ATEX Thermal Camera
To build an intrinsically safe thermal imaging camera that complies with stringent ATEX requirements. LDT Design were tasked to work with the internal engineering team at Cordex and ATEX electronics engineers to design the camera enclosure from die cast and injection moulded parts.
The end product had to withstand water and dust ingress tests, be comfortable and easy to use, have a rechargeable battery pack, integrated RFID antenna and articulating camera head.
To create an easy to use and ergonomic product that would also be rugged and robust to pass all drop and environmental tests. We faced various challenges during this project from the design and engineering of the articulating camera head to the construction of the enclosure to suit injection moulding.
We went through a number of prototypes when designing the enclosure and articulating head so that it passed drop tests at low temperatures – this lead to the incorporation of an over boot skin used for extra protection. The camera head was manufactured from aluminium and a robust rotating mechanism was designed to ensure it survived in the rugged environment.
The complex enclosure had a removable battery pack also custom designed and all elements of the enclosures were sealed by a liquid gasket process.
The TC 7000 thermal imaging camera has been in production since 2013. Our team worked with electronics engineers, approvals and end users to deliver a robust, easy to use, reliable product for the industrial ATEX sector.