Furnace Monitoring

The challenge every coal plant owner or operator faces is to generate the maximum amount of energy with the lowest emissions in the safest and most economical way. Scale or slag buildup on platens and tubes results in inefficient heat transfer and can also damage the tubes. Currently, coal plant operators use a number of ways to clean boiler tubes, but have inadequate methods to measure their effectiveness.

Many of these methods have negative impacts such as prolonged downtime and thermal stress to the boiler tubes. With our Furnace Cameras, coal plant operators can proactively manage their boilers by gaining visibility on scale buildup directly on the boiler tubes. The number of cleaning cycles and downpower operations can be minimized resulting in increased operating efficiency and reduced mechanical stress that can lead to tube failure.

Return on investment (ROI) studies by customers have found ROIs measured in only a few months, not years.

Coal Pile

Coal Pile/Coal Belt Monitoring

Many bulk materials such as coal are stored as large piles in open yards where air and moisture can promote decomposition and other exothermic reactions that raise the temperature of the pile. This brings with it the threat of fire, direct monetary loss, and safety issues for personnel.

In addition, there is the risk of consequential damages caused by fire, including loss of nearby property, water damage resulting from fire fighting, and production shutdowns. Lack of attention to these risks may also increase insurance premiums.

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Substation Monitoring

Electric power utilities are faced with an aging infrastructure, increasing risk of blackouts and brownouts, costly unplanned maintenance, security threats to remote facilities, and rising costs. As part of a government/industry initiative, utilities are looking for ways to address these issues that will improve the reliability of electric power delivery while reducing costs.

Through the use of infrared cameras and automation software, impending equipment failures and security breaches can be detected anytime, day or night, at a remote monitoring location. The net effect is increased reliability and reduced cost


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Critical Vessel Monitoring

Accurately measuring temperature has always been one of the most important and difficult things to do when monitoring the safety of critical vessels in refining and other industrial plants. Extreme temperatures and non-uniform temperature gradients make it nearly impossible for traditional temperature measurement methods to monitor every critical point or to obtain complete temperature data.

The lack of accurate and early detection of temperature changes increases the likelihood of failure related problems, which create safety and reliability issues. The consequences of undetected failures can be very serious and pose extreme safety risks if a vessel isn’t properly monitored.

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Ladle Monitoring

Steel mill refractory has a limited life. As refractory linings wear, the outer part of the shell can be exposed to excessive temperatures. If the refractory wear is not caught in time, the result can be refractory disintegration and even a molten metal breakout, which can threaten the lives of workers and destroy equipment.

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Flare Stack Monitoring System

Flare stacks are used in many industries to burn off unwanted waste gas byproducts, or flammable gases released by pressure relief valves during unplanned over-pressuring of plant equipment.

Applications include oil and gas well drilling operations, oil refineries, chemical process plants, gas distribution infrastructure, and landfills. In many cases, federal or state EPA regulations require the monitoring of a stack’s flame, or the pilot flame that ignites the gases, to avoid having unburned hydrocarbons enter the atmosphere.

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