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10 reasons why you should try thermal imaging at work

Thermal imaging is a state of the art technology in which heat produced by the human body or any object is captured by an infrared detector or thermal imaging camera. These cameras read the temperature of the human body or objects in relation to their surroundings and produce visual images in that respect. Applications for this technology are infinite as it is being used in almost every industry and other facets of life. There are several companies that are gaining lots of advantages for using thermal imaging and they haven’t regretted it. Below are 10 different industries who used thermal imaging to make their work effective, efficient, easy, and fun.

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3D Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging cameras are well known to capture still thermal images but it is worthy to note that they can also be used in the film industry to take motion pictures. An award winning film maker employed 3D thermal imaging to shoot a short film and he was successful. The cameras were used to capture motion images of dancers who performed in the dark. The thermal imaging cameras captured the internal heat radiated by the bodies of the performers during their performance creating a visual scene that formed the whole film.

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3D Thermal Imaging

Solar Panel Inspection

Thermal imaging has found its way through the solar panel manufacturing industry. After a demonstration organized by a solar panel company to use a thermal imaging camera to inspect solar panels, it came out that FLIR thermal imaging cameras are the best. FLIR T335 was used in the demonstration. This ergonomically designed camera has a 320 x 240 resolution infrared detector which produced offhand thermal images. This helped the company to see where there are defects and where improvement is needed.

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Solar Panel Inspection

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Predictive Maintenance

Many industries today find thermal imaging cameras to be a very useful tool with regard to predictive maintenance. This technology has actually trimmed down the occurrence of any interruption during production processes and avoided unnecessary cost and breakdowns. One of the largest consulting company opted for FLIR thermal imaging cameras because of their ergonomically design, lightweight and compactness as well as it efficiency in the field.

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Predictive Maintenance

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Research and Development

Due to the demand for better image quality, more sensitivity and a higher rate routine, FLIR systems have introduced new series of cameras; FLIR A3500sc/A6500sc. These cameras are designed especially for Research and Development to meet the demand for high sensitivity and high speed application. With a thermal sensitivity of <25 mK and a cooled 3-5 MW-IR detector, this new camera series are capable of capturing fine thermal images in Type/brake testing, welding/soldering processes, glass measurement and fast moving process controls.

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Research & Development

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Mold Inspection

Home inspection companies have used the thermal imaging technology to enhance their services. To meet customers’ needs, a mold solution and home inspection company started using advanced equipment which included thermal imaging cameras in their home inspection as they look out for areas where molds might be developing. These cameras were able to detect the heat that radiates from walls and other surfaces and this allows the inspectors to clearly see the cool portions where mold growth may be possible without any invasion or intrusion.

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Mold Inspection

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Queue Checks and human traffic monitoring

Big stores and supermarkets are also benefiting from the wonderful works of thermal imaging. The technology is being used by a store owner to monitor and count the number of people who enter a store as well as monitor queues at checkpoints by detecting their body heat. This technology has also aided the store owner to know the staffing profile of cashiers which in turn ensures the correct number of cashiers present at the store who process the forecasted sales. With thermal imaging, the quality of customer service in that store is always assured and the outcome has been terrific.

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Queue Checks and Human Traffic Monitoring

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Pest Control

The thermal imaging technology is not only limited to industrial, home and body heat detection. The owner of a pest control agency has used to thermal imaging cameras to check and minimize the rate at which pests enter the home. The thermal imaging cameras found the variation between cold and hot spots in homes that may possibly be openings where pests find their way in the indoors of some home through outside air.

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Pest Control

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Quality Control

With the help of thermal imaging, the performances of lithium-ion batteries are being improved every now and then. To ensure that there is a consistency in the batteries, a thermal imaging camera was employed by researchers to record flaws which were discovered during the manufacturing of these batteries.  Some of the exposed defects included air bubbles, difference in thickness and contaminants which could have affected the batteries’ performance. This accurate and fast technique has ensured quality production in manufacturing lines.

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Quality Control

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Home inspection

Home owners are learning that even though they live in well secured homes, they are still not safe. Home inspectors helped some home owners to see the defects occurring in their houses. A home inspection firm used thermal imaging cameras to reveal how heat is being lost from within and around buildings. This may be as a result of poor insulation, bad HVAC systems, roof leaks and the like. These home owners were helped to save the situation by taking appropriate measures to maintain their house to avoid expensive costs in the future.

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Home inspection

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Automobile Development

The ground-breaking thermal imaging technology also finds its place in the automobile industry. High quality thermal imaging cameras were used by a group of solar car developers to ensure that requirements of specifications have been met. Using these hi-tech instruments made this production a major success.  They used the cameras to test the brake of the solar car by measuring the increasing heat of the brake disc at different speeds. The engine was also inspected as well as the electronics to identify which parts of the solar car consumed more power. This indeed helped them to assess which of these parts needed replacement. The thermal imaging cameras actually were used to enhance both the appearance and the performance of the solar car.

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Automobile Development

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There have been lots of new industries where thermal imaging is saving their daily operations from disaster. The above mentioned instances are just a few of these industries. Contact our experienced thermal imaging experts for more interesting insides about how helpful thermal imaging can be to you and the exact thermal imaging cameras that is perfect for you. Check out the list of thermal imaging cameras which we offer by clicking here.

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Filed under: Articles, News | Posted on June 21st, 2013 by Evelyn Dzekpedzi

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