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FLIR Infrared Cameras / Thermal Imagers
FLIR is the global leader in infrared cameras, thermography equipment, thermal imaging software and infrared camera training and support. FLIR infrared cameras are essential tools used for a variety of applications, including predictive maintenance, R&D/testing, automation/OEM and non-destructive testing.
is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and
"measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared
energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long
to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic
spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the
infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits
heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher
the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted.
Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography
cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and
provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities.
Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras
extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse
applications. And as industry strives to improve manufacturing
efficiencies, manage energy, improve product quality, and enhance
worker safety, new applications for infrared cameras continually emerge.
How Do Thermal Imaging Infrared Cameras Work
An infrared camera is a non-contact device that detects infrared
energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then
processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform
temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very
precisely quantified, or measured, allowing you to not only monitor
thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative
severity of heat-related problems. Recent innovations, particularly
detector technology, the incorporation of built-in visual imaging,
automatic functionality, and infrared software development, deliver
more cost-effective thermal analysis solutions than ever before.
Why Measure temperature?
Finding a problem with an infrared camera is sometimes not enough.
In fact, an infrared camera image alone without accurate temperature
measurements says very little about the condition of an electrical
connection or worn mechanical part. Many electrical targets are
operating properly at temperatures that are significantly above
ambient. An infrared image without measurement can be misleading
because it may visually suggest a problem that does not exist.
Infrared cameras that incorporate temperature measurement allow
predictive maintenance professionals to make well informed judgments
about the operating condition of electrical and mechanical targets.
Temperature measurements can be compared with historical operating
temperatures, or with infrared readings of similar equipment at the
same time, to determine if a significant temperature rise will
compromise component reliability or plant safety.
Digital image storage, available on most FLIR Systems infrared
cameras, produces calibrated thermal images that contain over 78,000
independent temperature measurements that can be measured at any time
with FLIR Systems infrared software products on standard PC platforms.
Why use Infrared?
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A picture says a thousand words; infrared thermography is the only
diagnostic technology that lets you instantly visualize and verify
thermal performance. FLIR's infrared cameras show you thermal problems,
quantify them with precise non-contact temperature measurement, and
document them automatically in seconds with professional easy-to-create
Nearly everything that uses or transmits power gets hot before it
fails. Cost effective power management is critical to maintaining the
reliability of your electrical and mechanical systems. And today, no
one would argue that infrared thermography is the most effective proven
predictive maintenance (PM) technology available to quickly, accurately
and safely locate problems prior to failure. In June 2001, Maintenance Technology
magazine reported a $4 return on investment in for every $1 spent on
infrared inspection. Finding and fixing a poor electrical connection
before a component fails can save you the much greater costs associated
with manufacturing downtime, production losses, power outages, fires
and catastrophic failures.
But using infrared images to find a problem is sometimes not enough.
In fact, an infrared camera image without an accurate measurement says
very little about the condition of an electrical connection or worn
mechanical part. And, an IR survey without a simple, fast way to report
and analyze inspection results provides no ability to make timely
repair decisions or locate and separate those 'hot spots' that can
cause problems from those associated with equipment operating normally.
FLIR's ThermaCAM infrared cameras not only quickly locate problems, but
coupled with Reporter software, their non-contact precision temperature
measurement and analysis capabilities instantly deliver the answers you
need to understand what repair action to take, and when.
Whether you're looking at buildings or hybrid circuits, there's a
ThermaCAM infrared camera right for your application. With a complete
line of infrared cameras, software, accessories, world-class
thermographic training and applications support, FLIR stands ready to
meet your specific infrared needs. Flexible rental, lease and purchase
plans for our line of infrared cameras are available. FLIR is the one
IR company you can specify and justify with confidence. Make sure that
all the reliability you planned for gets delivered to your customer.
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