Monitoring Temperature in a Production Furnace

This application note on Monitoring Temperature in a Production Furnace is courtesy of our friends, Acromag.  Should you require any further information on this application, contact us.

Enhancing Furnace Temperature Monitoring with Acromag’s Solution

In the realm of specialised furnace manufacturing, precision temperature control is paramount. Acromag’s recent collaboration with a manufacturer facing this very challenge highlights the crucial role of temperature monitoring.

Acromag’s advanced solution that ensures quality control, fault detection, and real-time insights throughout the sintering process.

Understanding the Challenge

Imagine a manufacturer of specialty furnaces operating in a competitive market.  Where temperature control is a make-or-break factor. To address this, the manufacturer needed a comprehensive solution that would not only monitor furnace high temperatures but also provide early warnings and alarms for potential fault conditions. Furthermore, a robust documentation of consistent furnace temperatures during the intricate sintering process.  Essential for quality control.

Crafting the Solution: System Requirements

To tackle these complex demands head-on, a multifaceted system was devised. The solution had to seamlessly interface with a thermocouple (a type of temperature sensor), offering real-time visual feedback through a display, while concurrently logging temperature data for each batch produced. Moreover, it needed to incorporate a mechanism for issuing warnings and alarms in real-time.

 

Monitoring Temperature inside a furnace

 

A Perfect Match: The Acromag VPM3121

The linchpin of this solution emerged in the form of the Acromag VPM3121, a universal transmitter/alarm endowed with a display. Among the plethora of options in the VPM3000 series, the VPM3121 stood out as the ideal fit for this furnace temperature monitoring application.

This choice proved pivotal due to a host of features that aligned with the manufacturer’s requirements:

  • Thermocouple (mV) Input: The VPM3121 seamlessly interfaces with thermocouples, providing accurate temperature measurement readings while compensating for cold junctions.
  • User-Friendly Display: The intuitive and sizeable display furnishes real-time temperature updates, enabling operators to monitor the furnace at a glance.
  • Process Control Output: With a 4 to 20mA output, the VPM3121 effortlessly communicates with chart recorders, capturing valuable data for quality control analysis.
  • Excitation Source: A 24V excitation source powers the output loop, ensuring seamless functionality of the system.
  • Reliable Alerts: The inclusion of two settable relay outputs empowers the system to issue warnings and alarms promptly, safeguarding against potential faults.

 

Seamless Integration, Outstanding Results for monitoring temperature in a production furnace.

Acromag’s solution not only met but exceeded the manufacturer’s expectations. The VPM3121’s adaptability, password-protected configurability, and user-friendly interface streamlined the temperature monitoring process. Whether configuring through the front panel pushbuttons or the DisplayWizard software, the panel meter’s flexibility shone through.

Crucially, Acromag’s dedicated support ecosystem was at the manufacturer’s disposal. Their experts provided personalised guidance during the product selection phase and offered ongoing tech support, ensuring a seamless implementation process.

The Outcome: Precision, Reliability, and Peace of Mind

In the realm of furnace manufacturing, Acromag’s solution delivered a temperature monitoring solution. By seamlessly integrating thermocouples, real-time displays, process control, and reliable alerts, Acromag’s solution empowered the manufacturer to monitor each production batch with unwavering precision. Quality control, early fault detection, and process documentation were no longer concerns; they were strengths.

For manufacturers seeking tailored solutions to intricate challenges, Acromag stands as a beacon of innovation, reliability, and excellence. Their commitment to delivering more than a solution extends to offering peace of mind and a competitive edge, one collaboration at a time.

Metromatics proudly provides local sales, service and support for the Acromag product range in Australia and New Zealand.  We welcome the opportunity to talk to you about how Acromag’s products may be the right fit for your business.  Contact us, today.

 

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