Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thermal Imaging Camera is pocket-sized and portable.

LumaSense Technologies, a leading provider of infrared thermography and non-contact temperature and gas sensing solutions, today announced the release of its new Mikron MikroSHOT(TM)-B thermal imaging camera.

The MikroSHOT-B is the latest offering from LumaSense Technologies' Mikron Infrared thermal imaging product line. By reducing the temperature range and doubling the sensitivity, Mikron has created the perfect infrared camera for weatherization professionals.

The easy-to-use and fully radiometric thermal imaging camera has the key features and versatility to fit a wide variety of building inspection applications. The MikroSHOT-B offers affordable pocket-sized portability with capabilities normally found in larger, more expensive thermal imagers including measuring range of -4°F to 212°F (-20°C to 100°C), operating temperature range of 5°F to 122°F (-15°C to 50°C) and color alarm. Both infrared and visible images are taken with one click.

"The MikroSHOT-B is a camera is designed specifically for weatherization professionals. Its small size and unique features will benefit any thermographer in the field", comments Brett Sargent, General Manager, Thermal Imaging. "The MikroSHOT-B allows for radiometric data to be displayed and stored directly on the visual image, stores images in JPEG formats and is compatible with Mikron Infrared's suite of powerful software products. No camera on the market can fit in your pocket, be operated with one hand and comes with so many features at a great low price. The MikroSHOT-B will bring the benefits of thermal imaging to existing applications and a whole new set of applications."

The MikroSHOT series of thermal imaging cameras offer the innovative Thermal-on-Visible mode allowing for radiometric temperature data to be displayed directly on the visible image. The lightweight (10.5 ounces) camera uses off-the-shelf AA rechargeable batteries (AC adapter also included) so it can go anywhere you go. Its large 2.7-inch display and 160x120 pixel image resolution allow easy viewing of your images. The SD card, USB and video output capability allow for convenient, quick analysis of the JPEG-format data on a laptop or other mobile device using common software. MikroSpec(TM) 4.0 software is included for image analysis and reporting.

About LumaSense Technologies(TM)
LumaSense Technologies is a global leader in providing temperature and gas sensing solutions to industrial, energy, medical and clean technology markets. We design and manufacture sensors for end-user and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) applications. LumaSense has proven expertise in developing state of the art infrared and fiber optic temperature sensors, radiometric thermal imagers, and gas analyzers. A common theme in our sensors is the use of infrared (IR) light to provide robust, accurate sensors for demanding environments, applications and customers. With Worldwide offices located in Asia, Europe and the Americas, LumaSense Technologies is backed by Oak Investment Partners, a leading multi-stage venture capital firm with a 28-year history and Element Ventures, a leading venture capital investor in clean technology
www.lumasenseinc.com
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Thermal Imaging UAVs Hunting Pythons in the Everglades

For years, Burmese pythons have invaded Florida's Everglades National Park, preying on indigenous species. Tracking them down has proven time consuming and difficult, so Park wardens have begun testing a new hunting method imported straight from the front lines of the War on Terror: unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and thermal imaging technology.

David Hallac of The National Park Service already uses manned, fixed-wing aircraft to search the Everglades for birds, and he said moving to UAVs to cut down on costs is the natural next step.

Additionally, recent tests by the scientists at the University of Florida have shown that thermal imaging can detect the snakes, even though their cold-blooded bodies reflect the heat of their environment.

According to Frank Mazzotti, an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Florida and one of the scientists who hunts for the pythons, the snakes regulate the temperature of their nests in a way that makes them easily visible through thermal imaging.

Despite being cold blooded, the pythons keep their nests cool in the heat, and shiver to warm up the nests when it gets too cold, providing a heat contrast to the surrounding environment.

"Whether its really hot or really cold, the nest stands out on the thermal imager," said Mazzotti. "Someone using that to find python nests might be the best move, because by going for the nests, you target the population."

Interestingly, while both the UAV and the thermal imaging search programs are moving a head at a rapid pace, there are currently no plans to combine the two technologies and put thermal imaging cameras on the UAVs. However, that doesn't mean the natural pairing of heat sensors and UAVs won't occur sooner rather than later.

"We haven't tested either, and I'm not wise enough to have a clever phrase about trying out two untested technologies together," said Mazzotti, "but I think down the road they're gonna get coupled."

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

New FLIR H-Series Hand Held Law Enforcement Thermal Imager

FLIR Systems' Commercial Vision Systems Division announced today the launch of its new H-Series line of hand-held law enforcement thermal imaging cameras. Purpose-built for the law enforcement community, H-Series cameras feature several powerful new tactical features and four times the resolution of competing systems.

H-Series thermal cameras let users see things other technologies miss. With prices starting at $4,999, law enforcement agencies can afford to equip every officer with the powerful tactical advantages that H-Series thermal cameras provide compared to legacy night vision devices. H-Series development capitalized on FLIR's recently introduced Tau™ thermal camera core which is lower cost, lighter weight, smaller, and uses less power than any previous camera core.

FLIR has long been a pioneer in law enforcement thermal imaging, and -- with 860,000 law enforcement officers in the U.S. alone, the feature rich H-Series is positioned to expand this vital market.

"The H-Series is an outstanding example of FLIR's ongoing strategy to expand new markets for thermal imaging by reducing costs and offering innovative new products through broad distribution channels. FLIR revolutionized airborne law enforcement operations 30 years ago, and today we are bringing the same capability to the officers on the ground," stated Earl Lewis, President and CEO of FLIR Systems.

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems, Inc. is a world leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of Thermal Imaging and stabilized camera systems for a wide variety of thermography and imaging applications including condition monitoring, research and development, manufacturing process control, airborne observation and broadcast, search and rescue, drug interdiction, surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation safety, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring and ground-based security. Visit the Company's web site at www.FLIR.com.

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Thermal Imaging in the Afghanistan darkness

Defence analyst Dr Graham Cushway examines the return of the sniper amid the growing intensity of counter insurgency operations in Afghanistan, and the new developments in Sniper Thermal Imaging Capability for night conditions.

The British armed forces have long had an ambiguous attitude to sniping. Despite repeated demonstrations of the value of snipers, in Northern Ireland, the Falklands and the Gulf War, British sniper development has been hindered by a perceived moral ambiguity. The demands of recent operations and changing political perceptions have led the MoD to re-appraise the role of snipers in the British armed forces. In both Iraq and Afghanistan, two-man sniper teams have proved capable of engaging targets at extreme range, allowing British forces to avoid costly engagements in complex urban environments or heavy vegetation. The rocky, dusty terrain with little cover common to both theatres also lends itself to sniper warfare. Politically, snipers have also found favour due to their ability to eliminate specific targets with more certainty than airstrikes and without causing collateral damage. Once stigmatised for their apparent willingness to kill in cold blood, the role of snipers has been re-appraised and they are now accorded enough prestige to feature in a recent episode of Top Gear.

Despite the Labour government's addiction to illogical defence cuts, operational demands have led to windfalls in terms of infantry equipment, via the Urgent Operational Requirements (UOR) programme. In 2008, the MoD announced that one project financed under UOR would be an £11m Sniper System Improvement Program (SSIP). 580 L115A3 rifles from Accuracy International were introduced in 2008 as replacements for the older L96 rifle from the same source. The new rifles have improved stopping power, firing a heavier 8.93mm round, and extending the sniper's effective range from 1,000 to 1,500m. Other features include a suppressor to lessen the chance of detection and an improved daylight scope, which compensates for heat haze and has double the magnification.

However, another lesson drawn from recent operations in Afghanistan is the importance of night vision equipment, which allows a crucial battlefield edge over the night-blind Taliban and allows coalition forces to launch night operations with little chance of disruption. VIPIR night vision sets had already been in use in Afghanistan for some years and an improved night-scope was expected as part of the SSIP program, known as the Sniper Thermal Imaging Capability (STIC). In response, the MoD opted to purchase an improved sight from VIPIR's originators in April 2008.

As a result, the SVIPR2+ suite was developed, which incorporates a thermal sniper sight, a spotter's site and a weapon integration kit. Unlike most night vision sights, SVIPR2+ is designed to operate in total darkness, rather than in conditions where there is some ambient light from star or moonlight. This is an improvement over systems such as the Head Mounted Night Vision System (HMNVS) already in use, which have proved incapable of operating in conditions with too little ambient light. SVIPR2+ sniper teams should remain capable in heavy cloud or dust cover. While snipers using SVIPR2+ may not be able to reach quite the range achievable with the day sight, the system does allow the detection and engagement of targets at 1,200m by night.

SVIPR2+ is also fairly light at 1kg, and is small compared to some of the immediate competition, such as SAGEM's enormous Lunette FRF2, currently in service with the French army. It is also lighter than the older German AIM HuntIR TI and SIMRAD's KN200, which has found favour with the Norwegian army and US Special Forces. The system does have a deficiency in terms of power consumption. SVIPR2+ requires four AA batteries, which is poor compared to its competitors. These also only power the scope for six hours, while other scopes allow 60 or 70 hours' usage before a battery change is needed. This high rate of expenditure is likely to lead to plenty of scrabbling for spare batteries. However, SVIPR2+ should prove a capable tool, allowing British sniper teams to operate almost completely unhindered by night conditions for the first time.

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Thermal Imaging and Lubrication Keeps Your Equipment Running Economically and Efficiently

Background

In the midst of the current economic turmoil, it’s not surprising that company boardrooms around the world are operating under the ‘Cash is King’ mantra. Efficiency and productivity are high on their agenda as a result. Now more than ever plant managers are looking for ways to improve equipment reliability, optimize maintenance, and reduce energy consumption. Often they are doing so by challenging the status quo and experimenting with new ideas. Re-training their staff to use effective lubrication techniques is proving another approach to the need for efficiency.

The Lubrication Six “R”s


Using a superior lubricant will not prevent lubrication problems, nor will upgrading to new and improved equipment. The Molykote® brand lubricant team encourages plants to consider the 6 “R’s” when selecting a lubricant team to accomplish maintenance and lubrication goals.

Right People

There are two groups of people critical to the lubricant team:

* The employees implementing the plan and
* The lubricant supplier team that ensures proper training and brings outside expertise.

There are many lubricant logistics suppliers, but few lubrication experts. A good lubricant supplier provides the expertise, training and tools you need to properly maintain your production line. They should also offer a comprehensive product line that fills all your lubrication needs. Plant managers should expect a comprehensive suite of services from their supplier to facilitate lubrication management. If your supplier does not offer products and services tailored to help you achieve best in class lubrication and maintenance practices, find one that does.

Right Time

The old standard most plants use for lubrication intervals is time-based. Today’s plants use a mixture of new oils and greases, making dependence on time alone unreliable.

Let condition monitoring be your guide. There are many condition monitoring methods designed to optimize maintenance, such as oil analysis. Condition monitoring methods help optimize performance and minimize maintenance costs. They also help maximize equipment uptime and subsequent production capacity by aligning maintenance activities to reduce the impact to production demands.

Right Place

Site-specific applications impose their own requirements. For example, food processing equipment subject to daily wash downs requires gearbox and conveyor chain lubricants that resist emulsification. Knowledgeable lubricant suppliers understand such applications and know the right lubricants to use at the right place and time. Their expertise helps maintenance professionals avoid mistakes in lubricant selection and application that can shorten equipment life and unexpectedly halt production.

Right Quantity

Plants need to determine how much lubricant is needed and be sure that lubrication best practices are properly implemented. Dedicated lubrication management software is a powerful tool to schedule, supervise, and record a consolidated lubrication program. It complements oil analysis by collecting trend data and developing responsive lubrication schedules. A typical large plant requires the plant lubrication team to track a complex schedule of lubricants and applications. Tracking usage can be an important indicator of developing problems or misunderstanding of lubrication procedures.

Right Product

Suppliers best equipped to meet requirements for diverse lubricating solutions are those offering a complete line of industrial lubricants, not just a “wide range” of products. The full-line supplier must also be able to draw on functional additive technologies including anti-oxidant, anti-wear and extreme temperature additives.

Right Method

A thorough oil analysis program can track critical wear-related characteristics of oil in service by comparing the results with previous reports and noting the trends. This helps identify contamination, lubricant degradation, abnormal machine wear and problems with sampling. It can also incorporate activities such as vibration analysis, infrared Thermal Imaging and ultrasonic monitoring to transform a lubrication program from time-based to condition-based, eliminating unnecessary changes.

The Right Track

Many lubrication suppliers have begun to offer tools to help customers understand savings potential. For example, the Molykote® Energy Saving Calculator was created to help plant managers understand potential energy and emissions savings through proper lubrication techniques. This calculator, which can be found at www.molykote.com, allows the user to adjust different entry options, power values and costs in order to simulate plant operation conditions.
Summary

Discovering where plants can be more efficient plays a great role in a successful lubrication system. Molykote® lubrication suppliers and other high-quality lubrication suppliers work with their clients to analyze troublesome pieces of equipment while looking for improvement areas which can lead to savings. With an effective lubrication system, plant managers can achieve longer machinery life and reduce down-time between planned maintenance to improve production performance and bottom-line profitability.

Source -Molykote® brand lubricants from Dow Corning
Author - Chad Chichester, pplication Engineering and Technical Service

For more information on nthis source, please visit Dow Corning

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Detecting Moisture Intrusion With Thermal Imaging

What is the difference between Moisture Intrusion and Water Damage?

Many homes and buildings have moisture intrusion problems for a long time without knowing it. Once a moisture problem is noticeable to the naked eye it has become water damage and can be expensive to repair.

Unseen leaks can hide behind ceilings, walls or flooring for some time before becoming visible on the interior surface. These moisture Intrusions are developing mold, rotting framing members and generally degrading the building materials long before they are visible on the outer surface.

A drywall ceiling or wall can hide moisture for a very long time before showing through to the finished surface as a stain or eventually collapsing. In the meantime the insulation is losing its R value and potentially growing fungus in the paper backing. The drywall is degrading, losing strength and also growing fungus. Framing members will degrade much more slowly but can also fail and will grow fungus. The electric wiring and fixtures can develop even more serious problems and cause immediate danger by shorting out or starting a fire. In some flooring materials moisture intrusions will usually show up sooner as we will notice a musty smell from carpeting or see warping of hardwood floors. Vinyl and tile floors can hide moisture problems longer, like the wall and ceiling surfaces.

Infrared thermal imaging can locate Moisture Intrusion problems behind the surface without destructive testing. A Infrared camera can "see" the thermal signature of water and damaged insulation areas through the walls and ceilings. A Trained Certified Thermographer can determine problem areas in most building materials and locate the source of the problem so that it can be prevented from recurring and properly repaired.

Thermal scanning can also be invaluable in determining the success of repair and dry out procedures. We can make sure all moisture was eliminated and insulation was replaced even after the repairs are completed.

Don't let hidden moisture become a mold or major water damage repair!

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source : americaninfraredconsultants.com


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Infrared Thermal Billboard in Belgium

Belgium's first green power supplier Electrabel has installed the 'worlds hottest billboard' at Brussels airport. Thermal imaging cameras film passing travellers and their energy is directly shown on 42 lcd screens.

We think its using thermal imaging to check for H1N1 swine flu





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Monday, July 6, 2009

Infrared Imaging System To Detect Whales

A new measurement system for the detection of whales is used for the first time on board of the research vessel Polarstern. Whales are usually difficult to spot. On the one hand, they spend the greater part of their life under water. On the other hand, only a small part of their body can be seen when they surface, and this can even hardly be distinguished from the surrounding water. Visual sightings by marine mammal observers are therefore usually based on observations of the spout, the condensing and quite warm breathing cloud. It rises, depending on the whale species and wind conditions, between one metre and ten metres over the water surface and remains visible for only a few seconds. A thermal imaging camera specifically optimized for this purpose now uses the heat of this spout. It is employed for the first time during the current expedition of RV Polarstern.

The underlying measurement method, infrared thermography, registers both at day and night the heat radiation originating from each body. It depicts it on a computer screen as a black and white picture, thus making it visible for humans: the brighter a spot, the warmer it is. The warm spout of a whale clearly stands out against the background of the cold North Atlantic or Antarctic waters.

Infrared thermography is already in use with great success, for example to examine the heat insulation of buildings. However, the ship-based detection of whales on sea presents new challenges: the camera must have "all-round visibility", it is subject to the constant movement of the ship and the spout is only briefly visible, possibly at a great distance. This poses high demands on the camera's optics: similar to animal photography, highest resolution telephoto lenses are necessary. When mounted to the ship, however, the camera would, due to the ship's motion, only point into the sky for much of the time.

A new thermal imager developed by Rheinmetall Defence Electronics, Bremen, Germany overcomes these challenges. The system, called FIRST Navy, was installed during Polarstern's last port call on a highly stabilized platform in the ship's crow's nest at a height of about 28 metres. The system generates five thermographic all-round images per second with a resolution of 7200 x 563 pixels of about 4 megapixels each. The stabilization compensates the ship's movements with the effect that the upper edge of the image is always aligned with the horizon and the surrounding water surface does not move out of the picture. The system produces about a terabyte of data each day.

Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association currently develop software to evaluate this data volume automatically. "We are very happy that the hardware of the system works successfully on board of Polarstern. The software is designed to search the stream of pictures for whale spout", explains Dr. Olaf Boebel, head of the research group Oceanic Acoustics at the Alfred Wegener Institute. He is in charge of the research project MAPS (Marine Mammal Perimeter Surveillance) which runs since early 2009. The aim is to transmit direction and distance of a whale sighting together with the respective video sequences to the ship's command in real-time. Ships equipped with such a system can, for the protection of the whales, respond by evasive manoeuvres or interrupt seismic measurements, as appropriate. Furthermore, the system can directly support
research projects concerning whale population in the scarcely researched Antarctic regions. Further application possibilities regarding ship security (evasion of collisions with growlers) and sea ice research (ice coverage at small-scales) are important, not least with regard to the diminishing Arctic ice cover.

Source www.underwatertimes.com

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