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If you use a thermal camera for inspections every day, you’re likely to be familiar with thermal tuning to get the most accurate image. You want to get the image you need quickly, without wasting a lot of time in the field making manual adjustments. The FLIR 1-Touch Level/Span solves that problem.

1-Touch Level/Span allows you to choose a small area of focus in a thermal image – with one touch of the screen – and the camera will auto-adjust the level and span based on the thermal contrast at that spot in the image. The result: time saved on manual adjustments.

Use the touchscreen to choose an object or area of interest with one quick tap, and a circle will come up around the object or area you selected. The camera will automatically narrow the span to clearly represent the temperature span and level inside that circle, providing focused detail in the thermal image to better highlight issues.

The benefit is you can dial in on the problems and details you care about. 1-Touch Level/Span allows you to ignore all the areas of the image you are not interested in by narrowing the span.

Let’s say you want to know the temperature of the hot spot and are not concerned with the temperature of the sky. If you touch the area of the transformer on the screen, a circle will pop up around the spot you selected, and the temperature span will adjust to show the highest and lowest temperatures within the circle. The contrast in the thermal image will increase, enhancing the image detail and improving your ability to spot a problem or even notice new failures – especially when small temperature variations can make the difference.

1-Touch Level/Span can also be helpful for building diagnostics and electrical inspec­tions, particularly when you’re aiming the thermal imager at a target with an opposite extreme temperature in the background – like a hot boiler or a freezer. The presence of two opposite extreme temperatures in the scene – your target and the background object – will force the camera to widen the span in the thermal image, which in turn reduces contrast.

Recognising the utility of 1-Touch Level/Span, FLIR engineers built this option into the new T500-Series Professional Thermal Imaging Cameras. The series – consisting of the T530 and T540 cameras – is designed to support advanced thermographers and IR service consultants in the power generation, electrical distribution, and manufacturing industries by focusing on resolution, speed, and ergonomics. The thermal imaging cameras feature a 180° rotating optical block, vibrant LCD display, and streamlined form factor, providing inspectors the necessary tools to support comprehensive inspections in challenging conditions, especially when equipment is obstructed from view or difficult to access.

FLIR Systems specialises in technologies that enhance perception and awareness.  The company brings innovative sensing solutions into daily life through its thermal imaging and visible light imaging technology and systems for measurement, diagnosis, location and advanced threat detection.  Its products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance productivity, increase energy efficiency and make the workplace safer.

FLIR Systems has six operating segments – surveillance, instruments, OEM and emerging markets, maritime, security and finally, detection. Of these six, ‘instruments’ is of greatest interest to trade and industry and the second largest segment in the company’s portfolio. This division provides devices that image, measure and assess thermal energy, gases and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial and scientific applications.

These products are manufactured across five production sites, three in the USA and two in Europe; Sweden and Estonia.

A model to suit every application and budget
The options that FLIR Systems provides for measuring temperature and studying thermal performance have never been greater.  Not only does the company offer a huge range of models to suit all thermal application needs but the technology is also affordable and very easy to use.  Thermal cameras now come in various shapes, sizes and degrees of sophistication and FLIR continues to invest heavily in the development of new and complementary technologies to differentiate itself from competitors.

An important milestone in the development of thermal imaging has been the introduction of the FLIR Lepton® core, a micro longwave detector, the size of a mobile SIM.  This has allowed thermal imaging to be repackaged to meet the needs of an even wider audience and, in combination with another new technology called Infrared Guided Measurement – IGM™ – has led to the development of a range of test and measurement meters with imaging capability.

Another important growth area for FLIR thermal imaging is in continuous monitoring to assure quality and safety.  Through its introduction of discrete fixed mounted thermal cameras which are fully compliant industry standard plug-and-play protocols, FLIR Systems has provided industry with infrared machine vision which is instantly ready for quick and easy network installation.

Protecting assets and people from fire is an area for which thermal imaging is least known but, thanks to FLIR Systems’ development, it is now one of the most cost-effective methods available.  Its application flexibility and rapid return on investment present an attractive proposition for any site or safety manager.

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