Luginbill, R.

John Zink Hamworthy Combustion, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Robert Luginbill has been at John Zink Hamworthy Combustion since 1992 and is part of the Customer Support Solutions group. He has more than 35 yr of industry experience and many certifications. His areas of expertise include fired heater operations, troubleshooting and inspections.

Good, bad and ugly process burner flames

Baukal, C., Weimer, B., Pappe, M., Mcguire, J., Johnson, B., Luginbill, R., John Zink Hamworthy Combustion

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) maximum achievable control technology (MACT) fired heater inspection program, the authors’ company has inspected nearly 1,000 heaters since the program started in 2015. These inspections have revealed all types of flames—the good, bad and ugly. Here, good is defined as no changes are needed; bad is defined as changes are needed where the conditions are not likely dangerous; and ugly is defined as immediate changes are needed because the conditions are potentially dangerous.