Industries

Metallurgy

Operations within the metallurgy industry is influenced by harsh environments, complex processes and strong focus on margins. This puts strong demands towards both maintaining equipment to ensure uptime and optimizing processes to increase yields. Powerful analytics based on transparent methods and a focus on keeping the human in the loop can support the process industry in improving their processes.

 

Idletechs can assist with:

  • Tracking the integrity of furnaces and electrical infrastructure to improve safety and reduce downtime
  • Monitoring hydrometallurgical saturation processes to improve product quality and yield
  • Extracting key temperature information from furnaces to improve process control and energy efficiency
  • Monitoring product quality of carbon anodes and cast metal products through surface and geometry measurements
  • Understanding how process parameters and raw material properties influence the process in terms of product quality, yield, energy efficiency, and emissions

Process industry

Plants in the process industry such as petrochemistry, food & beverage, and pulp & paper all have common issues regarding complex processes, challenges to wear on equipment, and to handle changes in raw material properties that provide issues with product quality. Due to the sheer size of plants and production volume, it is difficult for operators to keep track of all parameters at all times. Powerful analytics based on transparent methods and a focus on keeping the human in the loop can support the process industry in improving their processes.

Idletechs can assist with:

  • Monitoring of pipe and pump integrity with thermal camera
  • Quality control of end products based on temperature distribution, surface defects, and geometry
  • Image and spectral analysis of raw material and end product composition
  • Understanding how process parameters and raw material properties influence the process in terms of product quality, yield, energy efficiency, and emissions

Aquaculture

Among the many challenges with aquaculture is feed quality, both related to nutrition and technical/physical properties. In this context it is important to follow the product from raw materials through processing to the final product. In addition to the classical process parameters, various types of imagery and video are more frequently available.

Idletechs can assist with:

  • Monitoring fish health based on movement patterns
  • Detection of feed pellets in the water, providing control input to when to stop feeding
  • Understanding how operating parameters influence yield and quality
  • Analysis of feed quality

Aerospace

The use of multichannel sensors such as hyperspectral cameras or spectrophotometers is growing rapidly. These sensors capture enormous amounts of information which must be handled both in terms of sheer amount of data and separating the information into causal phenomena. This is especially challenging in environments with limited bandwidth and processing resources.

Idletechs offers specialized toolboxes for hyperspectral video compression and analysis for use in drones, airplanes or satellites.

Modules are available to include features such as de-shadowing (reconstruction of details in areas with less light), for pixel classification (e.g. looking for known spectra associated with algae bloom), and for ground-based model refinement.

This allows for:

  • Better bandwidth utilization
  • Prioritization of information according to dynamic criteria
  • Adjustable system fidelity for different type of data
  • Event-based transmission
  • Better image quality