In­dus­trial and man­u­fac­tur­ing uses of in­frared imag­ing

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - THERMAL IMAGING & TESTING -

Al­though the most con­ven­tional use for In­frared Imag­ing is the lo­ca­tion of elec­tri­cal hot- spots for fire pre­ven­tion and in­sur­ance, there are a myr­iad of other po­ten­tial uses in in­dus­try, R&D and man­u­fac­ture.

Late last month, a new ac­ces­sory for a special ap­pli­ca­tion was re­leased, the mi­cro­scope lens at­tach­ment for view­ing small ob­jects such as in­te­grated cir­cuits or LED’s.

It’s worth think­ing about in­stalled, ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras that may be used for count­less ap­pli­ca­tions from check­ing tank level, cook­ing sur­faces, veg­etable tem­per­a­tures on a con­veyor and hot-me­tal de­tec­tion.

An­other growth area for In­frared is for use in Un­manned Ae­rial Ve­hi­cles (UAV) or drones. Special light­weight ver­sions of these cam­era are avail­able for this use and have been de­ployed for study in Antarc­tica, look­ing at plant growth in a field, in­spec­tion of so­lar farms and pow­er­line in­spec­tion.

New de­vel­op­ments in in­dus­trial cam­eras in­clude special types for hot me­tal de­tec­tion or for mea­sure­ment of glass. Con­ven­tion­ally glass pre­sents a prob­lem for IR cam­eras as is com­pletely opaque to these IR fre­quen­cies, and also emits very lit­tle in­frared.

Special fre­quency cam­eras al­low glass to be trans­par­ent to the in­frared so that a cam­era might be in a clean of­fice look­ing out into a dirty foundry en­vi­ron­ment through a glass win­dow. Also, if one is in the glass in­dus­try, then special fre­quen­cies al­lows the IR cam­eras to be used to mea­sure glass sheets or bot­tles with a high de­gree of ac­cu­racy.


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