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Flir Systems has released the latest version of its ResearchIR thermal measurement, recording and analysis software for research and development and advanced scientific applications.

ResearchIR provides a set of easy-to-use acquisition, diagnostics and data-sharing tools, as well as customisable workspaces that allow users to simply arrange how images, data, charts and plots are displayed.

The software — available in 20 languages — connects directly to scientific Flir thermal-imaging cameras via USB, Firewire, Gigabit Ethernet and Camera Link, enabling the fast viewing of thermal snapshots and movie files.

As well as real-time image analysis with an extensive set of measurement modes, ResearchIR also features zoom and pan capabilities enabling closer examinations.

Further information

  • ResearchIR supports a range of options including pre- and post-trigger recording based on user-configured start/stop times, scene temperature thresholds and frame rates.
  • Software options for preset sequencing and super-framing allows researchers to more effectively analyse scenes with large temperature differences or targets with rapid thermal dynamics.
  • Enhanced charting and graphing capabilities permit users to create line profiles and temporal plots for all of the measurement tools.
  • The software can export image and plot data graphically as a Bitmap, CSV or Matlab file for reporting or further analysis in other software programs.
  • Thermal movies can be output as standard AVI files with the option to display overlays.
  • ResearchIR offers the ability to view, record and store images at high speed, to post-process fast thermal events and to export still and moving thermal imagery.

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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