Infrared cameras have a range of uses in the mining environment. Infrared cameras work by forming an image using heat zones of an object using infrared radiation emitted from that object.
Typical safety uses in mining include detection of heating in coal seams, detection of overheating in mining equipment such as bearings, switchboards or power cable junction points, detection of hot spots on coal cutting equipment and detection of objects or personnel in extremely low light environments. Infrared cameras assist in identifying a potentially hazardous condition and facilitate the collection of important information and images that contribute to safety decision making in the mining industry. They are now considered an essential tool for the mining industry.
The award-winning Nautitech® Infrared Camera is not affected by environmental factors underground as it uses radiation from the far infrared region of the spectrum. The camera displays workers, cables, machinery or other heat sources, allowing critical decision making in Group I and Zone 0 hazardous areas where human life or equipment may be at risk.
Operational benefits of the Nautitech® ExTREMECAM thermal camera include:
- Situational awareness in darkened locations;
- Monitoring heat sources such as belt rollers and cables;
- Reversing machinery in unlit locations;
- Analysing stockpiles or transfer points;
- Marker band identification during cutting cycle;
- Personnel detection;
- Increased driver visibility in low seams.
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Infrared cameras (thermal cameras) are invaluable for general monitoring of industrial equipment and are especially crucial when the area being monitored is concealed by environmental factors underground. Ideal for mobile or stationary applications such as Longwall, Development, mobile machinery, belt conveyors and other heavy industrial use.