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Flir Systems has introduced the E-Series range of low-cost cameras targeted at customers wanting enhanced imaging quality and more analysis functions from an entry-level thermal-imaging device.

Four versions complete the new series, with the Flir E60 providing 76,800 pixels from its 320 x 240 uncooled detector.

This enables the user to see more detail and take more accurate temperature readings so that the smallest of thermal anomalies – down to 0.05C – can be detected.

It allows potential problems to be detected quickly, safely and from further away, according to the company.

Three of the Flir E-Series models allow real-time thermal imaging at 60Hz for the efficient capture of moving components and dynamic events, revealing details that a 9Hz camera is likely to miss.

A built-in 3-megapixel digital camera produces clear visible light reference pictures for complete and detailed documentation.

Good-quality images, even in dark environments, can be taken thanks to the inclusion of an LED lamp on the front of the camera.

All models come with a laser pointer to help associate the hot spot on the thermal image with the physical target in the field.

Model dependent, the Flir E-Series camera can measure temperatures up to +650C and includes analysis tools such as multiple spot meters, automatic hot/cold detection markers, isotherm and the automatic calculation of the temperature difference between two user-defined points on the image.

As predictive maintenance is a prime market for these new introductions, they also have a range of advanced features that optimise electromechanical inspection.

These include picture-in-picture thermal and visual image overlay, thermal fusion that merges both image types, digital zoom and text/voice annotation.

All images are saved in .jpg format and stored on an SD card.

The Flir E-Series is designed for use in harsh environments.

Its vital inner core is well-protected in an IP54-rated housing.

Easy access to all the analytics tools is via an intuitive user interface that takes full advantage of the entire 3.5in touch screen.

All camera control buttons are at the user’s fingertips.

The Flir E-Series enables the wireless transmission of images and other information to mobile devices such as Iphones, Ipod Touch devices or Ipads.

In this way, users can share critical information immediately with decision makers on site or via email.

The majority of models in the new Flir E-Series range also include Meterlink – a feature that allows the transfer of important diagnostic data, acquired by an Extech clamp meter, to the thermal-imaging camera to support findings and decisions.

All models are supplied with standard software that facilitates the creation of basic inspection reports.

They are also compatible with the Flir advanced software packages.

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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