SprayCamTM is Control Vision Inc's new imaging and diagnostic system specifically targeted for the Thermal Spray industry. SprayCam is designed to be a low cost, low maintenance, easy to use and robust system for viewing and measuring particle injection distributions and velocities for Thermal Spray Processes, ensuring Reliable and Consistent Coatings.
Images Particle Diameters >20um
Images Particle Velocities <500m/s
Two mounting configurations: Torch Mount for continuous process monitoring or Booth Mount so the process can be checked at intervals throughout the process
Velocity Measurement available
Software automatically detects particle distributions and densities and alerts an operator if the process is outside of set parameters.
Up to a 50% reduction in Coating Variation (Ref 1) with proper Injection Optimization and "Sweet Spot" Tracking (see below).
Consistent and Reliable Coatings can be applied day after day despite minor changes in spray process parameters.
Real-time, computer assisted operator feedback on particle injection and feed consistency allows for increased efficiency and reduced process variability.
Reduced booth downtime by establishing process baselines and allowing operators to see and adjust torch problems in real time.
Reduced overall time to change or establish new process parameters.
Injection Optimization and "Sweet Spot" Tracking: Recent research (Ref 1 and 2) has demonstrated that an optimum particle trajectory exists which will ensure maximum energy transfer to injected particles regardless of Primary and Secondary Gas Flow Rates, Particle Shape and Sizes, Particle Injection Angles, and Particle Feed Rates. At this trajectory "Sweet Spot", particle temperature and velocity are optimized, deposition efficiency will be maximized, and coatingvariability is at a minimum. This "Sweet Spot" can be maintained using only one parameter: Carrier Gas Flow Rate. Once this "Sweet Spot" is found by optimizing Deposition Efficiency using the Carrier Gas Flow Rate, SprayCam will remember its position and limits can easily be set. Before, during, and after the thermal spray process, SprayCam can be quickly used to ensure the consistency and reliability of your process by locating the particle distribution and alerting an operator if it falls outside of the "Sweet Spot" limits. If this occurs the operator simply makes a few adjustments to the Carrier Gas Flow Rate to adjust the trajectory of the particles, bringing them into the "Sweet Spot" and ensuring a consistent coating.
Application Example: A new lot of powder is received which has a slightly different size distribution than what is usually sprayed. This will cause the particles to have a different trajectory in the plasma which will cause variability in the coating. SprayCam will test the particle distribution to ensure it is within the set limits prior to spraying the component. If the distribution falls outside of the "Sweet Spot", SprayCam will alert the operator who can then adjust the Carrier Gas Flow Rate until the proper particle trajectory is obtained. Once this has been done, the operator can spray the component with confidence that the new lot of powder won't affect the coating being sprayed.
References: 1. V. Srinivasan, A. Vaidya, T. Streibl, M. Friis, and S. Sampath, "On the Reproducibility of Air Plasma Spray Process and Control of Particle State", J. Thermal Spray Technology, 2006, 15:739-743. 2. V. Srinivasan, M. Friis, A. Vaidya, T. Streibl, S. Sampath, "Particle Injection in Direct Current Air Plasma Spray: Salient Observations and Optimization Strategies", Plasma Chem Plasma Process, 2007, 27:609-623.
Carrier Gas Flow Rate Optimization:
SprayCam is ideal for optimizing carrier gas flow rates in order to maximize deposition efficiency of thermal spray processes. As demonstrated in the following videos, the particle path changes as carrier gas flow rates change. Particle temperature and velocity as well as deposition efficiency are dependant on particle dwell time in the plasma. When deposition efficiency and coating properties have been optimized, Control Vision's proprietary software will ensure your process parameters remain constant by monitoring your process and alerting an operator if your process falls outside of preset limits.