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BASF, an international chemical group, has used Flir P-Series thermal-imaging technology for the past 15 years and has found that the camera helps it to identify and rectify potential problems, saving the company time and money.

The Flir P-Series camera is used for a variety of applications that extend from checking the integrity of insulation and level measurement to electrical inspection and process optimisation. 

The maintenance team at BASF uses the camera to conduct mechanical inspections, such as the production of fertilisers. Granulation occurs in the large drums, so the Flir camera allows maintenance engineers to spot alignment faults and other defects through abnormal thermal profiles.

Another role for the Flir P-Series camera is checking new plant for compliance with specification and standards. To ensure safety, the temperature at a number of critical locations is taken regularly and the settlement level in chemical storage tanks is also checked.

Such has been the success of Flir thermal imaging at BASF Antwerp that the company is now actively extending its thermal-imaging programme.

Key benefits of product application

  • According to a spokesman for the preventative maintenance department, Flir P-Series technology is suitable as it provides a full picture of the thermal situation in a non-contact mode and allows the company to detect faults before they lead to real problems. As a result, BASF Antwerp has saved both time and money.
  • Temperature checks used to be performed with measuring probes, but the advantage of Flir infrared is that BASF can now measure temperature much more rapidly and without any contact. Engineers can also get a complete picture of the situation.
  • Dust settles on the ventilator hoods of vertically positioned engines at the plant, which increases the operating temperature, leading to greater component wear. With the help of the Flir camera, it is easy to tell when the dust needs to be removed.
  • The infrared image provides visual evidence of any blockages and deposits in heat exchangers so they may be cleared to improve performance.
  • The team’s findings are committed to a report with full thermal data and a visual image and emailed to the department concerned. This provides everything that is needed to allow an informed decision to be made on remedial action.

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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