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Flir Systems’ thermal imaging allows commitment to new plant needs to be in parallel with investment, meaning Europe could derive 20 per cent of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

The non-contact, non-destructive method can be applied at close range, or over considerable distance, due to the choice of thermal-imaging cameras available.

At All Energy, visitors will be able to see three new series additions to the Flir predictive-maintenance range that extends from the troubleshooting, compact cameras through to expert models that provide every feature for high-end thermal analysis and reporting.

The Flir i3 is suitable for the first-time user who wants to inspect or monitor the health of electrical and mechanical systems, or even a building.

This newcomer will be demonstrated at the show, along with the new Flir E-Series models.

These are more sophisticated than the Flir i-Series, providing enhanced image quality and analysis.

These IP54 housed cameras introduce advanced features and analysis tools that optimise inspection.

These include picture-in-picture thermal and visual overlay, thermal fusion that merges both image types, digital zoom and text/voice annotation.

Thermal images and other information can be transmitted from the Flir E-Series to an Iphone or Ipad and also, via Meterlink, measurement data from a clamp meter to the camera.

These features are also included on the latest generation Flir T-Series models for the commercial application of high-calibre thermal imaging.

Complementing its portable range are the Flir fixed mounted cameras, designed to keep the thermal efficiency of installation in constant check.

The latest models introduce several time-saving features including GigE Vision and Genicam compatibility, a feature that cuts down integration time significantly.

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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