Thermography Helps Reducing Energy Consumption

Thermal image of pans

Metallurgical processes and especially processes in aluminium industry involve high consumption of energy. Hence, particular attention is paid to their efficient application. Infrared camera systems help to detect problems of insulation, at pans or similar devices quickly and with precision. The targeted correction of defects does not only reduce energy being required throughout the process, but also avoids severe accidents and high costs caused by molten metal escaping at cracked pans.

Case Studies in Metallurgy

InfraTec - Process Monitoring During Open‐die Forging
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Process Monitoring During Open‐die Forging

Anyone who wants to produce curved or twisted steel and aluminium components, can rely on bending forging nowadays. Components with complex geometries can now be manufactured by means of this incremental forging variant.

Inline Process Control for Quality Assurance of Weld Seams - TU Ilmenau
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Inline Process Control for Quality Assurance of Weld Seams

Miscellaneous welding tasks in steel constructions currently have a low degree of automation, resulting in a high amount of manual work and employee-dependent quality levels. As part of the 3dStahl collaborative project, a 6-axis robot, equipped with a welding machine, was attached upside down to a wall-to-wall wire rope hoist kinematics system in order to automate joining processes involving small quantities or even individual parts such as large-scale objects (lock gates, bridges).

InfraTec thermography reference - Thermal Ceramics - Picture credits: © / JazzIRT
Usage of VarioCAM® series at Morgen Thermal Ceramics

Thermography for Insulation Checks

All kind of hot industrial processes need to be contained well to allow the process itself to go on and at the same time to protect neighbouring installations and employees working there. Thermography helps to detect weak points and provides first indications for necessary repairs.

Quality Assurance in Rolled Steel Production

Monitoring of slab production

In order to ensure the stipulated steel quality, rolled steel works require calculated temperature distributions of entire rolling trains to be met. Here, the temperature of rolling stock as well as the one of furnaces can be monitored on the entire rolling train.

Moreover, InfraTec offers special automated thermographic solutions for slag detection.

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Associated Thermographic Automation Solutions

  • Automation InfraTec INDU-SCAN - In-process industrial temperature measurement
    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Contactless measurement of temperature distributions and profiles with industrial thermographic cameras permits efficient monitoring and control of temperature-dependent processes and procedures within a system-integrated quality assurance programme in industry.

  • Quality control for more precision in press hardening PRESS-CHECK
    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Check the microstructures of sheet metal parts during the stamping process and establish a uniform high strength and quality of all produced stampings safely and with a contact-free method.

  • Welding seams and welding spots testing with WELD-CHECK
    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Using pulse thermography, WELD-CHECK enables you a quantitative assessment of the inspected welds.

  • Thermographic automation for brake test benches TRC - Picture Credits: © / ktsimage
    High-Speed Rotation Test Bench - TRC

    High-Speed Rotation Test Bench - TRC

    Check for long-life fatigue strength of mechanical components in load tests, using high-end infrared cameras.

  • Automated Testing Solution ACTIVE-LIT - Header - Picture Credits: © / scorpp
    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Detect inhomogeneous temperature distribution and local power loss during the production using the Lock-in thermography.

  • Automatic slag detection in steelmaking with thermal imaging SLAG-DETECT
    Slag Detection - SLAG-DETECT

    Slag Detection - SLAG-DETECT

    Take advantage of thermography for quality assurance and increase the process yield in the steel production in BOF and EAF processes.

  • Torpedo Hot Spot Detection THSD
    Torpedo Car Hotspot Detection - THSD

    Torpedo Car Hotspot Detection - THSD

    Use automatic thermography to inspect the outer shell of torpedo cars to prevent idle time and accidents.

  • Ladle hot spot detection with thermal imaging LHSD
    Ladle Hotspot Detection - LHSD

    Ladle Hotspot Detection - LHSD

    Use automatic thermography to inspect the outer shell of ladles to prevent idle time and accidents.

Infrared Cameras for Metallurgy