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FLIR Systems has helped the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team to gather critical temperature data for a variety of trackside and factory activities.

In 2014, FLIR Systems was named an Innovation Partner with Infiniti Red Bull Racing. The team has since been working with FLIR to gather temperature data from its 2014 challenger, the RB10.

In the partnership, FLIR is developing solutions using its miniature thermal cameras, including the FLIR Lepton core, to provide the Infiniti Red Bull Racing team with information on the thermal characteristics of its cars’ components and operations. Managing car temperatures effectively is a key aspect of ensuring reliability.

FLIR thermal-imaging cameras are also being used to monitor the critical temperatures of assets at Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s headquarters in Milton Keynes, UK.

Key benefits of product application

  • Christian Horner, team principal of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, said: ‘The insights that FLIR technology can give us will be critical to our understanding of the new car and could give us a key edge over our rivals.’
  • According to Horner, thermal imaging has become a vital tool for controlling temperature management and tyre performance: ‘FLIR’s considerable expertise in this area will be a crucial factor in making the technology work in the demanding environments experienced in modern Formula 1 racing.’
  • Alan Peasland, head of technical partnerships, added: ‘As our partnership with FLIR has grown, we have taken advantage of FLIR’s vast experience with electrical measuring equipment and thermal-imaging technology to help us off track as well. So we have trackside technology, but we also have FLIR helping us in and around our factory.’
  • According to Steven Geary, maintenance manager at Infiniti Red Bull Racing, the FLIR E4 and E8 cameras have improved the way the team performs electrical and IT maintenance and inspection activities: ‘When inspecting large arrays of electrical switches and junction boxes at the factory, we are able to thermally look for hotspots and problem areas when the live wiring is exposed. Being able to do this without physical contact has clearly improved the safety of our team. But it has also increased the speed and reliability with which we can perform this kind of maintenance activity, which results in less downtime in the factory.’
  • FLIR E-Series cameras feature the MSX mode, which allows the racing team to see excellent detail underneath the actual image. 

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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