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TP Singh

Sales Director - India, Middle East, SS Africa, CIS, Turkey

FLIR Systems

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INDUSTRIAL SAFETY Innovation has been in our DNA since the beginning

Nov 30, 2020

With innovative sensing solutions, like thermal imaging, FLIR Systems has diversified portfolio that serves a number of applications in government & defence, industrial and commercial markets. In this interview with Anvita Pillai, TP Singh, Sales Director - India, Middle East, SS Africa, CIS, Turkey, FLIR Systems, discusses how FLIR helped and helping many business houses during and post-lockdown, to increase employee safety and more.

Since the regulations around the pandemic is easing out, how is Flir restoring back normalcy within its system?

Since FLIR products were in high demand since the beginning of this problem, it kept us busy throughout and same rhythm continues. Working under such conditions is new normal and FLIR team has adapted well to help our customers efficiently.

What does the process of innovation in your company system look like today? How has it changed from the pre-pandemic period?

Innovation has been in our DNA since beginning. We launched number of few key products in last few months as per details below: -

  • Launched FLIR Screen-EST Software for use with FLIR T-Series, Exx-Series, and ASeries thermal imaging cameras for increased speed and accuracy

    • This Software provides automatic measurement tools that perform EST screenings in two seconds or less at entries, checkpoints, and other high-traffic areas

  • Announced line of enhanced FLIR thermal cameras specifically for EST Screening, including upgraded screening mode to offer fast, safe, and simplified frontline screening

    • Axxx-EST, T5xx-EST, and Exx-EST series cameras are designed to simplify the screening process. These Cameras are easy to use and require limited training, reducing the burden on screening operators

  • FLIR VS290–32 Thermal MSX® Videoscope Kit

    • The FLIR VS290-32 is the first industrial thermal (160 x 120 pixels) and visual (2 MP) videoscope used to inspect difficult-to-access locations. The 2 m probe with sleek CAT IV 600 V, IP67-rated rectangular tip (11 mm thick) was purpose-built for inspecting underground utility vaults. Professionals can perform inspections through small openings in the manhole cover without having to enter, keeping themselves safe from unseen hazards while also improving productivity and reducing diagnostic time. Besides underground vaults, the FLIR VS290-32 can be used in Building Diagnostics applications, to access hard-to-reach areas in manufacturing and as a tactical tool in public safety

  • FLIR SV87–KIT Vibration Monitoring Solution

    • FLIR Vibration Monitoring Solution is a remote-sensing solution designed for continuous vibration and temperature monitoring. This is a new product category for FLIR Test & Measurement. Automated vibration monitoring can help detect serious problems with industrial machines long before the damage can be seen by the maintenance team. This connected screening solution has sensors that monitor 24/7. Automatic messages quickly alert staff to problems with key mechanical assets.

    • This continuous monitoring solution improves on traditional infrequent handheld route-based vibration monitoring of motors, pumps, and compressors

    • Problems can be caught much earlier - reducing their impact and increasing equipment uptime

    • The fixed sensors reduce risk to personnel in dangerous locations – “saving lives and livelihoods"

Today, with COVID-19, autonomous monitoring & inspection has become a necessity. Can you tell us how your recent launches are targeted in the direction of enabling autonomous factory monitoring set-ups?

  • - This product range has been in our portfolio for many years and we have many satisfied customers around the globe, including India.

  • There is many fixed type of thermal cameras available in this range. One of them is A4xx/A7xx

  • The FLIR A400/A700 Thermal Smart Sensor Camera has the features automation solution providers need for complex monitoring applications, including elevated skin temperature screening when used as an adjunct to other body temperature screening tools, critical infrastructure, product quality, and early fire detection. The Smart Sensor configuration includes multiple measurement tools and alarms while also providing computing-on-the-edge, with analytics performed at the camera level for immediate results. With a range of lens choices, motorised focus control, and unrivalled connectivity, A400/A700 cameras offer unmatched power and flexibility. Easy configuration allows you to tailor this monitoring system to your company’s quality, productivity, maintenance, and safety needs.

With the pandemic, employee safety has become pivotal. Are there any recent innovations of yours aimed in this direction? Can you recommend any special guidelines to follow while choosing the right product?

A4xx and A7xx explained above is from that category. There are many handheld visions also available. FLIR team may be contacted for any details needed.

For special guidelines, this list is very long but 4 main parameters are critical to be taken care, which are: -

  1. Sensitivity

  2. Accuracy

  3. Drift/Stability

  4. Spatial Resolution

I will try to explain the first two here.

Sensitivity – Most infrared camera companies have settled on a specification called Noise Equivalent Temperature Difference (NETD) to grade the sensitivity of an infrared camera. In practical terms, the NETD value specifies the minimum resolvable temperature difference, or the smallest temperature difference the camera can clearly distinguish out of the noise.

The NETD for an infrared camera is measured in millikelvins (mK). The scale of sensitivity goes up as the numbers go down, meaning that 38 mK is nearly 3 times as sensitive as a 100 mK. Therefore, the lower the NETD, the more detailed images it can produce. Highly sensitive thermal imaging cameras will show more colour and temperature differences; this high sensitivity also has a direct correlation with measurement accuracy.

Accuracy – The accuracy of an infrared camera system tells you the absolute measurement error of a known temperature target like a black body source, which is a programmable emitting device of electromagnetic radiation. For most infrared cameras, accuracy can be expressed in degrees, as a percentage temperature range, or both. For example, an industrial camera’s specifications may list the accuracy as ±2°C (±3.6°F) or ±2%. Usually manufacturers note that the accuracy is based upon the greater of the two values, like this: ±2°C (±3.6°F) or ±2% of reading, whichever is greater. What this particular accuracy specification means in application is described as follows: An electrical fuse at 50°C (122°F) could have a ±2% error measurement of ± 1.0°C (±2.4°F). Because the percent error (±1.0°C/2.4°F) is less than the stated degree error of ±2°C (±3.6°F), the relevant accuracy value for the fuse is the greater specification of ±2°C (±3.6°F).

FLIR thermal cameras that are engineered for elevated skin temperature screening can achieve accuracies of ±0.3°C (0.5°F) over a temperature measurement range of 15°C to 45°C (59°F to 113°F). This aligns with the U.S. FDA Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff as well as with ISO/TR 13154 specification. High accuracy is ensured by using the camera in a stable ambient environment, by limiting targets to humans, and by frequently updating temperature reference samples according to the population being screened.

Please tell us something about yourself/experience.

I have 27 years of experience. My educational qualifications include Degree in Electronics and Communication, Management course from IIM, Calcutta, Digital Marketing Course from DMI, Ireland. I am taking care of Instruments Sales in Emerging Markets for FLIR.

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