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FACILITIES MANAGEMENT FEATURE


Thermal imaging prevents plant failure T


hermal imaging is helping aluminium producers in India to


reduce the cost of the process by assuring that plant and equipment is running optimally through predictive maintenance. The technology is used for inspecting all electro-mechanical plant and systems, furnace ducts, heating chambers and tanks and for monitoring scale build-up in pipes and vessels. Any problems are then scheduled for repair during maintenance shutdowns. In this way faults are corrected before they have the opportunity to become costly failures and cause lost production. For this reason a leading industry


body in India is an enthusiastic proponent of thermal imaging. The Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC) uses a FLIR P660 camera to help its customers to achieve reliable and cost-efficient production. With <30mK sensitivity and


temperature measurement accuracy of ±1%, it detects the smallest thermal anomalies over distance. It includes radiometric and non-radiometric video recording, contrast optimisation and every facility for quick, easy and effective inspection. USB and Firewire


LIGHTING UPGRADE


connection is standard. Initially hesitant about using the technology the aluminium producers soon recognised its many benefits, in particular that it is optimally used when systems are fully operational. Electro-mechanical problems can be seen without loss of production and as a result many manufacturers have pro-actively adopted predictive maintenance programmes with thermal imaging a key element.


FLIR Systems


T: 01732 220011 www.flir.com Enter 304


Electro-mechanical problems can be seen without loss of production


GlassGuard has published a guidance document: Upgrading T8 fluorescent lighting in factory production environments compiled in compliance with the code of practice for minimum illumination levels in factory production environments as specified by the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL). Using Relux lighting design software, illuminance simulation has been used to provide detailed output comparisons between LED and fluorescent lighting using manufacturers’ lumen data files. The output data is transposed into calculating energy savings, payback periods and real cost of ownership comparing both technologies. “T8 fluorescent lamps are widely


used in factories, many dating back 25 years,” says GlassGuard’s Chris Payne. “With today’s demands for cost and energy savings and health & safety/ HACCP compliances, many are being upgraded. The document is a valuable tool for assisting engineering and technical managers when considering new lighting.


GlassGuard www.glassguard.co.uk Enter 305


Tel: 0208 339 7370 Fax: 0208 339 7371


462 Ewell Road, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 7EL, England


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