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SATIR Exhibiting at Expo Electrica, Mexico

Visit SATIR at Expo Electrica, Mexico

SATIR are pleased to announce we are exhibiting at the upcoming Expo Electrica which will be taking place at Mexico City from the 6th – 8th June. The show is celebrating 25th anniversary and SATIR are delighted to be part of the celebrations.

Thermal Imaging Solutions at Expo Electrica
SATIR will have a full sales and technical team at our booth: 1831 who will be showcasing our thermal imaging solutions that can be applied to a wide range of applications across different industries, particularly the electrical industry.

We will be showcasing our D-Series which compromises of two models the D300/D600 which have two resolutions 384x288 and 640x480. The D-Series is a popular range of thermal cameras for those working in the electrical industry as it has 5-hour battery life so suitable for a day of surveying and is a handheld device.

The I-Series will also be available to demonstrate at the show it is handheld thermal imaging camera that comes with an Android App, which is useful for live reporting of the survey. It is available in three resolutions which are; 160x120, 384x288, 640x512.

We will be also showcasing the newest thermal imaging solutions that SATIR has developed. This includes the T-256 which is an entry level model that is affordable to those who are on a budget and are looking for an easy-to-use thermal imaging camera. It has an Android platform and has a battery life up to 5 hours, making it a good electrician tool.


Saving on Rising Energy Costs with Thermal Imaging

Rising Energy Costs & Inflation 

In recent weeks, homeowners and business owners have all seen their energy costs rise to an all-time high and just when people are getting back to their feet after Covid-19 Pandemic.  According to the main reason why prices have risen is due to wholesale prices have skyrocketed leading electricity and gas providers to pass on the price increase to the customer. Wholesale prices have skyrocketed due to a number of reasons such as  Europe having a cold winter which led to a higher demand, hotter weather in Asia lead to a demand for air conditioning which is largely fueled by electricity. Then their is also political tensions with the threat of Russia cutting off European gas supplies. This make it now more than so important to look at our buildings and ensuring they are well insulated to prevent any heat loss. 

How can thermal imaging help with rising energy costs?

Thermal Imaging Cameras can help with rising energy costs by detecting areas of poor insulation. Thermal imaging cameras are temperature measurement devices. They measure thermal energy which is converted in to a 2 dimensional image and allows the user to see differences in temperature within the target area. They can easily detect differences in temperature which highlight areas of concern. One of the main benefits of thermal imaging cameras is that they are non-destructive and non-invasive which means they don’t need the area of concern to excavated or to be powered off. SATIR offers a wide range of thermal imaging cameras that can suit different budgets and abilities.

Recommended Thermal Imaging Cameras for Reducing Energy Costs

  • D160 Pro - An Entry Level, easy to use thermal imager for any novice or tradesperson who looking for a thermal imager to simply take a thermal image. 
  • I-Series - Available in entry and middle level models depending on budgets and needs, it features an Android App that can display the survey to a second person on their android tablet or phone ideal for demostationg heat loss areas to customers. 
  • D300 - A Mid Level industrail thermal imager that is suitable for heavy surveying work such as regular maintenance checks on factories and large buildings. 

Using Thermal Imaging Cameras for Energy Savings

Thermal Imaging cameras can detect building structure defects, insulation issues or escape of warm air.  This will help save on heating costs both at home and in business.  Thermal Imaging cameras can see a area of concern which cannot be seen by the human eye. Once detected, corrective action can take place which can save the environment and money. Below are some examples of areas that can save energy and costs in the long-term by using better insulation 

Thermal Image of door showing draught Thermal Image of heating loss
Cold air ingress around the door  Cold air ingress
Thermal Camera for Leak Detection

How can a thermal camera be used for Leak Detection?

To explain how a thermal camera can be used for leak detection, we must firstly understand what is thermal imaging and how it works. Thermal Imaging is the process to create an image using Infrared Radiation. Most things emit some form of Infrared Radiation, including humans and animals. Infrared Radiation is directly affected by temperature, e.g. the higher the temperature the more Infrared Radiation is emitted, and the inverse is also true. Using a Microbolometer, a thermal camera  captures the different level of energy and converts it in to a two dimension picture and by adding colour and a temperature bar, which can be easily interpreted.

Now to apply this to the application of leak detection which most plumbers have the role of trying to identify a leak and resolve the issue. If a pipe bursts, it will emit cold or hot water and this would have a different thermal profile to a pipe which is not leaking. A leak on the hot heating pipes can be easily identified on the screen on a thermal camera as often the pipe and surrounding materials will have a standard heat signature while the water would be a different pattern.

Thermal Camera Leak Detection: Examples

Pipe Layout - thermal camera leak detection

The above images is an example of how thermal cameras can easily identify the pipe layout under floors without the need to excavate the floor. This can be particularly useful for plumbers who are not familiar with the building pipework layout and structure.

Sink blockage - thermal camera leak detection survey

The above image is shows there is blockage of a sink pipework. This could build up over time and cause odours and flooding if the sink is blocked.

shower leak - thermal camera leak detection survey

The above shows a shower leak which is not always visible as it was a small leak but by applying hot water to the internal area near the leak site it is noticeable when the water escapes and runs along the skirting board and floor tiles

damaged heating pipe-thermal camera leak detection survey

The above image is from a thermal camera leak detection survey.  The thermal camera has identidied that the heating pipe is damaged due to a nail from the carpet gripper rod.  The image shows that  several area have been damaged and are in need of emergency repair and replacement. 

Recommended thermal camera for leak detection

The D160 Pro is the recommended thermal camera for leak detection for plumbers as it fit easily into a plumbers toolbox and is very affordable. It is ideal for application mentioned previously that is benefical for plumbers work in leak detection. It has a 160x120 IR detector which meet the demands of a plumbers thermal imaging needs. It is quick and easy to use with it's one handed operation and easy to use interface. It has a long battery life of up to 8 hours which will last a full day of thermal imaging surveying, if carrying out leak detection on multiple houses or buildings in one day.  It has fixed focus which means the camera is already setup for a plumber without needing any prior knowledge of thermal imaging or thermography. To learn more, visit the D160 Pro Product page



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