Pipework Thermal imaging also gives valuable information about the condition of pipe, tube and valve insulation. Inspecting the condition of the insulation material surrounding the pipework can be crucial. Heat losses due to failing insulation will show up very clearly in the thermal image, allowing you to quickly repair the lacking insulation and prevent significant energy losses or other damages. Process valves are another good example of pipework related equipment that is often inspected with thermal imaging cameras. Besides leakage detection a thermal imaging camera can also be used to determine whether the valve is opened or closed, even from a distance. Examples of pipework faults that can be detected with thermal imaging are:
- Leakage in pumps, pipes and valves
- Insulation breakdowns
- Pipe blockage
All types of leakage, blocked pipes and faulty insulation will clearly show up in the thermal image. And because a thermal image can quickly give you an overview of an entire installation, there is no need to check each pipe individually. References: Flir Systems
In many industries, mechanical systems serve as the backbone
Thermal data collected with a thermal imaging camera can be
an invaluable source of complimentary information to vibration
studies in mechanical equipment monitoring.
Mechanical systems will heat up if there is a misalignment at
some point in the system.
Conveyor belts are a good example. If a roller is worn out, it will
clearly show in the thermal image so that it can be replaced.
Typically, when mechanical components become worn and less
efficient, the heat dissipated will increase. Consequently, the
temperature of faulty equipment or systems will increase rapidly
By periodically comparing readings from a thermal imaging
camera with a machine’s temperature signature under normal
operating conditions, you can detect a multitude of different
Suspected roller Overheated bearing
This thermal image shows an electric engine under normal operation.
Motors can also be inspected with a thermal imaging camera.
Motor failures like brush contact-wear and armature shorts
typically produce excess heat prior to failure but remain
undetected with vibration analysis, since it often causes little
to no extra vibration. Thermal imaging gives a full overview and
allows you to compare the temperature of different motors.
Other mechanical systems monitored with thermal imaging
cameras include couplings, gearboxes, bearings, pumps,
compressors, belts, blowers and conveyor systems.
Examples of mechanical faults that can be detected with thermal
• Lubrication issues
• Overheated motors
• Suspect rollers
• Overloaded pumps
• Overheated motor axles
• Hot bearings
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 ensure the continuity of production.
Motor: Bearing Problem.
Motor: Internal Winding Problem.
References: Flir Systems
The AMR (auto meter reading) is an I/O module that has been specifically designed for the special needs of auto meter reading applications. The AMR can be interfaced directly with the output of various types of pulse output meters (electricity, water, gas, BTU) and the data collected from the various meters sent to a central host via its RS485 interface. Some special features which distinguish it from regular I/O modules are:
– noise filtering from the pulse input to prevent miscounts
– EEPROM memory to retain count data in case of power interruption
– accommodates up to 16 channels of pulse input
– dry contact channel input that eliminates the need for additional power supply
– synchronize retain count with actual meter display
– rechargeable battery backup option to maintain at least 8 hours of continuous operation during a power outage
and many more!
Powerful Microprocessor-Based Lighting Control Panels
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