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FLIR Systems has launched three new science-grade thermal cameras: the A6200sc NIR, A8300sc HD MWIR, and A6700sc LWIR, which are designed for demanding science and research applications including electronics development, university research, and non-destructive testing.

The cooled cameras are claimed to deliver exceptional image quality, with standardised interfaces and MATLAB integration making them powerful, efficient tools for gathering thermal data.

Easy to integrate and simple to use, the A6200sc, A8300sc and A6700sc cameras each use a standard GigE Vision interface to transmit full dynamic range digital video, and GenICam for camera control, making them truly plug-and-play thermal imagers.

Users can stream temperature-calibrated data over Gigabit Ethernet to a PC for live image viewing and recording. Simultaneously active, yet independently-controlled, video interfaces gives users tremendous flexibility when recording and display their thermal data.

Incorporating FLIR’s ResearchIR version 4.20 software, the new cameras offer researchers and scientists a powerful tool to monitor, acquire, analyse, and share captured thermal data. The release of ResearchIR Max version 4.20 gives users direct access to their MATLAB scripts within ResearchIR for the first time.  

Key features and benefits

A6200sc

  • Features a 640 x 512 resolution indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) detector
  • Ideal for laser beam profiling, art restoration, solar cell inspection, and astronomy applications
  • Adjustable windowing modes allow for super-fast frame rates to stop rapid events.

A8300sc  

  • Compact, high-sensitivity, low-noise MWIR camera with a cooled 1280 x 720 resolution indium antimonide (InSb) detector
  • Delivers high-definition (HD) thermal images with the finest details.
  • Fast integration times allow the camera to capture fast-moving objects without blurring, and it has a wide selection of available optics.
  • Designed for thermal electronics inspection, thermal microscopy, materials non-destructive testing, failure analysis, aerial thermal mapping, and industrial R&D applications.

A6700sc

  • Strained layer superlattice (SLS) detector that produces crisp 640 x 512 resolution LWIR thermal imagery.
  • It features ultra-short integration times to stop motion on fast-moving or thermally-dynamic targets.
  • Also offers wide temperature ranges, allowing you to measure temperature on devices with wide thermal gradients, custom cold filters, and a wide selection of available optics.
  • Ideal for automotive testing, university research and development, and industrial R&D applications.

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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