Infrared scanning is a reliable and nonintrusive way to make sure that industrial furnaces, critical heaters, and other processing units are operating as efficiently and safely as possible.
IR scanning supplements continuous monitoring
Tubeskin thermocouples (TSTCs) continuously monitor the temperature of furnace tubes, allowing operators to run heaters as close as possible to the tubes’ metallurgical limit in order to maximize production. However, with hundreds of tubes in a process unit, it is not economically viable to monitor every point.
Thermal imaging enables operators to get a complete temperature profile of the furnace, complementing the continuous monitoring that TSTCs provide. Our advanced IR cameras and software are able to detect issues that mounted temperature sensors might miss, such as:
• Heat flux imbalances
• Tramp air ingress
• Malfunctioning burners
• Fouling in furnace tubes
IR++, a comprehensive service for optimal furnace performance
The more data you have about your critical heaters, the better you can make informed decisions that maximize their efficiency and production. That is why WIKA USA offers IR++, a service that encompasses not just infrared scanning, but also in-depth data analysis and custom advisory so that you can enhance throughput, extend run lengths, and prevent unscheduled shutdowns.
IR++ comes in three tiers to suit your needs:
1. Basic Package: IR scanning + one-time equipment health check
2. Annual Service Plan: sequenced IR scanning + analysis and monitoring of critical furnaces
3. Advanced Analysis & Troubleshooting: IR scanning + diagnostics and problem-solving of fired heaters
Download this technical bulletin for more details about IR++, and contact the temperature specialists at WIKA USA for more information about how thermal imaging and comprehensive furnace monitoring can boost performance and safety.