AMETEK LAND: Housing, Auto-Retraction System
The pneumatic auto-retract system consists of a rapid-response retraction mechanism, which instantaneously retracts the instrument from the furnace wall in the event of failure.
AMETEK Land, working in partnership with furnace monitoring system manufacturer SVA Industrie Fernseh, has developed a new housing and pneumatic auto-retraction system for its NIR-B (near infrared borescope) Glass thermal imaging solution for glass furnace applications. As a result, the NIR-B Glass thermal imager is reportedly further protected against damage from overheating within a glass production environment, especially in cases of air purge, water cooling, or power failure.
“We approached SVA as we were aware of the company’s expertise in pneumatic technology for high-temperature environments,” said Mark Bennett, glass industry lead at AMETEK Land. “This latest innovation takes NIR-B Glass to the next level, offering major benefits to glass producers in terms of better asset protection and enhanced lifespan for the equipment.”
The pneumatic auto-retract system consists of a rapid-response retraction mechanism, which instantaneously retracts the instrument from the furnace wall in the event of failure. The system will retract from a number of failures, such as air purge, water cooling, and mains power, and, if there is an over-temperature condition detected, at the borescope tip.
The system is fully pneumatic and has no exposed electrical components operating within the extremely high-temperature environment of the glass melt-tank. The system’s IP66- rated control box can be positioned up to 20 m away and houses an uninterruptable power supply, which in the event of a power failure can automatically retract the NIR-B Glass.