With over 4,000 fiber-optic measuring points per complete mold, the OptiMold Monitor’s spatial resolution is more than 20 times greater than that offered by conventional temperature measurement technologies. As a result, the OptiMold Monitor can provide particularly accurate and detailed visual imaging of mold conditions critical to determining quality and productivity in continuous casting.
Mold temperature measurement technology is used to visualize conditions in the near-meniscus area crucial to determining yield and steel quality in continuous casting. The OptiMold Monitor provides 2D mold temperature maps which make it simple for the operator to view current temperature gradient data in real-time. Access to historical data also allows for more in-depth analyses of multiple events around the meniscus, can increase operator know-how and lead to fewer caster disturbances.
When combined with an electromagnetic stirring/braking device, such as the latest generation of the FC Mold (Flow Control Mold), the OptiMold Control can be used to increase control of molten steel flows and significantly reduce inclusion defects for all casting conditions online and in real-time.
“The OptiMold Monitor can turn data insights into direct action and generate real value for our customers” said Anders Lehman, head of ABB’s Metallurgy Products business. “It can be used on its own to gain fundamental understanding of mold conditions, or together with an advanced electromagnetic device, to help metals producers unlock new opportunities that increase quality and productivity and reduce operating costs in the era of industrial digitalization.”
Increase insight into casting conditions in the near-meniscus area in order to further optimize the continuous casting process.
High definition, fiber-optic, mold plate temperature measurement technology with unparalleled spatial resolution. In-depth, real-time data on a wide range of mold parameters gives a greater level of process insight and opportunities for improving performance in comparison with existing technologies.