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Temperature Monitoring in Primary Metals Processing

Hot Rolling Mills

Use through-process temperature monitoring to gain more insight into the reheat process.

Achieving and maintaining the correct temperature through the furnace is crucial in ensuring materials like steel slabs and billets have been uniformly heated during the reheat process at hot rolling mills. If product temperatures are too low, wear on the furnace rollers can accelerate; if temperatures are too high, meanwhile, energy is wasted and there may be reductions in yield.

To help optimize your process, Fluke Process Instruments has developed a through-process temperature profiling solution designed to measure the entirety of your product while it is being reheated and to ensure your entire process is working in an optimal range 24/7.

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Actionable Analytics

Through the combination of 10- or 20-thermocouple channels and radio telemetry, you can measure every part of steel slabs or billets while they are reheated. Our Insight™ Software, meanwhile, allows you to interpret data in real-time so you can see exactly how your furnace is performing and make adjustments to improve product quality, reduce energy costs and more.

Reduced Energy Costs

By highlighting where slabs or billets reach optimal core temperature within the furnace, our Datapaq solution can help you develop the most efficient production cycle time and ideal temperature set points, eliminating the need to heat products for longer than necessary. This can help reduce energy costs while improving uptime.

Accurate, Repeatable Results

Knowing both the surface and core temperatures of your product helps guarantee the best material structure. By using the Datapaq Furnace Tracker Thermal Profiling System, you can confirm temperatures throughout each step of the process and during every cycle run with rugged thermal barriers that are built to last in even the harshest environments.

Optimize Your Process

Our thermal profiling solutions allow you to look at what’s happening inside your furnace and make adjustments in real-time. By knowing you’ve correctly setup your process before you start your cycle, you can improve uptime all while validating furnace control software with easy-to-read analytics.

Thermal Profiling Systems
  • Datapaq TP6 data logger provides up to 20 measurement channels, allowing comprehensive monitoring over entire slab/billet throughout entire preheat furnace
  • High performance dual phase thermal protection provides system safety even through the most hostile preheat furnaces
  • Insight™ Furnace Tracker software provides data review and analysis to allow efficient and accurate validation of furnace control mathematical models
Infrared Temperature Solutions
  • Single unit designed to handle wide temperature ranges and meet the demands of each stage of the hot rolling process
  • Durable IP65-rated (NEMA4) stainless steel housing withstands rolling mill ambient temperatures up to 315°C (600°F) using cooling accessories
  • Integrated galvanically isolated I/O to reduce rolling mill system installation costs

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