Metso Outotec launches camera solution for smelting furnaces

by David Fleschen

Metso Outotec is launching a robust Furnace Camera to reduce or even eliminate the need to power off or cut the feed to inspect the furnace. Operators can safely monitor conditions inside the furnace in real time and react immediately to situations that would otherwise not necessarily be detected. The furnace camera is a fully integrated solution that is fast and easy to install into new or existing furnaces.

“The Metso Outotec Furnace Camera is part of our extensive range of smart digital tools designed to support customers by helping them to increase safety, improve efficiency and availability, and reduce costs in their pyrometallurgical processes,” says Tapani Keronen, Product Manager, Digital Solutions, Metso Outotec.

Real-time monitoring of the furnace enables operators to identify potential issues, like water leaks, and to take action to prevent damage.

The video feed provides visibility to the condition of internal furnace components, such as electrodes and material feeding. The camera can measure accurate temperature values from user-specified locations and help the user to find hot spots. Additionally, the operator can identify refractory wear from camera images. Image clarity is not affected by fumes or dust.

The automatic retraction function protects the camera in case of a break in utilities supply. Video, snapshots, and historical trend data can be viewed on the control-room display or used for later analysis.

Metso Outotec supports customers with the commissioning process and provides training for operators and plant management to ensure maximum benefit from the solution. Technical support is also available via an optional remote connection service.

Source and Photo: Metso Outotec

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