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Flir Systems has launched the SC660 thermal-imaging camera, which is designed to deliver a combination of infrared and visible spectral images. The portable SC660 is suitable for all types of engineering, laboratory or field applications that may benefit from thermal analysis.

Designed for the most demanding R&D applications, the company claims that the SC660’s high-definition 640×480 infrared detector delivers exceptional sensitivity, resolution, and image quality.

Visible spectrum images generated by the built-in high-resolution digital camera can be fused with the IR images, creating a picture-in-picture (PIP) view in real time. The PIP function has full flexibility, allowing users to adjust the PIP area size and position.

Using a Firewire interface, the SC660 can transfer 14-bit radiometric data directly onto high-capacity SD cards or a PC for real-time analysis of captured images. The user can save a full 60 seconds of digital voice and embed it with each IR image, allowing a full description of the target and measurement conditions to be recorded.

The SC660’s ergonomic magnesium housing is designed for rugged portability and meets the IP54 standard, thereby protecting internal parts from shock, vibration, dust and water splash. Plus, it can run for up to three hours on a single fully charged battery.

Key product features

  • Portable
  • Uses Dynamic Detail Enhancement (DDE) technology
  • Infrared and visual images can be stored in standard jpeg formats
  • Includes an integrated 3.2-megapixel digital video camera to aid in data presentation
  • Picture-in-picture (PIP) view
  • 5.6in widescreen LCD
  • In-built GPS system
  • Automatically adjusts and optimises brightness and contrast
  • Rugged ergonomic magnesium housing meets the IP54 standard
  • Includes Research IR thermal measurement, recording, and analysis 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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