Critical Vessel Monitoring
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. Since individual sensors only monitor "pin point" areas, there is always a concern about non-uniform temperatures throughout a vessel and across its surface. FLIR's Critical Vessel Monitoring (CVM) Systems offer a better solution. A few IR 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.
This approach to critical vessel monitoring (CVM) eliminates or minimizes the installation of point contact temperature sensors such as thermistors, thermocouples, RTDs, or solidstate devices. Since individual sensors can only monitor "pin point" areas, there is always a concern about non-uniform temperatures throughout a vessel and across its surface. Avoid the guessing game of whether contact sensors are placed in the correct location relative to process flows and reaction locations. A few IR cameras eliminate this concern by monitoring the entire vessel surface, providing instantaneous non-contact temperature measurements.
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!