Smart IR Inspection System

Thermal imaging with software to automate identify of faults & impending failures in tires, brakes and bearings on large trucks and motor coaches

Image Courtesy Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Washington DC, USA & Albany NY, USA –?? Failures in brakes and related systems contribute to nearly 30% of all commercial vehicle accidents in the United States; moreover, it is very difficult to determine whether a brake is functioning properly without pulling the truck in to inspect it. Analysis of infrared images, however, can detect the performance condition of a brake or other moving components of a truck’s wheel-axle assembly.

The USA’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has launched a project to demonstrate a smart infra-red inspection system (SIRIS) that leverages state-of-the-art thermal imagery technology, integrated with signature recognition software, in order to provide a fully automated capability to identify faults and impending failures in tires, brakes, and bearings mounted on large trucks and motor coaches and to alert roadside inspectors in real-time.

A three-year research grant was awarded to International Electronic Machines Corporation for $1.4 million to conduct the SIRIS (also known as the Thermal Imaging Inspection System project), as directed by Congress under Section 5513(a) of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) Act of 2005.

The project will be conducted along the FMCSA’s Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Technology Corridor at operational weigh stations in Tennessee to further assess the system ability to identify commercial motor vehicle (CMV) component faults and failures.

A predictive tool that identifies impending tire, brake, or bearing failures and provides a timeframe in which these failures may occur will be developed and integrated into the SIRIS.

This project will also assess technological enhancements in the capabilities of thermal imaging systems, as related to the Agency prior research of infrared technology conducted in 2000.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mission is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. FMCSA is headquartered in Washington, DC and employs more than 1,000 people in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, all dedicated to improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and saving lives.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
United States Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20590

Phone: 1-800-832-5660

SIRIS ??? Details
$1.4 M Research Grant
3-year Project
Grant competitively awarded September 2006 to IEM, Inc. of Troy, NY
Supplemental $500K from NYSERDA for improved high speed performance

2009 Webinar Description
Video Presentation
Presentation Slides

Smart Infrared Inspection System ??? Preliminary Field Test Results
Through a research grant from the FMCSA, the International Electronic Machines Corporation developed and tested a Smart Infrared Inspection System (SIRIS) at numerous locations including the FMCSA Commercial Motor Vehicle Roadside Technology Corridor along Interstate 81 in Eastern Tennessee. This webinar will showcase the intelligent capabilities of the SIRIS thermal imaging system, which is now capable of automatically evaluating each vehicle as it passes and, via a combined audio and visual alert, notify inspectors in the scale house of possible issues with a particular vehicle. Jeff Loftus, Technology Division Transportation Specialist, will present the results of the SIRIS system demonstration in April 2009 and follow-on field operational test in August 2009, which evaluated a combined total of over 7,000 vehicles.
60 minutes

IEM’s SIRIS will automatically detect, identify, and analyze types of defects sensed through this methodology, and alert inspectors to examine vehicles which show potentially serious failings.

International Electronic Machines (IEM) develops, manufactures, and markets rugged imaging and sensor-based systems for transportation security, safety, and metrology. The Company is managed by an experienced entrepreneur, Zack Mian, formerly with the National Air and Space Administration and several high-technology companies.

IEM was founded more than 15 years ago to design and market unique rugged metrology and datalogging products to the railroad industry. One of our products, the Electronic Wheel Gauge, is now the only alternative method of properly measuring railroad wheels accepted by the American Association of Railroads (AAR). IEM now has products for the railway industry which provide safety and maintenance information using every methodology from imaging metrology to advanced NDE approaches.

International Electronic Machines Corporation
60 Fourth Ave.
Albany, NY 12202 USA

Phone: 518-449-5504
Fax: 518-449-5567