Holcim, a global leader and the world’s largest cement producer, has recently implemented a new RKS300 system, developed entirely by VisionTIR, for rotary kiln temperature monitoring at its Kampulung plant in Romania.
24/7 real-time monitoring
Thanks to this new monitoring system, in which two infrared cameras have been used, the Holcim Kampulung team will control in real time and uninterruptedly all the hot spots of the more than 65-meter-long rotary kiln shell for clinker processing.
Kampulung Plant Control Room
Rotary kiln at the Holcim plant in Kampulung
RKS300 System control panel at Holcim Romania plant
The rotary kiln: A key element in cement production
The rotary kiln is the most important part of the cement manufacturing process because inside it, after a calcification process at temperatures close to 1500°, the raw mixture of clay and lime is transformed into clinker, the main ingredient of cement and on which the quality of the final product depends to a large extent.
Ensuring proper operation, as well as having an alert system to prevent breakdowns or unscheduled shutdowns, are the main reasons why real-time infrared-based temperature monitoring is increasingly used for the control of rotary kilns in cement plants around the world.
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RKS300: Thermographic system for temperature control of rotary kilns
The RKS300 system has as its main mission the real-time monitoring of the rotary kiln shell temperature.
This system, designed and produced entirely by VisionTIR, integrates hardware and software elements to ensure the safety and durability of the kiln shell surface, optimize the efficiency of the kiln shell and reduce maintenance costs due to damage or unscheduled shutdowns.