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NDT.net Issue - 2013-03 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2013-03
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

FLIR Systems launches SC650 and SC450 R&D / Science Packs

FLIR Systems GmbH3, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Thermal imaging cameras have evolved into widespread instruments for industrial and fundamental R&D.

In many cases R&D professional choose for a fixed mounted thermal imaging camera. There are however quite some R&D professionals that are opting for a portable thermal imaging camera that they can take from experiment to experiment. For these users FLIR Systems now markets the SC650 and SC450 R&D / Science packs. The SC650 pack contains a T650 sc thermal imaging camera. A T450 sc thermal imaging camera is included in the SC450 pack. Both packs include ResearchIR software.

Excellent image quality

Both the T650 sc and T450 sc contain a maintenance-free uncooled Vanadium Oxide (VoX) micro­bolometer detector that produces crisp thermal images. The high definition 640 x 480 pixels detector of the FLIR T650 sc which is included in the SC650 pack generates crisp and clear detailed images that are easy to interpret, resulting in reliable thermal experiments with higher accuracy. It makes temperature differences as small as 35 mK clearly visible. A 5 Megapixel digital camera assures clear visual images.

Users that do not need this high image quality can chose for the SC450 pack that includes a T450 sc generating thermal images of 320 x 240 pixels. It incorporates a 3.1 Megapixel digital camera.

Accurate temperature readings

The FLIR T650 sc measures temperature of up to +2,000 °C. The FLIR T450 sc up to +1,500 °C. Both models have a high accuracy of +/- 1ºC or +/- 1% which is necessary in an R&D environment. Analysis tools include spotmeters, automatic hot/cold detection markers and isotherm (above/below/interval).

Ergonomic and easy-to-use

A turnable control grip allows you to use the camera in the most comfortable position. The buttons and joystick to control the camera are integrated in this handle and always stay right underneath your fingertips. LCD touch screen plus stylus brings interactivity and user comfort to a new level.

The high quality LCD touch screen allows you to see the smallest details and temperature differences.

Full featured camera

Both thermal imaging cameras contain all the features that are needed in an R&D / Science environment including FLIR “industry first’ features like:

  • Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX)
    Produces extremely detail rich thermal images. MSX provides better texture in a thermal image. Due to this new feature more thermal anomalies can be detected, more detailed analysis can be done and conclusions can be drawn in a split second.
  • Instant Report
    An ‘instant report’ (with sketches or other text comments included) can be created directly in camera.
  • Image sketch
    Allows to clearly indicate on a saved image the location of the problem area both on the thermal and the visual image. This can be done immediately on the touch screen of the camera. The indications you make will automatically appear in the report.
  • Continuous auto-focus (FLIR T650 sc only)
    A solution with two digital cameras allows for continuous autofocus of the thermal images. Continuous auto-focus makes FLIR T650 sc the first fully automatic thermal imaging camera on the market.

    Depending on the model, other features include:

    • 16 bit radiometric IR video can be streamed to a PC (via USB) running the FLIR software
    • Picture-in-Picture: a function for overlying the thermal image on the visual image
    • Thermal Fusion: merges visual and thermal images for better analysis
    • Text and voice annotations
    • Sound and color alarms
    • Sketch annotations: use the touch screen to add sketch annotations.
    • WiFi interface: allows to wirelessly send images to a PC, tablet PC or Smartphone

    ResearchIR software included

    FLIR ResearchIR was especially developed for R&D-Science users of thermal imaging cameras with a cooled or uncooled detector. FLIR ResearchIR takes the most out of your thermal imaging camera and allows high speed recording and advanced thermal patterns analysis. ResearchIR is the perfect tool for industrial R&D and comes standard with every SC-Pack.

    Users that are interested in more advanced science applications can, optionally, choose for ResearchIR Max.

    About thermal imaging
    Thermal imaging is the use of cameras constructed with specialty sensors that “see” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible to the human eye because its wavelength is too long to be detected. It’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes can not. Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a clear image. It is an excellent tool for predictive maintenance, building inspections, research & development and automation applications. It can see in total darkness, in the darkest of nights, through light fog, in the far distance, through smoke. It is also used for security and surveillance, maritime, automotive, firefighting and many other applications.

    About FLIR Systems
    FLIR Systems is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of thermal imaging cameras for a wide variety of applications. It has over 50 years of experience and thousands of thermal imaging cameras currently in use worldwide for industrial maintenance, building inspections, research & development, security and surveillance, maritime, automotive and other night-vision applications. FLIR Systems has eight manufacturing plants located in the USA (Portland, Boston, Santa Barbara and Bozeman), Stockholm, Sweden, Talinn, Estonia and near Paris, France. It operates offices in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, UK and the USA. The company has over 3,200 dedicated infrared specialists, and serves international markets through an international distributor network providing local sales and support functions.

    More about FLIR Systems and our products can be found at www.flir.com

    If you would like more information about the SC-Packs or about FLIR Systems and its wide range of thermal imaging cameras for a wide range of applications, please contact:

    FLIR Commercial Systems B.V.
    Christiaan Maras
    Marketing Director EMEA
    Luxemburgstraat 2
    2321 Meer
    Tel. : +32 (0)3 665 51 00
    Fax : +32 (0)3 303 56 24
    e-mail: flir@flir.com

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