Temperature Measurement


Compact thermal profiling system for monoblock packaging

February 2021 Temperature Measurement

The Datapaq MonoPaq2 system is designed specifically for monitoring coating-cure ovens used in the manufacture of aluminium bottles, aerosols and collapsible tubes by the monoblock processes. Using the MicroQ18 data logger in the TB0072 thermal barrier, together with Insight software, the system can monitor both basket ovens (internal bake ovens, IBO) and pin ovens (outside bake ovens, OBO) used to cure internal and external tube coatings. The coating and curing temperatures, along with ramp, temperature reached and cooling cycles of the process, are no longer guesswork as the logger will monitor all this as it passes through the process, and will supply the quality control information required to meet the exacting standards set down in this industry.

The thermal barrier measures merely 41 x 48 x 195 mm, making it 43% smaller by volume than the preceding generation. The temperature profiling system can be used in lines with very closely spaced pins and with various product basket sizes. This engineering success is primarily based on the development of a new data logger with a minimal footprint. The new DatapaqMicroQ18 logger connects four thermocouples via micro-miniature sockets and logs up to 32 000 readings per channel with an adjustable interval of 0,05 s or more. Its accuracy of 0,5°C puts it squarely in the class of the best available loggers.

Downloaded to a PC or notebook, the thermal profile can be reviewed with the Insight software, which includes versatile visualisation, analysis, and reporting functions. Manufacturers can thereby optimise their oven settings and ensure that every product experiences the specified time at temperature.

Regular monitoring is facilitated by the compact size and light weight of the system. Mounting brackets are available in different versions for quick and secure attachment in any line layout.

For more information contact R&C; Instrumentation, +27 11 608 1551, info@randci.co.za, www.randci.co.za


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