Infrared Camera Systems Minimise Product Waste from Testing Procedures

Active thermography in the production of CFC plates

Material tests using thermal imaging save time and costs as test objects will not be destroyed during process. They can be used for further testing or locating quality problems that could be corrected. NDT tests with infrared camera systems provide good solutions with greater applications as they can be used for a wide range of different materials and types of defects. A huge advantage is that thermographic testing procedures can be applied to larger areas at once in comparison to ultrasonic or other methods that focus on smaller zones.

InfraTec Online Event: Contactless and Non-Destructive Stress Analysis with Thermography

You would like to know more about the advantages of thermography for thermo-elastic stress analysis? Then join the free InfraTec online event "Contactless and Non-Destructive Stress Analysis with Thermography".

Passive Thermography as well as Active Heat Flow Thermography Locates Defects

Which method of thermography is used for material testing depends decisively on the question of the origin of the heating of the test object. In one test mode, it could stem directly from heating the test object gains during its production process. This case is referred to as passive thermography. The other possibility is called active heat flow thermography or just active thermography. This is when the test object will be thermally activated by an external energy input for instance by a halogen radiator or a flash lamp.

Stress test on a truck axle

Case Studies about Material Testing

InfraTec - Process Monitoring During Open‐die Forging
Get further information about VarioCAM® HD head 800 for process monitoring during open‐die forging

Process Monitoring During Open‐die Forging

Anyone who wants to produce curved or twisted steel and aluminium components, can rely on bending forging nowadays. Components with complex geometries can now be manufactured by means of this incremental forging variant.

Monitoring the Surface Temperature on Curing Epoxy Resin Samples - Picture credits: © AdobeStock / wichientep
Monitoring the Surface Temperature on Curing Epoxy Resin Samples

Monitoring the Surface Temperature on Curing Epoxy Resin Samples

Epoxy resin systems are mostly used as a matrix material in fibre composites. In a variety of manufacturing processes, the corresponding resin system is processed in a flowable state. The material only acquires its rigidity in a subsequent curing process. This is characterized by an exothermic chemical reaction with a pronounced temperature dependence.

InfraTec Uni Bayreuth - Analysis of the Thermal Conductivity
Analysis of the Thermal Conductivity

Analysis of the Thermal Conductivity in Nano- and Mesostructured Polymer Systems

New materials with precisely controlled optical and thermal transport characteristics can make a large contribution to resource-saving thermal management. Scientists of the University of Bayreuth are pursuing this vision. They use infrared thermography to quantitatively determine thermal conductivity in nano- and mesostructured polymer materials.

Inline Process Control for Quality Assurance of Weld Seams - TU Ilmenau
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Inline Process Control for Quality Assurance of Weld Seams

Miscellaneous welding tasks in steel constructions currently have a low degree of automation, resulting in a high amount of manual work and employee-dependent quality levels. As part of the 3dStahl collaborative project, a 6-axis robot, equipped with a welding machine, was attached upside down to a wall-to-wall wire rope hoist kinematics system in order to automate joining processes involving small quantities or even individual parts such as large-scale objects (lock gates, bridges).

Using Thermal Imaging for Optimisation of Installed Wind Turbines - Picture Credits: © visdia /
Usage of ImageIR® 8300 for Optimisation of Installed Wind Turbines

Thermography for Optimisation of Installed Wind Turbines

Due to the decreasing number of suitable locations for wind turbines and the increasing push towards renewable energy sources, new activities have been introduced to improve the efficiency of rotor blades for wind turbines.

ARAMIS system from GOM - Picture credits: GOM GmbH
Further information about ARAMIS system from GOM and infrared cameras from InfraTec

Combination of Digital Image Correlation and Thermographic Measurements

The combination of measuring results from the digital image correlation (ARAMIS, DIC) and temperature measuring data from infrared cameras permits the simultaneous analysis of the thermal and mechanical behavior of test specimens in the materials and components testing field.

Thermography InfraTec CWD wind turbines testing
Usage of VarioCAM® HD research for torque measurement

Precise MN·m Torque Measurement in Wind Turbine Test Benches

The generation of electricity power produced by wind turbines is expanding worldwide. This development is associated directly with an increasing demand to test the product reliability, functionality and life durability of wind turbine subsystems like the drive train.

Quality Assurance with Active Thermography
Usage of ImageIR® to test laser welds of body components

Quality Assurance with Active Thermography

Non-destructive testing methods are becoming increasingly more important in the industry. One reason is that they cost much less than other test methods. As a very elegant method, the active heat flow thermography method is now firmly established as a powerful method of non-contact and non-destructive testing of products of different manufacturing technologies.

Thermography for Quality Assurance: Testing of turbine blades for gas turbine power plants / Picture credits: © Siemens Energy Global GmbH & Co. KG
Usage of ImageIR® 8320 for quality assurance at Siemens AG

Thermography for Quality Assurance

Today gas and steam turbine power plants by the SIEMENS AG are more than ever complex high-tech products. Heavily stressed parts like the turbine blades are tested with the latest measurement techniques for example with infrared thermography.

Thermal Stress Analysis of Metals
High‐End‐Thermography with ImageIR® 8300 hp

Thermal Stress Analysis of Metals

Stress changes during tensile testing provide information about material properties of metals such as tensile strength. With the help of thermographic cameras metallic solid bodies can be tested for such stress changes.

Thermografische Kontrolle einer Fusionsanlage - Divertor
Read more about thermographic analysis of a fusion plant with ImageIR® 9300

Monitoring Plasma at Wendelstein 7-X

What will the energy supply of the future look like? The Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald is dealing with this question.

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Associated Thermographic Automation Solutions

  • Automation InfraTec INDU-SCAN - In-process industrial temperature measurement
    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Contactless measurement of temperature distributions and profiles with industrial thermographic cameras permits efficient monitoring and control of temperature-dependent processes and procedures within a system-integrated quality assurance programme in industry.

  • Quality control for more precision in press hardening PRESS-CHECK
    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Check the microstructures of sheet metal parts during the stamping process and establish a uniform high strength and quality of all produced stampings safely and with a contact-free method.

  • Welding seams and welding spots testing with WELD-CHECK
    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Using pulse thermography, WELD-CHECK enables you a quantitative assessment of the inspected welds.

  • Thermographic automation for brake test benches TRC - Picture Credits: © / ktsimage
    High-Speed Rotation Test Bench - TRC

    High-Speed Rotation Test Bench - TRC

    Check for long-life fatigue strength of mechanical components in load tests, using high-end infrared cameras.

  • Thermography test solution E-LIT
    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Detect inhomogeneous temperature distribution and local power loss during the production using the Lock-in thermography.

  • PV-LIT test solution for solar cells
    Photovoltaic Test System - PV-LIT

    Photovoltaic Test System - PV-LIT

    Get advantages in costing and quality by non-contact thermographic testing of your solar cells and PV-modules.

Lock-In Thermography is Integrated in IRBIS® 3 Software

Material stress test

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Active thermography can detect defects even more precisely when the activation of the test object will be carried out in a pulsed mode. Thereby it will be possible to detect faults which are located in deeper subsurface layers. Such analysis algorithms like the one of lock-in thermography are already available as a module of the IRBIS® 3 software family. The adaptation to the specific application can be done quite easily with flexibility. InfraTec can also provide customer specific and complete active thermography test solutions.

Advantages of this Thermography Solutions in this Application

  • InfraTec thermography - High-speed Mode
    Further information about High-speed Mode

    High-speed Mode – Increase Frame Rate and Sensitivity

    Due to the binning technology, infrared cameras have two speed modes – the standard mode and the high-speed mode, in which the frame rate increases more than three times. The field of view remains constant in both modes, so the scene captured by the camera does not change. In high-speed mode, the thermal resolution also increases by a factor of two.

  • HighSense for thermographic camera series ImageIR®
    Further Information about HighSense

    HighSense – Always the Optimal Camera Setting

    Thanks to HighSense, ImageIR® users have the option of setting up individual measuring ranges based on the factory calibration that best suit the respective task. The software also offers the possibility of storing a large number of such areas clearly arranged. Individually named and permanently stored, the operator can quickly access them. The same applies to changing, renaming and deleting profiles. HighSense is available for different camera models of the ImageIR® series. This function can optionally be added to systems already delivered.

  • Integrated Trigger / Process Interface and Interfaces - Digitally Controlling of a Infrared Camera and External Devices

    The internal trigger interface guarantees highly precise, repeatable triggering. Each of the two configurable digital inputs and outputs are used to control the camera or to generate digital control signals for external devices. In this way, for example, the operation of a printed circuit board and the interval of a measurement can be synchronised.

    The selection of different camera interfaces allows the processing of analog data, such as the voltage directly through the camera and thus the insertion of this information into the thermal image data. Relevant variables can be included in the evaluations with the software, which makes it easier to draw conclusions about the causes of temperature changes.

  • Thermografie-Kameraserie ImageIR® mit neuer 10 GigE-Schnittstelle
    Further information about the 10 GigE technology

    10 GigE Interface for a Strong Increase in Output

    The 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface of the high-end camera series ImageIR® opens this extremely fast transmission standard with a NIC specially developed by InfraTec. This works with optical or electrical transceiver modules that are easy to change and are called SFP+.

    Different 10 GigE fiber SFP+ transceivers allow transmission ranges of up to ten kilometers with the same low sensitivity to electromagnetic interference. A corresponding standard SFP ensures backward compatibility with the conventional GigE interface. This combination allows the ease of use of the cameras with the 10 Gigabit Ethernet interface in existing systems - though at a reduced transmission rate.

  • InfraTec glossary - Rotating filter- und aperture wheel
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    Separate Filter & Aperture Wheel – Spectral Thermography

    The combination of a separate filter and aperture wheel, allowing a total of 30 freely selectable combinations, is prerequisite for an universal application in measurement tasks with high object temperatures and in the field of spectral thermography. The neutral density filters used for signal attenuation or the combination of spectral filters and apertures reliably prevent interference effects.

  • Thermal image during ignition of an airbag Image Small
    Further information about subwindowing

    Window Mode (Subwindowing) – Capture of Rapid Sequences

    The thermal imaging camera can be operated in full, half, quarter and sub mode. With the camera control software, it is possible to use the extended subwindowing function. Using click-and-drag, freely definable sections can be set up quickly and conveniently. A defined sub-frame of the detector is picked out to achieve these extremely high refresh rates.

  • InfraTec thermography - Thermal resolution

    Thermal Resolution – Determination of Differences of Only a Few Millikelvin

    For detection of small temperature changes InfraTec's infrared cameras offer thermal resolutions up to < 15 mK in real-time operation. By using the Lock-in Thermography method it is possible to further increase this resolution significantly. For this purpose test objects are periodically excited and non-destructively examined for defects and irregularities.

Publications of our Customers

Thermography IR applied to analyse the influence of the deformation speed in the forming process

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

Structural design of flexible Au electrode to enable shape memory polymer for electrical actuation

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® hr

Dynamic buckling behavior of thin metal film lines from substrate

Infrared camera: VarioCAM®

Nondestructive testing by using long-wave infrared interferometric techniques with CO2 lasers and microbolometer arrays

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® hr

Self-healing epoxy with ultrafast and heat-resistant healing system processable at elevated temperature

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300

Friction riveting of pultruded thermoset glass fiber reinforced polyester composite and TI6AL4V hybrid joints

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series


Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

The influence of the composite features on the mechanical performance of hybrid thermoset composite-metal friction-riveted joints

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

Combustion synthesis of Ni/Al base composites

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® hr

Plasticized and reinforced poly(methyl methacrylate) obtained by a dissolution-dispersion process for single point incremental forming: Enhanced formability towards the fabrication of cranial implants

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 9300

In situ reactor to image catalysts at work in three-dimensions by Bragg coherent X-ray diffraction

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300

Metallurgical and mechanical properties of continuous drive friction welded copper/alumina dissimilar joints

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® hr head

Automated jitter correction for IR image processing to assess the quality of W7-X high heat flux components

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® hr head

A numerical approach for investigating thermal contact conductance

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 5300

Thermal shock behaviour of laminated multilayer refractories for steel casting applications reinforced by residual stresses

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® hr

FricRiveting of aluminum 2024-T351 and polycarbonate: Temperature evolution, microstructure and mechanical performance

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

Correlation of internal and surface temperatures during laser cutting of epoxy-based carbon fibre reinforced plastics

Infrared camera: PIR uc 180

Determination of time-dependent thermal contact conductance through IR-thermography

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 5300

Approach to the Study of Workpiece Damage in Drilling of Carbon Fiber Composites by Using Thermography IR

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

Autonomous Robotic System for Thermographic Detection of Defects in upper Layers of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymers

Infrared camera: ImageIR® Series

Non-destructive inspection of aircraft composite materials using triple IR imaging

Infrared cameras: ImageIR® 5300 & VarioCAM hr head 600

Passive impulse thermography during quasi-static tensile tests of fiber reinforced composites

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300 hp series

Thermografie mit optimierter Anregung für die quantitative Untersuchung von Delaminationen in kohlenstofffaserverstärkten Kunststoffen (Language: English)

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8800

Review of thermal imaging systems in composite defect detection

Infrared cameras: ImageIR® 8300 and ImageIR® 8800

Lock-in Thermography for the Development of New Materials

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300

Potential approach of IR-analysis for high heat flux quality assessment of divertor tungsten monoblock components

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® High Definition

Investigation of interdiffusion and intermetallic compounds in Al–Cu joint produced by continuous drive friction welding

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® high resolution

Eigenspannungsreduktion in strahlgeschweißten Nähten mittels Spannungsumlagerung durch den Einsatz defokussierter Elektronen- bzw. Laserstrahlen (Language: German)

Infrared camera: VarioCAM® high resolution

Konzeption und Aufbau einer robotergestützten Plattform für optisch angeregte Wärmefluss-Thermografie (Language: German)

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300

Thermografische Lasernahtprüfung von Mehrblech-Verbindungen im Automobil-Karosseriebau (Language: German)

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 5300

NDT DAMAGE DIAGNOSIS ON SANDSTONE – Case Study of Gelnhausen, Germany

Performance Comparison between ImageIR® 8300 hp and ImageIR® 10300 on a Thermoelastic Stress Analysis Experiment

Infrared cameras: ImageIR® 8300 hp and ImageIR® 10300

A reference-free micro defect visualization using pulse laser scanning thermography and image processing

Infrared camera: ImageIR® 8300 series

GOM Webinar – ARAMIS DIC and thermography

GOM Webinar – ARAMIS DIC and thermography

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Infrared Cameras for Material Testing

Asso­ci­ated Indus­tries & Applic­a­tions

  • thermal imaging for automotive applications
    Automotive Industry

    Automotive Industry

    Infrared camera systems help you to secure a high product quality in production and at your suppliers.

  • thermal imaging in aviation
    Aerospace Industry

    Aerospace Industry

    Comply with highest security demands by applying state-of-the-art infrared camera systems.

  • thermal imaging in metallurgy


    Efficiently reduce the energy consumption of your metallurgic processes using infrared camera systems.

  • thermal imaging in plastic industry
    Plastics Industry

    Plastics Industry

    Cost-efficiently control die-casting and extrusion processes by means of infrared camera systems.

  • thermal imaging in glass industry
    Glass Industry

    Glass Industry

    Measure correctly temperature distributions behind and on glass by using selected spectral filters.