Inspection of a transformer

Thermography is the Most Flexible Method of Predictive Maintenance

Increasing capital intensity and a growing interlinking of production chains require a steadily increasing availability. Predictive and conditions based maintenance greatly contribute to this. The right operation of the production facilities furthermore secures a high product quality, a higher production throughput and of course also the life span of the facilities themselves will be prolonged. Enterprises are more and more focused on energy usage and therefore a higher energy consumption caused by a non-optimally maintained facility is considered a serious drawback.

As people are the most important production factor work safety needs to be focussed on the most. Predictive maintenance takes care of work safety. Thermography as a method of predictive maintenance can be used for pinpointing on a wide range of faults - in electronics, in lubrication, in positioning of spindles or heat exchangers. Thereby thermography contributes a lot to the success of manufacturing companies.

Inspection of an electric motor

Infrared Camera Systems Provide for Efficient Inspections by Visualisation and Alarming

Special advantages of infrared camera systems in predictive maintenance result from the non-contact temperature measurement. Thereby the behaviour of the facility will not be influenced by the checks. Maintenance personnel is also only exposed to smaller risks during inspections. Additionally the inspectors receive a visualisation of the temperature distributions within the field of view as well as an automated alarming when surpassing temperature thresholds. That´s why they can already get a good first overview of the condition on site. As additionally the thermographic data can be easily stored it is possible to monitor the condition of the facilities over time and determine the best timing for any necessary maintenance.

On Demand: Applications for Thermal Imaging on Wind Power Systems

  • General information about infrared thermography and presentation of different infrared camera techniques
  • Monitoring wind turbine power plants by (passive) thermography
  • Principle & methods of active thermography and examples

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    • “Inspection of Wind Turbine Blades with Ground-based Passive Thermography” / Michael Stamm, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing

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Case Studies for Plant Inspections

Inspection of district heating pipelines using thermography
Read more about the vehicle‐based operation of the infrared camera VarioCAM® HDx

Inspection of District Heating Pipelines

District heating is generally regarded as an extremely efficient and environmentally friendly form of energy supply. Based on industrial waste heat or renewable energy sources, it offers the possibility of heating water and thus supplying private, commercial and industrial customers. Netze Duisburg GmbH is doing to control the city's entire district heating network supported by InfraTec infrared cameras.

InfraTec thermography reference - Thermal Ceramics - Picture credits: © / JazzIRT
Usage of VarioCAM® series at Morgen Thermal Ceramics

Thermography for Insulation Checks

All kind of hot industrial processes need to be contained well to allow the process itself to go on and at the same time to protect neighbouring installations and employees working there. Thermography helps to detect weak points and provides first indications for necessary repairs.

Advantages of this Thermography Solutions in this Application

  • MicroScan feature ImageIR
    Further information about MicroScan

    MicroScan – Quadrupling the Number of Pixels

    Displaying measurement objects with extremely low noise and fine resolution – this is what MicroScan is for. Using this function, the native pixel number of the detector can be quadrupled. This results in thermograms of better image quality with geometric resolutions of more than 5.2 Megapixels. Each pixel in the image represents a true temperature reading, not an interpolated pixel.

  • InfraTec Glossary Motorfocus
    Further information about the motor focus

    Motor Focus for ImageIR® Full Lenses – More Comfort

    All interchangeable standard lens systems of the ImageIR® series can be combined with a motor focus unit, which is controlled by the camera operating software. It enables precise, remote and fast focusing. In addition, an autofocus function is available which operates reliably even with low image contrasts.

  • InfraTec thermography glossary - autofocus
    Further information about permanent autofocus

    Permanent Autofocus

    Constantly changing object scenes require manual or automatic refocusing. The integrated permanent autofocus function makes this task easier. In the case of a change of scene, the camera automatically applies the optimum focus setting quickly and precisely. The completely innovative, very powerful autofocus system is laser-based and works extremely reliably. Even under unfavourable environmental conditions, such as poor lighting conditions, darkness or low thermal contrasts on the measuring object, this function provides exactly focused thermal images.

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Thermal performance of a solar high temperature thermochemical reactor powered by a solar simulator

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® HD head 900

Fast Reporting of Essential Inspection Results

A big advantage of infrared camera systems for companies is the easy handling and the low maintenance needs. Especially the cameras of the VarioCAM® HD series come with a rugged design making them most suitable for usage in rough industrial environments. The thermographic software IRBIS® 3 provides efficient analysis of thermographic data and reporting for the transfer of crucial inspection results.

Thermographic Software IRBIS® 3 report

Infrared Cameras for Plant Inspection

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    Chemical Industry

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    Cost-efficiently control die-casting and extrusion processes by means of infrared camera systems.

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    Measure correctly temperature distributions behind and on glass by using selected spectral filters.

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    Users can utilise infrared cameras during bonding and sealing to monitor and control various technological parameters. This includes the geometry of the adhesive application, adhesive temperature and adherend temperature, curing temperature as well as the adhesive bond.

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    Material Testing

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    Save time and costs by non-destructively testing components with infrared camera systems by InfraTec.

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    Inspection of Electrical Installations

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    Search electrical installations or high-voltage nets with infrared camera systems for dangerous hotspots.

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    Photovoltaic Inspection

    Photovoltaic Inspection

    Take advantage of thermography in order to visualise defects on existing and running photovoltaic installations.