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Datapaq® Furnace Tracker for Controlled Atmosphere and Vacuum Brazing

The most robust thermal profiling solutions for every aluminum brazing process.

Furnace Tracker for Controlled Atmosphere and Vacuum Brazing
VB1150 Thermal Barrier
CAB Insight Software

Unravel the Mysteries of Your Process

  • Optimize your process by measuring temperature at up to 20 points on the products
  • Application specific solutions – easy to use and designed to last
  • Use real time data to fine tune vacuum brazing processes saving time

Designed for frequent use in CAB and vacuum applications, the Datapaq Furnace Tracker System enables you to measure accurate temperature profiles in real-time to ensure every product meets specification.

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The Controlled Atmosphere Brazing (CAB) and Vacuum Furnace Tracker Systems from Fluke Process Instruments feature the Datapaq TP6 data logger, a reflective or sealed for CAB thermal barrier, thermocouples and our intuitive Insight™ Software to create a complete solution.

The CAB Furnace Tracker Systems featuring the TB4000 & TB4002 thermal barriers operate in environments up to 800°C (1472°F) and are designed for frequent use in the aggressive atmosphere present in this process.

The Vacuum Brazing Furnace Tracker Systems, which include the VB1150 & VB1151 thermal barriers, make use of reflective plate technology to eliminate the need for insulation and ensure that out-gassing from the system is minimized so production is not disrupted when profiling.

Both systems can be used to conduct temperature uniformity surveys (TUS) in compliance with CQI 29.

Data Logger

The Datapaq TP6 is the perfect solution for the most demanding high-temperature profiling applications with a 316-grade machined stainless-steel case and IP67 rating. Once combined with the Datapaq Insight™ Software, you can display information from the data logger in real time via the optional Radio Frequency (RF) system or via standard USB/Bluetooth connections.

  • Available in 10 and 20 channel configurations and two case styles
  • Water resistant (IP67 rated)
  • Communication via USB or Bluetooth
  • Real time telemetry via USB, RF telemetry and Bluetooth
  • Alkaline, NiMH and Lithium battery options
  • Compatible with the Datapaq Insight™ for mobile application

Thermal Barriers

Our thermal barriers designed for CAB furnaces feature sealed microporous insulation to prevent acid and moisture attacks during the process, helping to prolong the life of your system. The barrier’s body is built with high-grade stainless steel and the innovative design allows for quick, easy and safe retrieval of your data logger.

The optional thermocouple jig keeps the thermocouples in the same location for consistency and repeatability of measurement and can be used to build up a picture of furnace stability. The thermocouple jig holds thermocouples in position when conducting TUS using the planer method in compliance with CQI 29.

This design eliminates the need for insulation and ensures minimal out-gassing from the system. This two-stage protection can be used in most vacuum brazing processes, even those with extended forced air cooling.

Software

Every Furnace Insight™ software product is designed to convert your raw data into meaningful information that can be acted on. All three software options provide a clear user interface, context sensitive help screens and wizards to assist novice users. The ability to change the language and email results directly from software enables you to share information across the plant and across the world, whether you’re on a computer or mobile device.

Datapaq TP6 Data Loggers Compatible with Datapaq TB4000 and VB1150 Thermal Barriers

Datapaq TP6
Model Number
TP6116/9 and TP6116/9-TM
TP6216/9 and TP6216/9-TM
Channels 
 10
 20
Temperature range
-100 to 1370°C (-148 to 2498°F)
Dependent on thermocouple type (Type K shown)
Connectivity
USB or Bluetooth*
Memory capacity
4 million data points
Start/stop triggers
None (automatic), Manual, Rising/falling temperature, and time based
Sampling interval
0.2 sec – 50 mins with no telemetry
2 sec – 50 mins with RF telemetry*
Accuracy 
± 0.3 °C (0.5 °F) – Type K
Resolution
± 0.1°C (0.18 °F)
Thermocouple type
Type K (J,N,T,R,S,B are available)
Multiple run capability
Up to 10 profile runs before returning to PC
Dimensions
197 x 97 x 20 mm
7.8 x 3.8 x 0.8”

*Contact Fluke Process Instruments for availability of RF telemetry and Bluetooth in your country.

TB4000 Thermal Barrier

Model Number
TB4000
Dimensions
103 x 273 x 477 mm (4 x 10.75 x 18.8”)
Thermal duration
80 minutes at 600°C (1112°F)
4 x 45 min at 600°C (1112°F) with 1 hr cooling between runs
Weight (including heatsink TB9970)
12 kg (26.4 lb)
Suitable heatsink
TB9970
Maximum operating temperature
800°C (1472°F)

VB1150 Thermal Barrier

Model Number
VB1150
Dimensions
 545 × 258 × 175 mm (21.45 × 10.15 × 6.9”)
Thermal duration
3.5 hours in vacuum at 600 °C (1112 °F) followed by 45 min forced air cooling*
Weight
27 kg (59.5 lb)
Suitable heatsink  
TB9841A
Maximum operating temperature
700°C (1292°F)

*For processes of longer duration or those with extended periods of N2 injection, please contact your Datapaq representative to confirm suitability.

The Vacuum and the Controlled Atmosphere Brazing (CAB) systems can be combined with our Furnace Insight Survey software to create an easy to use system for performing temperature uniformity surveys and automated TUS report generation in compliance with AMS2750 and CQI 29.

Datapaq Furnace Tracker for CAB Application

Controlled Atmosphere Brazing (CAB)

The TB4000 is designed specifically to withstand frequent use within a CAB furnace’s hostile atmosphere, which is typically used in heat exchanger brazing processes. Our optional Survey Jig transforms the thermal barrier into a complete Survey System, which can be used to frequently check the furnace and detect performance changes, such as those caused by flux residue build up in the furnace tunnel. These processes typically use up to 10 thermocouples.

Vacuum Brazing

The brazing of aluminum heat exchangers has such a small process window that frequent profiling is very valuable for process optimization. This semi-batch process can be measured with minimal production disruption, as out-gassing from the reflective plate VB11 Thermal Barriers is minimal. To measure temperature uniformity, the VB11 Thermal Barrier supports data loggers with up to 20 thermocouple inputs.

Special and Custom Solutions

The experienced engineering team at Fluke Process Instruments has produced numerous thermal barriers for applications, ranging from temperatures of -40°C to 1350°C (-40°F to 2462°F). They can design a complete solution for your specific requirements. Contact us to request information about a custom Datapaq thermal profiling solution.

Radio telemetry link

Radio telemetry accessory

The Datapaq TP6 radio telemetry system utilizes high temperature radio-frequency technology to allow data transmission from the data logger in real time. As the system travels through the process, product and process temperature data can be viewed, analyzed and reported instantaneously. This technology can be applied to monitoring key thermal processes in most industrial heating applications.

TB4989 CAB Surveyor Arm Assembly

With stainless steel framework, this accessory rigidly holds 3 pairs of thermocouples equally spaced across the arm at fixed heights. It also has “airflow” thermocouple protection covers and a special design holder to minimize the heat transferred to the thermocouple sheath.

  • This accessory requires PA0918 x 2 and PA0919 x 4 thermocouples and the CS0900 thermal damper set.
  • Dimensions (H x W) : 103 x 602 mm (4.1 x 23.7")
Thermocouple PA0918 mineral-insulated,  Type K, length 385mm (15.2"), diameter 1.5mm (0.6"), Nicrobell™ Sheath
  • For the TB4989 CAB Surveyor Arm Assembly – center position (two required per arm)
  • ANSI MC96.1 (special limits)
  • Includes thermocouple offset calibration certificate
  • Terminated with miniature high-temperature plastic plug
  • Operating range: 0 to 1200°C (0 to 2192°F)
  • Requires CS0900 thermal dampers
Thermocouple PA0919 mineral-insulated, Type K, length 700mm (27.5"), diameter 1.5mm (0.6"), Nicrobell™ Sheath
  • For TB4989 CAB Surveyor Arm Assembly – outer position (four required per arm)
  • ANSI MC96.1 (special limits)
  • Includes thermocouple offset calibration certificate
  • Terminated with miniature high-temperature plastic plug
  • Operating range: 0 to 1200°C (0 to 2192°F)
  • Requires CS0900 thermal dampers
Thermocouple, mineral-insulated, Type K, 1.6 mm/0.06 in diameter, Nicrobell™ Sheath

Operating range 0 to 1250°C (32 to 2280°F). Fitted with miniature high-temperature plug for direct connection to data logger.

  • PA0710  1 m/3.3 ft
  • PA0711  2 m/6.6 ft
  • PA0715  5 m/16.4 ft
  • PA0717  10 m/32.8 ft
Thermocouple, mineral-insulated, Type K, 1.0 mm/0.04 in. diameter, Inconel™ Sheath

Operating range 0 to 1000°C (32 to 1.832°F). Terminated with miniature high-temperature plastic plug.

  • PA0923  0.5 m/1.6 ft
  • PA0920  1 m/3.3 ft
  • PA0921  2 m/6.6 ft
  • PA0922  3 m/9.8 ft

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