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FLIR Systems has introduced UltraMax technology for its Tsc series of handheld research and science cameras. With the new UltraMax feature, researchers will be able to further improve the resolution of native thermal images for even greater clarity and a higher level of temperature measurement accuracy.

Available on FLIR’s T430sc, T450sc, T630sc and T650sc cameras, UltraMax is a form of FLIR’s patented DDE image enhancement technology, which captures a series of thermal images in their original resolution in a rapid burst, which are then transformed via FLIR ResearchIR software into a single, much higher-definition UltraMax image with all radiometric data fully intact, ready for post-processing analysis and report generation. 

Using UltraMax, thermal images captured with a 640 x 480-resolution, T-series thermal camera can be turned into ultra-sharp images with up to 1,280 x 960 pixels. Likewise, a 320 x 240 T-series image can be converted to 640 x 480 pixels via the software and UltraMax algorithm.


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Key features and benefits

  • With up to four times more pixels covering the target area, UltraMax allows for more detailed analysis of smaller components. More pixels not only boost image quality, but they also improve the distance to spot-size ratio for even greater measurement accuracy on small or distant objects.
  • Using the Tsc-series camera in handheld mode, FLIR UltraMax instantly captures 16 thermal images and one visible light image simultaneously. These images are stored as a single radiometric JPEG file. The subtle movement of the camera allows the framing of each of the 16 images to be slightly shifted from each other. The extra pixels and data from the multiple images are then combined using ResearchIR to form the higher-resolution UltraMax image.
  • UltraMax functionality can also be combined with FLIR’s patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX), which etches key details from the visible light image onto the thermal image. This helps users to see easily recognisable features such as numbers, labels and texture on live, stored and UltraMax thermal images for easier orientation and locating. The end result is higher thermal image definition that researchers and scientists can put to new use for testing and developing solutions.

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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