Mining is one of the primary industrial activities as its purpose is to obtain minerals used as raw material for thousands of daily-use products. Zinc as a food nutrient, copper as an electrical conductor, gold and silver as precious metals and currencies; the list of applications for these materials is endless.

Once extracted from the earth, the minerals are processed and melted getting to the refinery as anode, where the main process is electrorefining. This process occurs in cells or electrolytic baths. A common problem here is the appearance of short circuits that reduce the efficiency of the process and the quality of the product. They are very difficult visualize in the visible spectrum, but for thermography it is easy to detect.

The bcbElectrolyticIR system covers the entire electrolytic bath area inspection with fixed cameras, delivering a unified orthonormalized image that represents a complete view of the plant for easy location of the short-circuit area.

In addition to the inspection and detection, the system has the function of recording and capturing images by event. Alerts can be received through mobile devices or interconnected to the corporate network. It is also possible to link communications to other equipment by PLC or discrete signals.

System features

  • Integration of one or multiple FLIR thermal imaging cameras.
  • Real-time statistics and central data history.
  • Integration of webservices for remote access to the system (via internet).
  • Union and orthonormalization of images to cvompose the view of the plant.
  • Access to an application by cellphone or tablet.
  • Short circuit alarms.
  • Enclosure for outdoor use (IP67).
  • Visualization of results in the control room of the plant.
  • Communication to PLC by ethernet protocols (Modbus, PROFINET, TCP / IP).
  • Communication to PLC by serial protocols (USB, RS-232, RS-485).
  • Communication with discrete outputs.


  • Mining
  • Copper​
  • Zinc
  • Gold
  • Silver