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World leading infrared specialist, FLIR Systems, demonstrates its continued high commitment to thermal imaging for building science applications at Ecobuild 2018 with its widest ever choice of cameras and imaging meters. Several new models have been added to its range since the company’s last appearance at Ecobuild and they collectively provide a thermal imaging solution for every application and budget.

Energy loss, or more importantly energy saving, is of high interest at every level. The property owner, whether it be domestic or commercial, must demonstrate due diligence in reducing costs. As a result, there has never been a greater need for the wide scope of FLIR thermal imaging.  It is a fast and effective troubleshooting and thermal analysis tool that can be applied to a variety of applications.

The technology clearly shows defects such as poor insulation, air leakage, water ingress, damp and moisture, plumbing and drainage blockages, thermal bridging, underfloor heating faults and much more.  And one of its greatest benefits is that it provides visual evidence of the problem that can be shared and understood by others.

The FLIR Systems’ stand at Ecobuild 2018 will have product examples from every range starting with the professional FLIR T-Series and its hallmark tilting head.  These cameras offer superior sensitivity, high resolutions and superb image clarity thanks to FLIR’s patented enhancement technology. UltraMax® effectively quadruples the thermal pixels of an image including full radiometric measurement data. MSX® combines the visual and thermal images to enrich detail.

MSX is also a standard feature of the FLIR Exx-Series, FLIR’s pistol-grip thermal cameras whose design won the Red Dot: Best of 2017 Award. They provide detector resolutions up to 320 x 240 and interchangeable lenses that allows the user, for example, to switch to wide angle to capture more of the scene in one shot or telephoto to see and measure distant and smaller targets.

The widening application scope of thermal imaging is not just thanks to firmware development. How the technology is ‘packaged’ is also changing. For example, FLIR Systems now offers fully-featured low end thermal imaging cameras that are pocket-sized, the FLIR C2 and FLIR C3. The compactness is thanks to a newly developed radiometric core which is the size of a mobile phone SIM.

This same micro core has also led to the introduction of a growing range of imaging meters, three new models of which will appear at Ecobuild 2018 for the first time.  These complement existing test and measurement instruments such as the imaging moisture meter which allows the user to scan for problems using thermal imaging, then confirm and quantify moisture levels with pin or pinless measurement.

Also featuring at the show is FLIR’s professional thermal inspection using unmanned aircraft. Under the control of those with the proven skills and credentials, aerial thermography has clear benefits for large building analysis.  Imaging is viewable live and in real time at the ground control station.  Recorded radiometric video and still images are then downloaded for post processing when the aircraft is back on the ground.

ECOBUILD 2018, ExCeL London, 6– 8 March 2018, stand no: C164

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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