Many fluid vessels, such as chemical reactors, storage tanks, and piping systems, need to be monitored to spot abnormal temperatures and trends that warn of product loss or unsafe conditions.
Traditionally, this has been accomplished with point contact temperature sensors such as thermocouples or RTDs. Traditional monitoring methods are unreliable as they usually monitor small, targeted areas and do not give a complete picture of the integrity of the entire vessel. This raises concerns about lack of coverage resulting in non-uniform temperatures of a vessel and its surface. A more complete solution is Viper's Hot Spot Detection System which identifies a problem before it becomes an emergency. Multiple FLIR thermal imaging cameras can observe and measure the temperature of the entire vessel surface, sending real-time images and alarms to a control room. These systems can be designed and used to prevent huge monetary losses due to spoiled product, or worse yet, explosions, fires, loss of life, and production downtime.
Viper's approach to Hot Spot Detection for critical vessels eliminates or minimizes the installation of point contact temperature sensors such as thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs, or solidstate devices. Avoid the guessing game of whether contact sensors are placed in the correct location relative to process flows and reaction locations. Viper's design eliminates this concern by monitoring the entire vessel and its surface, providing instantaneous non-contact temperature measurements. FLIR cameras' digital data stream is connected to the ViperVision control system. The ViperVision software controls all camera functions, collects temperature data, displays thermal images and analyzes data. Engineers now have the data they need to make critical decisions about vessel repair and renewal.
Viper's systems utilize a wavelength optimized infrared optical system to see through the smoke, ash and haze produced within high temperature kilns. The system is typically installed on the hot end of the kiln with fiber optics or the plant network which transmits video and data from the kiln to the control room. The operator will have real-time video of the process interior displayed on high resolution monitors.
Hydrogen Reformer - Collection Header
In this process, fuel is converted to hydrogen using heat. Viper's system is beneficial for monitoring the collection header by seeking refractory degradation. See the corresponding image for how this degradation is evident by the "hot spot." Prevent unsafe conditions or product loss!