Consultancy and Engineering of Infrared Monitoring Systems for the Chemical Plant Industry



to Control Process and Safety

Find here a brief description how to check and proceed for suitability of infrared camera systems in your plant. The infrared cameras can give you continuously accurate readings to control process and to avoid any abnormal condition


Check to increase safety in your plant:
check your plant for ongoing and repeated problems,
which problem can be solved by knowing different temperature, move of different media/personnel,
what can happen and must be avoided due to temperature increase, decrease, such as:

change in operation
change in design values
oxygen and oil
flare invisible at daytime
flare recording 

flare images, flare monitoring requirement

heat developments in power lines, transformers, circuits


Check the results of your risk analysis Is there any problem which can be identified by measuring temperatures and analysis of temperature profiles,
the infrared cameras can detect and alarm all of such cases, such as

Overflow of vessels and column
Exceeding design values of piping material or vessel desig
Decreasing temperature below design values, such as cold box exit to carbon steel pipes
Manpower not allowed during certain operations, such flaring, starting, shut down, etc. is there automatic recording required during such periods


Do not think in single point measurements but to measure temperature profiles and analyse entire images which automatically give you lots of temperature single points. The infrared camera systems can continuously

alarm and shut down deviations to normal environment , to normal operation values, to average, deviating or hot spot recognition
measure temperature points of huge areas and also smallest areas (depending on selection of lenses)


Think of personal protection and increase safety to your employees and colleagues:
Just one infrared camera can cover a huge area and measure 70 000 single temperature points

Smallest deviations to normal temperature environment will be alarmed and the image will be show on your DCS screen or area monitors

Such as sudden overflow of methanol into open channels Such as overflow of any other liquids or gases
Such as smallest leakages of conduit piping and instrument unions onto vessels and pipes (I had such accident when H2 gases came out of a temperature union at a reactor, not viable at day time, the gases got ignited after a certain time which we cannot investigate anymore)
Infrared continuous monitoring cameras can cover great areas in the plant and smallest occurrence of such leakage will be detected. The camera itself is much cheaper than a lot of different and single gas detectors


Think of possible leakages in the plant which are not detected by any other temperature measurement, where lots of gas detectors will not fulfill this requirement of detection, where supervision is required at certain steps of operation (shut down, start up, loadings, flaring, venting, etc.)

Check for areas and process areas without presence of personnel:
Tank areas; Loading areas
Critical process areas
High temperature areas, cold temperature areas
Dangerous areas, compressors, reactors, turbines
Critical operations with oxygen, hydrocarbons, toxics


Check for occurrence of sudden danger during critical process and critical operation:
Which area must be supervised
What equipment may not exceed certain values
What personnel may not enter into what area (example POX burner deck, or flare during operation and after shut down
Check for underground process
You cannot install thousands of detectors, but you may install just one camera to cover huge areas (instead of thousands of detectors)