Danieli Centro Combustion utilized application-tailored Datapaq Furnace Tracker systems from Fluke Process Instruments on its newly commissioned slab reheat furnace, which processes approximately 200 tons of steel per hour. Two systems were used to profile slabs in four different production scenarios, to set up the furnace and fine-tune energy consumption. This validation proved that steel slabs are heated to the required temperature of 1280°C (2336°F) throughout.
Datapaq TP3 data loggers go through the furnace with the slabs and collect temperature readings from 20 thermocouples attached at various depths inside the product. The electronics are protected by a TB4272-type low-height phased-evaporation insulation system specified to ensure nine hours of insulation to be still safe in case of delays in the measurement run. The type-K thermocouples were supplied with a Nicrobell sheath, which increases their temperature tolerance to above 1300°C (2372°F).