We would like to wish all our distributors and end-users Happy Holidays as we enter the festive season. Back in January 2020, we don't think any of us could imagine what 2020 would have in store for many of us. For SATIR Europe, we changed our manufacturing efforts to focus on fever screening thermal cameras & systems and also changed the way we worked with our colleagues during Ireland's two lockdowns in order to protect our staff health & safety.
We hope this festive season will give you some time to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones and hopefully 2021 will bring a change to the Covid-19 Pandemic with recent announcements of Vaccines are on the way. We hope all our clients and end-users have safe holidays and we wish you all the best for 2021.
We will be closing the SATIR Europe office in Drogheda, Ireland on the 23rd of December and we will be reopening our office on the 4th January.
Over the past few months, the Covid-19 pandemic has been the main focus of SATIR manufacturing operations as there has been a large demand for thermal imaging cameras that can be incorporated into fever screening programmes.
The World and SATIR are learning how to live alongside Covid-19 and we are understanding our new ‘normal’. We are looking at continuing to focus on our fever screening products but also incorporate our industrial product line of cameras in this new ‘normal’.
Our Industrial range of products have been very popular for Preventive maintenance which still needs to be carried out in manufacturing plants. Even if a business is not operating at its full production capacity, preventative maintenance needs to still be carried out so that when full capacity returns the equipment and machines are ready to meet the demand.
In the thermal image above it shows a high resistance connection around where the bolt connects and should be action as soon as possible.
In the image above a survey is checking the windings, and bearings plus the thermal profile. No issues are showing but will be checked again during next routine maintenance as this is a key part in the production line
The SATIR D300 advance-level thermal imaging is suitable for carrying out preventative maintenance surveys and reports. The SATIR D300 has some interesting design features such as fully reversible 3.5-inch display. It is suitable for users who are right or left handed, making the design ergonomic and accessible to all. The SATIR D300 has a 384×288 IR detector which generates 110592 pixels, this gives the user a clear, crisp image and with high speed processing slows a quick image out without compromising quality. The SATIR D300 Mid-Level Thermography camera has four imaging modes which are Infrared (IR), Digital (CCD), Picture in Picture and Duo Vision Plus which is a new technology developed by SATIR. The Duo Vision Plus allows users to overlay CCD and IR images giving the user a detailed and clear image.
Learn More at https://satir.com/article/satir-d300
The SATIR D600 is a new performance thermography camera that has been developed from the D300 Mid-Level Model. The D600 shares many of the same features as the D300 but has a higher performing infrared detector of 640x480. The 640x480 IR detector generates 307,200 powerful pixels which will deliver excellent imaging and video recordings to the end-user. The D600 has a long battery life of 5 hours plus meaning it can be used for a long day of surveying without being charged.The D600 also has a laser ranger finder that acts as a laser pointer and can help tell the end-users the distance of the target.
Learn More at https://satir.com/product/satir-d600
Since the beginning of 2020, many people have purchased thermal imaging cameras from our Fever Screening range of products. These products are used to monitor people for elevated temperature readings. If a person is not asymptomatic a key symptom of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is a high temperature (fever). Often if a elevated body temperature is detected the person can undergo further testing to see if they have Covid-19. However, a high temperature reading from a thermal imaging camera does not always mean a person/s may be ill from a cold/flu or Covid-19. A incorrect high temperature reading may occur if environmental factors are not taken into consideration when the fever screening camera is being installed. Environmental factors can sometimes affect temperature readings, this is particularly important to take note of as we are entering into the Autumn/Winter Seasons.
There are a number of different environmental factors to consider when setting up and installing your fever screening camera. Below are a few that need to be considered.
Solar Loading occurs when there is strong sunlight, when there is strong sunlight it can heat up objects and people. For Example, if you were to leave a spoon outside on a sunny day after a period of time the spoon will become warm. Solar loading can cause temperature readings to appear higher than they actually are in most cases. This can happen if a person was outside in the sunshine for a period of time perhaps the person has a 20 minute walk to work, during this time the persons body temperature would increase due to the sunshine and also the physical activity of walking. Strong sunlight can warm the top of the persons head and this could elevate the skin or hair to above the alert setting 38C /100F, as the thermal screening is looking at the face for the maximum temperature the temperature reading can give a false reading In this type of situation it would be best to have the person wait 5-10 minutes in a cool waiting area before they are have their temperature reading taken.
Wind Chill is the opposite of Solar loading, it replaces sunshine with strong winds, it can make a person or an object much colder than their true temperature. If a person has been working outside in windy conditions, we would recommend the person to stand in a sheltered waiting area for 5-10 minutes before they are temperature screened.
It is important to take regular note of environmental temperatures in your local region, particularly when seasons are changing Summer to Autumn as this can affect a person’s temperature reading. We would recommend that a person goes to a sheltered waiting area for 5-10 minutes before they are temperature screened.
It is important to look at the area that is being used for the fever screening. We would recommend that the fever screening cameras should be setup in an indoor temperature controlled area as a sheltered area is best to get the most accurate temperature readings. If this is not possible, we would recommend you set up a structure such as a tent, marquee or a portacabin. It is also important to make sure you have the camera set up at a correct height and focus to take temperature readings of visitors and staff as people’s height measurements can vary and the camera needs a view of the persons face to take accurate temperature measurement.