Processing Magazine

Integrates advantages of visual and thermal images

December 1, 2012

FLIR_T-SeriesThe FLIR T440 thermal imager was unveiled in April. Its maker, Portland, Ore.-based FLIR Systems says this high-performance infrared camera, with its dramatically “more vivid” thermal images, represents a transformative leap in the imaging capabilities that help processing plant professionals find and capture problems.

As is well known, infrared energy is not visible to the human eye, but rather is part of the electromagnetic spectrum we perceive as heat. Yet everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat, and even ice cubes emit infrared energy. Thermography is the use of imaging to “see” or “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object.

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.

In addition to superior infrared imaging capabilities, the T440 features MSX multi-spectral dynamic imaging, which adds the detail of real-time visible spectrum images captured by the digital camera to thermal spectrum images, for extraordinary sharpness, contrast and clarity previously unseen in thermal imaging, the company says. MSX can make a difference, FLIR says, inspecting electrical, mechanical, conveyance, steam, process heating, refrigeration/cooling, compressed air, hydraulics, transportation and other type systems. FLIR Systems