Controlling a Glass Furnace Using a Thermal Imager at German Society of Glass Technology Conference 2017
AMETEK Land announces that its Technical Director, Dr. Peter Drögmöller, will speak at the 91st Annual Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology (DGG), May 29-31, 2017, in Weimar, Germany.
Dr. Drögmöller’s topic ‘Controlling a Glass Furnace Using a Thermal Imager’ will be presented during the New Developments in Glass Technology session. His presentation will look at temperature measurement at critical locations in the glass production process. He will highlight new techniques that improve the end product from the glass furnace. He also will discuss ways to reduce energy usage and enhance operational efficiency in the glass production process.
Alongside the conference, AMETEK Land will exhibit its new Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) Glass, which is designed specifically for use in glass-melt tanks. NIR-B Glass is offered with an optional auto-retract version for additional instrument protection.
“The Annual Meeting of the German Society of Glass Technology affords us with a great opportunity to present how thermal imaging is a highly effective method of non-contact temperature measurement in the glass industry,” said Dr Drögmöller. “It also offers glass industry professionals from around the world the opportunity to visit our stand and learn how NIR-B Glass can protect assets and reduce fuel usage, whilst maintaining the best possible performance from the furnace or melt tank.”
The NIR-B Glass features enhanced thermal imaging to provide continuous real-time temperature data. It has the ability to detect cracks or collapses as it can clearly “see” cold spots from air leaks coming through the structural refractory. In addition, it’s crystal- clear thermal video image provides a single solution to the traditional approaches of visual cameras and periodic hand-held pyrometry.
With a specially designed air purge to keep the 90° lens clear of contaminants, the NIR-B Glass can deliver 24/7 data to the plant. By providing an operator with access to real-time, continuous data, as well as the ability to store and trend this data for future analysis, the NIR-B Glass can assist in achieving the most efficient firing pattern and optimum performance from the burners, therefore reducing costs and fuel usage.