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FLIR has introduced a combination of measures to cut inspection time of energised electrical equipment.  The AX8 thermal sensor allows the continuous monitoring of critical electrical infrastructure and the FLIR IRW Windows provide an easy and affordable option that reduce the cost and time associated with thermal inspection and add a safety barrier to protect the thermographer from arc flash accidents.

 Easy-to-install thermal imager for continuous condition monitoring

The FLIR AX8 is a temperature sensor with thermal imaging capabilities, combining thermal and visual cameras into a compact, affordable package.  The sensor provides continuous temperature monitoring and automated alarming when pre-set temperature thresholds are exceeded.  It is designed to guard against unplanned outages, service interruptions and equipment failure.

Measuring only 54 x 25 x 95mm, the AX8 is easy to install in tight spaces and consumes little power. It allows the user to view thermal images, visible light images, or the two combined thanks to FLIR’s proprietary MSX® multispectral imaging capability.  MSX provides image detail from the visible camera that is embedded onto the thermal image, giving exceptional image clarity and the ability to read labels.  Overall it helps to put the problem in context for quicker diagnosis.

Enabled by FLIR’s ground-breaking Lepton® thermal imaging core, the AX8 has 4,800 active temperature points per image, provides streaming temperature data over industry-standard interfaces (Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP) for easy analysis, has a built-in web interface, and includes a full suite of analysis functions.

The AX8 easily integrates into electrical installations or indeed any manufacturing environment.  Its streaming thermal, visual, and MSX video is output in standard MJPEG, MPEG, H.264 formats, adding multipurpose image capabilities.

Safer, more efficient electrical IR inspection

Inspection via IR windows requires the involvement of fewer personnel and eliminates the need for cumbersome PPE.  In short, IR windows offer considerable potential for exposing faults before they become costly failures, saving costs in the process without compromising personnel safety.

Although primarily designed for use with the entire range of FLIR thermal imaging cameras, the FLIR IRW-Series of IR inspection windows can be used with any camera brand.  Indeed, they bring important benefits to the market irrespective of the camera used, the most important being robust design and simple installation.

FLIR IRW windows feature a permanent hinged cover that flips open easily, so there’s nothing to drop, mix up or lose. The range provides a choice between standard, anti-corrosion, anodized aluminium frames or durable stainless steel if there are mixed metal concerns.

For more information on FLIR’s cabinet monitoring solutions download the brochure at: FLIR/Inspect&Monitor

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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