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Pixel numbers are important in thermal imaging. The more there are, the clearer the thermal picture and the easier the diagnosis.

The complete picture
The FLIR Ex-Series point-and-shoot thermal imaging cameras are affordable replacements for a spot pyrometer that provide a complete radiometric picture of the thermal problem. All models provide thermal and visual imaging and complement both with FLIR’s MSX® image enhancement capability.

Interchangeable lenses
FLIR also makes more sophisticated cameras. The Exx-Series range introduces interchangeable lenses that enable the camera to be used for an even wider variety of tasks. Manual focus also allows the user to dial in the sharpest clarity and finest accuracy.

Multiple applications
The FLIR T-Series professional thermal imaging cameras are premium models for use in a multitude of industrial and building diagnostic applications. The T-Series are high definition hand held instruments that have exceptional measurement performance, image clarity and a highly responsive user interface. All feature FLIR’s unique swivelling head, which makes them very easy to use in all environments. Top of the range is the FLIR T1K with a 1024 x 768-pixel uncooled detector that offers twice the sensitivity of industry standard uncooled sensors. This performance is complemented by other resolution-enhancing features and FLIR’s OSX™ HDIR optics.

Thermal imaging clamp meter
Earlier this year FLIR introduced the world’s first thermal imaging clamp meter – the FLIR CM174 with Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM™). It visually guides users to temperature differences and pinpoints anomalies, so they can put the fault into context and effect a lasting repair.

Moisture meter
The FLIR MR160 imaging moisture meter, is another first of its kind as it is also equipped with a built-in thermal imaging camera. This highly durable meter has an integrated pinless sensor and an external pin probe, giving the user the utmost application flexibility.

For those seeking even more functionality from an imaging moisture meter, the FLIR MR176 premium meter provides pin and pinless moisture measurements, four thermal imaging colour palette options, customisable moisture and environmental readings on the thermal image and a built-in thermo-hygrometer. An on-board laser pointer and display crosshairs make it easy to hone in on a potential problem.

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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