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IRISS Industrial Grade Infrared Windows Are Now DNV Approved
- Published: Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:42
IRISS VP and CAP Series industrial grade infrared windows for thermal inspection now have another unique selling point. They are the only windows to be approved by DNV for use in marine and offshore areas.
In combination with existing Lloyds and ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) credentials, DNV accreditation makes these products the perfect choice for preventative maintenance of electrical equipment in line with NFPA 70E electrical safety standards and SOLAS regulations.
DNV certainly packs a powerful punch in the industry. It is one of the world’s top three certification bodies and authorised by more than 80 flag administrations to carry out statutory certification on their behalf. Close to one in six ships of the global fleet is classified by DNV and in the oil and gas field a third of all floating production, storage and offloading vessels and 38% of drill ships are to DNV class.
The breadth of the IRISS product range covered by the newly granted DNV approval is extensive. The VP range comprises seven product variations to meet the needs of specific applications. It includes the world’s only windows that allow visual inspection, thermal imaging across the entire IR spectrum and UV inspection with a corona camera. This Platinum Series VPT is also shatterproof with a patented, reinforced grill that exceeds high voltage switchgear viewing pane standards.
Also within the VP Series is the VP-12 US, the world’s first ultrasound port. Not only does it allow quick and effective ultrasound inspection, the standard IRISS VP12 kit also includes an IR transmissive camera lens for optional and permanent use as an IR window for small targets or small IR camera lens apertures. In effect it’s two products in one.
The IRISS CAP Series is the second group covered by the DNV approval and again, there are many types from which to choose. For example the Platinum CAP-T Series has the largest visually clear and IR transmissive viewing area available. The patented PolyView System™ polymer allows fully energized systems to be thermally inspected and the larger rectangular versions of this product provide an unparalleled field of view.
The IRISS windows which are designed for infrared inspection are compatible with all brands of thermal imaging cameras commonly used in the marine and offshore environments. And every product in the VP and CAP Series is protected by the company’s unconditional lifetime warranty.
“DNV is not just important for the marine market but for our fast growing business in the renewable energy too,” explained Anthony Ballard, General Manager IRISS EMEA. “For the first time companies in these sectors can take advantage of the infrared windows technology that is proven in the industrial market, safe in the knowledge that it complies with sector specific standards. It will allow them to protect critical plant and assure personnel safety.”
Indeed the response from the marine sector to the IRISS DNV approval has been swift. Since announcing this achievement IRISS EMEA, based in Chelmsford, has confirmed receipt of a significant order from a major European manufacturer of floating accommodation and support vessels.
In addition to selling and supporting its windows products throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, IRISS EMEA also undertakes thermal imaging surveys for the marine, offshore and renewables sectors. Thermal inspection is now a legal requirement under SOLAS regulations to identify surface temperatures that are unacceptably high and which therefore pose a fire risk.
IRISS EMEA regularly provides this service to shipping companies. As well as offering compliance with the law, the thermal survey also detects unseen faults, allowing remedial action to be taken before they become expensive failures.