FLIR Application Stories - Automation

 
FLIR regularly publishes application stories where you can read how our customers are using FLIR infrared cameras and thermal imaging solutions.
 
 
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Thermal imaging cameras support the safety of Italian gasification plants

Gasification is a promising technology for generating energy. At ISAB Energy, located in the vicinity of Priolo (Sicily), gasifiers are used to convert residual oil fuel into energy under high temperatures. To make sure this process runs smoothly and safely, thermal cameras are continuously monitoring the skin temperature of gasification vessels.


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Thermal imaging system with FLIR cameras inspects metal parts after cooling treatment

Heat treatment is used in metal manufacturing to alter the chemical and physical properties of the resulting metal parts. Careful application of a specific sequence of heating and cooling cycles for pre-determined time intervals enables metallurgists to control the hardness or softness of the resulting parts. Thermography specialist MoviTHERM developed a dedicated thermal inspection system with cameras from FLIR Systems in order to monitor the temperature of metal parts after leaving a cooling bath, also called ‘quench pit’.


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FLIR thermal imaging cameras help prevent fires in waste incineration plants

Waste management is a key industry in most industrially developed countries throughout the world and is currently undergoing significant modernization and an increase in the use of waste energy. The whole cycle for the storage of waste, through sorting and recycling up to the effective conversion to electricity carries a high risk of fire or self-ignition, causing possible hazard for both personnel and the environment.


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FLIR cameras enable timely detection and localization of self-combusting coals.

When you are storing or loading large amounts of coals, then self-combustion is always a genuine risk to be reckoned with. Dutch bulk terminal company OBA is dealing with this risk every day. In order to ensure the safety of its coal storage and handling terminal, as well as to safeguard its investment, the company is using thermal imaging cameras from FLIR to monitor coal temperatures and detect possible self-combustion in time.


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FLIR® thermal imaging cameras monitor condition and performance of cement kilns

Today, it’s impossible to imagine the building industry without cement. As an important component of masonry mortar and concrete, the manufacturing of and use of cement products make cement one of the most valuable and useful mineral products in the world. Cement production is a complex process, in which one of the steps consists of blending limestone – cement’s main ingredient – with other components in big rotary furnaces.

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High-speed thermal imaging cameras from FLIR monitor raw steel quality for the automotive industry.

In today’s industrialized world the demand for steel, particularly from the automotive industry, has become overwhelming. Although effective methods for the testing of raw steel materials exist, the call for more efficiency, more safety and higher quality never stops. In order to improve on the current methods for non-destructive testing for steel billets, South-African technology specialist H. Rohloff (Pty) Limited has developed the Billet InspectIR, an automated, high-speed system for the in-line inspection of steel billets and tubes. The advanced system fully relies on thermal imaging technology from FLIR to detect surface defects on round and square steel billets.

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‘The next inspector is the customer'

“FLIR has been providing thermal imaging cameras for thermal inspection to the BMW plant in Dingolfing since 1997,” explains Robert Halbritter of FLIR Systems’ sales partner and integrator, TOPA GMbH.  For most of the time, BMW has primarily used the cameras for electro-thermography of switch cabinets and rooms.  Hot components indicated a problem and were then replaced.  This is the still the case today.  But now BMW is using FLIR thermal imaging cameras for quality control too.

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Thermal alarm system ensures children's safety at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport

Check in areas at airports might not seem like a dangerous place, but they are more dangerous than one might think. Each year there are several accidents worldwide where someone, usually a young child, escapes the attention of their parents and sneak through the rubber flaps into the baggage belt conveyor system. Apart from frightening the child the many moving parts and conveyor belts in the baggage distribution system can cause serious injuries.

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Thermal imaging cameras prevent fires at Korean coal power plant

To avoid the risk of spontaneous combustion in the coal conveyor system at the Dangjin Coal Fired Power Complex (DCFPC) in South Korea the owner of the plant, the Korea East-West Power Company (EWP), has installed a fire warning system based on thermal imaging cameras. By detecting a rise in temperature long before it rises to the point where the coal reaches combustion the thermal imaging cameras help ensure the plant safety and continuity of power production.

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Thermal imaging warning system helps ensure the safety at Transpole

Dwindling fossil fuel reserves and rising fuel prices give plenty of cause to look for other types of fuel. That is why the Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine and transport company Transpole decided to start using natural gas as a fuel. To that end natural gas is stored at the Transpole bus depot in Wattrelos, near the French Belgian border. But natural gas storage can be dangerous, for if a fire breaks out there is a very small but definite risk it might cause a devastating gas explosion.

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Volcano research enhanced with FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Volcanoes are arguably the world's most impressive heat related phenomena. Volcanic processes are intriguing and potentially extremely destructive. It is therefore no wonder that researchers all over the world are studying the different aspects of volcanoes and volcanic activity.

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FLIR thermal imaging cameras help to ensure consistent quality of FIAT cars

Cars need to be light to be efficient in their fuel use, but they also have to be strong. To achieve both of these goals modern car panels are made of a combination of a metal layer on top and a structural adhesive layer underneath. These layers are glued together using induction.

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100% quality control of resistors with FLIR thermal imaging camera

Cutting down failure rates of electronic components is essential for companies that want to supply a perfect product to their customers. The only way to ensure this is by checking each individual component to provide 100% quality control. This requirement was addressed by Isabellenhütte - a manufacturer of resistance alloys for thermocouples, alloys for extension leads and passive components used in the automotive industry - by using a thermal imaging camera system from FLIR Systems.

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Automatic health check in dairy farms using FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Modern farms increasingly resemble factories in their makeup as they become more and more industrialized. The present day farmer spends less time performing menial tasks and more time behind the computer.

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Thermal imaging cameras for substation monitoring

Electric power utilities are faced with an aging infrastructure, increasing risk of blackouts and brownouts. A brownout is a drop in voltage in an electrical power supply, so named because it typically causes lights to dim. Utilities also face costly unplanned maintenance and rising costs.

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Thanks to thermal imaging "Erdinger Weissbräu" kegs contain beer!

A FLIR Systems infrared camera watches over the bottling of the world-famous Erdinger
wheat beer.

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Thermal imaging cameras for flare monitoring

Flare stacks are used in many industries to burn off unwanted waste gas byproducts, or flammable gasses released by pressure relief valves during unplanned over-pressuring of plant equipment.

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Thermal imaging cameras in the food industry

In the food industry, it’s essential to carefully control the temperature of perishable goods throughout production, transportation, storage, and sales. Repeated warnings about illnesses due to tainted and improperly cooked foods highlight the need for tighter process control.

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Ford Genk

Automatic quality controls with FLIR A320 ensure that the cars produced at Ford Genk work perfectly. FLIR A-Series thermal imaging cameras: accurate, reliable and maintenance free.

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Thermal imaging camera keeps fire risk under control in coal pile storage site

Coal storage in large coal piles brings with it the risk of spontaneous fires. As always, prevention is better than cure. A thermal imaging camera from FLIR Systems helps to ensure safety at the Nástup Mines Cooperation in Tusimice, Czech Republic. The system provides a cost-effective solution for continuous, remote monitoring of temperatures in the coal piles.

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Fire prevention and fire detection in solid waste bunkers

Solid waste management is a crucial sector in our consumer society. It is a USD 43- billion-
industry and growing as more regions experience positive economic growth and prosperity and consequently produce more household waste.

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Mill ladle refractory monitoring

Steel mill ladles have limited lives. As their refractory linings wear or develop breaks due to shock, the outer part of a ladle can be exposed to excessive temperatures. If not caught in time, the result can be ladle disintegration and a molten metal breakout, threatening the lives of workers and destroying equipment.

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Thermal imaging cameras help to prevent fires

Thermal imaging cameras are being used for a wide variety of applications. Thanks to their ability to measure temperatures in a non-contact mode, they can also easily be used for fire prevention. Any industry which has some type of storage area where goods or material is kept is susceptible to self combustion of material.

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FLIR Thermal imaging cameras determine road conditions in Finland

The roads in Finland comprise 78,141 kilometers of highways, paved roads and gravel roads. It is therefore not surprising that Finnish road inspectors are always looking into new non-destructive testing technologies that can make their job easier and more effective.

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French national railways use thermography

The French national railway company intensively uses thermography to keep its extensive
power supply and signalization operations running. SNCF is now also testing the potential of
thermography to inspect its more than 20.000 km overhead wires with a FLIR Systems camera mounted on a test wagon.

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Thermal imaging cameras for warehouse asset protection

Worldwide, warehouses are stocked with highly valuable goods. Protecting these goods against theft is of the utmost importance. But theft is not the only danger. An even greater danger is fire.

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Thermography optimizes steel flow of ladle systems

The Vesuvius Group develops, manufactures and markets high performance specialty ceramics, refractory products and flow control systems for the iron and steel, non-ferrous metal and glass manufacturing industries.

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