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The AX8 fixed-mount temperature sensor from FLIR Systems combines thermal and visible cameras along with the proprietary MSX technology in a small, affordable package. The AX8 is designed to be easy to install in space-constrained areas for automated and uninterrupted condition monitoring of critical electrical and mechanical equipment.

AX8 fixed-mount temperature sensor

Enabled by FLIR’s Lepton thermal-imaging core, the AX8 enables the early detection of temperature-related issues in electrical and mechanical equipment, guarding against unplanned outages, service interruptions and equipment failure. The AX8 is said to be suitable for continuous condition monitoring and fire prevention without the need for periodic manual scans.

The AX8 provides streaming temperature data over industry-standard interfaces (Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP) for easy analysis. It is designed to integrate into electrical installations or any manufacturing environment. The AX8’s streaming thermal, visual and MSX video is output in standard MJPEG, MPEG, H.264 formats, adding multipurpose image capabilities.

The temperature sensor addresses the condition monitoring and safety needs for numerous environments, including process and manufacturing industries, data centres, energy generation and distribution, transportation and mass transit, storage facilities, refrigeration warehouses and engine rooms.

Key features and specifications

  • 4,800 active temperature points per image
  • Built-in web interface
  • Analysis and alarm functions that send alerts when elevated temperatures are detected
  • Compact form factor (54 x 25 x 95mm)

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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