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Preventative Maintenance During Covid-19

Preventative Maintenance Still Needed during  Covid-19  

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.  

Examples of Preventative Maintenance 

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

Recommended Cameras for Preventative Maintenance 

satir d300 advance level thermal camera for industrial applications

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 

satir d600 performance level thermal camera for industrial applications

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 

 

 

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Environmental Factors & Covid-19 Fever Screening

High Temperature Reading? It may not be Covid-19 

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. 

Environmental Factors to Consider when installing your Fever Screening Camera 

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.

Image of a Sun to explain solar loading affects on thermal cameras

Solar Loading

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.

Image of a wind to explain wind chill affects on thermal cameras

Wind Chill

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. 

Image of a thermometer to explain external temperature affects on thermal cameras

Environmental Temperatures

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. 

Image of a building to explain setup affects on thermal cameras

Setup Conditions 

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. 

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SATIR Face Mask Detection Technology

What is SATIR Face Mask Detection Technology? 

SATIR Europe has recently developed Face Mask detection technology in one of its thermal imaging cameras that captures elevated body temperatures. This has been due to a demand in clients and new enquiries requesting a thermal imaging camera that can measure body temperatures and detect persons wearing face masks and face coverings. 
We have made updates in the software for the CK350F, this is currently the only model that has face mask detection as AI technology is needed to enable detection of face masks. 

No Face Mask No Entry Sign

Why is Face Mask Detection needed? 

There is now in the past two months been a big demand to have face mask detection incorporated into our thermal imaging systems due to updates and changes in different regulations. In Ireland, from the 20th July the Irish government have made wearing face masks or face coverings mandatory in retail shops and in small office or spaces where social distancing cannot be adhered to.  This type of rule and regulations have already been introduced in many countries worldwide already. The problem many retail stores and small offices are finding difficult is policing the mask wearing rule. They could have a person standing a door of the store or office to check someone is wearing their face mask but often businesses may not have the manpower to this or it may not allow safe social distancing to be adhered to. This is where AI technology in the CK350F can be used to police face mask wearing in these types of environments.  

CK350F Fever Screening & Mask Detection thermal camera from SATIR

Recommended Face Mask Detection System 

The CK350-F is SATIR’s intelligent fever screening system as it includes AI technology in the software and powerful analysis tools. It delivers clear images and video to the end user as it has 384x288 IR detector. It has a temperature measurement range of 0°C ~ +60°C and measurement accuracy of ≤ 0.3 ℃. It includes a range of temperature measurement features such as Motion detection, Disk alarm, I/O alarm, Temperature alarm. The CK350-F recently had a software updated to allow users to enable a face mask detection alarm. This alarm is both visual and audible to alert the technician of persons not wearing a face mask or face covering. The face mask detection  can be added to the alarm output, i.e if no face mask is worn then an  alarm signal is sent via the output channel on the CK350-F. To learn more about the CK350-F, please visit https://satir.com/product/ck350-f 

Example image showing face mask detection alarm system from SATIR

Example of Face Mask Detection Alarm 
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