Raw material, such as steel billets and blooms, are manufactured in a steel mill and converted into bars and rod wires in a rod wire mill. The typical process temperatures are 550°C-900°C (1022°F-1652°F). The final product - rod wire, is in a coil form.
A critical parameter in wire and rod applications (rod wire in a coil form) is to monitor the temperature of the process. This is an essential requirement to guarantee the highest quality products. Increasing demands on production speed (throughput), lower energy costs and minimum downtime, require state of the art measurement and data communication technologies (e.g. OPC/Ethernet).
- Provide accurate temperature measurement tool to monitor and track the temperature throughout the entire process, from billet and bloom to the final product
- Final product analysis, based on thermal images, to view the wire in a coil form
- Supply continued temperature monitoring to maximize service life of tools (alignment)
- Use infrared temperature measurement to support the alignment of the coil's tail ends to minimize risk of injury and damage