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FLIR Systems has announced the new FLIR MR160 Imaging Moisture Meter for contractors, plumbers, roofers, energy efficiency experts, building inspectors, and moisture remediation professionals.

The MR160 is the first moisture meter to be equipped with a built-in thermal camera and features Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology driven by a FLIR Lepton thermal camera core. With the addition of this capability, FLIR has developed the only moisture meter with the ability to pinpoint potential moisture issues that are represented visually in the thermal image. The user then knows where to place the MR160 probes on the surface of the wall, ceiling, or floor to best quantify moisture levels and problems.

It is priced at £479.

Product features

  • Portable, durable design
  • Internal rechargeable battery
  • Internal pinless probe for non-destructive quantitative measurements
  • External pin probe for contact readings
  • Built-in laser pointer and display cross-hairs
  • Users can capture and save both measurements and images together, and easily transfer the data to a PC for analysis and report generation using FLIR Tools software

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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