Glass Worldwide - Thermal Imaging Hots Up
Read our latest article in Glass Worldwide where Philippe Kerbois and Neil Simpson demonstrate how the latest infrared temperature measuring equipment is being used in oxy-gas borosilicate furnaces to optimise production and quality.
Ensuring consistent temperatures and thermal profiles in glass melting tanks is an essential part of maintaining high quality glass production and extending the campaign life of a furnace.
Within the furnace, there are a variety of temperature measurements that can be taken in different locations and it is important to be able to trend temperature measurements at points such as the crown, ports and burner blocks. Also, temperature visualisation of cold spots should be carried out in the refractories as a precaution against air leaks typically caused by structural issues or the condensation of volatiles.
The latest technology, including the Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) in-furnace thermal imaging system developed by AMETEK Land, has taken the glass industry to another level of understanding of glass furnace operations. This is true for many end-fired or crossfired regenerative furnaces where glass producers have demonstrated the potential of using data obtained from the NIR-B to further develop controls to meet the needs of Industry 4.0 and the optimisation of furnace processes.