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Optimizing Critical Fired Heaters, Now Easier than Ever

Special report by Quest Integrity, featured in the May 2017 issue of Chemical Engineering. Click here to download the PDF.

Quest Integrity provides industry expertise and engineering optimization planning and management to increase the lifecycle value of fired heater assets.

Unexpected asset failures present a number of complications to a facility, including costly repair and production interruptions. Historically, asset reliability and management methodologies have been reactive – only adjusting practices once a costly failure has already occurred. However, today’s modern technologies allow operators to proactively manage their assets, mitigating many of the risks associated with premature asset failure. Significant improvements in technology innovation and reliability practices provide operators with life extension opportunities that were not available just a decade ago.

Quest Integrity understands that unique assets require unique solutions. Due to specific operator and individual asset requirements, a general model for asset integrity optimization is not an effective long-term solution. A powerful optimization management strategy should be specifically designed to address the current and future condition of the asset, achieving a higher level of performance and reliability, while decreasing the risk of unplanned shutdowns. Customized for the life-cycle of each individual fired heater asset, Quest Integrity’s Fired Heater Optimization program consists of a multi-disciplinary inspection and engineering approach that includes tube creep and corrosion damage measurement and assessment, infrared thermometry (IR) data management, ultrasonic in-line inspection and remote digital visual inspection (RDVI). A variety of engineering assessments, including fitness-for-service, remaining life, risk assessment and failure analysis are utilized to significantly extend asset life, effectively managing cost and preventing catastrophic failures.


Figure 1. Ultrasonic inspection data indicating areas of severe wall thinning in fired heater tubing


Quest Integrity is a global leader in the development and delivery of asset integrity and reliability management services and solutions.  The company’s solutions consist of technology-enabled, advanced inspection and engineering assessment services and products that help organizations improve operational planning,  increase profitability, and reduce operational and safety risks.




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