Why Choose an Infrared Thermometer over Conventional Methods?

infrared thermometers

Infrared thermometers (also called pyrometers) operate on the principle of detecting infrared radiation of objects to determine the temperature. Pyrometers are useful for controlling complete factory processes or measuring small components to ensure a consistent quality level.

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Big Data – Resolving the Power Transformer Dilemma


North America relies on an aging electrical grid, some of which originated in the 1880s. This old and complex patchwork system of power generating plants, power lines, and substations operate cohesively to power homes and businesses.

Age is an important indicator of remaining life and structural strength. As equipment gets older, it breaks down causing an increasing number of power outages. A recent project investigated 2,300 “problem” transformers out of the total US installation base of 115,000 large power transformers. Of these 2,300, a total of 750 failed – for a failure rate of 32%! The industry cost of power interruptions caused by transformer failure can be considerable.

Transformers are the most important (and costly) equipment in an electrical power network. These aging pieces of the system put a difficult choice in front of the world’s electric utility companies: replace the critical transformers with new units or try to extend the working life of the existing fleet of older units.

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Keeping Transformers Online

Transformers are getting older and electricity demands are expected to increase by 19% over the next 10 years. Monitoring transformers and keeping them online is essential to meeting increasing demands with older equipment.

Traditionally, transformers are monitored with manual methods such as manual samples and manual analysis. Using sensors with intelligence allows utility managers to monitor transformers daily from afar. Daily samples can help managers understand how their transformers are performing with automatic data analysis. Learn more in the infographic below!

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The Convergence of Precision with Visualization – Pyrometry Meets Imaging Halfway…and Why It’s a Big Deal for Industrials


In our last post, Brett explained why LumaSense is exploring innovations that wed the well-known arena of pyrometry with thermal infrared (IR) imaging. Emerging from our customer-driven R&D efforts is a new area of temperature measurement and control—a potentially transformative technology that we call Rel-Rad™.

To understand why Rel-Rad is so transformative, I thought it would be useful to take a brief snapshot of the current state of pyrometry and thermal imaging and explain where Rel-Rad fits.

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Sensing the Forest Through the Trees

tree_4As I blogged before the Fourth of July took us home to friends and family, LumaSense Technologies’ collaborative 6th Sense approach consists of six steps that effectively put companies on the path to rooting out waste and inefficiency.

Some may consider an efficiency improvement of 1-4% to be modest and not worth the effort required. But when you’re competing with companies on an international scale, every improvement affects the bottom line. If you could make transformational and enduring improvements to achieve world-class efficiency and reduce unwarranted waste, then why not?

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Houdini’s Magic Secrets Revealed

LS6 Process Efficiency Methodology

We’ve been talking in this blog about the need for companies to awaken their Industrial “6th Sense” and escape the estimated $1 Trillion annual drag caused by global waste and inefficiency.

In our last post, I mentioned the great contortionist and escape artist, Harry Houdini. If you’ve ever seen films of Houdini in action, you can imagine the methodical preparation this incredible illusionist applied to pulling off his magic and surviving the seemingly insurmountable predicaments he put himself in.

How can industrial operators and plant managers apply Houdini’s rigor and take actionable steps to evaluate and escape their own productivity and waste traps?

At LumaSense, we’ve developed the LS6  Process Efficiency Methodology  – Six steps to achieving sustainable process efficiency and waste reduction.

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Measuring the Elusive 6th Sense

pic_6formulaAs we’ve explained in previous posts, LumaSense is on a mission to help companies awaken their industrial  “6th Sense” — a state of process-specific hyper-awareness  – by harnessing sensing solutions and Big Data analytics. With an estimated
$1 Trillion lost every year to global waste and inefficiency, the opportunity for economic gains is astounding.

But how to capture those potential gains, which can seem as elusive as Houdini?  That brings us to this week’s post…

The LS6 PE Index – A 6 factor formula for process efficiency

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Awakening Your Industrial 6th Sense

Awakening Your 6th Sense

As I wrote in our inaugural Sensory Overload blog, we are setting out to explore how companies can awaken their industrial 6th Sense to achieve better insight into their core processes and regain some of the more than $1 Trillion outflow in annual productivity losses.

What is the 6th Sense?  Simply, it’s the power of perception beyond the five senses. Some refer to it as intuition; others say it’s the ability to understand the subtle cause-and-effect relationship behind events.

In my view, 6th Sense is a combination of purpose-driven sensors and intelligent software that generate and harness Big Data, allowing our customers to clearly see into and ultimately optimize their most resource-intensive processes.

It boils down to one simple equation:

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Standing up to the $1 Trillion Challenge


Welcome to our new blog. In today’s data-intensive world, one would think you would have enough information to visualize, understand and optimize resource-intensive processes. In reality, it stands as no surprise that no matter how much data you have, you simply can’t make sense of it all – without some help, that is. Let’s take a look at waste and inefficiency in the real world of global industry and how “sensory overload” can actually be harnessed for bottom-line gains.

Experts estimate that 5% of an industrial company’s resources typically go down the drain every year due to waste, inefficiency from aging plants, infrastructure, and equipment. Inefficiency not only affects a company’s bottom line, it also impacts consumers in the form of higher prices and impedes a nation’s economy by lowering its ability to compete  on a global scale.

According to the CIA World Factbook, with the gross world product (GWP) at roughly $80 trillion for the year 2011; industry accounted for nearly 30% of that or approximately $24 trillion. Given these numbers, preventing as little as 5% of industrial waste and inefficiency could translate into a potential annual savings of more than $1 trillion.

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