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The SC8400/SC6500 series thermal imaging cameras from Flir Systems that are designed for use in scientific and research and development applications, and can be used in dark environments.

The thermal imaging cameras feature a cooled Indium Antimonide detector, a temperature probe in the lens assembly and an integral LED light for use in dark environments, as well as lens recognition and automatic measurement adjustments. A range of lenses are available for use with both series.

Additionally, the devices offer a range of connectivity options including Gigabit Ethernet and Camera Link medium and are DVI-output compatible with 1,080p and wi-fi, which enables the camera to be controlled wirelessly via a smart phone or tablet PC.

Commonly used configurations for SC8400/SC6500 series cameras can be saved to the micro SD-card so that the devices can be used by multiple users without requiring experience in camera reconfiguring.

When required for use in space-limited applications, the camera’s LCD screen can be removed — enabling it to be installed in hard-to-reach places and controlled remotely.

Key specifications

  • Produces 1,280 x 1,024 pixel images
  • Detects temperature differences of less than 25mK (18mK typically)
  • ’Lock-in’ function enables process temperature differences down to 1mK to be made visible
  • Measures temperatures up to 3,000º C
  • Accuracy of ±1ºC or ±1 per cent
  • Deliver images at speeds of up to 3,000Hz
  • Flir SC8400 Series cameras offer an adjustable frame rate of up to 100Hz full frame
  • SC6500 Series cameras have an adjustable frame rate of up to 125Hz full frame

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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