A new Vessel Manager’s software and hardware that monitors temperature changes over the entire surface of metal ladles helps assure plant safety by warning of potential break-outs and provides trend data to establish efficient re-lining schedules.
Designed for steel mills and other molten metal processes, the system provided by Land Instruments International includes multiple Thermal Imaging cameras positioned to view the entire exterior surface of a ladle. Temperature information is collected each time the ladle passes a measurement station, allowing assessment of the extent and distribution of wear to the lining. The system’s software creates actionable records for each ladle.
Vessel Manager data helps prevent two serious problems:
– Accurate statistical measurement of lining wear to allow managers to set realistic relining schedules, reducing both the cost of too-frequent maintenance and the risk of break-outs.
– Constant recording of temperature changes helps identify ladles that are threatening to fail earlier than predicted, sounding an alarm and lessening risk of plant damage and worker injury.
By identifying the exact location of unexpected hot spots in a particular ladle, the system allows some partial re-linings to extend the life of the ladle.