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Know with confidence if a pilot flame is lit

Reuter-Stokes Flame Sensors

Reuter-Stokes is well-known in the power industry for its reliable Flame Tracker family of flame sensors located in gas turbines. The UV-based Flame Tracker is standard OEM equipment on many models, while the Flame Tracker Dry FTD325 evolved from the standard model to help ISPs and end users reduce maintenance costs. The Flame Tracker Dry also removes the risk of damage from complex water-cooling systems by safeguarding temperature-sensitive components – the sensor end in particular – from exposure to extreme temperatures.

Unlike IR sensors, UV-based flame scanners respond more quickly to changes in flame status because they are not subjected to black body radiation and lack the inertial memory of a thermocouple. Users rely on Flame Tracker models for proper operation of gas turbines and other critical infrastructure and are ideal in situations where other service-prone technologies, like thermocouples, tend to fail.

Top-fired steam methane reformers tend to use flame sensors for start-up only and expect them to fail before operations are ramped down, while traditional sensors installed in areas with excessive heat tend to burn out. Our Flame Trackers continue to operate throughout a plant’s lifecycle without the need to replace, as they are designed to withstand temperatures beyond the range required for methane reformers.

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