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Flir has added the i40 and i60 models to its compact i-Series thermal imaging cameras.

The Flir i40 and i60 cameras seek out electrical faults, minimising downtime, improving process efficiency and helping improve product quality.

They weigh just 600g but can cope with tough on-site and field conditions.

They have a 2.3 mpixel digital camera and double LED lights, enabling the user to work in dark environments.

These are complemented by a laser pointer, the target of which is also visible on the infrared image.

The Picture-in-Picture function allows the overlaying and scaling of an infrared image on a visual image, in real time and at the push of a button.

This enables easier identification and interpretation of inspected objects.

These cameras feature intuitive command buttons and a clear user menu available in 21 languages.

They are dust- and water-splash proof, shock resistant and equipped with a field replaceable battery for five hours of uninterrupted use.

The wide temperature measurement range of -20C to 350C is ideal for the majority of preventive maintenance applications.

The main differentiator between the cameras is the size of a focal plane array.

The Flir i40 has a 120 x 120 pixels detector and the top of the range Flir i60 has a 180 x 180 pixels detector.

All have accuracy of +/- two per cent and 0.1C thermal sensitivity.

Radiometric images are saved in .jpeg format for easy analysis and emailing, eliminating the need for proprietary vision software.

Images can also be displayed on a thumbnail image gallery.

Flir Quickreport comes as standard with the new i-Series cameras but all models are also compatible with the Flir Reporter 8.3 software.

This is a wizard-based reporting suite with advanced image processing and temperature calculation functions.

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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