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To provide the music industry with first class recording facilities, The Bieber Studio based in Offenbach in Germany, relies on FLIR thermal imaging technology.  Indeed, it takes condition-based maintenance very seriously as it minimises technical issues so sound engineers can focus on creativity.

“Not only do we check the electrics in the studio on a regular basis but also take a close look at the 19-inch racks,” explained Oli Rüger, a guitarist and producer who has headed the operation since its establishment in the 1970s.  “These racks contain many professional effects units, pre-amps, amplifiers and a crucial large patch bay that enables each signal to be sent precisely where it is needed for recording or further processing.”

Regular testing of all studio equipment using the FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging camera gives the team the confidence that older technology also works as required. Over the years Oli Rüger has built-up an impressive collection of classic effect units and vintage instruments.  This equipment is still highly-valued by today’s musicians as it creates special sound effects; the Fender fuzz pedal from 1960s is a good example.

The FLIR ONE Pro helps users find invisible problems fast.  It offers 4x the native resolution than the standard model and its sharper image clarity is further enhanced by FLIR’s VividIR™ imaging processing technology.  The camera can measure temperatures from -20°C to 400°C with up to three spot temperature meters and six temperature regions of interest.

“Of course, I would have preferred a top-of-the-range FLR T1020 and if the Foo Fighters or Bruce Springsteen were to come here next month for a recording then I’d have to think about making such a purchase!”, Oli Rüger continues.  “Until then I’m happy with the FLIR ONE Pro.  It’s a couple of decimal places cheaper, very robust and it works well for our purposes.”

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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