LadleSafe infrared monitoring of your steel ladles minimises the risk of liquid steel breakout and maximises your ladle refractory lifetime.

Why LadleSafe?

  • Are you constantly concerned about the potential risks of metal breakouts?
  • Are you feeling that your ladle refractories sometimes could last a few more heats, but you must take safety first?
  • Would you feel more confident in pushing the ladle refractory lifetime if a system scanned every ladle before it was sent to the casting bay?

If the answer to any of the above is YES, LadleSafe will assist you to increase performance and safety.

Ladle Breakout

Ladle with hot-spot

The risk of a ladle breakout will always be present in steelmaking, with equipment damage and lost of production as the costly consequence. Your production and operation routines could minimize this risk, but the fact remains; as long as liquid steel is transported using ladles – breakouts will occur from time to time.

Besides the economical impact of a ladle breakout it is a very dangerous event and there is a potential risk of personnel injuries and lost of life.

The LadleSafe system is designed to help you to avoid this costly and dangerous situation.

Key Features

Breakout Early Warning

Early warning of potentially dangerous ladle hot spots. LadleSafe detects hot spots long before they are visible to the naked eye (red hot), thus allowing preventive actions to be taken long before a critical situation occurs.

Temperature Trending

A LadleSafe measurement of the ladle steel structure temperature distribution also presents the temperature evolution over time. This information is useful for the refractory maintenance personnel.LadleSafe_Result

Ladle Refractory Lifetime

LadleSafe allows ladle refractory lifetime to be maximised. A direct measurement of the ladle steel structure temperature when in use is likely to reflect the refractory status. Thus, as long as the temperature stays below a predefined value, the refractory should be safe to continue using.

Data Mining

LadleSafe contains a measurement results database to be used for evaluation purposes. This opens for a more precise ladle fleet management which avoids excess thermal loads on some ladle individuals and prolongs ladle refractory lifetime. Database mining is also useful in tracking down production actions detrimental to the ladle refractory.


LadleSafe is based on the thermal imaging technique, using infrared cameras. It is developed by metallurgists for metallurgists where the in-depth understanding of your needs guarantees that the functionality needed is there and will give you added value.

LadleSafe uses TCP/IP and industry-standard protocols for data exchange between server, peripherals and external interfaces.

LadleSafe is implemented on a dedicated Windows-based server and interacts with the users via a standard Web browser interface. Simple installation and maintenance – plant wide access.

LadleSafe can be configured to work as a dedicated technological package or as an integrated module in the LadleSuite complete ladle management package.

Demonstration Videos

Check out our demonstration videos by clicking the play button. If your company blocks the use of Youtube, please click the link in the download section on the right to view the avi-file instead.

Measurement of ladle steel shell temperature

Continuous monitoring of ladle steel shell temperature