Using Infrared to Monitor Steel Manufacturing Processes

As an industry leader in process monitoring for all areas of steel manufacturing, we know how thermal imagers and pyrometers can provide dependable monitoring of critical parameters for productivity and product quality. Using non-contact industrial solutions allows manufacturers to ensure raw materials are safely transported, reach the right characteristics during the making process, and remain high quality during finishing.

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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.

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.

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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!
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Q & A – Automated Thermal Imaging for Remote Substation Monitoring

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During our recent webinar “Automated Thermal Imaging for Remote Substation Monitoring,” Product Manager Lenny Shaver answered a number of excellent questions from attendees. Read on to learn more about some of these questions and find out how you can watch the recorded webinar!

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Mikron: A Leader in Thermal Imaging and Blackbody Calibration Sources

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mikron logoMIKRON Infrared, Inc., founded in 1969, was a pioneer in infrared thermometers and became a leader in thermal imaging and
blackbody calibration sources. LumaSense acquired Mikron in 2007 and now offers thermal imaging and blackbody calibration solutions for many applications including semiconductor, power generation, and industrial material processing.

Some of Mikron’s early offerings included the Mikron M67 / M67S and later M77 infrared pyrometers. The Mikron M67 featured a patented 2-wire interface to simplify installation and reduce total cost of ownership. The M67 (and successors M67S and M77) became a leading temperature measurement solution in many steel, metal heat treating, and glass processing applications. These products paved the way for many of the LumaSense Mikron offerings available today.

We invite you to learn more about our Mikron thermal imaging and blackbody calibration sources!

 

 

Introducing the World’s First Industrial Grade Infrared Pyrometer with Thermal Imaging

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Announcing the integrated ISR 6-TI Advanced pyrometer with thermal imaging solution for increased control and optimization of manufacturing processes in metals, glass, and other materials industries! The ISR 6-TI Advanced is a true break-through by combining pyrometry with infrared imaging technology to produce “Relative” thermal images. “Relative” thermal images are produced by measuring the temperature of the center spot with a ratio pyrometer and using an infrared filter to show an auto-calibrated thermal image based on the highly accurate ratio pyrometer temperature reading.

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Use your Thermal Vision!

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Superman has x-ray vision, but you have Thermal Vision! However, while seeing things real-time is great for detecting anomalies immediately, it does little to predict them. For that, you need history. History helps predict the future, and when it comes to data, collecting and analyzing thermal imaging data can be overwhelming. Automating this process using thermal imaging software can help take the headache out of trying to understand the data the thermal imaging cameras are collecting. See how we do it in the infographic below.

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The Importance of Getting Your Level 1 Thermographer Certification

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Although most infrared thermal imagers are now designed for a one-handed point-and-shoot operation and the operational basics are fairly easy to learn, many owners only learn a fraction of the capabilities and features. More importantly, the frequency of capturing a meaningless image, or incorrectly interpreting an image is a serious concern when the imager is in the hands of an untrained operator. Thermal Imagers are purchased as an investment and are expected to be used to discover problem areas, monitor processes, increase quality, etc.

In order to make that investment hold its value, getting your Level 1 Thermographer’s Certification is an important first step in the process.  To gain complete return on investment in thermography, it is vital to be certified so you can take appropriate images, as well as fully understand what your thermal images are telling you.  Having the equipment and not completely understanding it’s proper use could cause costly mistakes and disrupt your career.  Certification can be an added costly line item to you, but it should be considered an investment that typically yields great returns.

Furthermore, ISO requirements lead many organizations to pursue training based on guidelines and standards from independent organizations such as the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) in the United States. The most valuable course will meet or exceed ASNT’s SNT-TC-1A and CP-105 guidelines, by covering the principles and technologies involved and giving you some level of practical training under the direction of a an ASNT-certified instructor.

Listed below are the core concepts covered in a Level 1 Thermography course:

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Utilities Need 6th Sense To Face New EPA Regs For Coal-fired Plants

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Andy Beck, LumaSense’s Regional Manager for Northeast and Northwest U.S. and a specialist in thermal imaging systems, recently attended the AEP BRO Forum focused on Boiler Reliability Optimization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving over 5 million customers in 11 states.

The AEP BRO Forum is an annual event for AEP employees, invited utility company guests and about 200 of the industry’s top suppliers. Andy was invited to deliver a presentation on how online thermal imaging systems can help optimize boiler operations. Here’s his report …
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