Every second counts

How the latest thermal cameras are gamechangers which can alert us to fires before they cause substantial damage

Company Profile: Mobotix

We’ve told some extraordinary stories in recent years of laundries and the industry’s consumable suppliers rising ‘like phoenixes from the flames’ after destructive blazes at their premises. Our reports have catalogued the huge efforts to get up and running again.

For all the heroics though, it’s something none of them would want to go through again – and another recurring and significant theme is that virtually all the operators who had to deal with major blazes had what seemed to be established ‘industry standard’ fire prevention and safety procedures in place prior to the devastating blazes.

Indeed, scrupulous ‘housekeeping’ is just one element demanded by insurance companies for existing policies to be valid. Just how hard it has become to renew or obtain insurance is a big talking point within our industry and was a topic discussed at both the TSA and NLG conferences earlier this year.

‘Spontaneous combustion’ in tightly packed dried linen has played a part in many fires but in most cases the sheer speed of the blaze’s spread from first being detected was the key factor. Seconds count here – early detection can make the difference between a fire being brought under control or rapidly spreading.

Scrutiny of this element of fire suppression has led high-end video systems experts Mobotix to develop a range of thermal detection cameras operating in three main areas: early fire detection – at best, even before flames arise; quality assurance and process optimisation; and 24/7 security in object and perimeter protection, which is also GDPR-compliant.

As Tom Bayley, Mobotix’s business development manager UK and Ireland, says: “Our cameras can detect a potential fire way before it takes hold. Connected to the fire panels on site, they are the very earliest alert system. We know from talking to laundry insurers that they require fully-certificated protection – and our Mobotix thermal cameras offer just that.” When it comes to insurance, perhaps the most significant of the four certification processes achieved is EN 54-10. Bayley sees this as a gamechanger which splits them apart from anyone else offering similar systems. The certificates allow integration into existing fire alarm systems.

The latest P71 Thermal ECO camera expanded the Mobotix thermal portfolio and offers affordable thermal image monitoring as a single-lens camera for indoor use with an intelligent camera base and app capability. The sensor works in absolute darkness.

For laundry operators, the Advanced Radiometry App extends the possibilities of thermal radiometry (TR). It detects critical heat or fire sources with up to 20 measurement areas, each of which can be configured individually. This allows users to include several emission values (radiation from surfaces of different materials) or distances in a single camera image – making it even more precise and flexible. The thermal cameras automatically detect and report critical temperature deviations of any kind, whether hot, warm, or cold.

Mobotix Thermal TR technology is quick and cost effective to install and the certification allows for integration into existing fire alarm systems. The process is considerably simpler than fitting a linear heat detector and it can also be done outdoors. What’s more, the system can react more quickly. Heat is detected before it even reaches the ceiling. Unlike aspirating smoke detectors, Mobotix thermal technology is not dependent on smoke development.

Further expansion into the laundry arena is an obvious route, having proved its value over the years in everything from sawmills and warehouses to fish markets with large open spaces, halls and high ceilings across Europe. Thomas Lausten CEO of the long-established German parent company says: “In the thermal sector, we set standards. All of our cameras, whether equipped with optical or thermal sensor modules, are among the most robust currently available on the market.

The Mobotix M73 high end thermal imaging camera feature hardware and software which can be adapted or upgraded at any time in the future for industry specific tasks

Two directly adjacent lenses in the Mobotix M16 thermal camera provide an overlay function (thermal and optical) to pinpoint the exact location of hotspots like smouldering fires

How the latest thermal cameras are gamechangers which can alert us to fires before they cause substantial damage

Company Profile: Mobotix

We’ve told some extraordinary stories in recent years of laundries and the industry’s consumable suppliers rising ‘like phoenixes from the flames’ after destructive blazes at their premises. Our reports have catalogued the huge efforts to get up and running again.

For all the heroics though, it’s something none of them would want to go through again – and another recurring and significant theme is that virtually all the operators who had to deal with major blazes had what seemed to be established ‘industry standard’ fire prevention and safety procedures in place prior to the devastating blazes.

Indeed, scrupulous ‘housekeeping’ is just one element demanded by insurance companies for existing policies to be valid. Just how hard it has become to renew or obtain insurance is a big talking point within our industry and was a topic discussed at both the TSA and NLG conferences earlier this year.

‘Spontaneous combustion’ in tightly packed dried linen has played a part in many fires but in most cases the sheer speed of the blaze’s spread from first being detected was the key factor. Seconds count here – early detection can make the difference between a fire being brought under control or rapidly spreading.

Scrutiny of this element of fire suppression has led high-end video systems experts Mobotix to develop a range of thermal detection cameras operating in three main areas: early fire detection – at best, even before flames arise; quality assurance and process optimisation; and 24/7 security in object and perimeter protection, which is also GDPR-compliant.

As Tom Bayley, Mobotix’s business development manager UK and Ireland, says: “Our cameras can detect a potential fire way before it takes hold. Connected to the fire panels on site, they are the very earliest alert system. We know from talking to laundry insurers that they require fully-certificated protection – and our Mobotix thermal cameras offer just that.” When it comes to insurance, perhaps the most significant of the four certification processes achieved is EN 54-10. Bayley sees this as a gamechanger which splits them apart from anyone else offering similar systems. The certificates allow integration into existing fire alarm systems.

The latest P71 Thermal ECO camera expanded the Mobotix thermal portfolio and offers affordable thermal image monitoring as a single-lens camera for indoor use with an intelligent camera base and app capability. The sensor works in absolute darkness.

For laundry operators, the Advanced Radiometry App extends the possibilities of thermal radiometry (TR). It detects critical heat or fire sources with up to 20 measurement areas, each of which can be configured individually. This allows users to include several emission values (radiation from surfaces of different materials) or distances in a single camera image – making it even more precise and flexible. The thermal cameras automatically detect and report critical temperature deviations of any kind, whether hot, warm, or cold.

Mobotix Thermal TR technology is quick and cost effective to install and the certification allows for integration into existing fire alarm systems. The process is considerably simpler than fitting a linear heat detector and it can also be done outdoors. What’s more, the system can react more quickly. Heat is detected before it even reaches the ceiling. Unlike aspirating smoke detectors, Mobotix thermal technology is not dependent on smoke development.

Further expansion into the laundry arena is an obvious route, having proved its value over the years in everything from sawmills and warehouses to fish markets with large open spaces, halls and high ceilings across Europe. Thomas Lausten CEO of the long-established German parent company says: “In the thermal sector, we set standards. All of our cameras, whether equipped with optical or thermal sensor modules, are among the most robust currently available on the market.

The Mobotix M73 high end thermal imaging camera feature hardware and software which can be adapted or upgraded at any time in the future for industry specific tasks

Two directly adjacent lenses in the Mobotix M16 thermal camera provide an overlay function (thermal and optical) to pinpoint the exact location of hotspots like smouldering fires

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