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Thermal imaging is getting smarter. Even troubleshooting infrared cameras have standard features that were once only the preserve of top-of-the-range models.  Sophisticated user interfaces allow simple point and shoot operation.  One click saves the image in a variety of modes, complete with embedded thermal data for subsequent analysis.

Essentially this is good news but, although the technology is exceptionally easy to apply, the need for training is more important than ever. It is vital that the camera user understands the science behind thermal imaging. Without it, thermal images are virtually meaningless and findings are at risk of serious misinterpretation.

FLIR Systems Infrared Training Centre (ITC) is an accredited authorised training organisation for the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing and it has just confirmed its programme for 2019 that spans three levels of certified competence; Categories I, II and III.  The course duration for Category I and III is four days and for Category II it’s five days.

A new three-day course for Optical Gas Imaging has also been introduced to this year’s programme in response to a growing interest in the use of infrared to pinpoint the source of industrial gas leaks.

To register for any of the following go to

Mon 25th March ’19 – ITC I – West Malling, Kent

Tues 9th April ’19 – Optical Gas Imaging – West Malling, Kent

Mon 29th April ’19 – ITC I – Fareham

Mon 20th May ’19 – ITC I – Stockton-on-Tees

Mon 17th June ’19 – ITC I – Lymm, Cheshire

Mon 24th June ’19 – ITC I – Bristol

Mon 1st July ’19 – ITC I – West Malling, Kent

Mon 8th July ’19 – ITC II – West Malling, Kent

Mon 16th Sept ’19 – ITC I – Stockton-on-Tees

Mon 23rd Sept ’19 –  ITC I – Nottingham

Tues 8th October ’19 – Optical Gas Imaging – West Malling, Kent

Mon 28th October ’19 – ITC I – Lymm, Cheshire

Mon 11th Nov ’19 – ITC III – West Malling, Kent

Mon 18th Nov ’19 – ITC I – Cardiff

Mon 25th Nov ‘19 – ITC I – Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Mon 2nd Dec ’19 – ITC I – West Malling, Kent

Mon 9th Dec ’19 – ITC I – West Malling, Kent

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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