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FLIR announces three electrical test and measurement meters with thermal imaging

FLIR Systems, Inc announced six test and measurement products arriving later this year, including two digital multimeters and a clamp meter that feature FLIR’s IGM (Infrared Guided Measurement). Powered by the FLIR Lepton microcamera thermal core, the FLIR DM166 and FLIR DM285 digital multimeters and the FLIR CM275 clamp meter feature a built-in screen to show heat caused by electrical faults, allowing professionals to find issues faster and more safely.

All the latest FLIR electrical test and measurement products offer features that allow professionals to efficiently test and troubleshoot electrical, electro-mechanical, and heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems. These thermal imaging products offer the added benefit of visualizing heat and highlighting temperature anomalies on a built-in display. Whether facing cluttered wires, complex panels, or clogged condenser coils, IGM guides users without requiring any direct contact with the test site, increasing both speed and user safety.

The new products include:
FLIR DM285: The 18-function FLIR DM285 (£595 excl. VAT) is FLIR’s most advanced digital multimeter, measuring temperatures up to 400 degrees Celsius. Along with IGM, the FLIR DM285 features onboard storage for measurements and images, as well as wireless connectivity to streamline the inspection process and simplify data collection, sharing, and reporting.
FLIR CM275: FLIR’s newest, most advanced 600-amp AC/DC clamp meter (£595 excl. VAT) offers IGM and a wide range of measurement functions. It also includes a narrow jaw, built-in worklights, and a screen that’s more than 40 percent larger than the previous model.
FLIR DM166: FLIR’s most affordable digital multimeter and thermal imager combination, the FLIR DM166 (£424 excl. VAT) features broad multimeter test functions, and the flexibility for use in both high- and low-voltage applications.

Each product has a rugged, drop-tested design and carries a 10-year warranty on both the product and the thermal detector.

“With the introduction of these latest test and measurement products, FLIR has strengthened its already extensive and powerful suite of products for electrical professionals,” said Jim Cannon, President and CEO of FLIR Systems. “The new IGM products demonstrate our ability to leverage thermal imaging in ways that improve the productivity and safety for the professionals who use them.”

FLIR’s announcement also includes three new professional-grade digital multimeters: the FLIR DM91 (£233 excl. VAT) with datalogging and wireless connectivity for industrial or benchtop work; the FLIR DM66 (£127 excl. VAT), offering a wide range of test features for electrical and field service professionals; and FLIR’s most affordable, general-purpose multimeter, the FLIR DM62 (£110 excl. VAT).

The CM275, DM285, DM166, and DM91 will be available in the fourth quarter of 2017, while the DM62 and DM66 will be available in the first quarter of 2018.

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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