Thermal optimization

Improve product features and process characteristics based on energy optimization

  • Thermal images allow for detailed analysis of heat developments of components and processes
  • Hot spots may indicate faults and room for optimization
  • High number of pixels of infrared cameras prevent risk of wrong measurements

Details about thermal optimisation

Heat as one important energy factor can be controlled

All manufacturing of goods needs energy input. Energy will also be released or used when using products. As most of this energy comes in the form of heat it is most important for the optimisation of manufacturing processes as well as for the product development itself that the effect of heat can be analyzed the best way. Infrared camera systems can do this in a very good way as firstly they do not need any contact for the measurement and secondly they provide an image of the heat distribution. This helps to visualize and understand the situation. Also the thermographic software family IRBIS ® 3 supports this. A variety of analysis methods precisely present temperature changes over time and in space.

Optimisation of components or processes by heat input or drainage

If thermography indicates hot spots at a PCB there are temperatures with a specially high temperature and this could indicate problems. If this is a normal temperature the heat drainage might still be improvable. Like this overheating of components or bordering components could be prevented. To detect the hot-spots a sufficient geometrical resolution is crucial. Only details which are well resolved by a sufficient number of pixels can be measured correctly. Therefore high-resolution infared camera systems by InfraTec are first choice for usage in product development.

Infrared cameras for thermal optimisation

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 10300 Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 10300 Series

    Measure extremely small micron sized structures on large targets.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD research 900
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD research 900

    Recordings of objects undergoing fast temperature changes can be saved and analysed internally or on a notebook precisely and in razor-sharp quality.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD research 800
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD research 800

    The ergonomic design, comprehensive camera functions and the integrated GigE interface allow for professional mobile and stationary use. 

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD research 700
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD research 700

    Designed for professional users, this infrared camera system supplies precise measuring results and the integrated GigE interface allows for storage and analysis of time-dependent temperature profiles.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD research 600
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD research 600

    High geometric and best thermal resolution as well as excellent handling and extensive features allow its use for demanding inspection tasks.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD inspect 900
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD inspect 900

    3.1 megapixels guarantees precise infrared recordings in brilliant photographic quality.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD inspect 800
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD inspect 800

    The ergonomic design of this professional system allows for fatigue-proof, mobile use and supplies precise and razor-sharp infrared recordings even under harsh environmental conditions.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD insepct 700
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD insepct 700

    Designed for professional users, this thermographic system provides precise measuring results and its robust light metal housing guarantees for long-term operation even under harsh industrial environments.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD inspect 600
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD research 600

    High geometric and best thermal resolution as well as excellent handling and extensive features allow its use for demanding inspection tasks.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD head 600
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD head 600

    The robust light metal housing, high geometric and excellent thermal resolution as well as a number of interfaces enable for stationary long-term operation for demanding monitoring tasks even under harsh environmental conditions.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD head 900
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD head 900

    Smallest thermal marks on large-scale or at long distance measuring objects can be detected exactly with 3.1 megapixels.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD head 800
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD head 800

    The uncooled industrial camera offers stationary long-term operation for demanding monitoring tasks.

  • Infrared camera VarioCAM® HD head 700
    Infrared camera VarioCAM ® HD head 700

    This uncooled infrared camera camera is applicable for stationary long-term operation for demanding monitoring tasks in industry and research.

  • VarioCAM® HDx research 600
    VarioCAM ® HDx research 600

    The highest resolution color TFT display of this device class, a 8 MP digital camera and robust light metal housing enable this high quality measurement instrument for universal measurement and inspection tasks.

  • VarioCAM® HDx inspect  600
    VarioCAM ® HDx inspect 600

    Control technical installations or inspect buildings thermographically with a thermal imaging camera that provides the entry to thermography at high-end level.

  • VarioCAM® HDx head 600
    VarioCAM ® HDx head 600

    Compact housing dimensions, minimal weight, robust housing and numerous interfaces allow easy integration of this thermal imaging camera into your existing system environments.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 9300 Serie
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 9300 Serie

    Measure smallest details with highest geometrical resolution.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 8800 Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 8800 Series

    Measure lowest temperature differences of smallest details with highest geometric resolution.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 8300 Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 8300 Series

    Resolve details most detailed and measure at high speed.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR 8300 hp Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR 8300 hp Series

    Measure infrared full frame frequencies with up to 350 Hz.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 7300 Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 7300 Series

    Operate with material specific spectral thermography at large image format.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 5300 Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 5300 Series

    Trigger your infrared camera at highest speeds.

  • Infrared camera ImageIR® 4300 Series
    Infrared camera ImageIR ® 4300 Series

    Measure temperature distributions using spectral filters precisely tuned to your materials.

  • Infrared camera PIR uc 25
    Infrared camera PIR uc 25

    Rugged infrared camera for stationary usage in industry.

  • Infrared camera VarioTHERM® InSb
    Infrared camera VarioTHERM ® InSb

    The thermal camera VarioTHERM ® InSb is particularly suited for thermographic measurements on specific materials such as metals, plastics or glass, as well as gases and flames.

  • Infrared camera PIR uc 180
    Infrared camera PIR uc 180

    Use the infrared camera for real-time image acquisition.

  • Infrared camera InfraTec mobileIR E9
    Infrared camera InfraTec mobileIR E9

    InfraTec mobileIR E9 is an efficient and budget-friendly infrared camera for mobile use. Exchangeable and quickly rechargeable batteries ensure a long period of application.

  • Infrared camera InfraTec mobileIR E4
    Infrared camera InfraTec mobileIR E4

    InfraTec mobileIR E4 is a low-priced, efficient and completely equipped infrared camera. This robust and very handy high-tech system convinces with its intuitively learnable handling and user-friendly single hand operation.

Case studies


5x digital zoom of thermal image of fuse block

Thermography in electronics development

Being one of the largest automobile component supplier throughout the world Delphi attaches fundamental importance to the quality of its products. In Wiehl where Delphi’s laboratory plant “Test & Validation Services” is located, thermography is used for design and product validation as part of quality assurance. Therewith, a stable hardware basis is set for integrating new technologies in motor vehicles that again present a substantial contribution to traffic safety. In order to fulfil the high demands in terms of hardware, e.g. fuses, connectors and printed circuit boards, Delphi counts on efficient and exact thermographic test routines.

Read more about thermography in electronics development at the Delphi Deutschland GmbH


Thermography in the quality assurance

Today thermal power stations by the SIEMENS AG are more than ever complex high-tech products. They provide a continuous and reliable electrical power supply for industry and population worldwide. They do this using fossil fuels very efficient and therefore exceptionally friendly for our environment. To achieve this highest quality of every single component is absolutely imperative. Thus heavily stressed parts like the turbine blades are tested with the latest measurement techniques for example with infrared thermography.

Read more about the use of ImageIR ® 8320 for quality assurance of Siemens AG


Inverter with loaded components to forecast their lifecycle

Thermographic Microscopy with ImageIR ® 8300

At the same time that the performance of electronic components is being driven ever higher the demand for thermal management at ever smaller scales is also occurring. The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT), as a development partner, supports companies in meeting these growing needs in an optimal fashion. As a result, the latest scientific developments can be implemented in new products very quickly, sus-taining the rapid rate of innovation required by the industry. In order to deal with this challenge, the ISIT, as well as other Fraunhofer Institutes, has a range of excellent technology. This technology enables its specialists to fulfill their tasks in the very best way.

Read more about the ImageIR ® 8300 at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT)