Xiris launches thermal camera system for AM
August 11, 2021
Xiris Automation Inc, Burlington, Ontario, Canada, has released the updated version of its XIR-1800 Thermal Camera System for metal Additive Manufacturing and critical metal joining processes. The XIR-1800 provides enhanced imaging of key weld zones such as the melt pool, deposited material, and surrounding base material in greater detail than standard thermal or visible-light cameras.
Initially launched in November 2020, the XIR-1800 now provides real-time, thermally calibrated temperature measurements from about 350°C to 1800°C, and is expected to help improve in-process control and act as a form of quality assurance for fabricators. A key challenge in metal AM is monitoring the size and cooling rates of the melt pool of a weld bead. With the XIR-1800 thermal camera, manufacturers will be able to capture images and clearly see the melt pool, even in harsh environments where vision would typically be obscured by smoke, fumes, and spatter.
The XIR-1800 is intended to integrate easily into existing processes and connects with Xiris’ WeldStudio™ software suite, so multiple Xiris weld cameras and peripherals – such as weld microphones – can be used together for data synchronisation, capture and analysis in one system.