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Axis thermal network cameras used for monitoring Sasol production facility
Boosting productivity by providing meaningful feedback to the company's safety officers and engineers
“Evacuation procedures are no longer triggered by assumptions or inclement weather conditions. We have been are able to boost productivity by reacting to scientific data instead of conjecture.“ Gerrit Fourie, Sasol Ammonia.
Sasol Limited is one of the largest international integrated energy and chemical companies in the world. As just one of their many focused activities, their plants at Sasolburg and Secunda are the only ammonia manufacturing and marketing plants in South Africa. Sasol Ammonia and Nitro, Sasolburg, required an alternative method of monitoring heat intensity emitted from their production plant during the gas-to-chemical process. As the flame produced by the production process is invisible to the naked eye, meticulous monitoring and safety regimes are imperative.
Security technology specialists, TVMS, was tasked with demonstrating a variety of thermal cameras for Sasol Nitro. The highly competitive bid process was effortlessly dominated by the AXIS Q1910 Thermal Network Camera from both a cost and functionality perspective and the decision was taken to roll out this technologically superior surveillance solution at the Sasolburg plant. “The effectiveness of the AXIS Q1910 was instantly apparent and the customer needed no further convincing,” enthuses Belinda Gouws, director of TVMS.
Sasol engineers and safety officers are now far better equipped to provide meaningful feedback to frontline staff regarding dangerous or inefficient conditions that may occur during the production phase. Temperature fluctuations affecting both raw and processed ammonia stockpiled in storage bays awaiting packaging for shipment, can immediately be investigated and rectified, thereby preserving the quality of the product.