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The Flir SC655 high-resolution uncooled infrared camera can be used for infrared research, product development, non-destructive testing and range phenomenology.

It is said to be the first camera of its kind to provide high-speed windowing modes, digital control of image flow and recording in Flir Research IR R and D software.

Compact and powerful, the Flir SC655 provides over 300,000 pixels of accurate temperature measurement data and up to 200Hz with a 640 x 120 window.

The Flir SC655 comes complete with a 25deg macro lens that is suitable for a range of ATE work.

It is fully compliant with GenICam and GigEVision protocols, enabling it to be integrated with a variety of third-party analysis software packages to suit the application.

Flir Research IR software is aimed at thermographers who need to monitor thermal events that are typically more agile or transient.

It visualises thermal patterns and applies advanced start/stop recording capabilities such as pre- and post-recording and high-speed image storage.

Research IR also allows post processing of recorded IR-image sequences of dynamic thermal events.

Analysis functions include spot, line/polyline, area and ellipse.

It creates time-temperature plots of the event, exporting them in standard picture and data formats – csv, bmp, jpeg – for subsequent analysis.

This software can be used in tandem with, or independent from, the Flir Quickplot software package that is designed for simple trending and analysis.

Both provide zoom and pan for close examination of an object, a file organiser for quick collection and preview of sequences, plus multi-user configurable tabs for live images, recorded images or plots.

The Flir SC655 allows the user to capture and record thermal distribution and variations in real time so that heat patterns, dissipation, leakage and other heat-related factors in equipment, products and process can be seen and accurately quantified.

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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