Infrared machine vision is proving the ideal choice for an increasing number of manufacturers seeking to validate and increase product quality and throughput, whilst minimising waste and improving profitability. FLIR Systems has recently introduced a new range of discrete thermal imaging cameras suitable for quick and easy integration onto any production line.
While traditional machine vision can see a production problem, it can’t detect thermal irregularity. In contrast infrared gives much more information to the decision maker. It also requires no additional lighting to illuminate target scene and can ‘see’ through both ambient dust and smoke.
The FLIR A35 thermal imaging camera is a typical example in the new compact series. It is fully compliant with both GeniCam and GigEVision protocols making it instantly ready for quick and easy network installation. Communication and power are supplied via one cable. Both standards make it easy to integrate software and similarly compliant equipment from different vendors. And this considerably extends the camera’s scope of application.
Typical uses for the FLIR newcomer are in open loop and high-speed applications whose quality and control can be governed by thermal contrast rather than accurate temperature measurement.
FLIR Systems Ltd is based West Malling, Kent, UK. www.flir.com