Furnace tracker system for heat treat applications

14th September 2021
Posted By : Mick Elliott
Furnace tracker system for heat treat applications

The latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System, complete with the TP6 data logger, thermal barriers and intuitive software, has been introduced by Fluke Process Instruments.

This Furnace Tracker System is designed to be used repeatedly, in-process in the most hostile manufacturing environments, providing accurate and reliable through-process temperature surveys. Each system can help users improve process performance, decrease downtime, reduce temperature uniformity survey (TUS) reporting times and more. The first component of the system is the Datapaq TP6 Data Logger, which can withstand the longest, most-demanding operating conditions.

It features a 316-grade, stainless-steel case and a IP67 rating, making it water resistant.

This data logger is available with either 10 or 20 thermocouple inputs and can be specified for use with base or noble metal thermocouples. The latest thermal barrier models are ideal for high-temperature heat treat processes and have been designed to provide maximum thermal protection – including applications such as vacuum and controlled atmosphere, slab reheat and solution ageing, among others.

The new patented quenchable thermal barriers eliminate the need for fibre blankets. Fluke Process Instruments also offers bespoke design services to create a solution that specifically fits a customer’s process. Completing the system is the Datapaq Insight Software which transforms raw data into actionable analytics, clear user interface, context sensitive help screens and assistance options for infrequent users.

Three software options are available and the complimentary Datapaq Insight for mobile is offered for free. This mobile application allows users to reset, download and analyse right on the factory floor and check thermocouple operation before a thermal profile run.

“The latest Datapaq Furnace Tracker System offers customers a robust solution that is designed for harsh environments like quenching and high temperatures,” says Rob Hornsblow, Product Manager at Fluke Process Instruments. “Whether users are working with raw materials or finished products, measuring product and atmosphere temperatures throughout the furnace is critical in ensuring both product quality and process efficiency. Datapaq continues to provide real-time, repeatable temperature data that can help improve performance and system accuracy, decrease downtime and much more.”

“We’ve really focused on what customers wanted in when engineering this new system and we are excited to introduce the patented quenchable thermal barriers, an IP67 rated data logger and the Insight for Mobile application that will allows users to check thermocouple operation before each run”.

The advanced TUS software also provides full temperature profiles and traceable reports for industry regulations like AMS2750 and CQi-9. The Datapaq Furnace Tracker System – including the new TP6 Data Logger and thermal barrier models – are now available.


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