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Flir has announced the launch of its T600 Series professional thermal-imaging cameras for commercial applications.

The Flir T620 and T640 are designed to be highly ergonomic and easy to use, even when wearing personal protection equipment.

Both are equipped with an uncooled microbolometer detector that produces crisp, 640 x 480-pixel thermal images on which the smallest of details can be seen.

This is particularly important for high-voltage applications, as clear images can be taken from greater distances.

Temperature differences of 0.04C can be seen on the T640 and it can measure temperatures up to 2,000C; accuracy to within two per cent or +/-2deg.

Application flexibility is enhanced by a choice of lenses beyond the standard 25deg.

Flir offers a variety of exchangeable optics, all of which are designed for purpose and made in the company’s own grinding laboratories.

The high-resolution thermal imaging that characterises these T-Series models is matched by high-resolution visible light images.

Both models incorporate a 5-megapixel digital camera that generates sharp reference images.

An LED lamp is provided for dark environments.

A rotating optical block makes it easy to capture images from challenging angles.

It tilts up and down along its 120deg range of motion while keeping the 4.3in LCD touch screen in view.

This allows the operator to work in comfort and safety while looking at objects above, below and around corners.

Flir wireless technology is extended in these new models.

Both include Flir’s Meterlink, which allows data acquired by an Extech clamp meter to be transferred to the camera and embedded in the image.

This saves time and eliminates the risk of a notation error.

The T640 and the T620 also have a Wi-Fi interface, enabling images to be sent to a PC, Ipad or Iphone.

In this way, the thermographer can seek a swift, second opinion on a critical decision such as whether or not to shut down an operation.

In addition to more measurement tools and manual or fast autofocus, the new cameras feature thermal and visual image overlay, thermal and visual image fusion for better analysis, a laser pointer, up to 8x digital zoom and text/voice/sketch annotations.

Images are stored on an SD card in JPG format and the cameras also enable MPEG4 video recording.

Both the Flir T640 and T620 are supplied as standard with Instantreport that allows the generation of a professional PDF document in the camera without the need for a PC.

This allows any thermographic survey to be completed on site.

The cameras can also be specified with Flir Reporter for more extensive reporting options.

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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