Other applications Apart from the applications already mentioned there are numerous other applications where thermal imaging technology is being used. Flare detection During certain production processes gasses are generated which are burned off in flares. The flames generated can be invisible to the human eye. It is important to be sure that the flare is burning. Otherwise, harmful gasses might enter the atmosphere. Thermal imaging can easily see if the flare is burning or not. A thermal imaging camera can monitor flames that are invisible to the naked eye. Note that the flare is invisible on the visual image. Tank level detection Thermal imaging can also easily be used for tank-level detection. Thanks to emissivity effects or to temperature differences the thermal image clearly shows the level of the liquid. These thermal images clearly show the level of liquids in the storage tanks. Other applications include:
- Finding hot spots in welding robots
- Inspection of aeronautical material
- Mould inspection
- Checking temperature distribution in asphalt pavements
- Inspections in paper mills
Whether you are interested in inspecting electrical installations, mechanical equipment, tank levels, installations with refractory material, pipe-work, flare burners and many, many more, thermal imaging is the perfect tool for all industrial applications. References: Flir Systems
up to 1000 feet (305 meters) of conductive fluid sensing cable and/or spot detectors per zone; 6000 feet (1830 meters) total, or
up to 700 feet (213 meters) of chemical sensing cable per zone; 4200 feet (1280 meters) total
The LDRA6 fully integrates with RLE’s family of leak detection cables. One controller can monitor an area for both water and chemical leaks with our distinct leak detection cables.
Create a unique combination of zone leak detection and dry contact alarm annunication
Adjustable leak thresholds fine-tune the system
Supervised inputs monitor cable for breaks and contamination
Form C relay output for each input enables communication with BMS/NMS/BAS via Modbus RTU (EIA-485)
One tri-color notification LED per input, and one audible alarm
Included Equipment: LDRA6 alarm panel
Additional Requirements: Isolated RLE power supply, leader cable, end-of-line (EOL) terminator, sensing cable (as needed for application)
Power: Requires an isolated power supply.
24VDC Isolated @ 600mA max.; requires RLE power supply PSWA-DC-24 (not included)
Leak Detection Cable: Compatible with SeaHawk sensing cable and SD-Z and SD-Z1 spot detectors (not included)
Cable Input: Requires 15ft (4.6m) leader cable and EOL terminator for each zone (not included)
Maximum Length: 1000 feet (305m) of conductive fluid sensing cable and/or spot detectors per zone; 6000 feet (1830m) total, or 700 feet (213m) of chemical sensing cable per zone; 4200 feet (1280m) total
Detection Response Time Digital: When used with conductive fluid sensing cable or chemical sensing cable, 20-3600sec, software adjustable in 10 second increments; ±2sec Dry Contact NO/NC.
Relay: 1 Form C Summary Alarm Relay, 6 Form C alarms, one per input/zone 1A @ 24VDC, 0.5A resistive @ 120VAC; Configurable for supervised or non-supervised, latched or non-latched
EIA-232: 9600 baud; Parity none; 8 data bits, 1 stop bit
EIA-485: 1200, 2400, 9600 or 19,200 baud; Parity none, odd, even (programmable); 8 data bits, 1 stop bit
Terminal Emulation (EIA-232): VT100 compatible
Modbus (EIA-485): Slave; RTU Mode; Supports function codes 03, 04, 06, and 16
Audible Alarm: 85DBA @ 2ft (0.6m); re-sound (disabled, 8,16 or 24 hours)
Visible Alarm: LED: Alarm: red; Cable Fault: yellow
Front Panel Interface
LED Indicators: Power: 1 green (on/off); 1 tri-color Status LED per zone (6 total) (Power On: green; Alarm: red; Cable Fault: yellow)
Push Buttons: Quiet/Test/Reset: 1
Temperature: 32° to 122°F (0° to 50°C)
Humidity: 5% to 95% RH, non-condensing
Altitude: 15,000ft (4572m) max.
Storage Environment: -4° to 158°F (-20° to 70°C)
Dimensions: 10.5″W x 8.0″H x 2.0″D (267mmW x 203mmH x 51mmD)
Weight: 4 lbs. (1.82kg)
Mounting: Wall mount enclosure
Certifications: CE; ETL listed: conforms to UL 61010-1, EN 61010, CSA C22.2 No. 61010-1, IEC 61326:1997; RoHS compliant
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Thermal imaging cameras are commonly used for inspections of
electrical systems and components in all sizes and shapes.
The multitude of possible applications for thermal imaging cameras
within the range of electrical systems can be divided into two
categories: high voltage and low voltage installations.
High voltage installations
Heat is an important factor in high voltage installations. When electrical
current passes through a resistive element, it generates heat. An
increased resistance results in an increase in heat.
Over time the resistance of electrical connections will increase, due
to loosening and corrosion for instance. The corresponding rise in
temperature can cause components to fail, resulting in unplanned
outages and even injuries. In addition, the energy spent on generating
heat causes unnecessary energy losses. If left unchecked, the heat
can even rise to the point where connections melt and break down; as
a result, fires may break out.
Examples of failures in high-voltage installations that can be detected
with thermal imaging:
• Oxidation of high voltage switches
• Overheated connections •
Incorrectly secured connections
• Insulator defects
These and other issues can be spotted at an early stage with a thermal
imaging camera. A thermal imaging camera will help you to accurately
locate the problem, determine the severity of the problem, and
establish the time frame in which the equipment should be repaired.
A wide view of a substation can quickly show areas where unwanted high
resistance connections exist. No other predictive maintenance technology is
as effective for electrical inspections as thermal imaging.
One of the many advantages of thermal imaging is the ability to perform
inspections while electrical systems are under load. Since thermal imaging
is a non-contact diagnostic method, a thermographer can quickly scan a
particular piece of equipment from a safe distance, leave the hazardous
area, return to his office and analyze the data without ever putting himself
in harm’s way.
Thermal imaging cameras allow you to inspect high voltage installations
from a safe distance, increasing worker safety.
Continuity is very important to utilities since many people rely on their
services. Therefore thermal imaging inspections have become the core of
utility predictive maintenance programs throughout the world.
Thermal imaging cameras are used for inspections of electrical systems and
components in all sizes and shapes and their use is by no means limited to
large high voltage applications alone.
Electrical cabinets and motor control centers are regularly scanned with
a thermal imaging camera. If left unchecked, heat can rise to a point that
connections melt and break down; as a result, fires may break out.
Besides loose connections, electrical systems suffer from load imbalances,
corrosion, and increases in impedance to current. Thermal inspections can
quickly locate hot spots, determine the severity of the problem, and help
establish the time frame in which the equipment should be repaired.
Examples of failures in low voltage equipment that can be detected with
• High resistance connections
• Corroded connections
• Internal fuse damage
• Internal circuit breaker faults
• Poor connections and internal damage
These and other issues can be spotted at an early stage with a thermal
imaging camera. This will help to prevent costly damages and to avoid
Whether you intend to use thermal imaging cameras for
low voltage inspections in production plants, office facilities,
hospitals, hotels or domestic residences, FLIR Systems has
exactly the right thermal imaging camera for the job.
References: Flir Systems
Digital Device Network for Lighting Control
Automated Logic’s Digi-Touch® Network dramatically reduces installation and wiring costs of field input devices, while increasing functionality of lighting switches. The Digi-Touch Network allows addressable Digi-Touch wall switches and Digi-Touch Input Modules to communicate with the LC series of Lighting Control Panels.
Automated Logic’s ZN551 provides unprecedented power and flexibility through fully programmable networked controllers. The ZN551 controllers connect to the Building Automation System (BAS) network using BACnet over ARCNET 156 kbps or MS/TP. The ZN551 supports a line of RS room sensors using Rnet port
Powerful Multi-Equipment Controller and Router
ME-LGR Powerful Multi-Equipment Controller and Router
Combining the features of our powerful multiequipment controller with a high-speed BACnet® router, the ME-LGR can do it all. Need 100 Mbps communications to a critical control site? Need to control multiple pieces of equipment at that site? Need to integrate third-party equipment on a proprietary network with your BACnet system? No problem. The ME-LGR can do it all, and it can also serve as a router to controllers on an ARCNET 156 kbps or MS/TP network.
High Speed Ethernet Router
The LGR is an extremely powerful, high-speed device router that can connect hundreds of control modules to a BACnet/IP backbone. Support for BACnet/IP, BACnet over Ethernet, ARCNET 156kbps, MS/TP, and BACnet PTP communications are standard. Optional protocol translator packages and a wide range of communication ports allow the LGR to also serve as a gateway to a wide range of open and proprietary networks. Fully programmable, the LGR can also execute complex control strategies for high level system integration.
Balancing Efficiency with Comfort
WebCTRL Environmental Index – Balancing Efficiency With Comfort
As energy prices continue to soar, facility managers are under increasing pressure to find ways to cut building operating costs. A simple solution would be to decrease energy consumption, but smart managers know that sacrificing comfort for energy savings could lead to even bigger financial problems. After all, studies have shown productivity decreases as comfort levels decline, leading to lost revenues in companies and difficult learning environments in school systems. What’s needed is a way to measure comfort, so managers would know exactly how far to cut energy usage without negatively impacting comfort.
Automated Logic’s Environmental Index provides the solution. Since the key component of comfort is temperature, ALC’s index starts with assigning point values based on the difference between zone temperature and heating and cooling set points. Other factors, such as humidity and CO2 levels, can also be computed into the numeric system to reflect one “comfort” score for all factors. This is a powerful tool for facility managers who need to identify buildings with performance problems or ensure buildings don’t become less efficient as changes are made.
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Automated Logic has long been known for its intuitive, powerful front-end building control software. In fact, ALC pioneered graphical programming in the industry. With our graphical user interface, users have such features as hierarchical scheduling, thermographic color floor plans, trending, alarm management, and reporting. And with WebCTRL®, our web-based building automation system, all of these features are available through a standard web browser – without any special software or plug-ins.
Introduction To Building Management Systems
A BMS is most common in a large building. Its core function is to manage the environment within the building and may control temperature, carbon dioxide levels and humidity within a building. As a core function in most BMS systems, it controls heating and cooling, manages the systems that distribute this air throughout the building (for example by operating fans or opening/closing dampers), and then locally controls the mixture of heating and cooling to achieve the desired room temperature. A secondary function sometimes is to monitor the level of human-generated CO2, mixing in outside air with waste air to increase the amount of oxygen while also minimising heat/cooling losses.
Systems linked to a BMS typically represent 40% of a building\\\’s energy usage; if lighting is included, this number approaches 70%. BMS systems are a critical component to managing energy demand. Improperly configured BMS systems are believed to account for 20% of building energy usage, or approximately 8% of total energy usage in the United States.
As well as controlling the building\\\’s internal environment, BMS systems are sometimes linked to access control (turnstiles and access doors controlling who is allowed access and egress to the building) or other security systems such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) and motion detectors. Fire alarm systems and elevators are also sometimes linked to a BMS, for example, if a fire is detected then the system could shut off dampers in the ventilation system to stop smoke spreading and send all the elevators to the ground floor and park them to prevent people from using them in the event of a fire.
Functions of Building Management Systems
The three basic functions of a central, computer-controlled BMS are:
the building’s facilities, mechanical, and electrical equipment for comfort, safety, and efficiency.
A BMS normally comprises of:
• Power systems
• Illumination system
• Electric power control system
• Heating,Ventilation and Air-conditioning HVAC System
• Security and observation system
• Magnetic card and access system
• Fire alarm system
• Lifts, elevators etc.
• Plumbing system
• Burglar alarms, CCTV
• Trace Heating
• Other engineering systems
• Home Automation System
• Fire alarm and Safety system
Benefits of BMS
• Good control of internal comfort conditions
• Possibility of individual room control
• Increased staff productivity
• Effective monitoring and targeting of energy consumption
• Improved plant reliability and life
• Effective response to HVAC-related complaints
• Save time and money during the maintenance
• Higher rental value
• Flexibility on change of building use
• Individual tenant billing for services facilities manager
• Central or remote control and monitoring of building
• Increased level of comfort and time saving
• Remote Monitoring of the plants (such as AHU\\\’s, Fire pumps, plumbing pumps, Electrical supply, STP, WTP etc.)
• Ease of information availability problem
• Computerized maintenance scheduling
• Effective use of maintenance staff
• Early detection of problems
• More satisfied occupants