Retractable pilot systems are devices used in the petrochemical industry to help ensure the safe and efficient operation of industrial equipment like reactors, furnaces, and boilers. They consist of a valve, a pilot assembly, and a retractable fitting that allows for fast and easy removal of the pilot assembly for maintenance or replacement.

Benefits of Retractable Pilot Systems in the Petrochemical Industry

In the petrochemical industry, reactors, furnaces, and boilers operate under harsh conditions and can be subject to frequent process changes. Retractable pilot systems help ensure the safe and reliable operation of this equipment by:

  • Providing accurate and efficient control of the burner flame
  • Reducing downtime and production losses
  • Improving overall plant efficiency.
  • Increase worker safety
  • Compliance with regulatory standards
  • Reduce environmental impact

Maintenance Requirements of Retractable Pilot Systems

Retractable pilot systems require periodic maintenance to ensure that they function properly. Some common issues include clogging of the pilot orifices, damage or wear to the spark igniter or flame sensor, improper alignment or positioning of the pilot assembly, or corrosion or damage to the valve or fitting components. These issues can lead to reduced efficiency, increased downtime, and safety hazards.

Maintenance requirements may include:

  • Checking and cleaning the spark igniter and flame sensor
  • Replacing the pilot assembly or valve components
  • Inspecting the retractable fitting for wear or damage
  • Making sure that the pilot system is properly aligned

The frequency and extent of maintenance may vary depending on the operating conditions, environmental factors, and the specific equipment being used.

Liberty Flare Retractable Pilots Reduce Downtime and Common Performance Issues

Liberty Flare’s Retractable Messenger Cable System (RMCS) is the leading retractable system on the market for industrial flare pilots. With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing proprietary retractable systems, Liberty Flare delivers innovative designs that incorporate reliable materials and best practices developed from feedback from our clients.

The RMCS system allows flare pilots to be inspected, repaired, or replaced from ground level while the flare is in operation, reducing downtime and increasing efficiency. With this system, staff can bring a pilot to grade for inspection and maintenance in under an hour, and then return the pilot to the operating position. This means that operators can 

  • Reduce downtime
  • Comply with federal, state, and local air quality requirements
  • Avoid non-compliance fines and expenses for improper flare pilot operation

Liberty Flare’s RMCS system is designed to avoid issues like getting stuck or hanging up during deployment, making it more reliable than competitors’ track-based systems. The system is manufactured with premium materials and state-of-the-art engineering and design, ensuring that your system delivers consistent and reliable performance.

Don’t plan a maintenance turnaround or shutdown without incorporating the Liberty RMCS into your flare maintenance program. The elimination of future downtime and non-compliance fines and expenses will far exceed your investment in the RMCS system. Liberty Flare offers standard systems or customized systems to meet your needs. Call us today for an estimate and experience the benefits and reasons why Liberty Flare is the right choice.