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The Flir SC7000 series of infrared cameras from Flir Advanced Thermal Solutions (ATS) are designed to provide the high performance and facilities required for thermal imaging of high-speed events.

These research-grade cameras provide gigabit Ethernet, camera link and USB interfaces.

They also feature simultaneous digital and analogue outputs, and are available in multiple wavebands, detector resolutions and lens configurations.

According to Flir ATS, the camera’s fast frame rates and adjustable and triggered integration times allows the user to capture fast-moving objects, as well as those with rapidly changing temperatures.

High-speed IR thermography can reveal hidden features of fast-moving objects when their temperature is higher than the background.

The video and data acquisition capabilities of Flir’s advanced IR cameras allow the capture of thermal images at rates exceeding 62,000 frames per second.

This is equivalent to an exposure time of a few microseconds – meaning that individual video frames can provide still images of a fast-moving target or thermal event, referred to as stop-motion imaging.

Possible applications include thermal and dynamic analysis of jet-engine turbine blades, supersonic projectiles and explosions.

According to Flir ATS, high-speed IR cameras can supply images of fast-moving objects with minimal blur.

Flir claims its camera systems are able to supply images of fast-moving objects with minimal blur to to their analogue-to-digital (A/D) converters, which provide high resolution and short integration times.

The shorter the integration time, the less likely there will be blurring.

When data acquisition is fast enough, it’s possible to capture a sequence and play it back in slow motion.

According to Flir, avoiding image blur is also tied to the thermal sensitivity of camera detectors.

With more sensitive detectors, the data integration time can be shorter, because less IR radiation energy is required to record an acceptable image.

This is particularly important when you need to image fast-moving, low-energy targets.

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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