TML’s LightHawk® Opacity/Dust Monitor offers advanced technology for outstanding performance and reliability as an opacity, optical density or dust concentration monitor. The LightHawk® utilizes a patented solid-state light emitted diode that is electro-dynamically pulsed by an oscillator at a frequency of 2500Hz. Unlike slowly chopped incandescent and laser light systems, this pulsed light source enables guaranteed rejection of sunlight as well as artificial light sources. The LED has a proven life in excess of ten years and is warranted by TML for eight years. This extended life ensures TML LED based opacity monitor is the least expensive system to operate in the world. With our op-amp and special electro-optical bench design, the LED light source is extremely uniform with Ultralow drift and requires no other light source for stabilization. Ideal for all opacity applications.
The heart of the Opacity/Dust Monitor is an electronically modulated (2400Hz), intensity controlled LED located in the Optical Head assembly. Light from the LED is projected from the Optical Head across the stack/duct sample area to a Retroreflector on the opposite side. The reflected light re-enters the Optical Head, where it is evaluated by a signal detector. If the stack is clear, the light transmission is 100% (zero opacity). When the reflector returns no light, the transmission is zero (100% opacity). Opacity can be correlated against a reference methods to calculate dust loading.
LightHawk Optical Head and Retroreflector Assemblies
The Optical Head and Retroreflector Assemblies are housed in rugged aluminum castings. The Optical Head contains the active electronics necessary to project a light beam across the stack/duct to the Retroreflector assembly and to detect reflected light. The sealed Optical Head subassembly is designed for simple cover removal, allowing complete access to the electronics.
A purge air system is furnished with each LightHawk®. The system supplies purge air to the Optical Head and the Retro-reflector, protecting the instruments from stack gases and significantly reducing maintenance intervals. Purge Air sensing switches and optional aluminum fail-safe shutters are provided in case of power loss or interruption. Purge fail/power fail alarms are standard.
Enhanced Remote Panel
Uses a large, back-lit, LCD graphics display with English-language, menu driven screens, providing ready access to all information needed for full use of the system. In addition, the user can graph up to the most recent 100 values of a selected parameter, such as:
- Opacity, Optical Density, or Particulate Concentration (averaged or instantaneous)
- Calibration Values (Zero, Upscale, or Dust [compensation])
The keypad, a rugged 20-button ensemble inlaid under a tough, hard coated, scratch and chemical-resistant Lexan coating, can be used to:
- Display Opacity, Optical Density, or Particulate Concentration
- Configure the Relay Outputs
- Configure the Analog Outputs
- Edit Parameters such as Path Length Correction Factor
- Set Alarm Values for Opacity, Cal Zero, and Upscale Cal
- Load Linearization Curves for Correlation to Particulate Concentration
Standard with the LightHawk® Remote Panel is a security keylock for protection of important calibration parameters. System elements communicate over a single twisted pair using a commercial network communication protocol. Bright LED indicator lights are used to indicate faults and alarms. The four optically-isolated analog outputs, normally packaged within the Remote Panel can also be offered in a separate housing for convenient installation.
Optical Head Keyboard/Display
Uses a 10 button keypad & 6 digit readout to display and/or enter:
- Instantaneous Opacity
- Average Opacity
- Upscale Calibration
- Calibration Zero
- Dust Compensation
- Path Length Correction Factor
- Status Codes
- Diagnostic Data about the Analog Signals Inside the Optical Head (no need to open the Optical Head)
- Particulate Concentration Curves
- Optical Gains
- Alarm Settings
With optional Six Point I/O board, LightHawk® meets all PS-1 and ASTM D6216 requirements without a Remote Display Panel.
The calibration kit, standard with the LightHawk®, is used as an additional check of the unit’s proper operation and calibration. The calibration fixture attaches to the front face of the optical head and has been preset to return the same amount of light as the retroreflector when the stack or duct is clear.
The LightHawk® Enhanced Remote Panel now features 10/100 Based Ethernet interface as standard equipment. This capability provides a multilevel password protected interface to TCP/IP networks such as LAN’s or the Internet. Client side user interface access is via standard web browsers. Simultaneous Modbus TCP access to instrument parameters and emission data is also supported.