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Ircon’s Torpedo Car Inspection System allows steel mills to carry out continuous thermal inspections to help minimise hot breakouts in refractory-lined rail cars.

Repair and maintenance for breakout problems in deteriorated refractory bricks cause lost production, increased downtime and injury.

This system provides thermal images of torpedo cars on a computer running Microsoft Windows XP.

It can take inputs from a single camera or dual cameras, giving the user options of temperature readings from the sides, top and bottom of the car.

Alarms, trend data and thermal images are captured in one screen.

The system is suitable for preventative maintenance.

It is an effective alternative to manual thermal imaging of individual cars or repair schedules based on tonnage or number of loads.

Data captured by the Ircon thermal imaging camera shows high shell temperature and indicates the hot-spot location (where to look for failed refractory brick), once the car is being serviced.

The system includes powerful analytical algorithms for providing refractory trend analysis, alarms for pending failures and projections of when torpedo cars need to be relined.

The Ircon automatic image re-sizing feature allows the software to identify different shaped torpedo cars.

The software also provides a thermal fingerprinting feature, which identifies cars based on raised lettering on their surface.

The system removes the need for RF tag readers.

Temperature swings caused by weather changes can be factored out, providing the user with the correct shell temperature of the car.

This ensures a more accurate thermal history over time.

The system uses Ircon Maxline 2 image capture routines to capture a composite of several images as the car moves by, which provides greater coverage of the rail car shell and allows the Maxline 2 camera to be mounted closer to the car.

Image data secured by the software can be viewed instantaneously, played back at a later time, or sent directly to an SQL database.

Up to 50 separate temperature measurements can be acquired from each captured thermal image.

The Torpedo Car client software allows temperature information to be displayed at remote workstations.

Alarm reporting triggers, up to two process relay outputs and two sensor alarm outputs notify users that a failure has occurred.

The Torpedo Car Inspection Software uses automatic image resizing to capture temperature data.

This eliminates the need to load individual car recipes or to use the tachometer for speed compensation purposes.

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