Near infrared borescope

Louise Davis

Non-contact temperature measurement specialist AMETEK Land will launch its Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR to the international market February 27 to March 2, 2017 at Nitrogen + Syngas 2017, London.

Nitrogen + Syngas 2017 is among the world’s leading annual events for the nitrogen and industrial gas market. The four-day technical conference and exhibition attracts technology experts, innovators and plant operators from around the globe.

AMETEK Land’s NIR-B 3XR delivers continuous, high-accuracy reformer tube wall temperature (TWT) measurement, furnace optimisation and monitoring, giving operators the ability to measure temperature point data and for storing and trending this data for future analysis.

Operating with a wide-angle field of view (90°) and a high-resolution image, the NIR-B 3XR allows multiple reformer tubes to be imaged and measured simultaneously. That capability is critical to extending asset life and maximising efficiency as a -10°C measurement error over time can result in either 1% lost productivity, while a +10°C error can result in a 25% reduction in tube life.

The NIR-B 3XR’s advanced digital communications capabilities mean that both image and data can be viewed in real time from the safety of the control room. During start-up, burners that are not operating correctly can be quickly identified and the effect of impinging flames can be seen, helping to optimise performance and reduce downtime.

By using the NIR-B 3XR, an operator can monitor the reformer tubes ensuring they are within the specified limits and thus greatly increasing the life of the tube and maximising combustion efficiency and in doing so reduce fuel costs.

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