Friday, May 29, 2009

Thermal imaging camera to scan homes

The energy-loss detection system will be used to scan homes around the UK to determine whether properties would benefit from insulation
The energy-loss detection system will be used to scan homes around the UK to determine whether properties would benefit from insulation

Thermascan has developed a mobile energy-loss detection system based on a Flir SC620 thermal imaging camera.


It determines whether the property needs loft or cavity wall insulation, or both, enabling an energy advisor to discuss the findings with the owner.

Working for the Energy Saving Partnership, Thermascan has designed the complete Heatseekers concept.

It comprises a specially adapted estate car that houses the navigation, thermal imaging and analysis systems.

The system requires a high-calibre thermal camera, to record images as the vehicle travels at 16-25km/h.

The Flir SC620 is a portable, uncooled camera, primarily designed for scientific applications.

'Vital to this application is the camera's Firewire digital output, enabling us to conduct real-time analysis of the property images,' said system designer, Dave Blain.

'It also has a 640 x 480 detector that provides the high resolution we need to capture as much detail as possible.' The Flir camera for the Heatseeker application is fitted with a wide-angle lens.

This is a purpose-designed lens manufactured by Flir to take full advantage of the high-resolution focal plane array sensor.

It has an integral ultrasonic motor focusing mechanism, a facility commonly used by professional photographers.

This enables the operator to employ electronic or manual focusing to achieve the desired effect.

Satellite navigation and mapping information, Navteq and Ordnance Survey data work in tandem with the data acquisition software, Labview.

All the software products are overlayed, so that the Flir SC620 camera is activated by a grid reference and the energy loss data is embedded against the correct address details.

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source: engineeringtalk.com

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Welcome to the Infrared Thermal News

Welcome to the infrared thermal news, this part of Thermal Surveys is for industry related news, you will also find news on infrared thermal camera technology advances.

Thermography is non-destructive temperature measurement technique and has the ability to see and measure temperature differences in a non-intrusive manner with the use of a infrared thermal imager, this makes it one of the best tools available today proving a useful method in detecting, missing insulation, mechanical and electrical faults before they actually give rise to unplanned and costly expenses.