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Can a thermal imaging camera see straight through walls?
No, the representation is the transmission of thermal energy, so you will see different surface temperature of items.

Can a thermal imaging camera detect leaks?
Yes, though the water should be 'heat sunk' i.e. be run with hot water first.

Can a thermal imaging camera detect other air leaks?
Yes, due to the temperature variations with draft areas.

Can a thermal imaging camera see through clothing?
Technically, no – however if someone had a gun (or other weapon) hidden under
clothing it would appear cooler on camera.

Can a thermal imaging camera see hidden compartments?
In a vehicle, yes due to the change in thermal characteristics of a surface caused by
he adjoining surface which can highlight structural details which cant be seen
by the human eye. In residences or buildings objects can act like insulation in the walls
which will produce a thermal image and police often use them to locate objects hidden
in walls.

Do thermal imaging cameras work in fire and thick smoke?
Yes, they can be used in visual obscurants like dust and smoke, and are often used by
law enforcement officers or firefighters to quickly ascertain the extent of fires or to scan
for victims.

Can a thermal imaging camera see through glass?
No, as they don't operate in the visible light spectrum the cameras can only give you an
Image of the surface temperature (which will just be an image of the window). However
if you are close to the window you may be able to see a faint reflection which will be
your heat bouncing from the window. Interesting...

 

 Really pleased to see FLIR has released its new, improved FLIR Exx thermal imaging cameras, they’re affordable, easy to use and handle and should speed up electrical, mechanical and building inspections significantly.

 

The new cameras have both Bluetooth and Meterlink connections for fast easy info exchange with customers and colleagues, and you can quickly transfer images to a smart phone or tablet PC.

The Exx series also has a new keypad and user interface (simple to operate, even for those of us with fat fingers).

 

Add the new features to FLIRs existing abilities to produce instant “point & shoot” JPEG thermal imagery, video streaming /recording with data and auto orientation feature to account for weird angles we sometimes have to work at.

 

The Exx series is great news! If you want to know more drop into our showroom I can demonstrate to new FLIR models we have on display.

 

Glen McDonnell

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Flir E4 MSX Thermal Imaging Camera 

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FLIR Systems launches FLIR Ex-Series

Easy to use, point-and-shoot thermal imaging cameras

FLIR Ex-Series cameras are point-and-shoot thermal imaging cameras that give you access to a new dimension in inspection capability. A FLIR Ex-Series camera is an affordable replacement for a spot pyrometer. It provides a thermal image with temperature information on every pixel. The combined image storage of the new MSX®, thermal and visual formats make the cameras incomparably easy to use.  

ease of use 

Outstanding ease-of-use 
The cameras are extremely easy to understand and operate, designed for entry-level users. The cameras are intuitive and come with a full manual.

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Fully automatic 
FLIR Ex-Series produce instant, point-and-shoot JPEG thermal imagery with all required temperature data included. 

focus free 

Focus free 
The fixed focus-free lens makes using the FLIR Ex-Series a snap.

lightweight 

Compact and lightweight 
FLIR Ex-Series weighs only 575g, and is easy to store in a belt pouch.

visual camera 

Visual camera 
Visible light camera makes observing and inspecting faster and easier. 

software 

Reporting and analysis software included 
FLIR Tools software is available for free download for all Ex-Series users.

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Measure temperatures 
Measures temperatures up to +250°C and detects temperature differences as small as 0.06°C (FLIR E6 / FLIR E8). 

measurement modes 
 

Measurement functions
Spotmeter, area with max./min., color alarm; blue below / red above set temperature.*

PIP 
 

Picture-in-Picture (PiP) 
With the PiP function it is easy to locate areas of interest.*

MSX 

Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX®)
The innovative MSX® feature produces an image more rich in every detail than ever before.

MSX storage 

Multi Spectral Image storage 
Combined image storage including MSX®, thermal, PiP and visual.

* Features dependant on camera model, please check technical specifications for more details.

FLIR Ex-Series camera model comparison

FLIR E4 FLIR E5 FLIR E6 FLIR E8 Thermal image quality: 80x60 pixels Thermal image quality: 120x90 pixels Thermal image quality: 160x120 pixels Thermal image quality: 320x240 pixels Thermal sensitivity: 0.15°C Thermal sensitivity: 0.10°C Thermal sensitivity: 0.06°C Thermal sensitivity: 0.06°C IR image, visual image, MSX®, thumbnail gallery IR image, visual image, MSX®, thumbnail gallery IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery IR image, visual image, MSX®, picture in picture, thumbnail gallery Center spot Center spot, area with max./min. Spotmeter, area with max./min., color alarm; blue below / red above set temperature Spotmeter, area with max./min., color alarm; blue below / red above set temperature

 

A new thermal imaging experience

As a world leader in the design and manufacture of thermal imaging cameras, FLIR Systems has a long tradition of bringing the advantages of thermal imaging to as many users as possible by continuously introducing new, fully featured products at the most affordable prices.

A further example of this is the launch of the new FLIR Ex-Series - feature rich and extremely affordable thermal imaging cameras with prices starting from as low as $1,450+gst.

FLIR Ex-Series thermal imaging cameras are ideal for electrical and mechanical inspections where their ability to detect potential problem areas mean that installations can be quickly and easily inspected and breakdowns avoided. Building inspectors will also rapidly discover the benefits of the FLIR Ex-Series as they are ideal for detecting insulation losses, inspecting under floor heating and many other building related anomalies.

FLIR Ex-Series cameras are easy-to-use thermal imaging cameras that give the user access to a new dimension in inspection capability. An affordable replacement for a spot pyrometer, they provide a thermal image with temperature information on every pixel. A FLIR thermal imaging camera can scan an entire area, never missing a potential problem area, no matter how small it might be.

Outstanding ease-of-use

With a fixed, focus-free lens, FLIR Ex-Series is extremely simple to operate.  Designed for entry-level users, and measuring temperatures up to +250°C, they produce instant, ‘point-and-shoot’ JPEG thermal imagery with all required temperature data included.

Visual camera and FLIR patented MSX®

A built-in visual camera makes observing and inspecting faster and easier, as the visual image can be used as a reference against the thermal image. FLIR's patented MSX®-technology provides thermal images of exceptional quality in real time. This results in sharper-looking thermal images, quicker target orientation and clutter-free reports. 

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E8 Building with no MSX   E8 Building with MSX

Different models: lightweight and easy to carry

All FLIR Ex-Series weigh only 575 grams, and are easy to carry in a belt pouch.

 

Reporting and analysis software included

FLIR Tools software is available for free download by all Ex-Series users. FLIR Tools allows the user to import thermal images to a PC for basic reporting and analysis of findings. Key features of FLIR Tools mean that the user can:

  • Lay out, move and resize measurement tools on any thermal image
  • Create PDF image sheets
  • Add headers, footers and logos to reports
  • Apply filters when searching for specific thermal images
  • Those who need more analysing capability can select FLIR Tools+ as an option.
  •  2-10 Year Warranty

    About thermal imaging

    Thermal imaging is the use of cameras constructed with special 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 is the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. 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 fog, in the far distance and 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 applications, 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. 

    Call us today to get a free brochure Ph: 1300 538 846

     

    Or download one of these brochures below;

    Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics  Thermal Imaging for Electrical and Mechanical Applications  Thermal Imaging for Electrical and Mechanical Diagnostics  Thermal Imaging Guidebook for Building and Renewable Energy Applications  Thermal Imaging Guidebook for Industrial Applications  New Flir Ex Series Cameras with MSX

    Disclaimer: Images used for illustrative purposes only.

    Point #1: Buy an infrared camera that delivers accurate, repeatable results.

    A basic requirement of your infrared camera is to produce accurate and repeatable results – just like a calculator.

    What are some standard metrics for you to think about when thinking of buying an infrared camera?

    Well, after 40 years in the business, FLIR has maintained a solid, consistent accuracy standard that never waivers. It’s the industry standard: ± 2% or 3.6° F, whichever is greater.

    So if you are shopping for an infrared camera, and you learn that the accuracy spec is “plus or minus 5%” or something higher than 3.6° F, then you should stop right there.
Why? Because an infrared camera that could be 5% inaccurate means your images and temperature measurements will be wrong. If a manufacturer is trying to sell you an infrared camera that doesn’t have a place onscreen for you to input both emissivity and reflected temperature values – then you’re buying a calculator that’s missing a button!

    Point #2: Buy an infrared camera with high detector resolution/image quality.

    Just like buying a digital camera, the more pixels, the better the resolution, and the sharper the thermal image. It’s the same with infrared cameras.

    If a salesperson says, “we offer 640 x 480 or 307, 200 pixel resolution,” the next question from you should be: “Is that Detector resolution or LCD resolution?”

    The LCD display resolution may in fact be 640 x 480 pixels (640 multiplied by 480) of image content. But, if the IR detector pixel resolution – the ‘feed’ as it were – is only 160 x 120 or 19,200 pixels, then it just doesn’t matter what the display resolution is capable of.

    You should always ask what is the detector resolution, and what is the detector pixel count? This is really the true resolution of the camera you are about to buy.

    Point #3: Buy an infrared camera where you can change the battery yourself.

    This is one of the most important aspects of usability after you buy your new infrared camera. It’s also one of those items that is hard to process until after you’ve been working with your camera for a while and you realize what a limitation it is if you can’t change your own battery.

    If you’re using your camera to inspect electrical problems, or to inspect important assets like motors and pumps and production lines in a manufacturing facility, and your IR camera loses power, you could expose yourself and others to safety concerns – particularly in an electrical substation that hasn’t been inspected in awhile. At a minimum, you’re on the clock, so it is most likely costing you money.

    Below are some power management systems for IR cameras:

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    Point #4: Buy an infrared camera that outputs standard JPEG format.

    You should request a demo from any infrared camera manufacturer so they can show you both (1) how many keystrokes or “clicks” it takes to output an image and (2) outputting a standard JPEG right from the camera.

    Standard JPEG makes it easy to email your images or place within Microsoft Word documents without trouble or frustration! In addition, you get to keep all your temperature data stored in the JPEG – even when you email it to a colleague, supervisor, customer, etc.

    Point #5: Buy a lightweight, ergonomic infrared camera.

    Weight, pure and simple, is a concern. A camera that weighs even just a pound or two more than another will start to cause back and arm strain within 20 minutes. Lightweight is key, especially if you will use the camera frequently or for extended periods.

    Most ‘toolbox’ infrared cameras today should weigh in at under 2 lbs and feel very easy-to-grasp in your hand. 

    The on-camera buttons should also be very comfortable to use, but more importantly, intuitive to understanding what function each button delivers.

    Point #6: Buy an infrared camera that incorporates a mega pixel visual camera with a built-in illuminator lamp to help clearly document your work. 

    Infrared cameras see in total darkness but visual cameras, as we all know, require well lit conditions and high resolution to generate clear, sharp pictures.

    The image on the right is taken with an infrared camera with, essentially, some headlights mounted on it – the ‘target illuminator’ as many thermographers would call it.

     Dark Image Thermal ImagingBright Image Thermal 

    Point #7: Buy an infrared camera with a built-in laser pointer.

    Safety, convenience and ease-of-use are all good reasons to buy an infrared camera with a built-in laser pointer. These tend to be available on all cameras, except for the most basic, entry-level models.

    Safety is always the best reason to spend a little more on the right tool. If you shouldn’t be touching the target you’re looking at with an infrared camera – say for example, an electrical box, motor, pump or something when viewed from a ladder – then the laser pointer helps you in two important ways.

    The laser pointer keeps your hand free and clear from danger while allowing you to point to the area of concern to a co-worker (or supervisor or customer) standing nearby. Secondly, the laser pointer helps you orient yourself in relation to the target. This is particularly true if you are standing more than 10’ away from the target.

    The laser pointer allows you to see precisely where the infrared camera’s lens is focused. It’s also ideal in gaining more orientation in dark environments, even if you’re standing closer to the target.

    Point #8: Buy an infrared camera with software upgrade potential.

    Today, most infrared cameras come with free software to help you analyze your images and create reports. While these entry-level freeware programs are helpful and useful, many individuals quickly find that they need more software functions. What’s important to note here is you don’t want to buy a camera and then, after a few months of using it, decide that you’re now ready to do more but only then be limited because there is no upgrade path.

    Point #9: Buy an infrared camera with enhanced image fusion capabilities.

    There’s been a lot of buzz about fusion capabilities with infrared cameras. We think that if it doesn’t offer you more than just putting a fixed Picture-in-Picture (PiP) thermal overlay “box” over your visible image, then it may be more useful not to have it at all.

    More advanced fusion capabilities allow you to stretch and resize the thermal Pip using a stylus pen right onscreen, allowing you to customize your fusion to the exact target your looking at. For those who need to present documentation to supervisors or customers, this enhanced fusion capability will really make a favorable impact.

    At its most advanced level, some infrared cameras allow you to combine a combination of visible and thermal imaging into one composite image. This can produce exceptional results and exceeding smart reports.

    Rule of thumb: if you’re looking at an infrared camera with built-in fusion capabilities, be sure you can move and resize the thermal box in the middle of the LCD display.

    FLIR has created a great video, and it really shows clearly what this is all about. You can view it at www.goinfrared.com/fusion.

    Point #10: Buy an infrared camera with a wide temperature range.

    Here’s an easy one. When you buy an infrared camera, be sure that the temperature range it operates in is sufficient with the temperatures of the targets you will be viewing.

    Point #11: Buy an infrared camera with upgrade potential.

    The engineering and sophistication of the infrared detector, robotic manufacturing techniques or specialty optics mean that some cameras can be easily upgrade whereas other can not.

    Except for the least expensive cameras, however, many infrared cameras will allow you to upgrade the firmware to increase pixel counts and thermal resolution, not to mention letting you upgrade all sorts of in-camera features and functionality. Wherever you can buy an infrared camera that allows you to upgrade in this fashion, that’s a key value to you.

    If there isn’t an upgrade path in this fashion, you should ask if the manufacturer routinely buys back used cameras in exchange for credit toward a new infrared camera purchase. You’re not going to get top dollar for your used camera, but you will get a fair price.

    Point #12: Buy an infrared camera from a manufacturer with strong post-sale technical support and certified training.

    If you are new to the field of infrared cameras, you will obviously want to think about customer service and technical support after you’ve purchased.

    In addition to FLIR being the world’s oldest and largest manufacturer of infrared cameras for commercial applications, they also own and run the world’s largest student training organization – the Infrared Training Center or ITC.

    The ITC provides training regardless of what type of infrared camera you own. They train students in all types of industries with a wide variation in applications, regardless of the make or model infrared camera you own.

    If you are really unsure as to whether or not to buy an infrared camera, many have decided to enroll in training first, before they buy. It’s always better to have a camera and bring it to class, but if you are really unsure, this is a great option.

    For further information please call us today Ph 1300 53 88 46

     

    Thermal Imaging Cameras

     

    Thermal imaging cameras shows what the human eye can’t see

    Infrared radiation (IR) is emitted by every object above a temperature of -2730c. Although the human eye cannot detect infrared radiation, thermal imaging cameras can, and takes pictures of objects to show the amount of heat they are emitting. Thermal imaging cameras are thus invaluable diagnostic tools in a variety of industries, as thy can detect abnormally hot or cold areas of components. In other words, you can detect problems that are individval to the naked eye.

     

    The Benefits of Thermal Imaging Cameras

    Anyone who is responsible for identifying electrical or mechanical problems or conditions will benefit from using thermal imaging cameras. Thermal imaging cameras use non-contact temperature measurement as thermal imaging and will greatly help by increasing quality, saving costs and speeding up your work. With the reporting software included the camera package it is easy to create reports, analyse and document your findings.

     

    Simple steps to thermography success

  • Detect hidden problems, make quick damage assessments and perform preventative inspections
  • Identify energy loss and poor insulation
  • Spot electrical faults before it is too late
  • Product instance thermal images of your findings
  • Create reports, analyse and documents your findings with easy to use software
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    Thermal Imaging Cameras in Building Applications

    A building diagnostic inspection using thermal imaging cameras can help:

  • Visualise energy loss
  • Detect missing or defective insulation
  • Source air leaks
  • Find moisture in insulation, roofs and walls
  • Detect mould and badly insulated areas
  • Locate water infiltration in flat roofs
  • Detect breaches in water pipes
  • Detect electrical faults
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    See example below of a plumber searching for a water leak using thermal imaging cameras in a bathroom. The yellow hot pipe was located behind the wall without opening the wall.

     

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