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Ladle Refractory Monitoring


The Ladle Refractory Monitoring System from Viper Imaging provides an accurate, reliable measurement solution to ensure plant safety and increase efficiency.

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 FLIR thermal imaging cameras to monitor the ladle in real time and warn of excessive shell temperature resulting from refractory degradation - ultimately preventing a breakout.


Viper’s System Solution

This illustration portrays a typical installation for Viper's Ladle Refractory Monitoring system using FLIR compact A-series cameras (or any FLIR A-series camera). Viper's design places three cameras around the ladle and a fourth camera to monitor from underneath. The camera's digital data stream is connected via Ethernet to the ViperVision control system. The ViperVision software controls all camera functions, collect temperature data, displays thermal images and analyzes data.


Key Benefits

  • 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

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, Division I and Division II environments

Some Examples of Viper's System Solution

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