Broetje-Automation develops solution for contactless temperature measurement
Over the past few weeks, the automation specialist Broetje-Automation Group has developed a cost-effective and innovative solution for contactless temperature measurement. The company from Lower Saxony, Germany has tackled a whole package of measures and is thus making a contribution to effectively containing the spread of the novel corona virus.
As part of the measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and to prevent infections in the company, Broetje-Automation has implemented a comprehensive package of measures. In addition to the usual measures for increased hygiene, contact restrictions through the extensive use of home offices, safety zones at the shopfloor and group and shift work, Broetje-Automation also utilizes its internal development and manufacturing capacities to produce necessary equipment and helpful new technologies.
As part of a technology sprint, a system for contactless measurement of body temperature for employees and visitors to the company has now been implemented. The system, christened "BA Thermo", uses a combination of RGB and infrared cameras to measure body temperature in just a few seconds. "We were able to draw on our many years of experience with optical measuring systems and also the equipment of our own product environment. This enabled us to get the system up and running in a comparatively short time," explains Dr. Christian Heyers, Vice President Engineering at Broetje-Automation.
Temperature scanners have so far only been used for fever detection in a few highly frequented public places such as some airports in Asia. So far, these devices have been correspondingly expensive and complex to install. "We have used exclusively, standardised components for BA Thermo that are quickly available on the market. This is why the costs for the system are also significantly lower than today's usual market prices," explains Heyers.
Lutz Neugebauer, Managing Director of the Broetje-Automation Group is enthusiastic about the creativity and commitment with which his employees are facing the current situation. "I am impressed by the way our colleagues are dealing with this very difficult situation for all of us caused by the Corona Crises. Of course, Broetje-Automation is also severely affected by the slump in the aerospace market. But the many new ideas in the entire Broetje-Automation Group are showing that we are not letting our heads hang down, but also see the challenge as an opportunity for new things".
The fever detection system is just one of several ideas currently being implemented at Broetje-Automation. M-Technologie S.A.S., the French subsidiary of the mechanical engineering company, has been manufacturing protection masks for the regional community at its Toulouse site for several weeks now and supplies both washable fabric masks and disposable masks, protective visors, plexiglas separators and disinfectants to companies and institutions in the region. The company also offers logistics and consulting services for COVID-19 measures.
The "BA Thermo" temperature measurement system is initially to be made available for personal use at all Broetje-Automation Group locations in order to largely prevent chains of infection within the company. In the further course of the project, production and delivery of the system to other companies is planned. The preparations for this are already underway.
"We are already working on further ideas" adds Neugebauer.
Broetje-Automation supplies the aviation industry worldwide with machines and systems for the construction of aircraft up to complete assembly lines. Founded in Rastede in 1979, the company was awarded the title of "Digital Place Lower Saxony" in 2019.
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