Steel, glass and cement industry
Movement of hot steel requires continuous surveillance, as breakdowns can result in days, or even weeks, of production standstill. With regard to quality and quantity, each step of the production process needs to be monitored. For this purpose OptoPrecision has developed optical surveillance solutions that, when operated in connection with image processing tools, are able to manage process control tasks.
Our air-cooled combustion chamber probe delivers excellent images of the hot zone area. It provides a highly reliable, low maintenance solution that requires only a small amount of cooling medium. For furnace inspections, we offer a portable endoscopic system that can provide different viewing angles over a large surveillance area. The endoscope is cooled by water and is also available as a fixed solution. New solutions for the reliable measurement of temperatures are currently in the process of being developed. When combined with an endoscope, they will provide reliable area-wide information on the temperatures of the heat product.
The main objective of observing a melting furnace is for the early detection of any damage to the furnace or the reduction in operational effectiveness of the burner. This can be achieved by regular use of a portable furnace camera. For this purpose you can either hire our devices yourself or use our inspection service
We offer a portable endoscopic system for regular monitoring of the condition of furnaces. Different object lenses allow inspection in all view directions. The endoscopic camera can also be permanently installed. In case of a problem (e.g. loss of cooling medium), an automatic retractable unit removes the system from the furnace to avoid any damage.
Early detection of damage to the brick lining can be achieved through the optical surveillance of the rotary kiln condition. As a result the maintenance cycle can be adjusted and the lifetime of the kiln can be increased.
For monitoring the condition of the kiln we also offer thermal camera systems together with a combustion chamber camera. Please contact us should you require detailed information on these systems.
High amounts of energy are required in the heat treatment of metals, which is especially true for surface hardening. Plus these treated products are often used afterwards in safety-relevant areas. Therefore, as well as controlling energy efficiency, it is vital to monitor production processes and the temperature of workpieces. Complete documentation of the production process enables it to be reviewed and optimised. Optical surveillance provides a great deal of security over fast processes such as induction hardening.
In heat treatment pyrometer and thermal elements are often not enough for temperature measurement. Hence, OptoPrecision developed a system for use in thermal processes that measures the temperature profile of a workpiece, which is normally independent of its geometry and the emission factors in the surrounding area. The system was developed further for usage in induction plants. Time-temperature charts can also be plotted.
We also offer a camera probe for heat treatment plants that allows geometric and positional observations.
Waste incinerators and energy producers
It is not always possible to view the combustion chamber of waste incinerators through an observation window. Since fuel does not have a consistent quality and can vary over a short period, it is essential to observe the combustion chamber all the way through to the burn-off zone. OptoPrecision offers compact camera systems that deliver images from the inside of the furnace to the control room.
We offer compact air-cooled probes and endoscopic cameras for the observation of the combustion chamber, the grate run (burn-off) and the boiler. In addition, we offer portable systems that can be used for inspections.
Coal-fired power stations are under a great deal of pressure to be efficient. Therefore, it is very important to achieve the optimum performance from the burner and heat exchanger. OptoPrecision provide camera systems for optimising the burner by monitoring an image of the flame. Plus, our camera systems are able to spot scoria on the heat exchanger. Also for this purpose, a portable system can be used. In addition, we offer an on-site service and the rental of portable systems.
For inspection tasks we offer portable endoscopic systems that provides a wide viewing angle and a selection of different view directions. For continuous monitoring, such as the observation of the flame, we recommend the air-cooled combustion chamber camera or the endoscopic probe.