AMETEK Land to present on furnace optimisation at Glass Problems Conference


AMETEK Land, one of the world’s leading glass industry temperature measurement specialists, has announced that its glass sector lead, Mark Bennett, and consultant Neil Simpson of Simpson Combustion and Energy, will speak at the 78th Conference on Glass Problems (GPC), 6-9 November 2017 in Columbus, USA.


Mark Bennett and Neil Simpson will present Use of continuous infrared temperature image to optimise furnace operations during the technical session on modelling, sensors and furnace design. Their presentation will look at temperature measurement at critical locations in the glass production process, and how it is essential for efficient control and optimization of glass manufacture and processing.

They will explain AMETEK Land’s innovative thermal imaging solution - Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) Glass, for furnace applications. This provides a true-temperature radiometric image, so live temperature values can be obtained from 324,000 pixels, and continuous coverage provided 24/7. It will describe how the solution allows long-term data trending for product quality and fuel optimisation, enabling thermal optical profiles to be measured continuously, specifically during furnace reversal.

Mark Bennett said:

“We are pleased to be part of the 78th Conference on Glass Problems, now the largest glass manufacturing conference in North America, to support professionals responsible for the successful operation of glass manufacturing companies in solving current technical issues.

“We look forward to showing how a leading container glass manufacturer has used this infrared temperature measurement solution to highlight issues within a glass melt tank, enable the end-users to make necessary repairs and then optimise firing to achieve new record pull rates on an asset nearing the end of its campaign.” 

In addition, the presentation considers how alarms and temperature isotherms provide the manufacturer with long-term asset protection against over-heating and condensation zones. Neil will show that on the combustion side, clear correlations have been identified between indicative flame intensity and corresponding NOx, allowing these findings to be used, potentially, as part of emission and NOx reduction programmes.

AMETEK Land also plans to exhibit its new Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) Glass at the Conference on Glass Problems and demonstrate the in-furnace thermal imaging system on Stand 3.



About Mark Bennett

Mark Bennett, Glass Sector Lead at AMETEK Land, is a qualified mechanical engineer, having majored in Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer. He spent 13 years working in research and development in the UK nuclear industry, before joining a technical sales and marketing team specialising in measurement and control. Bennett joined AMETEK Land in 1996 to support its sales channels in providing accurate infrared temperature measurement solutions. Now as Glass Sector Lead, he focuses on providing accurate, high-temperature measurement in challenging and harsh industrial environments for the glass industry.  Bennett is an active member of The Society of Glass Technology and a member of the Melting Technical Committee.

About Neil Simpson

Neil Simpson is an independent consultant for Simpson Combustion and Energy. Simpson is a chartered engineer focused on engineering in energy. At the start of his career, Simpson joined Laidlaw Drew and developed oxy burners, including oxy oil. He then moved to the BOC Group in the United States as part of the CGM (Convective Glass Melting) development team and became the BOC GMIC (Glass Manufacturing Industry Council) representative and chair of the Energy Efficiency committee.  Returning to the UK, Simpson worked for Eclipse as Glass Industry Manager and then re-joined the BOC Group with responsibility for glass, metals and cement. He then set-up Simpson Combustion and Energy and now works as an independent consultant. He currently is an active member of the Energy Institute and Institute Refractory and a fellow of The Society of Glass Technology.

About AMETEK Land

AMETEK Land is a business unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.  Land designs and manufactures a wide range of instruments for industrial non-contact temperature measurement, combustion efficiency and environmental monitoring.

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