Steam boilers, ovens, drying machines, asphalt plants, incinerators and the like, are equipment that, as they require fire in their procedures, need the usage of flame safeguard controls. It is reasonable to treat them carefully, paying attention to the manufacturers’ recommendations, as a failure in one of these controls means a high risk of danger to the people in their proximity and the installations that surround them.
Flame safeguard controls were invented during the Second Industrial Revolution as burners evolved to become safer and more efficient. Their purpose is to protect the physical safety of the people and the equipment that require them. As they are designed to interrupt the burner’s operation if some fault is detected, the variation of the original design of the controls to force the uninterrupted operation of the boilers is a grave mistake. This is often done by technicians, who with good intention wish to ensure the equipment’s operation, without taking into consideration that they are putting at risk the entire personnel.
The key to avoid unexpected halts of the machines and of the processes of production, is to count with excellent maintenance plans and their management indicators.
We should never accept technical services that vary the original design of the flame safeguard controls, and we should NEVER utilize a burner without a flame safeguard control fully operational with its original design.