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AMETEK Land has released the new Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR for industrial gas applications.

The NIR-B 3XR delivers continuous reformer tube wall temperature (TWT) measurement and furnace optimisation and monitoring, enabling highly accurate temperature point data to be measured, stored and trended over the lifetime of the furnace.

The high-resolution image, combined with the wide-angle field of view (90°), allows multiple reformer tubes to be imaged and measured simultaneously. This is critical to extending asset life and maximising efficiency because a -10°C measurement error over time can result in 1 per cent lost productivity while a +10°C error can cause a 25 per cent reduction in tube life.

This latest innovation is ATEX and IECEX approved for use in Zone 2 gas atmospheres and provides a high-resolution thermal image offering real-time high-accuracy temperature measurement of both the tube skin and the refractory surface. The NIR-B 3XR uses the shortest wavelength possible to minimise errors associated with varying emissivity.

AMETEK Land partnered leading syngas catalyst manufacturers, global operators and reformer designers to develop the NIR-B 3XR to give customers greater visibility and real-time temperature information.

In addition to improving accuracy, the NIR-B 3XR reduces risk to personnel by removing the need for an operator or technician to be in a hazardous area on a regular basis by utilising infrared temperature measurement. With advanced digital communications, the image and data can be viewed in real time from the safety of the control room.

Thomas Fortinberry, business development manager industrial gas for AMETEK Land, said: “The NIR-B 3XR is an invaluable tool for prolonging the life of the reformer tube, optimising production throughput and reducing energy consumption. Its high-resolution imaging allows users to easily identify hot and cold areas within the furnace. Uneven heating, due to unbalanced burners or gas mix, can be seen clearly with corrections viewed in real time.

“During start-up, burners that are not operating correctly can be quickly identified and the effect of impinging flames can be seen. These are major benefits in optimising performance and reducing down time.”

AMETEK Land

AMETEK Land (Land Instruments) is the world’s leading manufacturer of monitors and analysers for industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental pollutant emissions

AMETEK Land (Land Instruments) is the world’s leading manufacturer of monitors and analysers for industrial infrared non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental pollutant emissions.

Through our trusted range of leading-edge technologies, we are chosen the world over to deliver the highly accurate measurement solutions that precisely meet every customer’s process needs.

Our comprehensive product range includes:

– Fixed Spot Non-Contact Thermometers / Pyrometers – Flexible solutions, customisable for diverse processes and specialised applications.

– Portable Non-Contact Thermometers– Trigger-operated for easy use, our handheld thermometers provide spot temperature measurements with precise target viewing and on-board data storage.

– Fixed Thermal Imagers & Line Scanners– Setting the industry standard for performance. Backed by advanced software support, they supply the information you need to keep your process running safely and efficiently.

– Calibration Sources – A comprehensive range of blackbody calibration sources enabling high-precision calibration of radiation thermometers under on-site and laboratory conditions.

– Combustion Efficiency Monitors – We offer precision measurement solutions to measure oxygen, carbon monoxide and sulphuric acid dewpoint, which can help improve combustion efficiency, lower energy use, reduce emissions and prevent plant corrosion.

– Opacity and Dust Monitors– The most advanced range of opacity, dust and particulates monitors available, use patented technology to deliver highly accurate results. With no moving parts, they combine high reliability with low maintenance.

– Portable Gas Analysers – Offering up to nine gas measurements on a single analyser, we have solutions for all combustion monitoring and environmental compliance.

– Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Providing early warning of combustion in process and storage areas, our highly sensitive CO detectors monitor the entire process. This gives the best chance of early detection, allowing rapid action to prevent fire.

– Specific Industry Applications – We design systems specifically to solve critical temperature measurement problems industrial applications. Our specialised solutions provide optimised performance in challenging processes.

With unrivalled applications knowledge, choosing AMETEK Land ensures the highest standards of process safety, process control and product quality are reached.

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