Multipoint Temperature Profilers meet needs of process applications.

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Intended for chemical reactors and desulphurisation catalyst bed reactors, AerOradial multipoint temperature assemblies offer maximum number of temperature measurement points through single process connection or entry nozzle. AerOpak mineral insulated cables, offering single-tip measurement or multiple sensing points within single stem, enable full, 3D temperature profiling for safe control of process. Assemblies can be positioned through side, top, or bottom of reactor vessel.

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Multipoint Assemblies Enable 3D Temperature Profiling of Process Reactors

A range of multipoint temperature assemblies is now available from Okazaki Manufacturing Company (OMC), which is suitable for all types of process applications, including crude oil storage tanks, hydrocarbon cracking units, chemical reactors and desulphurisation catalyst bed reactors.

Most catalyst bed reactors operate at very high pressures and temperatures, making the vapour generated potentially very dangerous. The design of the reactor and multipoint temperature assemblies are therefore critical to safe plant operation. The reactors are between 3m and 6m in diameter, and are between 10m and 40m high. For optimal process operation, the temperature needs to be controlled and monitored accurately and fast, as well as three-dimensionally at multiple pre-set levels within the reactor catalyst filling. It is therefore preferable to have a minimum number of entry nozzles, or to utilise existing nozzles when upgrading.

For chemical reactors and desulphurisation catalyst bed reactors, OMC's AerOradial range of multipoint temperature assemblies is ideal. This assembly offers the maximum number of temperature measurement points through a single process connection or entry nozzle. OMC utilises its own AerOpak mineral insulated cables, providing single tip measurement or multiple sensing points within a single stem. This enables full, three-dimensional temperature profiling, which ensures safe control of the process with a fast thermal response.

Assemblies can be positioned through the side, top or bottom of the reactor vessel, with adjustable spacers for catalyst tubes or with an optional mounting system for fitting to the reactor.

To ensure the pressure seal is maintained on the assembly, OMC uses a special welding technique known as 'orbital seal welding'. Here, the sensors are welded into custom-designed pressure containment chambers. These chambers can be fitted with pressure gauges or transmitters, which indicate any safety problems such as a primary seal failure.

Chris Chant, Business Development Manager at Okazaki Manufacturing Company comments: "Our range of multipoint temperature assemblies is comprehensive and all designed and manufactured in our Japanese plants. Most of the units we supply are in stainless steel, but we also offer assemblies in exotic materials such as Alloy 600, 625, 825 or Hastelloy X. Some of our designs are fitted with smaller diameter sensors or a thin-walled guide tube and machined tips, to enable the sensor to be replaced while the process is still running, minimising production downtime for the customer. We even offer full site supervision of the installation if the customer requires this."

OMC multipoint temperature sensors and termination glands are fully certified as a combined pair to Exde IIC T6 standards, for termination into a suitable enclosure, which can be mounted directly on top of the assembly or remotely at a more suitable attachment point.

OMC's range of multipoint temperature assemblies also includes standard multipoint assemblies for storage tanks and vessels. Depending on the customer application, multiple special features can be added to the standard unit to improve the safety, interchangeability, response times and accuracy of the assembly. Typical assemblies include guide tube systems and heat transfer blocks. Flexible versions are also available for installation around bends and can be fitted from the underside of tanks.

For more information on OMC's range of multipoint temperature assemblies, please visit the website at or contact the sales department on 02920 814330 or email:

Okazaki Manufacturing Company (OMC) was founded in 1954 and started the design and manufacture of temperature-related products in Kobe, Japan. The company has always been at the forefront of product design and the use of innovative technology. In 1963, OMC developed Resiopak, a metal-sheathed MgO insulated resistance thermometer now used for temperature measurement within the petrochemicals industry globally.

Today, OMC designs and manufactures a wide range of reliable, high quality, high accuracy temperature measurement products. With a turnover in excess of 110 million USD, OMC is one of the largest manufacturers of mineral insulated (MI) thermocouple and RTD cable, which is the first building block of industrial temperature sensors. OMC operates from a series of specialist sales support offices worldwide, backed up by a team of local representative companies all with specialist instrumentation departments. OMC has manufacturing sites in Japan, USA and Taiwan.

All OMC's temperature products can be fully certified for use in potentially explosive atmospheres to International Standards and to country-specific variations. OMC temperature assemblies are certified by FM for NEC (USA) standards, BASEEFA for IECEx Product Approval and for type approval in compliance with EU ATEX directives. Country-specific approvals include GOST K, GOST R, NEPSI (China) and KOSHA (Korea).

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