Danderyd, Sweden — French national railways, SNCF, apply thermography for maintenance and use FLIR Systems ThermoVision A40-Ms to inspect overhead catenaries at a speed of 120 km/h. The French national railway company intensively uses thermography to keep its extensive power supply and signalization operations running.
SNCF is now also testing the potential of thermography to inspect its more than 20 km overhead wires with a FLIR Systems camera mounted on a test wagon.
Twenty-five ThermaCAMs at Work
The SNCF started to introduce infrared thermography on a large scale after a test inspection of signalization switchboards. The inspection, conducted 2001 in the Strasbourg region (eastern France) revealed that up to 45% of the installations had serious anomalies.
This prompted the SNCF to procure four FLIR Systems PM 695 camera systems, a predecessor model of the current P640, and to train ten thermographers.
Convinced by the benefits of thermography, the SNCF acquired twenty-five ThermaCAM E-series handheld cameras for its regional maintenance services.
More than 80 SNCF employees now use thermography on a daily basis to conduct their inspection work.
For further information contact:
FLIR SYSTEMS AB
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