AMETEK Land to present smart aluminium temperature sensors for Industry 4.0 at Future Aluminium Forum 2018


Source: AMETEK Land

Physics Section Manager Dr. Fiona Turner will present at the Future Aluminium Forum 4.0, May 8-9, in Milan.

Dr Turner’s presentation, entitled Smart Aluminium Temperature Sensors for Industry 4.0 considers how AMETEK Land’s innovative SPOT AL EQS pyrometer, coupled with a smart actuator for automatic alignment, provides accurate temperature measurement in most current extrusion, quench and strip applications.  Dr Turner will discuss how AMETEK Land is focusing its development efforts on facilitating Industry 4.0 levels of data capture, interpretation and management.  

“With Modbus TCP communication and 10ms response time, the SPOT AL EQS can capture huge amounts of data. While useful in itself for quality purposes, it is the intelligent interpretation of data from multiple instruments, with application appropriate logging of derived parameters, that I am very pleased to present during this important aluminium industry forum,” comments Dr Turner.  

The presentation covers how an extrusion press can be fine-tuned to produce a perfect “top hat” temperature profile at press exit, using feedback from the press exit and billet temperatures, and how an intelligent actuator can enable autonomous operation of the temperature monitoring and control system. That includes scans triggered automatically on billet arrival, extrusion die change, or if the measured temperature falls below the expected level to detect a wandering profile.

In addition, Dr Turner will look at how different algorithms for triggering of a scan and identification of hot spots are presented. Site trial data will be offered throughout the presentation.

AMETEK Land will display the SPOT AL EQS pyrometer with actuator at the Future Aluminium Forum on Stand 1 and demonstrate how it provides even greater accuracy in temperature measurement for aluminium processing applications.  

Utilising the latest, cutting-edge temperature detector design, in combination with the most-advanced data processing algorithms, AMETEK Land has created an extremely accurate and repeatable pyrometer with an industry-leading response time. Specifically designed to work in low emissivity environments, in which regular pyrometers might struggle to provide accurate and reliable readings, the SPOT AL EQS is able to measure a wide temperature range from 200 to 700 °C / 392 to 1292 °F.  

The SPOT Actuator enables extremely accurate alignment, as it takes 900 measurement points over 90 degrees and aligns on the optimum measurement position on the profile. Compact, quick and easy to configure, the SPOT Actuator is designed for mounting the SPOT AL EQS pyrometer onto the press face or a suitable part of the press superstructure. 

Designed in close collaboration with industry-leading aluminium producers and plant control system engineers, the SPOT AL EQS pyrometer with actuator is helping lead the way in improving aluminium extrusion and strip plant throughput, quality and energy efficiency.

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