Although CCTV cameras, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems have their part to play in fire prevention in warehouses, a FLIR thermal imaging camera can go one step further by detecting ‘hot spots’ well before smoke and flames appear. This is particularly important where highly flammable materials or those prone to spontaneous combustion are stored. By identifying imminent fires at a very early stage, they can save hundreds of thousands of pounds in content and structural damage.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
FLIR thermal imaging cameras clearly reveal hot spots on a remote video or PC monitor in real time, and tell the viewer the precise temperature and location of those spots. They can also be programmed to set the temperature at which an alarm signal is triggered, the alarm output being wired directly to an alarm device, programmable logic controller (PLC), or PC-based monitoring and control system. When an alarm goes off, personnel can refer to the monitor to verify the problem and its location.
Why thermal imaging is so effective
All objects emit thermal radiation in the infrared spectrum not seen by the human eye. Thermal imaging cameras convert this radiation to a thermal image and can be calibrated to a temperature scale. This non-contact temperature data can be displayed on a monitor, or sent to a digital storage device for analysis.
When installed in a warehouse asset protection system FLIR thermal imaging cameras will produce a clear thermal image on which temperature data and the smallest detail can be seen.
Total Darkness warehouse monitoring
Unlike visible image cameras, thermal imaging cameras do not require any light to produce images, supporting “lights-out” 24/7 warehouse monitoring. They can also see through smoke, so should a fire have developed, they can guide firefighters to the source and check if anyone is left in a smoke filled room.
Multiple alarm features
With FLIR’s thermal imaging camera firmware, or PC-based software, features can include:
• High, low, and average temperatures in an image
• Temperature set-point alarms
• Multiple target spots and alarms
• Delays to ignore temporary temperature increases due to forklift trucks in the area
• Temperature trend analysis to reveal problems before a set-point is reached
• Ethernet connections to a central controller
• Connecting multiple cameras to a central monitor
• Alarm messages and images via ethernet, email, or FTP
Thermal imaging cameras require no maintenance or lighting. They generate fewer false alarms than CCTV cameras and smoke detectors, and by detecting intruders in total darkness they can also become part of a warehouse security system.
Thermal imaging cameras are the only systems that actually prevent a fire, keeping assets safe and protecting from costly stock loss, making it the best warehouse asset protection solution on the market today.
FLIR Systems UK
Tel: 01732 220011