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Flir thermal imaging is helping aluminium producers in India to reduce the cost of the process by ensuring that plant and equipment is running optimally through predictive maintenance.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC) uses a Flir P660 thermal-imaging camera to help its customers — Indian aluminium producers — to achieve reliable and cost-efficient production.

The technology is used for inspecting all electro-mechanical plant and systems, furnace ducts, heating chambers and tanks and also for monitoring scale build-up in pipes and vessels. Any problems are then scheduled for repair during maintenance shutdowns. 

The Flir P660 has <30mK sensitivity and temperature measurement accuracy of ±1 per cent, and is said to be able to detect the smallest thermal anomalies over distance.

It includes radiometric and non-radiometric video recording, contrast optimisation and every facility for quick, easy and effective inspection. USB and Firewire connection is standard.

Key benefits or product application

  • Helps achieve reliable and cost-efficient production by being used for predictive maintenance
  • The inspection by the cameras means that faults can be corrected before they have the opportunity to become costly failures and the cause of lost production
  • According to JNARDDC, the aluminium producers said one of the principle benefits of the camera is that it can be optimally used when systems are fully operational
  • Electro-mechanical problems can be seen without any loss of production and as a result many manufacturers have proactively adopted predictive maintenance programmes, with thermal imaging a key element

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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