MIKRON Infrared, Inc., founded in 1969, was a pioneer in infrared thermometers and became a leader in thermal imaging and
blackbody calibration sources. LumaSense acquired Mikron in 2007 and now offers thermal imaging and blackbody calibration solutions for many applications including semiconductor, power generation, and industrial material processing.
Some of Mikron’s early offerings included the Mikron M67 / M67S and later M77 infrared pyrometers. The Mikron M67 featured a patented 2-wire interface to simplify installation and reduce total cost of ownership. The M67 (and successors M67S and M77) became a leading temperature measurement solution in many steel, metal heat treating, and glass processing applications. These products paved the way for many of the LumaSense Mikron offerings available today.
We invite you to learn more about our Mikron thermal imaging and blackbody calibration sources!
Announcing the integrated ISR 6-TI Advanced pyrometer with thermal imaging solution for increased control and optimization of manufacturing processes in metals, glass, and other materials industries! The ISR 6-TI Advanced is a true break-through by combining pyrometry with infrared imaging technology to produce “Relative” thermal images. “Relative” thermal images are produced by measuring the temperature of the center spot with a ratio pyrometer and using an infrared filter to show an auto-calibrated thermal image based on the highly accurate ratio pyrometer temperature reading.
Superman has x-ray vision, but you have Thermal Vision! However, while seeing things real-time is great for detecting anomalies immediately, it does little to predict them. For that, you need history. History helps predict the future, and when it comes to data, collecting and analyzing thermal imaging data can be overwhelming. Automating this process using thermal imaging software can help take the headache out of trying to understand the data the thermal imaging cameras are collecting. See how we do it in the infographic below.
Although most infrared thermal imagers are now designed for a one-handed point-and-shoot operation and the operational basics are fairly easy to learn, many owners only learn a fraction of the capabilities and features. More importantly, the frequency of capturing a meaningless image, or incorrectly interpreting an image is a serious concern when the imager is in the hands of an untrained operator. Thermal Imagers are purchased as an investment and are expected to be used to discover problem areas, monitor processes, increase quality, etc.
In order to make that investment hold its value, getting your Level 1 Thermographer’s Certification is an important first step in the process. To gain complete return on investment in thermography, it is vital to be certified so you can take appropriate images, as well as fully understand what your thermal images are telling you. Having the equipment and not completely understanding it’s proper use could cause costly mistakes and disrupt your career. Certification can be an added costly line item to you, but it should be considered an investment that typically yields great returns.
Furthermore, ISO requirements lead many organizations to pursue training based on guidelines and standards from independent organizations such as the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) in the United States. The most valuable course will meet or exceed ASNT’s SNT-TC-1A and CP-105 guidelines, by covering the principles and technologies involved and giving you some level of practical training under the direction of a an ASNT-certified instructor.
Listed below are the core concepts covered in a Level 1 Thermography course:
Andy Beck, LumaSense’s Regional Manager for Northeast and Northwest U.S. and a specialist in thermal imaging systems, recently attended the AEP BRO Forum focused on Boiler Reliability Optimization. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, American Electric Power (AEP) is one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., serving over 5 million customers in 11 states.
The AEP BRO Forum is an annual event for AEP employees, invited utility company guests and about 200 of the industry’s top suppliers. Andy was invited to deliver a presentation on how online thermal imaging systems can help optimize boiler operations. Here’s his report …
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.
As 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?