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FLIR’s Infrared Training Centre (ITC) has confirmed its course schedule through to the end of the year and has introduced several modifications and enhancements.

Its Level 1 course, for example, has now been condensed into four days from five, making it suitable for time-pressured students. Both the Level 1 and Level 2 ITC courses are approved by the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BiNDT) and are Personnel Certification in Non-Destructive Testing (PCN) ready.

A Premium Level 1 training package is a new addition. As well as receiving a FLIR TG165 imaging spot meter, Premium students get a free subscription to ITC on training and ITC InfraMation conference proceedings to receive ongoing technical and applications support.

For Level 1 certificate holders, there are now three separate two- or three-day training modules: Advanced Electrical, Advanced Mechanical and Advanced Buildings.

Free webinars have been introduced into the ITC mix in the coming months.  They cover a variety of subjects. More than 600 people participated in the most recent live introduction to thermography.

One-day introductory sessions are again a feature of the training programme, but they now include specific courses on general thermography, electrical fault finding, building science and photovoltaic inspection. These courses are being held at venues throughout the UK and Ireland, but can also be arranged on site if required. 

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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