Advantages of Thermal Imaging in Engineering

The use of Thermal Imaging with the help of IR cameras has increased manifold in the recent years and has become an integral part of almost all sorts of engineering disciplines, particularly in product development. These cameras assist in making sure that a product in the process of development does not have excessive heat dissipation that would in turn shorten its useful lives. This fundamental is applied for both electrical and mechanical components and assemblies.

Early Development of Product

The use of IR cameras helps in studying the heat generation and dissipation of a product in the initial stages. This reduces the design iterations and helps in quick development and marketing of the desired product. The cost of R&D is reduced tremendously resulting in a better designed product with improved reliability, safety and cost. This process of R&D with the help of IR cameras is being followed by various industries manufacturing tires, complex electronic assembly and cheap to high technology devices.

Stress Measurement

The thermo mechanical properties of a material can easily be measured with an IR camera. This facilitates in evaluating the amount of stress a mechanical part has to support and according to the evaluation the part is designed to improve its reliability. The exhaustion of the material can also be measured making it easier to predict the failure of the material much before it actually does. This process is usually been deployed by the automotive industry.



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benefits
  • Reduction of production losses due to unplanned
  • Reduced maintenance and repair costs
  • Increased equipment life
  • Increased Mean-Time-Between-Failures (MTBF)
  • Increased productivity and profitability
  • Reduced insurance premiums
Applications
  • Condition monitoring
  • Medical imaging
  • Research
  • Process control
  • Non destructive testing