When it comes to thermal processing, greater accuracy and greater efficiency have long been the demands of industrial design engineers, manufacturing engineers, and facility managers. New thermal technologies, like non-contact optical pyrometers and digital SCR power controllers, finally satisfy those demands-and so much more. The most sophisticated digital technologies have the ability to connect to your existing network infrastructure and collect and exchange thermal data for optimized or automated control. Advanced data-logging capabilities, analytics, and resulting process insights can transform your entire production line.
Thermal closed-loop control systems integrate an optical
pyrometer, a PID controller, and an SCR power controller to precisely control
In industrial applications like these, thermal closed-loop control is so accurate it eliminates the tendency to overheat a process or substrate, which results in higher efficiency and overall process improvements. Businesses, in turn, reduce costs due to greater predictability and management of energy requirements. Power factor improvements ensure unwanted power does not return to the line, minimizing or eliminating penalties from the utility. Finally, improved product quality and production times increase overall yield.
This presentation details the advantages of integrated communications and closed-loop control in thermal processes for engineers and facility managers interested in automating their applications or integrating advanced data analytics.
- Understand thermal closed-loop control
- Understand, in-depth, how and why pyrometers provide extremely accurate readings to ensure precision temperature regulation
- Consider specification features 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
- Leverage data from your pyrometer and PCM as part of an enterprise-wide system and use your data for advanced analytics and control
As product manager for thermal instrumentation at Advanced
Energy (AE), Mark Ritzheimer specializes in new and emerging applications
requiring precise temperature and materials control. For over ten 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).
He can be reached at Mark.Ritzheimer@aei.
Robert Weeks is a commercial engineer for the thermal
products group at Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. He previously worked for
Rockwell Automation, advancing from global OEM programs manager to business
development manager for the North American material handling and heavy industry
OEM segments. Mr. Weeks is a United States Air Force veteran and holds a
bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University. He is an
accomplished industrial automation professional with a unique blend of commercial
and engineering expertise, who has represented a breadth of business industries
and associations. He has served as chairman of the International Association of
Baggage Systems Companies (IABSC), Safety Subcommittee, and he served on the
leadership committee of the Material Handling Institute (MHI), Automation
Solutions Group (ASG). He can be reached at Robert.Weeks@aei.com