New LUXTRON m920 Series Modules

Luxtron `m920 Series Modules

LumaSense is excited to introduce the LUXTRON m920 Series Modules for Fiber Optic Temperature (FOT) Measurements in Semiconductor Wafer Fab systems, Transformer Monitoring, Medical, and General Lab/R&D applications.

Based on Trusted Monitoring Solutions
With more than 40 years of Fiber Optic Temperature monitoring experience with our LUXTRON brand, our solutions are designed with a proven reliability history and custom probe capabilities.The m920 Series Modules replace the LUXTRON m800 and m600 Series Modules and FOT Lab Kit.

Continue reading

Introducing Quasar 2 for Flare Stack Monitoring

Quasar 2 Product photo

We are excited to announce the release of the new E2T Quasar 2 M8100-EXP! The Quasar 2 is the latest addition to our line of petrochemical infrared sensors and it is our best Quasar product to date for continuous monitoring and detection of pilot flame and flared gases from flares.

What is it for?
Flare pilots are often monitored with thermocouples, but they often fail due to thermal shock caused by extreme heat and vibrations during flaring events. The requirement for pilot monitoring beyond the normal life of pilot thermocouples has driven the market need for alternative methods, which requires installation of a redundant method of pilot monitoring to back up the standard pilot thermocouples.

Continue reading

Join Us for a DGA webinar!

Webinar: Practical Online DGA Practices and Applications

Back by popular demand, LumaSense is hosting a webinar, Practical Online DGA Practices and Applications, on May 23rd at 1:00 EDT. This informative webinar is not a sales pitch, but rather informative and explains how continuous monitoring using dissolved gas analysis (DGA) and various interpretation tools allow utilities to get a more complete picture of transformer and LTC health.

Continue reading

Monitoring the Winding Hot Spot

When exposed to high temperature, insulating paper found in transformers breaks down and results in a reduction of the useful life of the transformer. Monitoring temperature of the insulating paper via a winding hot spot ensures the insulating paper is not exposed to high temperatures and helps minimize damage.

Conventional methods of monitoring the winding hot spot use calculations to simulate the temperature, but do not measure it. These winding temperature indicators (WTIs) infer the hot spot temperature by measuring the transformer load on a single phase and the surrounding oil temperature and then apply a model. Other issues with the WTIs include a long lag time (up to 5 hours) and actual temperature variance (up to 20 °C).

Continue reading

Learning About DGA Extraction Methods

When it comes to dissolved gas analysis, online monitoring is a cost-effective method but requires a robust method of gas extraction in order to accurately detect and measure present gases. The two primary methods for extracting the gases found in transformer insulating oil are vacuum or membrane based.

Vacuum extraction requires using a large vacuum pump which runs the risk of pulling oil into the gas analysis chamber. It also requires maintenance on pumps (that will someday need replacement). With membrane-based methods such as the “spaghetti tube” or flat sheet, there is a risk of breaking the membrane. Additional supports can be added to the flat sheet membrane, but there is additional risk of impairing the gas transfer properties.

Continue reading

SRU Gas Flame and Refractory Infrared Measurements

Monitoring Sulfur Recovery Units (SRUs), Sulfur Burners, and Thermal Oxidizer Furnaces using both the gas flame and refractory temperature is an effective method to control the furnace process temperatures.

Continue reading

Innovative Solutions for Transmission & Distribution

LumaSense delivers many innovative temperature and gas sensing instruments for monitoring transmission and distribution assets. From gas monitoring with Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR) and Photoacoustic Spectroscopy (PAS) technologies or temperature monitoring with infrared and fiber optics, our broad range of technology expertise allows us to offer industry professionals opportunities to implement cost-effective online monitoring solutions to manage and maintain equipment.

  • Transformer Winding Hot Spot Monitoring – More than 40 years ago, LumaSense pioneered the field of fiber optic winding hot spot measurements with Fluoroptic® technology. Monitoring with fiber optics enables operators to accurately measure the actual hot spot temperature in real-time.
  • Transformer and LTC DGA Monitoring – With NDIR-based instruments, operators can perform automated, remote dissolved gas analysis to detect key fault gases and perform analysis on the condition of the transformer or load tap changer.
  • Substation Asset Monitoring – Infrared tools such as thermal imagers and pyrometers enable utilities to remotely monitor specific connections and assets such as transformers, bushings, and capacitor banks in real-time.
  • SF6 Leak Detection – Using PAS for SF6 leak detection creates a highly accurate, sensitive, and reliable solution to limit the emissions of insulating gas found in switchgears.

Learn more about these solutions on our website or visit us at the upcoming Middle East Electricity show March 6-8 in Dubai. Talk with our experts and learn more about these technologies at Stand Z3.E17.

Using Tracer Gas to Analyze Ventilation Performance

Engineers and building professionals often need to balance energy efficiency with optimized air quality. Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems found in various industries such as hospitals, laboratories, and passenger cabins, often need to perform to specific standards with targeted air exchange rates. Professionals can determine the appropriate air exchange rate using tracer gas.

Continue reading

Resolution Makes a Difference for Substation Thermal Imaging

When we introduced our new ThermalSpection 724 (TS724) system, we included the MCL640 camera to gain better resolution (640 x 480). Our customers have appreciated this upgrade because the resolution really makes a difference in the clarity and quality of the images.

Continue reading

Q & A – Process Automation in Petrochemical Plants Using Thermal Imaging

Q & A – Process Automation in Petrochemical Plants Using Thermal Imaging

We had a successful webinar last week! In this information webinar, attendees learned how the use of automated thermal imaging systems can improve safety and efficiency, while enabling advanced process control. Read on to learn more about the benefits of using automated thermal imaging systems and to find out how you can watch the recorded webinar!
Continue reading