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FLIR Systems has published a new guide book for military scientists, engineers and ballisticians interested in using thermal imaging for long range measurement and projectile tracking.

With the abundance of temperature measurement tools available, why should researchers and engineers consider thermal imaging?

One of the greatest advantages of thermal imaging cameras for military research and range applications is their ability to image and record thermal data without the need to touch the target object under test. Many high-end R&D and science-grade cameras also offer the speed, spatial resolution, triggering, and advanced timing features required to characterize fast thermal transients and targets moving at high speed. Thermal cameras can also detect the most subtle temperature changes, with the best cameras able to measure differences of less than 0.02°C.

Written by FLIR’s thermal imaging experts this free guidebook will give you a comprehensive understanding of research and science thermography for military research and test range applications from how IR cameras work to how they can benefit your project. Chapters in the guidebook include: Finding resolution in a distant image; Measuring at the speed of light; The challenges of infrared radiance measurement and Software – a critical component of any thermal imaging camera. The guide also provides advice on what to consider when selecting a thermal imaging camera, and provides recommendations for different military test range applications.

To download the new guidebook please visit https://www.flir.co.uk/discover/rd-science/flir-guidebook-for-military-test-range-applications/

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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