Infrared line scanner is fast on the hotspots

A new wireless infrared line scanner system for monitoring the electrolytic cell and tankhouses has been installed by Agema Infrared Systems at Union Mineiere, Belgium. Mounted on existing cranes, four IRIPS-3 scanners scan the entire surface of the cell matrix, looking for short circuit hotspots caused by poor cathodic connections. Specific benefits for the operator […]

A new wireless infrared line scanner system for monitoring the electrolytic cell and tankhouses has been installed by Agema Infrared Systems at Union Mineiere, Belgium. Mounted on existing cranes, four IRIPS-3 scanners scan the entire surface of the cell matrix, looking for short circuit hotspots caused by poor cathodic connections.

Specific benefits for the operator include improvements in current efficiency and metal purity, longer cathode cycles and a reduction in energy costs.

Housed inside a pressurised container, IRIPS-3 has been designed to measure the temperature of up to 900 points per line within a 90o field of view at a rate of eight lines per second as the crane travels across the bay of cells.

By effectively scanning in two directions, the system is able to produce a continuously scrolling thermal map of the entire surface of the cell house, which is recorded and relayed in real time via a telemetry link to the control room.

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