Thermography is applied in many diffrent types of research, testes and technological processes. A growing numer of electrical components and circuitry manufacturers is looking into possibility of using non- contact temperature measurement in testing their parts. The main advantages of using thermographic cameras in the electronics industry include the ability to perform measurements without exerting any influence on the tested object ( no direct impact) and the possibility of full documentation ( in the form of pictures and video clips ) of the process, allowing to obtain a complete temerature distribution analysis. Electronic components that may be tested and verified using thermography include, for example: circuitry or electronic components, which passively or actively radiate heat. During operation, components such as power cords, stabilizers or resistors often release heat, which can be measured only with the use of thermografic camera.
In the event of incorrect placement of the components, operating temerature may be exceeded, leading to burn out of electronic components and damage to the device.
Thermography also finds application in renewable energy sources, for example, in windmill generator or photovoltaic cell measurement. Such components may lose their effectiveness or even become permanently damaged when exposed to high temperatures.
In plastic processing, temperature and its measurement is one of the key parameters that determine the accuracy and quality of the final product. Noncontact temperature measurement using infrared cameras are a very effective method of monitoring and controlling the entire production process.
Another area of application for thermographic cameras is thermoforming ( injection moulding machines, packaging machines). Thermographic cameras used to control operating temperature help to ensure consistent product quality as well as to avoid cracks and uncontrolled burning of elements due to excessive heat.
Thermographic tests are the best method of conducting periodic inspections of electrical and power grids, providing fast and precise information about faults and defects, or the location of hot spots.
Applied in analysis of cooling circuits, thermographic imaging plays a vital role in defining areas of liquid subcooling, phase transition or steam superheating. When determining the housing temperature of combustion chambers in airplane engines and transmissions, where early detection of any fractures is paramount, any spike in temperature observed on the thermogram indicates a leak, burn or overheating. Due to extremely high temperatures, inspections of boilers and furnaces also require the use of thermography. Thermographic measurements may also be applied to electrial components of power lines or pylons, as well as pipeline insulation and fittings.
Analysis of electronic circuits in real time, is widely used i research and development by companies involved in bulk production. The USB interface allows to record images, which is very important for thermal processes that occur in short intervals.
Cameras are widely used in the medical packaging sterilization process. Also sport medicine is one of many new fields of science to discover the potential of thermographic cameras.