easily be removed. Data can be collected to the chip and generated into user defined reports. With 1 to 4 Gigabytes of storage memory for logging various data points, air quality standards (like DEQ Title 5 which require 15 minute updates) are easily handled. With the extracted data customized reports can be created to meet customers needs. Another method of logging is through the retrieval of data via communications ports. The BMS has built in Modbus communications, so data may be retrieved and logged to existing SCADA Systems via radio, phone line or modem.
We offer multiple packages depending on customer needs and applications. We have options from an inexpensive way to safely light a pilot, control the main burner valve, monitor flame presence and acquire data to maintaining temperature at a very specific temperature set point. All control panels are rated for class I div. II locations. From all control panels it is easy to set and adjust important parameters in the controller. Alarm and shut down points, Modbus addresses and baud rates, fire tube purge time, retry attempts and temperature limits are a few of the user configurable set points.
Most competitors are using dated technology. With the speed of technology advances if you are not at the forefront of designing new methods and control, your products will become obsolete. The Kimark BMS features next generation, proven devices that put us at the leading edge of technology. Ditching printed circuit boards and designing a system around a proprietary programmable logic controller , upgrades and customizability is very simple and inexpensive. Creating a flame detector that visually searches for a flame presence allowed us to create a more bullet proof system. Instead of being in the fire, the flame detector can look for a flame from a safe distance without being a wear and tear part. Many different safety measures are built upon the flame detector. Closing valves due to a flame outage, fire tube purging and auto relighting the unit were developed due to knowing the status of the burners flame. Low power consumption devices and energy efficient methods of operation lead to not wasting money on over-sized equipment. On board data logging and built in Modbus availability on every unit means you will never have to pay for an expansion card or add on module to access these features.
Protecting your workers and the environment is one of the top issues addressed by our BMS. Through our process, workers will not be in harm’s way manually lighting the pilot. Raw gas will never be left spewing into an unlit fire tube and eventually vented to atmosphere. When the system is off or in a failed state, all control valves immediately close until the pilot has been reestablished. This will greatly reduce the chance for a spontaneous combustion outside the unit that can injure a worker or the environment.
A product we designed and developed our UV flame detector is one of a kind. It is out and away from the fire, reducing the chance it will be damaged be the intense fire. The ability to sense the presence of a flame without working parts in the fire makes this devices life span much longer. This eliminates the false flame signals and outages caused by flame rectification rods wearing out or becoming dirty. This device instantly knows when a flame is present on the pilot as well as any outage that occurs. We are not analyzing temperature drops from a thermocouple to come to the conclusion the pilot flame has disappeared.
SOLAR POWER / 12v
The entire system has been designed to run off 12 volts of solar power. This can be very crucial in remote locations where line power is not available. The system has been designed to utilize as little power as need along with energy efficient devices. Though we do offer options of running off line power with the solar as a backup in case of line power failure.
The 12 volt ignition system has been designed to save energy through not constantly sparking or running off a timer. The system is only allowed to ignite when there should be a flame on the pilot and there is not currently one. Once a flame is detected on the pilot, there is no longer a need to keep trying to ignite.
With several programmers on site, programming changes and updates become much simpler. The ability to change coding to incorporate new devices or adjust the interaction of devices is very painless. After a program has been written and tested, it can be emailed and installed by a field technician in a matter of minutes. Our control panels are designed to be upgradeable with programming changes not be replaced due to being outdated.
Along with product service we are also available to install the product and offer training to operate the BMS. Whether it is a simple K100 installation requiring seal tight over short distances or a custom K400 package with buried, rigid conduit controlling many devices, we have crews trained and ready.
Parts are stocked in all of our regional offices as well as being readily available at our main warehouse. Technicians offer as much help as possible over the phone and will come to location to do repairs.