Thermal Imaging Software and Its Uses
Posted November 19th, 2011 at 12:39pm
Once upon a time, thermal imaging software may have seemed the stuff of CSI or James Bond; better associated with spotting Russian agents in the Arctic tundra, or tracing the footprints of a fleeing criminal. And the majority of those associations currently apply.
The police regularly use thermal imagers to spot the distinctive heat patterns given off by cannabis factories, otherwise hidden within everyday houses or garden sheds. However, in current times the introduction of less costly, user-friendly technology has seen thermal imaging rolled out across a much wider and perhaps surprising set of industries. As per Mike Berrie's opinion, easy-to-use thermal imaging technology can be advantageous in measuring, tracking and pinpointing trouble spots that have previously been difficult to find, all at a reasonable cost.
The power to spot various locations of heat has security uses more than easily catching bad guys. Banks and other institutes can use thermal images to measure where heat is being lost around security doors - an effective indicator of exactly how tightly enclosed that area is. Similarly, stores and supermarkets can check the gasket seals on cold storage areas (e.g. freezer and chiller cabinets), ensuring their produce remains fresh and they are not using unnecessarily high levels of electricity to keep it so.
Until recently, firms would have had to employ specialized contractors to conduct these types of investigations as the value of temperature measurement equipment - between $40,000 and $60,000 - rendered ownership of the technology prohibitively expensive. The advent of cheaper thermal imagers, such as Irisys’s IR16DS, mean not only that these contractors can work more easily, more cheaply and more quickly, but also that non-specialists can purchase their own equipment. The main advantages of cheaper thermal imagers, like Irisys’s IR16DS are they can work more effectively at low costs and very quickly,on top of that that non-specialistscan buy their own equipment.
The actual long run savings are not only obvious, but preventative maintenance is a more practical thing to consider as one does not risk wasting considerable amounts of money only to learn that nothing is faulty. Thermal imaging can even find uses in your own home. Now a days cost is our main concern. With times hard for many we’re always on the lookout for extra ways to save a few pennies - and if it can help us go green at the same time, all the better.
Thermal imaging can reveal to you where your house is getting rid of the most heat; peer through the viewfinder and notice those houses with limited loft insulation lit up like a Christmas tree. If there is a a blockage in your central heating system that will lead to lack of heat to large areas of your house. Moreover, thermal imagers can tell you the exact place of the blockage and cut down on call out times. They’re also useful in spotting potentially hazardous electrical faults - always encouraging - and can pick out areas of excess moisture, helping you catch damp before it sets in.
Noticing electrical faults is also beneficial in the (literally) high flying world of aerospace engineering. The electrical systems of aeroplanes are normally securely packed into narrow cavities in the fuselage and standard servicing can entail the taking apart of large areas in the search for a situation. One top of that, thermal imagers are very efficient in reducing time and expense. Being able to quickly spot air leakages is another benefit, and the ability to measure the heat generated by moving components has applications across the mechanical construction sector.
We can't trust in our own senses to recognize when individual components may be overheating expecially when in an already heated environments just like a ship’s engine room or a busy factory,We can easily manage that with the help of thermal imaging. And that really is only the start. The applications of temperature measurement equipment take care of additional industries as diverse as water treatment, research and development, transport, biotechnology, ceramics and in many cases brewing. Definitely not the stuff of science fiction any longer; thermal imagers are hot.