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The Flir X8000sc/X6000sc thermal-imaging camera series — designed for scientists and R&D professionals — contains a four-slot motorised filter wheel with automatic filter recognition and measurement parameter adjustment. The removable filter holder also contains an integrated temperature probe to improve measurement accuracy.

According to Flir, materials that are transparent or opaque to infrared (IR) wavelengths present problems when it comes to non-contact temperature measurements using a thermal-imaging camera. With the X8000sc/X6000sc series, the filter wheel enables application-specific filters to be inserted between the lens and the focal plane.

Each rotation of the filter position allows for a new spectral response to be measured and, as a result of these calibrated filters, the X8000sc/X6000sc can be extended into application areas that other thermal-imaging cameras may struggle with.

Further information on how filters extend the measurement capabilities of thermal-imaging cameras is contained in Chapter 4 of the ‘The Ultimate Infrared Handbook for R&D Professionals’.

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Key features and specifications

  • Image resolution of 1,280 x 1,024 pixels
  • Advanced detector technology
  • Ability to detect temperature differences smaller than 25mK
  • ‘Lock-in’ facility able to process temperature differences as small as 1mK
  • Ability to measure temperatures of up to 3,000ºC with an accuracy of ±1ºC

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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