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IR Sensors for Glass Processing

GS Glass Processes Thermal Imaging System

Automate your product quality inspections with real-time thermal imaging specifically for low emissivity glass applications.

GS Thermal Imaging System
MP series linescanners

Edge-to-Edge Thermal Imaging to See it All

  • Significantly reduce setup time with rapid alignment features
  • Ensure products are manufactured to specifications to improve quality
  • Quickly find material defects to help reduce scrap

Designed for the harshest environments, the MP Linescanner Series provides accurate, edge-to-edge and real-time thermal imaging and temperature measurements for continuous processes. See it all with up to 300Hz scan speed and 1024 data points per scan, allowing you to find faulty temperatures, such as hot spots, before an error occurs.

  • At a Glance
  • Technical Specs
  • Applications
  • Ordering Information
  • Accessories
  • Resources

The GS Thermal Imaging System for Glass Processes from Fluke Process Instruments features a variety of linescanning systems that provide continuous, accurate and real-time thermal images and temperature measurements for moving processes and low emissivity glass products.

Each system comes in a wide choice of spectral and temperatures ranges to accommodate a variety of applications. The series also features dedicated hardware and software options, which have been created specifically for specialized glass applications – such as glass bending, forming, annealing and tempering – and industrial environments.

MP Linescanner

With scan speeds up to 300Hz and the ability to scan up to 1024 data points in a single scan, the MP Linescanner Series can provide a complete picture of even the highest speed manufacturing processes. Additionally, with a 90° field-of-view and up to 200:1 optics, each spot on the target surface is capable of being sampled up to three times, ensuring an accurate temperature reading.

Each linescanner also includes a built-in line laser for rapid alignment, resulting in lower installation costs. Built-in water cooling and air purge features, as well as optional waterproof housing, help maintain the scanner. The MP Linescanner Series also allows users to utilize existing networks with pre-wired cables, which connect to a standard PC for fast installations. The system’s versatile Datatemp® DP Software also lets you create custom operating parameters as well as easily display thermal images and temperature profiles.

Key Features:

  • Real-time thermal imaging, scan speed up to 300Hz
  • Up to 1024 measurement points per line
  • Wide choice of spectral and temperature ranges
  • Optical resolution up to 200:1
  • Real-time color thermal images
  • Accurate data analysis
  • High-quality brushless motor (MTBF 40,000 h)
  • Built-in Ethernet TCP/IP communications
  • PC independent alarm output
  • PC independent 4-20 mA interfaces (3 outputs)
  • I/O module support for up to 10 sectors/zones (PC independent)
  • Internal Line Laser for accurate alignment
  • Rugged, waterproof IP65 housing
  • Air purge keeps window free of dirt and condensation
  • Built-in water cooling for ambient up to 180 °C (356 °F)
  • Field-replaceable window

 

GS System Software

The GS Thermal Imaging System features exclusive software that can sub-divide thermal images into specific areas of interest or zones. Each zone, which is overlaid on the thermal image, represents the heating elements in the furnace and can be processed to read the average, maximum or minimum temperature. The software also allows users to save thermal images for later analysis as well as alarm capabilities to alert to any thermal defects.

The software also allows users to setup predefined recipes that can accommodate frequent product changes, such as loads with differing thickness.

An extension the GS System, the GSLE System is designed specifically to read low emissivity glass and incorporates all the features of the original system. It is best suited for monitoring and optimizing glass treatment processes (e.g., tempering and one-sided coated glass). By adding an IR point sensor that can measure the temperature of the uncoated side of the glass (bottom) where the emissivity is known, the thermal image created by the MP Linescanner is automatically corrected.

Key Features:

  • Supports multiple product specific configurations (recipes)
  • Text file alarm logging
  • Fail-safe alarm logging
  • Reference image for comparative analysis
  • Saved thermal images can be played back like a time-lapse movie
  • Multiple system interfaces digital and analog I/O, OPC, direct forwarding of data via ASCII
  • Supports multiple MP Linescanners
  • Password protected access levels
  • Multiple language support
  • Real-time ambient temperature compensation or emissivity adjustment

GS System Specifications

Feature Description
Temperature Range 100 to 950°C (212 to 1742°F)
System Accuracy ±0.5°C or ±3°C (6°F)
Repeatability ±1°C (2°F)
Optical Resolution 170:1 (90% energy)
Ambient Temperature 0 to 50°C (32 to 122°F), with internal water cooling 180°C (356°F)
Field of View 90°
Points per Line up to 1024 pixels
Scan Rate up to 300 Hz

For more information on technical specifications, please see MP Linescanner Technical Specs tab.

Glass Bending Applications

The GS Process Imaging System can be used across numerous industries and is ideal for process monitoring and control, product monitoring, quality pass/fail checks and more in moving applications and discrete manufacturing processes. Click here if you would like to speak with an expert to discuss your application.

Several examples of where the GS System can be used include, but are not limited to, the following list below.

Glass Production

IR Thermal Imaging System in Low-E Glass Manufacturing
  1. A-Tech, Inc.
    321 E. 6th St.
    Tulsa, OK 74120
    United States

    Contact Information
    Clay
    Telephone: (918) 744-6100
  2. Abero
    Mukusalas 33
    Riga 1004
    Latvia

    Contact Information
    Telephone: +371 6780 10 78
  3. Active Instrument Services Pty. Ltd.
    5/1 Adept Ln
    Bankstown NSW 2200
    Australia

    Contact Information
    George Sarmonikas
    Telephone: +61 2 9707 3799
  4. Altronics SAS
    2 Chemin du Vieux Moulin
    69160 Tassin-La-Demi-Lune
    France

    Contact Information
    Telephone: +33 472 370 470
  5. Applebee Church, Inc.
    3120-H100 Medlock Bridge Rd.
    Norcross, GA 30071
    United States

    Contact Information
    Telephone: (770) 449-8489
Adjustable Mounting Base

The Adjustable Mounting Base allows you to make small adjustments to where your linescanner is pointed, allowing you to gather more data from different parts of your process.

Power Supply Options

We offer several power supply options including 240 VAC, 24 VDC and 1.3 A.

Thermostat for Linescanner 

The Thermostat for Linescanner accessory allows users to keep the linescanner housing temperature over the dew point, extending product life by avoiding damage due to condensed water in the interior of the unit housing.

Manufacturer’s Calibration Certificate

Based on NIST/DAkkS certified probes, our calibration certificate is available to ensure traceability.

The GS Glass Processes Thermal Imaging System is supported by a 2-year warranty. Our team is available to answer questions regarding your application and our product. Click here to schedule a time to speak with an expert.

  • Application and Technical Support

    Our support lasts longer than any purchase. We’re here to help you implement a lasting solution, as well as troubleshoot, configure, and grow as your process does. With several hundred years of combined experience, our team of technical experts can help you determine the best instrument for your unique application and provide aid on other technical support questions. Get Application and Technical Support here.

  • Repair and Calibration Support

    With offices in the U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Japan, Singapore and India, as well as a network of trained representatives and technicians in over 100 countries, you can rely on local service and support for your repair and calibration needs. Additionally, with local service centers, your facility won’t face unnecessary downtime by shipping your tools overseas. Get Repair and Calibration Support here.

 

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