BCE produces a wide range of industrial electric pilot ignitors suitable for the light up of large industrial burners. The most powerful pilot ignitors are based on high – energy systems developed over decades of experience in applications requiring safe and reliable operation, such as power generation plants and steam generating utilities.
The High Energy ignition systems are insuring a number of robust intermittent sparks, realised by the energy accumulated by a capacitor, providing more powerful ignition capacity than high tension arc electrodes.
The HE series of BCE pilot ignitors includes gas electric ignitors, light oil electric ignitors, without or with premixed air, suitable for continuous operation, as well as the direct spark ignitor for light up of heavy oil.
Usually, pilot ignitors are an integral part of the supply of burners or combustion systems, but we can also provide the single pilot ignitor as a part of new combustion system as well as revamping of existing systems.
The pilot ignitors can be supplied with in-built flame scanners or ionisation flame rods, with automatic retraction drivers and with power supply units for installation in any environment and hazardous area.
High Energy Electric Ignitor is capable to withstanding to every temperature which could be present inside wind box (up to 350 °C), and the discharge head itself must withstand to the very high radiation and temperature close to the burner flame. The BCE unit is suitable for a maximum surface temperature of 750 °C at the discharge head.

The pilot ignitor consists of three main parts, namely:

  • Control Box, in which the power for the discharge is generated;
  • High Voltage Armoured Cable, used to carry this power to the ignitor itself;
  • The Special Ignitor End, at which the discharge occurs across a semi conductor gap.

We can provide pilot ignitors for a wide range of application and for any kind of industrial process, as industrial boilers for steam/power generation, which burners where installed on boilers front wall or at boilers corners (tangential combustion), refinery or industrial furnace, thermal oxidizers and process heaters and so on.

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Materials carbon steel – stainless steel
Fuel natural gas – refinery gas – LPG – propane – diesel oil
Combustion air up to 550 °C
Premixing air instrument/service air @ ambient temperature
Gas pressure 0.4 – 0.5 barg
Premixing air pressure 0.4 – 0.5 barg
Liquid fuel pressure 8 barg (min)
Electrical construction IP 65 – Eexd IIB – Eexd IIC


Any pilot ignitor could be support flame detection, if required. Here below are listed our ignitor models:

  • HE 168 Is designed for intermittent use and is suitable for flame detection, if required. It’s normally used in the large part of our installation and where no particular characteristics are required.
  • HE 568 As for HE 168 this pilot is designed for intermittent use, it can accept flame detection and we can provide either explosion proof execution or a system suitable for safe area; the principal difference is that such system is premixed type, which is important to guarantee the flame stability in some cases.
  • Special We also provide a wide range of special ignitors different from our typical supply designed basing on Client’s specific requirements or for particular uses and plants where are required dimensions, materials or operating mode different from the above mentioned igniters.
  • HT 468 If required we could also provide High Tension Ignitor which is self—aspirated type and therefore premixed type. The ignition power is provided by an electrical arc between electrodes (there is only transformer inside the Control Box supplied).


  • Pilot igniter (High energy, high tension, premixed or non-premixed type with ionization rod)
  • Control box for safe or hazardous area complete with flame amplifier where required
  • High voltage armored cable
  • Flexible hoses for fuel gas / fuel oil to pilot igniter, premixing air where is required, cooling air
  • Flame detection system
  • Piping and instrumentations trains