Author's Third Book Focused on Optimizing Plant Operations

Los Angeles (March 13, 2014) – Variations in direct-fired heater operating conditions mean that there is no single solution for improving efficiency and lowering emissions at process facilities, notes author and fired-heater expert Roger Newnham, a deeply experienced engineer and long-time executive at San Dimas, Calif.-based OnQuest, Inc., a worldwide leader in combustion technologies and turnkey EPC for hydrocarbon and petrochemical process plants.

Newnham's latest book, Direct-Fired Heaters: Improving Efficiency and Capacity While Reducing Emissions, the third and final installation in his three-volume series, was recently published, and discusses in detail this challenge to process furnace operators. Newnham proposes several potential strategies to optimize plant operations. These include more rigorous operator training, and programs focused on reducing input energy, monitoring stack flue-gas temperature, and addressing heat loss in the structure, design, and upkeep of furnaces. Newnham also presents the concept of using economic feasibility studies to justify the cost-benefit of selected upgrades.

Newnham has more than 40 years of experience in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of heaters for petroleum refining and petrochemical companies worldwide. He has also been instrumental in developing controls and instrumentation and designing burner management systems for direct-fired heaters, along with burner revamps and maintenance of direct-fired heaters.

Newnham is a member of the Federation Europeenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingenieurs (FEANI) and of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He graduated from Brighton University in Brighton, England. Newnham emigrated to Canada in 1980 and established Born Canada as an independent entity in Calgary, Alberta, to work with large oil and gas engineering, procurement and construction firms. Born Canada was acquired by OnQuest Inc. in 2005.

The first two books in Newnham's series are Direct-Fired Heaters: A Practical Guide to their Design & Operation and Direct-Fired Heaters: Operator Training Manual. More information about the three-volume series is available at