In recent years, more and more enterprises have introduced industrial IoT into factories. Through the combination of sensing and communication technology, they can detect the operation status of the factory equipment so that the back-end management platform can instantly grasp its status and avoid accidents unwarned equipment shutdown.

1. Mechanical Wear Monitoring

  • Problem:Pumps in the semiconductor plant are used continuously causing the bearing wears out quickly. Sudden break down have often causes unwarned downtime.
  • Solution:By monitoring the temperature of the overall “surface” of the machine compare to the data obtained by the single-point temperature measurement is more reliable. Using a Heat Finder can monitor multiple pumps at the same time and identify those equipment that requires attention or service.
  • Implementation Advantages:
    1.The monitoring system is open 365 days a year, and the signs can be found instantly.
    2.Based on the data gathered, maintenance schedule can be adjusted for those equipment that are in risk of failures.
    3.Using one Heat Finder can monitor the surface temperature of multiple pumps at the same time in a large range, reducing the cost for equipment monitoring.
  • Installation case:

water supply and drainage pump equipment

2. Detection of abnormal resistance

  • Problem:In order to check whether the internal conductor of the GIS equipment is normal, it is usually shut down and disassembled during the annual repair. However, if the internal conductor is in poor contact during daily operation, the contact resistance will increase and heat will be generated when the load current flows. Overheated conductor will cause insulation aging or even breakdown, which will short circuit and resulted in production line to shut down.
  • Solution:Use the Heat Finder to take a image of a 2-story tall gas transformer, compare the surface temperature changes at different locations, and detect faulty internal conductor early. With the early warning, the technician can be dispatched for checking or servicing.
  • Implementation Advantages:
    1.No need to shut down the machine to test the electricity status and log internal temperature change in advance.
    2.Schedule maintenance, improve machine life time, and avoid equipment breakdown without warning.
    3.The temperature data can be collected while machine is running, which reduces the false detection and missed detection by human errors.
  • Installation case:

GIS equipment

3. Detect liquid leakage

  • Problem:The odorless and colorless liquid cannot be checked by the naked eye. Whether it is the overflow of personnel operation or the leakage of pipeline cracks, there is a high probability of causing accidents by contact.
  • Solution:Even though the liquid itself is colorless and odorless, the difference in the emissivity of liquid compared to solid substances can be traced by thermal detection. Therefore, Heat Finder can help the operator to notice the residual or venting of harmful substances.
  • Implementation Advantages:
    1.Not depended by the light source, presented by colors, easy to observe with the naked eye.
    2.Relative temperature difference can enlarge and display to see slight distribution.
    3.Reduce the probability of operators contacting harmful liquids.
  • Installation case:

TFT panel factory

4. Thermal detection for biometrics, implement energy saving and safety management

  • Problem:The current access control system with card reader and PIR human sensing is easy to misjudge or miss detection, and resulted in access control difficulties.
  • Solution: When a worker swipes to enter the door, the human body temperature is detected through the access control linked to the Heat Finder thermal imaging camera. If someone does not leave immediately after swiping the card and stay in the room, the Heat Finder will then activated Alarm notification, enforcing one-in-one-out door control.
  • Implementation Advantages:
    1.Unaffected by the light source or target movement and accurately identify personnel’s position
    2.Track and record entry, exit and personnel’s temperature
    3.Pinpoint abnormal heat source and trigger alarm
  • Installation case:

Factory sensitive area access control

5. Prevention of spontaneous combustion of carbon deposits in exhaust pipes

  • Problem:Turbulence often occurs at the turning point of the exhaust pipeline, it is easy to deposit metal dust. Spontaneous combustion is easy to occur in the high-temperature closed pipeline.
  • Solution:By setting a multi-stage detection temperature setting alarm, the surface temperature of the pipeline corners can be continuously monitored remotely, and the service man are alerted when abnormal temperature rise occurs.
  • Implementation Advantages:
    1.Thermal image can easily observe the heat accumulation position in the closed pipeline from the outside.
    2.Effective detection for abnormal temperature rise to avoid sudden flashover events.
  • Installation case:

hand tool manufacturing factory

6. Flame monitoring control over high-temperature operating environment

  • Problem:In the steel mill, sparks will be splattered, often contacting the residual lubricant near the machine and causes fire damage.
  • Solution:In order to effectively prevent the spread of burning flames, a fixed area shall be set up for detection at the splash position. Once there is suspected flame, workers shall be notified immediately.
  • Implementation Advantages:
    1.Spark splashing is unavoidable, the implementation of combustion detection can increase safety and save manpower.
    2.Remotely monitor the abnormal temperature under high temperature environment to reduce the chances of people directly exposed to the dangerous environment.
  • Installation case:

steel mill running belt