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THERMAL MANAGEMENT FEATURE


hard pressure rollers to smooth the paper - is important. However, excess moisture can occur on the paper web between the rollers, damaging roll covers and causing downtime. One North America paper manufacturer experienced an average of 30 moisture events annually where each event equated to $100,000 in losses. To remedy the situation, the manufacturer turned to Eigen, an AI-enabled vision solution provider. Eigen provided a platform that featured FLIR automation cameras, an edge computing device, and analytics software. The FLIR cameras continuously monitor


the paper web prior to it entering the calender machine and upon detection of cold streaks, trigger an unload alarm so that calendar stacks are opened and roll covers are cleaned. Eigen estimates its automation solution will result in 300 unloads for a total savings of $1.2 million. Thermal monitoring solutions help avoid build-up on calender rolls and


damage to the paper processing systems. • Waste Facility and Fire Prevention – Based in the town of Legnago in Northern Italy, Ecologica Tredi operates an 11,000 square meter facility that specialises in the recovery and treatment of special, hazardous, and non- hazardous waste. Should material combust and cause a fire at the plant, the consequences include unwanted pollutants released into the environment, damaged equipment, and lengthy business interruptions. To enhance workplace safety and meet regulation compliance, Ecologica Tredi partnered with Thermostick Elettrotecnica, who specialises in unconventional fire detection systems. Thermostick Elettrotecnica provided a comprehensive monitoring control and alarm system based on FLIR automation cameras. These FLIR cameras monitor work and


storage areas and upon specified alarm events, can activate sprinklers or cannons. Thermostick Elettrotecnica also deployed a FLIR AX8 camera to survey material on the conveyor belt coming out of a shredder. Upon identifying abnormally high temperatures, the belt stops. After completing its audit of the facility, the Ministry of Interior said Ecologica Tredi was one of the most equipped for fire prevention. These are just a few deployments that


demonstrate how automation solutions, like the FLIR A400/A700 Smart Thermal Sensor camera, can be used to avoid unplanned outages, production line shutdowns, fires, and other “surprise” events that cause substantial disruptions and financial loss.


Images 1, 2 & 3: Examples of how FLIR automation cameras made a difference for critical facilities in the industrial sector


DEPLOYMENT RECOMMENDATIONS When evaluating how to implement thermal cameras for your automation application, there are several factors to consider. Here are a few recommendations to get you started. 1. Select an Accurate Camera: For automation, accurate


radiometric thermal images is key. Select a high-resolution radiometric thermal camera that yields sharp images and rich image detail. FLIR offers two optimal thermal detector


arrays, 320 × 240 or 640 × 480, which provide up to ±2°C accuracy within temperature ranges of -40°C to 2000°C. 2. Choose an Analytics Software:


Easily integrate FLIR automation cameras with your preferred analytics software. Some of the software that FLIR cameras currently integrate with include Cognex Designer Pro, NI Software, Pleora Ebus, Teledyne, and Spinaker SDK. 3. Determine Regions of Interest


“Determine Regions of Interest and


Alarm Settings: Define what critical areas need to be surveyed for hotspots or


temperature variances. When deploying FLIR cameras, you can select up to 10


regions of interest. Simply use the web- based configuration window on your


mobile device or computer to select spots, draw boxes, or create custom areas. Create your alarm parameters as well as


the desired response by defining the data acquisition output type.”


and Alarm Settings: Define what critical areas need to be surveyed for hotspots or temperature variances. When deploying FLIR cameras, you can select up to 10 regions of interest. Simply use the web-based configuration window on your mobile device or computer to select spots, draw boxes, or create custom areas. Create your alarm parameters as well as the desired response by defining the data acquisition output type. 4. Integrate with Control Processes:


For improved intervention, integrate thermal automation cameras with other control processes. To do this, ensure your automation camera is compliant with communication protocols such as GigE Vision, RTSP, MQTT, RESTful API, MODBUS TCP & Master, Ethernet IP, and FTP.


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