Air Liquide selects AMETEK Land thermal imaging technology to gain furnace know-how


AMETEK Land, a combustion efficiency and environmental pollutant emissions monitoring expert, has supplied its Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR to Air Liquide, which is now gaining know-how by continuously measuring temperature of tube walls within its steam methane reformers.

Air Liquide’s steam methane reformers, which produce industrial hydrogen (H2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases, are critical assets and their safe and reliable operation is of paramount importance.

However, the company explains they are very challenging assets to maintain and operate, “Some of the most-common problems in reformer operation are burner, flue gas distribution and catalyst issues. All of those problems can directly affect tube wall temperatures (TWT) and tube life and can lead to premature tube failure. Those issues also can lead a producer to be overly cautious on TWT and lose valuable production every year.”

Developed specifically to operate in the hazardous areas of a steam methane reformer, the NIR-B 3XR is ATEX and IECEx approved and CSA certified. It is a short-wavelength radiometric, infrared borescope imaging camera, which measures temperatures in the single range of 600 to 1800 °C (1112 to 3272 °F) and utilises the latest wide dynamic range imaging technology.

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