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The BMW site at Dingolfing in Bavari has found that using Flir A-Series thermal-imaging cameras for inspecting BMW models has reduced costs and improved reliability. 

The BMW site needed an inspection method that would be flexible to allow the specific characteristics of each model to be checked. Historically, each dynamometer test rig was fitted with two thermal-imaging cameras, mounted to inspect the left and right tail pipes from above and the side. 

This was not only expensive but also costs increased with time as the models chosen required frequent repair. 

It was suggested that for each dynamometer, the company use a single, fixed-mounted Flir A-Series thermal-imaging camera with a 45º lens to cover the field of view previously provided by two cameras.

Centrally positioned in the rig, the Flir A-Series camera was able to image the entire end of the vehicle from a distance of approximately 2m.

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Key benefits of product application

  • The Flir A-Series thermal-imaging camera generates an analogue thermal-imaging video signal with a frame rate of 30Hz, suitable for recording exhaust flow. 
  • It provides multiple connection options and has digital output for alarm activation and for controlling external devices. 
  • It supports both GigE Vision and Genicam protocols and data is transmitted via TCP/IP or Ethernet.
  • The cameras transmits real-time images of the exhaust systems to a monitor at the front of each vehicle. From this, the inspector can see if the flap is functioning properly from changes in the thermal profile.

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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