The battle to “reduce emissions” is more than a buzzword for industrial operations around the globe. The public demands accountability, politicians float lofty expectations and shareholders expect to see progress. It’s up to companies themselves, however, to find the best way to accomplish this goal and lowering product output as a way of “reducing emissions” isn’t going to work. SYN-FAB, which has for the past four decades offered unrivaled imaging systems for industrial plants, provides the tools needed to make sense of unseen processes. More specifically, this means placing industrial thermal imaging systems and furnace monitoring cameras inside machinery. These are places where no human could ever hope to stand but with modern cameras, ways to improve efficiency can be devised. In this article from SYN-FAB, we’ll explore the types of technology that can peer behind the steel curtain and show plant operators how and why their output can be improved.
Deforestation is an ongoing concern and given the fact that trees can help combat rising carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere, it’s a tricky place for pulp and paper plants to be. According to the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, logging increases greenhouse gasses and decreases a region’s ability to absorb the changes. Paper receipts alone, which are a useful part of modern life and serve an important purpose, “make for 1.5 billion pounds of waste” and “waste one-billion gallons of water.” Since paper and pulp plants conduct highly-specialized work, investing in furnace monitoring equipment is a way of keeping processes in check and ensuring that no additional impacts on the environment occur. The cooking and cleaning of wood chips — which become pulp and eventually recognizable paper — can’t be done without a heat source. The SF12-Port series camera systems can be set up to monitor the insides of fossil fuel-fired boilers, furnaces and kilns. The net result of this new vantage point is knowing if pilot lights within the furnace are clogged or burdened by debris that is affecting efficiency. Sub-par equipment will always draw more in fuel consumption so having clean machinery should be a consideration for all involved.
A real estate/construction boom not seen in decades is unfolding in cities across the globe. Whether it’s tied to a desire to own a smaller household or be closer to the action, apartment buildings and condo complexes are springing up from Portland to Philadelphia. One of the crucial ingredients in this mix is concrete and cement plants that can crank out this critical ingredient are going to prosper and profit. According to Cement.org, mined and crushed rock is combined with iron ore and fly ash as it makes its way to the kiln. “The cement kiln heats all the ingredients to about 2,700 degrees Fahrenheit in huge cylindrical steel rotary kilns lined with special firebrick,” the article states.” According to Cement.org, these kilns can be 12 feet wide and longer than a “40-story building.” These dimensions offer plenty of opportunities for heat sources to become blocked or even turn into hot spots, where uneven cooking of the cement can occur. When a kiln camera from SYN-FAB is installed, the flow of fuel and air is tracked while leaks and build-ups of slag and ash can be pinpointed. Addressing these concerns during periods where the kiln has been shut down allows for cleaning, safer operation and more efficient use of fuel.
Industrial thermal imaging cameras are tools of the trade that give plant operators eyes and insight into untouchable areas of their facility. With temperatures ranging from 400 degrees to beyond 3,300 degrees Fahrenheit, a dual-color display that can peer through flames and smoke is an essential addition. With an ever-climbing bar for safety inspections and environmental expectations, plants can stop going in blind during annual check-ups and employ equipment from SYN-FAB. To learn more about real-world applications, installation and around-the-clock support programs, we encourage readers to visit www.synfab.com.