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The new FLIR DM284 multimeter combines an 18-function industrial, True RMS digital multimeter with FLIR’s infrared guided measurement technology (IGM), which quickly steers the user to the precise location of the temperature anomaly at a safe distance from the electrical panel or cabinet.

IGM puts the electrical problem into context, clearly visualising temperature differences.  This is made possible by the built-in FLIR Lepton thermal 160 x 120 pixels micro-camera core.

When scanning panels, connectors and wires, this micro-camera helps users pinpoint potential problems without requiring any direct contact with the test site. Once IGM has identified an issue, the current, voltage and other advanced functions on the FLIR DM284 are then employed to verify and confirm findings.

A built-in work light and a laser pointer assist in poorly lit environments and pinpoint the location of the problem in the thermal image. Thermal and electrical thermocouple measurements can be viewed simultaneously and three thermal image colour palettes are selectable via the instrument’s simple user interface.

The FLIR DM284 makes test and measurement quick, easy and effective and its combined capabilities also reduce the number of tools that electricians need to carry to conduct a thorough inspection. IP54 rated and drop-tested to 3m, the FLIR DM284 carries a 10-year product warranty.

Suitable for field electronics, commercial electric, light industrial, field service and HVAC work, the FLIR DM284 can be supplied with a range of accessories, including universal flex current probes, test leads, a carrying case and spare batteries.

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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