Editorials

Paint curing applications in the automotive industry

 
For successful paint cure, irrespective of the paint chemistry being used, it is critical to measure and control the temperature of the car body as it travels through the oven... read more


The advantage of infrared over thermocouples

Users struggling with large maintenance bills for thermocouples, or the plant downtime required to replace regular contact-type temperature elements, need look no further than Raytek’s range of non-contact infrared temperature measurement devices... read more


Can IR windows be considered "arc resistant" ?

It is easy for an end-user to be misinformed about the specifications of an IR window because there is often confusion in the market about parameters such as arc resistance, IP ratings and environmental stability, in respect of these particular devices... read more


New high temperature infrared portable from Raytek

Raytek has introduced the Raynger 3i Plus series infrared thermometer designed in accordance with industry standards to meet process performance requirements in hot environments from 400 to 3000°C with exceptional accuracy... read more


Cost-effective vibration measurement

Many organisations do not have the ability to monitor and predict the condition of their rotating equipment. This includes electric motors, turbines, gearboxes, pumps, fans, etc. , The traditional method to monitor the condition of bearings was to embed a temperature sensor in the casing. Any fault condition like lubrication, worn bearings, misalignment, etc., will eventually cause the temperature to rise. The thinking around machine condition monitoring has changed over the years and it is now stated that vibration is the better measurement over temperature... read more


R&C Instrumentation’s vibration monitoring watchdog

Vibration and temperature are the most common parameters used for machinery protection. However, it is now stated that vibration is the better measurement over temperature. This is because it gives an earlier warning and more information since the vibration signal contains many frequencies and many amplitudes, each pertaining to some moving part of the machine... read more


Cement kiln burning zone temperature measurement

The formation of the most important cement mineral, C3S (alite) occurs in the burning zone, where the temperature is between 1300-1450°C. The stability of burning zone temperatures directly determines the quality of the clinker. To ensure stability of burning zone temperature and maintain clinker quality, accurate temperature monitoring is critical... read more


Electronic instruments in hazardous areas

In many industries, there are certain areas that are classified as hazardous or Ex areas. This is an area that contains, or may contain, combustible substances such as gas, vapour or dust. Typical hazardous areas include coal mines, grain silos, chemical and petroleum plants, offshore and onshore oil and gas rigs, oil refineries, pharmaceutical plants and paint shops... read more


Ultrasound device detects signs of impending malfunction

In conjunction with infrared inspection, ultrasound can form the basis of an excellent condition-based maintenance programme. Ultrasound detection can be used to find anomalies in electrical equipment including arcing, tracking and corona that are indicators of premature insulation breakdown and imminent equipment failure... read more


SpotScan gives pyrometers ­scanning ability

Fluke Process Instruments recently introduced the SpotScan line scanning accessory for the Endurance, Marathon, and Modline ranges of IR non-contact temperature measurement sensors. The accessory features a scanning mechanism that enables users to gather temperature data over a larger area on the target... read more


Raytek CM pyrometer sensor now in 4-20mA

About a decade ago, Raytek introduced the CM, a compact, integrated IR non-contact thermometer intended for quick and seamless replacement of J and K-type thermocouples. The CM, still an industry favourite, ... read more


Thermal profiling can prevent business disasters

In the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, it is essential to know the temperature at which a process is being run... read more


Smart pyrometers for factory automation

Fluke Process Instruments has launched the Thermalert 4.0 spot pyrometer series for automatic non-contact temperature monitoring between -40 and 2250°C. The series currently comprises 13 models ... read more


Hotspot detection in pressboard manufacturing applications

One problem that can develop with this process is that some of the chips can protrude up through the surface of the board and get so hot that they begin to burn. ... read more


Ten facts about infrared windows

Infrared (IR) inspection is widely used and quickly becoming indispensable in electrical maintenance programmes. With the advent of IR windows, this procedure is now both safe and cost-effective. However, certain key aspects have to be considered in order to get the most out of a maintenance programme ... read more


Conveyor system fire prevention

The transport of materials is a key activity for most industries. For many of these tasks, conveyor belt systems offer a cost effective and efficient solution. However, with such a system comes a high risk of fire due to heat generated by belt friction and fire risks associated with the material conveyed ... read more


Vibration measurement in machine maintenance

Vibration and temperature are the most common parameters measured on process plants for machine maintenance. Temperature measurement has been around for longer, probably because it was available first and was better understood than vibration analysis ... read more


IR measurement optimises plastic stationary and rotary thermoforming

Consistent, accurate temperature measurement is critical in the plastics industry to ensure correct finishing of thermoformed products. In both stationary and rotary thermoforming applications, low forming temperature produces stresses in the formed part, while temperatures that are too high can cause problems such as blistering and loss of colour or gloss ... read more


Temperature profiling in aluminium heat treatment

Many high volume production foundries use continuous furnaces for the heat treatment of castings. Cylinder heads, wheels, suspension components and many other aluminium alloy products are placed in wire product baskets and treated in pusher or roller hearth furnaces. Temperature has to be carefully controlled in the various heat treatment cycle stages in order to make sure the end product complies with design requirements ... read more


Powder coating cure performance

In any industrial paint or powder coating operation, getting the paint cure correct is critical to both the physical and cosmetic performance of the product. To get the best out of the coating, it is essential that the cure schedule achieved in the oven matches that recommended by the coating supplier ... read more


Infrared monitoring of kiln shells extends refractory life

The easiest way to monitor the gradual degradation of the material and to detect damaged or fallen bricks is to monitor the temperature of the kiln shell. Infrared technology has long been favoured to perform this task and sophisticated user interfaces have been designed to make the data easier to analyse and understand. Recent demands have prompted the development of even more complex products that do a lot more than just measure temperature ... read more


Datapaq Temperature Profiling Systems

When employing heat treatment as part of your manufacturing operation, the critical information you need is the temperature of the product as it is taken through the heating process... read more


Infrared Temperature Measurement

After time, temperature is the second most measured physical unit. In production as well as in quality control and maintenance, temperature represents an important indicator of product quality or equipment conditions ... read more


Infrared to Measure Moving Product Temperature

Process monitoring of all products is becoming an absolute requirement due to increased demand from quality control and management information systems ... read more


"NEW" Low Cost Vibration Pen

Vibration like temperature is the most common parameter measured on process plants to predict equipment failure or process problems. However it is now stated that vibration it the better measurement over temperature ... read more


INFRARED TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT, 2 COLOUR/RATIO Measurement explained.

After time, temperature is the second most measured physical unit. In production as well as in quality control and maintenance, temperature represents an important indicator of product quality or equipment conditions ... read more


Infrared versus Thermocouple Temperature Measurement.

Do you wish you could take process temperatures without actually touching the process? Does your plant suffer downtime problems when you have to replace contact temperature elements? ... read more


Using Infrared to Detect the Invisible. Uncovering equipment & process problems effectively with Infrared Thermometers

Both preventive and predictive maintenance programs rely on regular inspections of the critical assets that comprise a plant or facility ... read more


Portable Infrared for Plant Maintenance

Infrared thermometers are effective inspection tools for quickly locating and documenting hot and cold spots behind the scenes. Surface temperature plays a critical role in routine maintenance on all plants, and can tell you a lot about the condition of you process plant, HVAC and electrical systems, as well as critical machinery ... read more


Infrared Electrical Inspection

Infrared inspection windows can save on downtime and improve safety ... read more

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