FLIR Application Stories - Electrical / Mechanical

 
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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When every other method fails, thermal imaging can still spot the problem.

Heavy industries like mining, shipbuilding or crane works, rely on heavy, rugged, industrial cables to ensure continuous power or communication performance. Whenever such a cable brakes down, there usually is a big problem in terms of productivity, downtime and money lost. That’s where Becker & Hüser GmbH comes in. This German cable repair specialist helps its customers to be back in business in the shortest amount of time.

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Thermal imaging allows for accurate and time-saving inspections of electrical cabinets inside aircraft cockpits.

Aircraft cockpit inspections, both pre-flight and post-flight, consist of a wide range of control routines that need to ensure the safety of its passengers during a flight. Next to that, it is essential that inspections are carried out as efficiently as possible, because every idle hour that is keeping an aircraft waiting on the ground is time and money lost. In that respect, Dutch technical inspection specialist Thermografisch & Adviesbureau Uden BV found a way to significantly speed up electrical inspections inside the cockpit, while at the same time guaranteeing accuracy and reliability. The secret: thermal imaging technology from FLIR Systems.

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JNARDDC helps Indian aluminum industry save energy and optimize production process with thermal cameras.

‘Thermal imaging cameras are a very welcome technology in the aluminum production industry. In India, the established JNARDDC institute is using thermal imagers to help aluminum production companies across the country save energy and find faults in a very early stage.


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Thermal imaging cameras monitor ­overhead lines in Delhi metro railways

Every day millions of commuters use the metros of Delhi. The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) sees to it that they are all arriving timely on their destination. Being service oriented and caring about their customers: that is what DMRC is all about. In order to keep the metro network up and running at all times, DMRC is using FLIR thermal imaging cameras.


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Preventing shut downs and fires.

Thermal imaging has become an important tool for electrical inspections in many industries. A power failure can result in expensive shut downs. But there is more. Aside from the production loss there is a greater danger: FIRE.


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Insulation of commercial walk in freezers checked with thermal imaging

Enterprises that need to store large amounts of goods at temperatures well below the freezing point of water often install large walk in freezers on their premises. These large freezers are capable of keeping whole rooms full of these goods, usually foodstuffs, at very low temperatures. There is just one downside: cooling requires a lot of energy. It is therefore very important that no outside heat leaks in. To make sure that the freezer's insulation is working properly, thermographers inspect the insulation material with a thermal imaging camera.


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The technicians of the future use FLIR thermal imaging cameras

Industrial technicians of the future should use the most modern tools available on the market today. That is why the Göteborgs Tekniska College (Technical college of Gothenburg) uses a FLIR i7 thermal imaging to instruct its pupils in the use of thermography for maintenance inspections.


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HKM's steelworks use FLIR P-Series infrared cameras to inspect, maintain and optimize production processes

Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann GmbH (HKM), located in Duisburg, Germany, manufactures pig iron and steel. HKM also operates a coke plant and a sintering plant, a factory where iron-bearing particles are formed into pellets or pulverized to be charged again into the blast furnace.


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From the galley to the engine room : infrared thermography inspection of ships is gaining momentum

"In the near future, mechanical machinery onboard vessels will also benefit from thermal imaging, especially as a pre-docking strategy to identify and target equipment and systems which need attention as well as to eliminate necessary work." forecasted Lloyd's Register, the world's most important ship classification and certification body, three years ago. 


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FLIR thermal imaging cameras help ensure continuous steel production in South Africa

Production plants have to keep running all the time. No breakdown, no downtime. To ensure
proper operation of its production plants in Vanderbijlpark, ArcelorMittal South Africa uses
FLIR thermal imaging cameras. This improves efficiency, safety, helps to avoid breakdowns
and to minimize downtime.


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FLIR thermal imaging camera helps prevent accidents in the laser room

Operating lasers can be dangerous, as some lasers can produce invisible infrared beams that can potentially harm researchers or start a fire. In the laser room of the University of Glasgow researchers use a FLIR i7 thermal imaging camera to ensure their own safety when they work with their terahertz laser research setup.


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FLIR thermal imaging camera helps find water leakage at Italian swimming pool

The administrator of a holiday apartment on the Italian island of Sardinia noticed there
was a problem with the swimming pool: it was leaking. Badly. The pool was leaking at a
rate of almost 19,000 liters of water per day. This particular apartment is located at the
village Porto Rotondo, at the Costa Smeralda, the northeast coast of Sardinia, which is a
very popular – and thus relatively expensive – holiday destination. He made this discovery
at the beginning of the summer, just before the high season started, so the problem had to
be fixed – and soon – before the guests would arrive.


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Audi AG uses infrared thermography to uphold its quality standards

“Vorsprung durch Technik” has been the motto of automobile manufacturer Audi for decades. Driven by this approach, the group now also makes intensive use of thermal imaging technology in order to meet its exacting quality criteria.


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Infrared thermography an essential technology at BASF Antwerp

Today, BASF has production facilities in 38 countries and employs almost 90,000 people worldwide. BASF is one of the largest international chemical groups in the world. The ‘Preventive Maintenance’ department at BASF has been using FLIR Systems infrared cameras for more than 10 years.

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Thermal imaging helps the Berlin Water Company

The Berlin Water Company uses FLIR thermal imaging cameras to quickly find technical problems and maximize the effectiveness of the maintenance crew.


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Infrared thermography plays active role at BMW Group

Both during the design of new cars and the assembly of existing models, infrared thermography, and more in particular FLIR Systems infrared cameras, play an active role.

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Bridgestone/Firestone chooses infrared thermography

Bridgestone / Firestone first came in contact with infrared thermography when they had high voltage equipment, checked by an external service provider. They were impressed by the information they obtained through infrared thermography.

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Thermal imaging camera proves ideal for offshore inspection

CAN Offshore is well known as the pioneer of roped access services for oil installations, initially in the North Sea but now worldwide. CAN Offshore’s multi-disciplined project services include a range of NDT inspection techniques which, thanks to company’s investment in a FLIR infrared camera from FLIR, now includes thermography.

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Thermal imaging cameras a tool for predictive maintenance inspections

Thermal imaging cameras from FLIR Systems are increasingly used in industrial environments for predictive maintenance inspections. Coservices, part of GP Allied’s reliability group explains why thermal imaging is the fastest growing predictive maintenance technology on the market today.

 

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Thermography finds leaks in district heating networks

Leaking heating pipes cost owners of district heating networks a great deal of money, both in the form of repair costs and through losses of heated and processed water. Checking the district-heating network with a thermal camera is quick and easy, and saves valuable time and money.

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Thermography makes Eaton save a quarter of a million dollars per year

Preventive maintenance is not just a matter of organisation: it also requires knowledge and the efficient handling of gathered information. A suitable thermal imaging camera helps in both of these areas, with an impact which makes itself abundantly clear in the cost-benefit analysis.

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FLIR thermal imaging cameras help prevent power failures at utilities

In Western Europe electricity is usually taken for granted. To ensure continuous power supply regular inspections of the network’s components are really a must. FLIR thermal imaging cameras can play an important role in determining the state of operation of these components, so utility companies can more accurately maintain and repair their network.


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Utilities provider turns its thermography team into a customer service

EWE is offering the experience, gathered by its skilled workforce and engineers, as service-features to its customers and even the customers of its customers. It is turning knowledge into assets that are becoming profit centers. Infrared thermography is such an asset.

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Thermography lowers operating costs in the food industry

Grocery stores and food production plants consume tremendous amounts of electricity and house many mechanical and electrical systems that are susceptible to failure if not properly maintained. Periodically inspecting equipment and systems with a thermal imaging camera can prevent costly equipment failures and subsequent shutdowns.

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More than 400,000 € saved at Heathrow airport

The best thing is that the cameras already have paid themselves back before we even started the infrared program.”, continues Andy Watson. “ We have quite some underground pipelines, which are transporting steam to heat up buildings. It was clear that there was a leak in one of the pipes.

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Thermography at Iron and Steel Works

Krupp Mannesmann ironworks use FLIR Systems ThermaCAM™ P series to inspect, maintain and observe production processes.

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Hochtief Facility Management uses FLIR P640

High-end handheld infrared cameras contribute to inspection and reporting quality of electrical and mechanical installations.

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Cooled and uncooled thermal imaging, the perfect combination at ICI

The management at ICI attaches considerable importance to its condition-monitoring programme. It has proven beneficial in the promotion of safe process systems, the reduction of environmental incidents, the decrease of energy costs, the enhancement of plant reliability and the reduction of operating costs.

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Infrared Thermography at largest offshore Intel plant

Apart from vibration analysis, oil analysis and ultrasonic detection, infrared thermography is one of the four key-elements in the predictive maintenance program.

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Infrared thermography at refineries

Oil refineries are places where the black gold is heated up and cooled down in order to produce its pricey derivatives. Production installations have to be kept up and running to ensure a stable production and to satisfy the current high demand for oil products.

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A day in the life of a Thermographer...

Check my diary for next week. Need to book a car service – mileage has really
stacked up since I started using my new infrared camera, a FLIR Systems ’ThermaCAM® P65'.

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FLIR thermal inspections with MeterLink at Medite Europe Ltd.

Medite Europe Ltd is the leading European brand of medium density fibreboard, a construction material that is more commonly known as MDF. It is manufactured by Medite Europe Ltd at its production plant in Clonmel, Ireland, where FLIR thermal imaging is an important part of its predictive maintenance programme.

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First ICAS approved consultancy chooses a FLIR infrared camera

Thanks to its investment in a FLIR thermal imaging camera, ICAS approved North Rivers Marine became the UK’s first marine engineering consultancy to include thermal imaging surveying within its scope of services.

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Infrared Thermography helps to increase safety at nuclear power plants

The plant is of the same type as the one in Chernobyl but is even more powerful. It has an output of 1,500 MW. The site of the power plant covers an area of more than 0,75 square kilometers and employs about 5,000 people. It stands for about 80% of Lithuania’s electricity production.

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Infrared camera prevents production losses at Parenco paper factory

Parenco, the only manufacturer of newsprint in the Netherlands, forms part of Haindl Papier GmbH. This internationally operating group with over 1.8 million tons of newsprint per year is one of thebiggest producers in Europe. The Dutch factory is building on a long tradition of paper manufacturing in Renkum.

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Infrared increases productivity and improves safety

When manufacturing plywood and veneer, it is critical that logs be softened before they are transported into plants for peeling and further processing. If not sufficiently softened, logs can split in the peeling process, resulting in lost productivity and waste.

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Predictive, Preventive, Reactive

RWE Power International Applies Thermal Imaging for Inspection Solutions of its UK Power Stations

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From the galley to the engine room

infrared thermography inspection of ships is gaining momentum. “In the near future, mechanical machinery onboard vessels will also benefit from thermal imaging, especially as a pre-docking strategy to identify and target equipment and systems which need attention as well as to eliminate necessary work.”

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Infrared Camera increases output at shredder installation

Three FLIR Systems ThermoVision Infrared Cameras are being used to monitor the process of shredding scrap material at Stena Gotthard Fragmentering AB in Sweden. As a result, output at the installation has increased by more than 10%.

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FLIR Systems infrared camera inspects transformers

SMIT Transformatoren BV designs and produces large-scale power transformers, used among other purposes for transporting electrical current via high-tension cables. The company is based in the Dutch city of Nijmegen and has some 300 employees. With 90 years of experience, SMIT enjoys an outstanding reputation as a manufacturer for markets in Europe, the USA and Asia.

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Thermography perfect for STRACEL and Georgia Pacific.

STRACEL and Georgia Pacific, located in Strasburg, France, are leading paper manufacturers. They produce however different material. Georgia Pacific is the leader for hygienic and household paper, marketed under the names Lotus and Moltonel. STRACEL is a world class manufacturer of quality paper for the printing industry.

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FLIR T335 speeds up thermal inspections at FIAT factory

At the FIAT factory in Melfi, Italy, where several different FIAT models are being produced, inspections with FLIR thermal imaging cameras play an important part in the predictive maintenance program. The information obtained during the thermal imaging surveys are used to predict electrical and mechanical faults so they can be fixed before they become
production halting breakdowns.

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FLIR infrared cameras help to ensure safety at sea

In the opinion of VT (formerly Vosper Thornycroft) Integrated Services (VTIS), thermal imaging excels in the real-time identification of static and dynamic mechanical, electrical and electronic faults. It also plays a key role in ensuring the working environment of the ship’s crew is as safe as it can be, especially when at sea.

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Worls's largest offshore drilling contractor standardises on FLIR

Conditioned based monitoring using FLIR infrared cameras has become a standard for the European and African (EAU) operation of Transocean Inc. Last year the company provided each of its rigs with their own FLIR camera and now as a result of the merger between Transocean and GlobalSantaFe Corporation, this technology is being investigated for implementation on the remaining legacy GSF rigs, to ensure standardisation of equipment across the region’s combined fleet of 57 rigs.

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Suitcases roll towards the right destination thanks to infrared

Vanderlande Industries is one of the market leaders in automated transport and distribution systems. The company is constantly investing in the development of new, faster, more intelligent logistics handling and sorting systems A ThermaCAM™ P65 from FLIR Systems is used in the research and development department.

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