Ladle Vision™

Increase Safety & Predict Maintenance: Ladle Vision™ Thermal Imaging System for Steel or Iron Ladles
The Ladle Vision™ system consists of networked fixed thermal cameras housed in extreme environment enclosures and a PC server with Connors Industrials Ladle Vision software.

This automated thermographic solution allows for real-time nondestructive testing or monitoring of transfer ladles.


The Ladle Vision™ system increases personnel safety, prevents damage to the equipment and enables the temperature trend analysis necessary to predict maintenance. In this particular application by a major integrated steelmaker, the benefits are:

         Improved safety.

Fewer failures have occurred during the combined eight years of Ladle Vision™ operations than in the one year before system start-up. Real-time alarms (audio, visual, networked, distributed and email alert) support Operations awareness of ladle vessel temperature status. In-house internet alarms of conditions can be immediately sent to  appropriate management.

         Predictable maintenance.

Ladle Vision™ enables gathering the temperature trend analysis necessary to predict maintenance. This system allows the steelmaker an opportunity to evaluate various refractory substrate performance and heat transfer.

         Reduced operating costs.

The capital expenditure for the Ladle Vision™ system has a return on investment in 12-14 months. This automated system continues to give significant operational cost savings.

This large steelmaker has been operating the Connors Industrials Ladle Vision™ System for more than 14 years. The benefits and reliability of the system have resulted in additional installations at locations around the world.

The Ladle Vision™ system has been so successful in supporting safety and refractory management, steel corporations have implemented it at multiple steelmaking facilities.

One stainless facility reported the reliability and accuracy of this system extended ladle life by more than 12%.

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Continuous temperature measurements of ladle shell at secondary processing can measure the kinetic effects of power from electrodes, stirring from argon plugs and exothermic chemistry changes.