An application we see from time to time involves the cooling of camera lenses as they “watch” for various materials in automated processes. The process usually involves some sort of part detection, checking object specifics for adherence to quality standards, or searching for items in need of rejection. These process are often fully automated, requiring the camera to process a continuous stream of information and to be housed in the same environment as the materials being monitored.
At a waste sorting facility in France, an end user was experiencing an overheating of their camera. The result of the overheating condition was unwanted downtime while the internal camera electronics cooled and could not be used. This meant that an expensive, complex, and efficient piece of equipment was out of service, creating a bottleneck in the waste sorting process.
To solve this overheating condition, the end user worked through the EXAIR distributor in France, Kermaz Pneumatic, to find a solution with an EXAIR Vortex Tube. The Vortex Tube was installed so that cold air was created and supplied directly into the camera lens housing. The end result was a reduction in heat at the camera lens, allowing the machine to function at full capacity without stoppage, effectively removing the process bottleneck.
If you have a similar application and think EXAIR may be able to help, contact an EXAIR Application Engineer.