Charles Fialkowski| Jun 01, 2015

Fialkowski to teach ISA boiler control course at the 58th POWID symposium

On June 11th, I'll be in Kansas city, MO at the ISA POWID (power industry division) symposium, teaching the 1-day ISA boiler control course (ES 15C).  Preparing now, as the original instructor some how felt that 200 slides was appropriate for a 1-day course.   If anyone is interested in the material, let me know I'll be happy to share the outline of the course.

Charles Fialkowski| Apr 14, 2014

Separation requirements for your BMS at sites with mulitple boilers?

For years, I have always driven for complete seperation and independence for all PLC based burner management systems (BMS) as per my own personal interpetation (per NFPA 85 requirements).  Below is an excerpt from the current NFPA 85 standard.  I'm NOT talking about seperation between the control layer and the safety layer, rather, what to do when your plant has multiple boilers on site?   4.11.7* Requirement for Independence. Except as noted in, the burner managementsystem sh ...

Charles Fialkowski| Jan 08, 2014

Fialkowski to Present on NFPA equivalency clause at Instrumentation Symposium

If you've ever wondered how you can acheive compliance on your BMS to the prescribed requirements in the NFPA standards (85, 86 or 87) you should attend my presentation on Tuesday, January 21st @ 3:20pm at the 69th Annual Instrumentation Symposium for the Process Industries, January 21-23, 2014 - Memorial Student Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.  This paper was a great collaborative effort between myself, Michael Polagye, FM Global and Mike Scott, AEsolns. The program, ...

Charles Fialkowski| Sep 19, 2013

What SIL level should your burner management system achieve

A few weeks ago I attended a technical conference in Alaska where Mr. Mike Scott from AEsolutions was a presenter.  Mike's presentation title was "Safety Instrumented BMS" which of course I was extremely interested in hearing someone else's take on this.  Mike talked about the potential risks associated with any application with a flame (boilers, heaters, thermal oxidizers, process heaters, etc..) and in summary he concluded that all the applications he sees would require a SIL 2 BMS t ...

Charles Fialkowski| Aug 09, 2013

How to invoke the equivalency clause in NFPA standards

When dealing with a prescriptive standards such as the NFPA 85, NFPA 86 or NFPA 87 standards, there are a number of prescribed requirements that often conflict with using modern performance based equipement (i.e. using an external watchdog timer for a Safety PLC, using hardwired relays,etc). I have challenged these concepts since the start of my career in Industrial automation as I worked for a major manufacturer of combustion equipment and believed there had to be a better way..... All NFPA sta ...