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Belmont NDT and Quality Services is using thermal-imaging technology in the form of the T335 camera from Flir Systems to provide customers with accurate assessments of plant health.

Belmont NDT provides its services in a range of industries, including manufacturing and production. The scope of its work includes writing and reviewing maintenance procedures, analysis of standard requirements, auditing and training.

The Flir T335 thermal-imaging camera includes an infrared and digital camera, picture-in-picture fusion, a touchscreen, interchangeable optics and a tiltable lens.

It applies two per cent thermal accuracy and 0.05°C thermal sensitivity across a wide temperature range.

Key benefits of product application

  • Matt Clarke of Belmont NDT said the camera’s image quality, portability, on-board memory and ratio of value to budget were key reasons for its selection.
  • Flir distributor Crimson lent the company different camera models, with the Flir T335 immediately paying dividends on a project in the utility sector.
  • Flir’s patented radiometric JPEG format enhances the camera’s reporting flexibility, allowing images to be incorporated into emails and Word documents for customers.
  • Clarke said the company is finding the camera useful for looking at the efficiency of old plant and identifying where new plant isn’t correctly set up.
  • Clarke has also undertaken thermal-imaging training with Flir ITC in order to provide the best service possible to clients.

FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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