Development of a system using thermal imaging to provide characterization of a welding process - ON-132

Preferred Disciplines: Engineering or Physics, Masters or PhD
Project length: 4-12 months (1-2 units)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Burlington, ON
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: Language: English
Company: Xiris Automation Inc


About Company:

Xiris Automation is a privately-held company since 1989, located in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Xiris Automation specializes in developing Optical systems for Quality Control for several niche industries, providing some of the world’s most dynamic manufacturers with the ability to detect, recognize, and interpret quality defects in their manufactured goods.

Project Description:

The project is to research infrared imaging technology and help to implement, in collaboration with our Engineering staff, a thermal imaging camera system which can be used to characterize various automated welding processes.

Background and required skills

Research Objectives/Sub-Objectives:

  • Determine expected correlations between thermal data and welding process control parameters
  • Develop specification for thermal imaging sensor
  • Determine best thermal imaging sensor / camera / technology for the task
  • Determine if absolute temperature calibration is required, or if a relative calibration would be adequate for our needs
  • Specify, design and build necessary lab test systems (calibrated heat sources, etc.)
  • Identify and resolve field integration and environmental control issues
  • Develop demonstration software for field-testing (may be out of scope)


TBD at this time, but may include:

  • Research and select appropriate infrared sensing techniques used in commercially available sensors
  • Select appropriate imaging camera / sensor technology
  • Develop a calibration procedure for the  infrared sensor technique using a commercial components and PC software
  • Design a camera / sensor hardware solution

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Thermal imaging, thermodynamics
  • Metallurgy and / or welding (nice to have but not a core required  skill)
  • Practical, hands-on experimentation
  • Electro-Mechanical systems design 


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