Thermal Imaging for Manufacturing Industries

At manufacturing facilities thermal imaging cameras are used for inspecting a countless number of production equipment and components as well as the complete electrical power supply system.

An infrared image including accurate temperature data provides the maintenance expert with important information about the condition of the inspected object. Inspections are done with the production process in full operation. In many cases the use of a thermal imaging camera can help optimize the production process itself.

Mechanical Equipment

 Thermal fusion

Thermal Fusion image of steam
leaking from a pipe due to
insufficient insulation.

 

Some examples of mechanical equipment where thermography is used:

 

  • Pumps (overheated connections, fuse problems, overloaded electrical cables etc)
  • Process valves (open, closed, leakage)
  • Storage tanks (sludge levels)
  • Pipelines (check if and where there are anomalies, for example locate build up of scale etc)
  • Motors (overheating bearings, misalignment, overheated windings)
  • Conveyor belts (overheated bearings)
  • Furnace inspections (with a special camera designed to “see through flames” for high temperature industrial furnace applications, ideal for monitoring all types of furnaces, heaters and boilers.)



Electrical Equipment

Some examples of electrical equipment where thermography is used:

 

  • Primary power source i.e. outdoor high voltage switchyard
  • Switchgear
  • Transformers
  • Low voltage installations i.e. breaker panels, faulty electrical outlets/wall sockets
  • Fuse panels
  • Motor control centers (MCC)
  • Electrical cabinets

To get even more out of your camera investment, you can use your infrared camera to audit energy efficiency of your plant environment, including roofing, heating and cooling systems, and building structures.

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