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Precise Thermal Measurement and Control for Temperature-Critical Applications

Thermal management and control largely determine process uniformity, product quality, and throughput in temperature-critical applications. This presentation describes how to achieve the high repeatability, precision, and control non-contact optical pyrometers and SCR power controllers enable, and how to optimize their performance to support greater process insight and control of your manufacturing operation.

Date: March 22, 2017
Time: 12 PM EDT (9 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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Temperature-critical industrial manufacturing processes require precision thermal measurement and control to regulate the flow of electricity from the grid to a heater. These electric-heat processes typically rely on the integration and sophistication of optical pyrometers as well as silicon-controlled rectifiers (SCRs). The overall process uniformity, product quality, and throughput are dependent upon the measurement accuracy, repeatability, and reliability of these two components.

Today's non-contact optical pyrometers and SCR power controllers meet the challenges of industrial manufacturing with a variety of advanced features and functions that support accurate measurement and control, regardless of process conditions. It's critical that you understand how these technologies fit into your process.

In this presentation, primarily intended for process engineers, Mark Ritzheimer, Thermal Instrumentation Product Manager and Dirk Fuhlbohm, Product Manager, Precision Power Products Group, will review the functions and complexities of the thermal control loop. They'll discuss the design principles and the critical role of both the optical pyrometer and the SCR power controller, and how wavelength selection, as well as energy and emissivity effects, can impact a process. Finally, they will show you how to build thermal profiles, take high-quality measurements, and identify the most important product specification criteria to enable greater process insight and control.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the primary parts of a typical temperature control loop and the importance of the measurement and control components in thermal processing.
  • Understand, in-depth, how and why pyrometers provide extremely accurate readings that ensure precision temperature regulation.
  • Get direction on which specification features to consider in SCR power controllers, such as power efficiency, accuracy, reliability, I/O compatibility, connectivity, ease of integration, and overall intuitive system use.
  • Learn how to accurately and reliably measure and control temperature in your process.


Mark Ritzheimer, Thermal Instrumentation Product Manager, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.

As product manager for thermal instrumentation at Advanced Energy (AE), Mark specializes in new and emerging applications requiring precise temperature and materials control. For over 10 years at AE, he has focused on all aspects of pyrometry and temperature measurement for advanced thin-film and industrial applications. Previously, he worked at FEI Company in the area of ion and electron beam microscopy systems for semiconductor applications, specializing in defect analysis on advanced semiconductor devices. He holds a BS in chemistry from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon).

Dirk Fuhlbohm, Product Manager, Precision Power Products Group, Advanced Energy Industries GmbH

Dirk performs international business development, project management, and technical and sales support for Advanced Energy SCR power controller products. He received his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hannover, Germany, and performed advanced coursework at the Technical University of Dresden.