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Project Description:

The aluminum's high heat radiation causes environmental temperatures to rise to up to 176°F (80°C) which led to disruptions of fill-level monitoring in the foundry's casting process, particularly during the summer months.

The high temperatures caused the SICK DT500 sensor that was used for monitoring the fill-level to malfunction, resulting in a safety shutdown of the melting furnace which could no longer supply aluminum to the molds, directly impacting production.

The TPCC is an ideal solution for cooling optical sensors that are exposed to high environmental temperatures. It expands the sensors‘ application range and considerably extends their usable life.

The TPCC was installed in a single day.


BMW AG, Landshut Factory, Germany

Project Scope:

Installation of the TPCC for the thermal protection (thermoelectric cooling) of a SICK DT500 laser sensor without modifying the existing infrastructure


Guenter Sommerer, Equipment Planning, BMW AG, Landshut Factory, Germany:

"No malfunctions occurred after the TPCC® was installed and downtimes caused by sensor malfunctions were completely eliminated. The TPCC® perfectly protects the SICK DT500 sensor from heat, effectively preventing measurement errors. The sensor's susceptibility to the high radiant heat that previously led to a loss of production was completely remedied and BMW's investment in the TPCC® paid off very quickly."


ARATEC® TPCC® - Registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


>Sensor Protection / Cooling - Products & Benefits >Sensor Protection from Heat and Cold >Sensor Protection from Weather Conditions and Dust


>Complete application report (PDF)

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