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For building inspection and the prevention of energy loss, a thermal imaging camera is now considered an essential tool and thanks to its continuous development strategy, FLIR Systems provides this industry with an exceptional choice of products. Year on year FLIR Systems introduces new infrared features and capabilities that help users do their job quicker and more efficiently and 2019 is no exception. Indeed, Futurebuild 2019 has been confirmed as the UK launch platform for a new infrared camera and the showcase for the latest technological developments in test and measurement instrumentation.

FLIR Systems is now the market leader in thermal imaging.  More than 10% of its revenue is reinvested in research and development and the company now has its widest ever range of camera models, accessories and software to suit every building application and budget. And supporting them is FLIR Systems’ industry leading warranty provision – two years on the camera, five years on the battery and ten years on the detector.

Award winners
One of most recent to be introduced and making its UK exhibition debut at Futurebuild 2019 is the FLIR E53. This is an entry-level model in the award winning Exx-Series that brings advanced thermal imaging within the reach of many more building professionals who need this technology to identify building deficiencies.  It features a 4-inch touchscreen with 160 degree viewing angle and, in common with all other Exx models, it includes MSX technology that uses a 5-megapixel visual camera to improve image clarity, perspective and readability.

Representative of the FLIR professional models is the FLIR T500, a camera that was named Red Dot: Best of the Best winner for 2018, awarded for its groundbreaking design that combines superb ergonomics in a ruggedized high-performance thermal imager.

All cameras in the FLIR T500 series provide high quality imaging through Vision Processing™ which combines proprietary adaptive filtering with the readability of FLIR multi-spectral imaging (MSX®) and the image enhancement of UltraMax®. With thermal resolutions up to 464 x 348 (161,472 pixels) and superior sensitivity and image clarity, thermographers can easily identify subtle temperature differences; essential for building science applications.

Meters too
Two important FLIR Systems developments have also led to the introduction of a unique range of test and measurement instruments. The first breakthrough was the introduction of the Lepton thermal micro-camera core, a detector that is about the size of a smart phone SIM. This, coupled with FLIR’s Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM™) technology, is at the heart of a range of meters that have thermal imaging capability.  Examples from the range complete FLIR’s exhibits on stand D204 at Futurebuild 2019.  The show runs 5th-7th March, Excel, London.

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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