Use case example: Steel mills world-wide use refractory lined ladles to store and transport molten steel. Over time, the refractory linings degrade or develop cracks which allows the outer shell of the ladle to be exposed to excessive temperatures. If not caught in time, a molten metal breakout can occur, threatening the lives of plant personnel and causing unnecessary downtime and significant damage to equipment. Viper’s Ladle Refractory Monitoring System uses thermal imaging cameras to monitor the ladle in real time and warn of excessive shell temperature resulting from refractory degradation – ultimately preventing a breakout.
Case Study: Designing the Future of Steel Ladle Refractory Monitoring
The Refractory Engineer says he relies on the alarm system within the [ViperVision] software for protection from breakouts. He begins every day by reviewing a thermal image of each ladle looking for abnormalities.
Improved safety for plant personnel and reduced risk of damage to plant equipment
Prevention of metal breakouts by detection of abnormal temperature increases
Increased efficiency of ladle lifetime with early detection allowing for selective repairs as opposed to full lining replacement
Increased revenue with consistent production
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System Solution Components
FLIR cameras are integrated with the ViperVision software which directly communicates with most industrial platform controllers. Every thermal imaging camera is mounted in an industrial camera enclosure that uses the appropriate purge and pressurization to protect the camera equipment. Viper Imaging provides solutions for Class I and Class II environments that are Division I or II.