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ir/thermal imaging

RMC

What's Up with
Wireless Thermal
Imaging?
WITH THE INDUSTRIAL Internet of Things (IIoT), remote
monitoring of equipment is becoming more common for control
and operation. Many maintenance tasks are still manual, however,
requiring a technician to be present to gather data, especially on
Tier 2 equipment. That scenario is changing.
Thermal imaging is an example of a condition-monitoring
technique that has historically been carried out with handheld
devices. According to Frederic Baudart with Fluke Corp. (fluke.
com, Everett, WA), the emergence of connected, semi-fixed,
wireless technologies has expanded thermal-imaging capabilities.
He summed up several of those expanded capabilities in terms of
why, where, and when.

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LEVERAGING THERMAL
IMAGING FOR RELIABILITY
Thermal imaging can provide a wide range of benefits for a reliability
program. For preventive and proactive maintenance, this technology
can quickly make visible what might have been invisible problems within
rotating- and other equipment systems. The areas of a plant where it can
be leveraged are virtually endless, and the reasons for doing so are many,
including:
 troubleshooting
 data collection
 mobility and flexibility.
Now, with the ability to capture images without a technician present,
thermal imaging has become an even more versatile tool.

Frederic Baudart is lead product specialist for Accelix, a suite of
solutions from Fluke Corp., Everett, WA (fluke.com). To learn more, visit
connect.fluke.com or accelix.com.

NOVEMBER 2017

Wireless thermal imaging can be one of the easiest-to-use
condition-monitoring technologies in a plant's digital tool belt.
Image courtesy Fluke Corp.

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WHY
Contact-free, wireless technology is safer for personnel and processes
because it is noninvasive and requires no shutdowns or downtime to install.
It can monitor difficult-to-access equipment or large areas quickly. Valuable
data can be saved and trended in the cloud.

WHERE
A semi-fixed, wireless sensor can remain in place or be moved to different
equipment depending on specific site requirements. Among other things, this
technology can be used to monitor:
motors and drives
pumps and compressors
process instrumentation
small transformers
pre-commissioning activities.
Wireless technology places even the most difficult-to-reach equipment
within the range of a thermal imager, without the need for personnel to take
the measurements.

WHEN
Wireless, cloud-based thermal-imaging capabilities run 24/7/365, allowing
visibility into a plant's equipment systems and access to actionable data at
any time. Authorized personnel are immediately notified of any condition
changes in time to take corrective action to prevent damage/downtime. EP
-Jane Alexander, Managing Editor

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