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A Thermacam SC 3000 thermal camera from Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions has been supplied to sports equipment manufacturer Adidas, for testing its latest footwear designs.

Flir Advanced Thermal solutions supplied Adidas with a Thermacam SC 3000 for testing the design of its Climacool2 running shoe.

Adidas is an international manufacturer of sports equipment. It needed an infrared camera to identify areas of an athlete’s foot most affected by temperature changes and heat build-up while wearing the new shoe, as sweating can cause blisters to form.

Flir’s Thermacam SC 3000 has a thermal sensitivity of 0.02°C, which Adidas said allowed developers to monitor small temperature differences.

Furthermore the camera produces images with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels, allowing the company to measure temperatures at 76,800 individual points.

Key benefits of product application

  • Blur-free images produced at a rate of 50Hz with short integration times enabled athletes running at full speed to be measured for real-time temperature changes.
  • The images from the camera could also be used for marketing purposes.
  • The company is considering using the thermal camera for developing sports apparel, particularly for use in hot climates.

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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