Thai glass producer Thai Glass Industries has optimised its production quality with the installation of a temperature monitoring system from Ametek Land.

The container glass manufacturer wanted to replace its traditional CCTV cameras in its glass melt tanks with a system that would add visual and temperature measurement to its process control.

Ametek Land’s NIR-Borescope-656-Glass thermal imaging solution produces high-definition thermal images and temperature measurements in the range of 1000 to 1800°C (1832 to 3272°F).

The NIR-B-656-Glass was installed into the melt tanks at Thai Glass Industries' (TGI) Bangplee facility, providing round-the-clock monitoring. It allowed TGI operators to view the melting of the batch, and monitor furnace refractory conditions.

The new system allows TGI to obtain a wider variety of temperature measurements in different locations, and can trend measurements at key points, including the crown, ports, and burner blocks.

TGI said: “We have seen advantages of using the NIR-B-656-Glass in terms of process optimisation and quality control. The data obtained is invaluable in enabling us to monitor batch flow closely and to ensure optimum efficiency in the operation of the melt tank.”

Phillipe Kerbois, Glass Sector Manager at Ametek Land, said: “Glass producers internationally are looking for more robust thermal imaging solutions that provide more than just CCTV images.

"Our systems offer an unrivalled data-driven solution to the challenge of effective temperature measurement of glass melt tanks, and increase production efficiency.”

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