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Learning about the pyrometer

January 14, 2018
By LumaSense Technologies

Jan. 14, 2018 – Temperature measurement is critical when monitoring and optimizing process intensive applications, such as those found in the steel and glass industries. Careful monitoring of product temperatures and of production equipment and machinery is the only way to ensure that product quality will meet the stringent marketplace requirements at competitive prices.

Infrared pyrometers and thermal imagers are ideal non-contact solutions to ensure correct temperature of key components resulting in process efficiency, reduced waste and improved quality.

Pyrometers provide accurate and precise temperature measurements at a single fixed point and enable the reproducibility that is critical in many processes. In addition, they are relatively inexpensive and are capable of very fast measurement speeds, which is required for the rapid thermal changes of many processes. For all applications where steam, spray, or unknown or changing emissivity is an issue, ratio (2-colour) pyrometers are the preferred choice.

However, the ability to measure uniformity is also vital to extending the longevity of many types of industrial equipment used in temperature-intensive environments. Sensing even minute temperature variations can save thousands of dollars – preventing, for example, expensive equipment from breaking, which could interfere with product quality, jeopardize operations, and cause safety hazards. It can also help to save money, especially energy savings in preheating applications.

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