AMETEK Land, a leader in industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement, will reveal its innovative new SPOT GS pyrometer at AISTech 2019, taking place May 6 – 9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, USA. The new product, which is designed to accurately measure the temperature of galvannealed and galvanized steel strip, will be on display at booth 1033 during the event.
This new pyrometer provides continuous and accurate temperature measurement of coated steel strip during the galvanneal reaction. This enables steel producers to accurately measure the temperature in a galvanneal furnace, allowing it to run at optimum throughput rates in order to ensure consistent, high-quality, premium-coated steel demanded by the automotive industry.
“We’re looking forward to launching the new SPOT GS at AISTech 2019,” said Chris Leonard, Director of Development and Product Management for AMETEK Land. “We have developed a temperature measurement solution with SPOT GS that will optimise efficiency and achieve cost savings for steel producers, who can benefit from its accurate digital temperature readings, ease of use and robust design.”
The SPOT GS pyrometer enables automated furnace management to provide close control of the reaction and position of the reaction zone, delivering tighter control of product quality. By maintaining control of the reaction zone, the steel application pyrometer accommodates rapid changes of line speed and furnace power with variations to substrate or coating weight. This allows for furnace optimisation, reducing heating costs and maximising throughput. Additionally, this will avoid excessive over-reaction and powdering/flaking of the coating during subsequent forming operations.
The innovative new SPOT GS pyrometer can be integrated with furnace controls, PLCs and control software. By integrating directly, furnaces can run reliably and consistently produce the highest quality products, with minimal scrap. The SPOT GS has additional inputs and outputs including emissivity out and LED switching, which are available as analogue/digital control I/O as well as over Ethernet.
SPOT GS is available with the free to download SPOTViewer software, which allows for the configuration, display and logging of data. In addition, AMETEK Land offers a range of mountings and accessories that are compatible with all SPOT pyrometers, which allows for great flexibility and ease of use.
All AMETEK Land SPOT pyrometers are designed for high accuracy, reliability, simple installation, configuration and flexible digital communications. The SPOT GS was specifically developed in close collaboration with industry-leading steel producers and plant control system engineers. The SPOT GS pyrometer is set to lead the way in improving steel strip throughput via quality and energy efficiency.
Alongside AMETEK Land, its sister company AMETEK Surface Vision, the leading automated surface inspection partner for fast and accurate materials checking, will exhibit its automated surface inspection solutions for online detection, classification and visualization of metal surface defects.
AISTech is the steel industry’s premier technology event and will feature technologies from all over the world that help steel producers to compete more effectively in today’s global market. AISTech is a can’t-miss event for anyone involved at any level of today’s steel marketplace, providing perspective on the technology and engineering expertise necessary to power a sustainable steel industry.
About AMETEK Land
AMETEK Land is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. AMETEK Land designs and manufactures a wide range of instruments for industrial non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental monitoring. Visit ametek-land.com to learn more.
AMETEK Surface Vision (formerly Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Division), a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions, will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its SmartView® surface inspection system and launch its new SmartAdvisor® Edge for Metals cross-section monitoring system at AISTech 2018 - The Iron and Steel Technology Conference and Exposition, May 7-10, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Booth 1526.
Launched in 1998, AMETEK Surface Vision’s SmartView® celebrates its 20th anniversary this year as one of the most trusted and valued automatic surface inspection solutions for the metals industry. Combining powerful software, line-scan camera technology and high intensity lighting, along with industry-leading application engineering services, SmartView® continues to deliver a high performance, highly customizable solution that automatically detects, classifies and visualizes metal defects.
At AISTech 2018, AMETEK Surface Vision will present its new edge cross-section monitoring system, SmartAdvisor® Edge for Metals, which enables both trimmed material edges in a metal processing line to be continuously monitored to detect anomalies, such as cut-to-break ratios and burrs. This is critical for quality control purposes and to avoid any issues in the subsequent processing line.
The SmartAdvisor® Edge for Metals system magnifies, captures, stores, and presents high- resolution images of the edges, while the line is running at full production speed, as a continuous smooth video stream for monitoring. The edge images are processed and stabilized for analysis, so an operator can see subtle changes in the cut edge, including cut- to-break ratios and eccentricities in knife runout, plus the system is able to pause and scroll back through the images at any time.
“This is a very exciting time for AMETEK Surface Vision. As more and more demands are being placed on the metals industry to improve quality, increase productivity and certify ’defect-free’ product, it’s crucial to have both surface inspection and edge monitoring solutions that are flexible and customizable in order to achieve goals for quality and yield optimization,” comments Marius Westermann, Business Manager at AMETEK Surface Vision.
Specifically designed for the metals industry, both the SmartView® Surface Inspection Metals and SmartAdvisor® Edge for Metals systems are designed to help meet quality and yield optimization goals. They offer reliable top, bottom and now side laboratory type optical inspection and monitoring that provides full process visibility of the quality of the surface and edges in even the most demanding metal processing environments.
AISTech 2018 will feature technologies from all over the world that help steel producers to compete more effectively in today’s global market. AISTech is a can’t-miss event for anyone involved at any level of today’s steel marketplace, providing perspective on the technology and engineering expertise necessary to power a sustainable steel industry. For more information, visit aist.org
About AMETEK Surface Vision
AMETEK Surface Vision (formerly Cognex Surface Inspection Systems Division) is a world leader in automated online surface inspection solutions with a broad product portfolio optimized for web and surface inspection and monitoring and process surveillance applications. That product portfolio includes three distinct product lines: SmartView® systems, SmartAdvisor® systems and Slit InspectionTM. Each product line uniquely enables customers to inspect the surfaces of materials processed in a continuous fashion across the metals, paper, plastics, nonwovens and glass industries. For more information, visit ameteksurfacevision.com
AMETEK Surface Vision is unit of AMETEK Process and Analytical Instruments, a division of AMETEK, Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.
AMETEK Land, the leading industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement specialist, has released the new Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR for industrial gas applications.
The NIR-B 3XR delivers continuous reformer tube wall temperature (TWT) measurement and furnace optimisation and monitoring, allowing highly accurate temperature point data to be measured, stored and trended over the lifetime of the furnace.
Thomas Fortinberry, Business Development Manager Industrial Gas for AMETEK Land, said, “This is a major development in temperature measurement for industrial gas applications. The NIR-B 3XR helps to optimise efficiency and improve monitoring significantly. The result is increased productivity, greater asset protection and enhanced tube life.”
The high-resolution image, combined with the wide-angle field of view (90°), allows multiple reformer tubes to be imaged and measured simultaneously. This is critical to extending asset life and maximising efficiency, as a -10°C measurement error over time can result in either 1% lost productivity or a +10°C error can result in 25% reduction in tube life.
This latest innovation is ATEX and IECEX approved for use in Zone 2 gas atmospheres and provides a high-resolution thermal image offering real-time high-accuracy temperature measurement of both the tube skin and the refractory surface. NIR-B 3XR uses the shortest wavelength possible to minimise errors associated with varying emissivity.
AMETEK Land partnered with leading syngas catalyst manufacturers, global operators and reformer designers to develop the NIR-B 3XR to give customers greater visibility and real-time temperature information.
In addition to improving accuracy, NIR-B 3XR reduces risk to personnel by removing the need for an operator or technician to be in a hazardous area on a regular basis by utilising infrared temperature measurement. With advanced digital communications, the image and data can be viewed in real time from the safety of the control room.
“NIR-B 3XR is an invaluable tool for prolonging the life of the reformer tube, optimising production throughput, and reducing energy consumption. Its high-resolution imaging allows users to easily identify hot and cold areas within the furnace. Uneven heating, due to unbalanced burners or gas mix can be seen clearly, with corrections viewed in real time. During start-up, burners that are not operating correctly can be quickly identified and the effect of impinging flames can be seen. These are major benefits in terms of optimising performance and reducing downtime,” added Fortinberry.
AMETEK Land has more than 20 years of experience in high-accuracy process thermal imaging. Its industry-leading image and data processing software platform supports long-term data trending, aiding process optimisation, while potentially avoiding catastrophic tube failure.
AMETEK Land (www.landinst.com) is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc. a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices. AMETEK Land designs and manufactures a wide range of instruments for industrial non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental monitoring.