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Flir Systems has revealed that its infrared cameras and associated software and communication technology are ideal for spotting and stopping energy loss in buildings and structures.

At the Energy Event, Flir will demonstrate a range of solutions that allow inspections to be conducted quicker, easier and with greater intelligence.

Flir’s BuildIR visualises and quantifies building-related problems such as structural and insulation defects, thermal bridges and moisture ingress.

This dedicated software provides access to 10 professional pre-designed report templates for easy and comprehensive report creation.

It introduces an energy cost comparison report that allows the easy calculation of the achievable cost savings when the identified structural problems are fixed.

A humidity inspection report for calculating dew points and an air-tightness report are also included.

Another Flir software feature is the Panaroma tool, which allows images to be dragged, dropped and automatically overlaid into a composite image.

What makes this image stitcher unique, according to Flir, is that every pixel on the image is transferred with its own radiometric data so accurate temperature measurement is assured and the enlarged image retains its Jpeg format.

Flir is also using Bluetooth wireless technology to bring greater intelligence to the infrared environment.

At the Energy Event, the company will be demonstrating Meterlink.

This allows Extech clamp meters and moisture meters to transfer data to a Flir camera to allow their readings to be embedded on an infrared image.

So, for example, during an electrical inspection, users can transmit key data such as current or voltage from a Meterlink-enabled Extech clamp meter directly to the Flir infrared camera.

It is therefore now possible to establish a direct relationship between heat and load.

Similarly in the building environment, when moisture is identified on a Flir infrared image, an exact reading can be taken by the Extech multi-function moisture meter and psychrometer.

Its readings are then transmitted to the Flir B-series camera and recorded on the image along with other readings such as relative humidity and ambient temperature.

Flir will also showcase its entire range of cameras at the Energy Event, most of which have a host of new features to complement the Meterlink technology.

For example, users can now easily collate images and findings into a fully formatted PDF report that can be given to a client on-site via a memory stick.

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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