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Flir Systems has introduced the Flir A615, a 640 x 480 focal-plane-array, uncooled infrared camera suitable for dynamic vision applications and for high-end automated inspection and process control.

The camera is fully compliant with both Genicam and GigE Vision protocols.

This high-resolution, high-frame-rate camera is instantly ready for quick network installation, enabling the user to take advantage of plug and play with machine vision software from National Instruments, Cognex, Matrox, MVTec and Stemmer Imaging, for example.

The Flir A615 can provide accurate temperature measurement with high-quality, high-speed imaging.

Typical application examples include automated part production and assembly, steel mill operations, food processing, product packaging, electronics production, non-destructive testing and car manufacturing.

The camera enables the manufacturer to validate and increase product quality and throughput, minimise waste and improve profitability.

It can also enhance working safety as an effective early-warning system for fire/hotspots.

The compact Flir A615 comes complete with built-in Gigabit Ethernet.

The 640 x 480 detector provides greater resolution and detail; the focal plane array provides more than 300,000 measurement points.

Its ability to capture fine image detail and temperature differences is also enhanced by its sensitivity of less than 50mK.

The high radiometric video frame rate of 50Hz on the Flir A615 can be enhanced by the windowing function.

This function allows the camera’s processing engine to reduce the window size to offer even greater processing speeds.

At 640 x 240, 100Hz can be achieved; at 640 x 120, 200Hz can be achieved.

Compliance with GigE Vision and Genicam standards allows the Flir A615 to be integrated with a variety of similarly compliant equipment and is supported by a choice of third-party software.

Trigger and synchronisation capabilities enable it to control, or be controlled by, a host of other types of equipment.

When used with wireless and fibre-optic line adaptors, the camera can be used almost anywhere, including over long distances.

The Flir A615 is supplied as standard with a 25deg lens.

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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