Thermal imaging helps aluminum processing plant

Monitoring aluminum production

Aluminum production is an energy intensive process and saving energy at each step of the production process is the primary aim of process engineers and designers. Infrared thermography has played an important role in predictive maintenance of these processes in terms of time and money. The predictive maintenance by means of thermal imaging has also helped to perform timely interventions of fault detection and to schedule equipment maintenance.

Monitoring a production process can of course be performed best when processes are running. And it is with this so-called ‘online monitoring’ that thermal imaging can really show its value. Slight temperature variations across a surface will indicate failing components, such as degrading electrical contacts. But thermography can also successfully be used to inspect furnace ducts, bus isolator jumpers, casings, heating chambers or tanks.

What the eye sees, or in this case doesnt see which can make the big difference.

What the eye sees, or in this case doesnt see which can make the big difference.

Easily seen! Hot spots like these can be the difference between good predicative maintenance, and weeks of factory down-time.

Easily seen! Hot spots like these can be the difference between good predicative maintenance, and weeks of factory down-time.

Early fault detection

Infrared thermography has proven to be an effective and beneficial tool to the industry, because it allows production managers to schedule their maintenance routines well before anything critical happens. This saves valuable time and significantly reduces the production downtime. Predictive maintenance schedules help the industry to arrange tools and spares for repair in time. Whether it is switch yard joints, current transformers, insulation of turbines, pumps, motors, hot patches in kiln, furnaces etc., all of them can be surveyed with thermal cameras for early detections of faults.

By means of thermal cameras and other heat measuring devices like heat flux meters, it is also possible to discover scaling, the unwanted deposits in pipelines, storage and processing units. With thermal cameras you can estimate the thickness of scales and take corrective action when needed.

High-performance P660 camera

The FLIR P660 camera is the highest performing infrared inspection system available. With its state of the art technology, including 640×480 detector resolution and unique ergonomic design, it is the natural choice for professionals that want the most efficient instrument producing professional results.

The FLIR P660 is an affordable, easy-to-operate and high-performance infrared camera that delivers accurate temperature measurements at productive and safe distances. This makes the P660 camera an ideal solution for cost-effective and efficient predictive maintenance programs.

The P660 includes an integrated 3.2 megapixel camera to aid in reporting. Infrared and visual images taken with the P660 can be stored in standard JPEG formats. The P660 visual camera includes matching Field Of View lenses, so IR and visual images are shown at similar long distances using the same Field of View.

The state-of-the-art FLIR P660 thermal camera is the professional choice for processing plant thermography.

The state-of-the-art FLIR P660 thermal camera is the professional choice for processing plant thermography.