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Glass Worldwide January/February 2023 - NIR-B For Furnace Process Control & Survey

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Read our latest article in Glass Worldwide, where Philippe Kerbois and Neil Simpson discuss the NIR-Borescope (NIR-B) and how it now extends to process control and energy savings.

Article in Glass Worldwide Magazine about NIR-B for furnace process control and surveyManufacturing a wide range of instruments for industrial non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental monitoring, AMETEK Land’s development of the NIR-Borescope (NIR-B) now extends to process control and energy savings, explain Philippe Kerbois and Neil Simpson.

Glass furnaces have a long operational life and a need for reliability, so the glass industry is traditionally cautious when it comes to implementing the latest innovations – it is not unusual for glass manufacturers to take up to seven years to fully adopt new technology.

For decades, single-point infrared instruments such as the AMETEK Land FG have been used to provide temperature measurements to control glass furnaces and forehearths. These instruments provide real-time data, unlike a thermocouple in a refractory thermos-well, which can be slow to respond due to the refractory thickness.

AMETEK Land’s Development of the NIR-Borescope (NIR-B) allowed high-resolution images of the furnace to be taken with the equivalent of 324,000 continuous real-time optical temperature measurements.


Click here to read the full article in Glass Worldwide, Issue 105, Page 86