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Thermal imaging for less than £1,000

04 February 2011

Thermal imaging – clever technology that comes at an astronomical price? Well not anymore. FLIR Systems has opened up the market to everyone, with the introduction of a fully featured thermal imaging camera for £895.00 (not including VAT), believed to be the lowest price for such an instrument. 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 technology can be applied to all manner of applications and its potential is huge.  It allows the user to spot a problem before it becomes a failure and possibly a risk.  A bad connection in an electrical circuit is a good example.

The pre- and post- repair information that the FLIR i3 can provide is exceptionally valuable and of course the thermal imaging camera can also be used to look at heating systems, a leaking roof, condensation build-up and insulation problems, to name but a few. 

The reason why the i3 has been able to break through the £1,000 price barrier is simply down to economy of scale. FLIR Systems is active across a range of markets and produces more thermal imaging cameras than any other manufacturer, which allows the company to market its high value products at more affordable prices.

The i3's 60 x 60 pixel detector produces 3,600 individual thermal detection points. As a result it is able to take a full image of an area, a component or a structure so that the thermal anomaly can be seen in context. It provides instant information enabling the camera user to see the full extent of the problem.

Thermal images are stored in JPEG format on a removable SD card together with all temperature data.  The instrument comes complete with FLIR's QuickReport software for image analysis and fast inspection report generation.  It is also compatible with the company's other, more powerful software packages. 

Thermal imaging training courses from FLIR
The forthcoming FLIR ITC electrical survey and measurement foundation course provides the expert guidance that every thermographer needs.  Emphasis is firmly on the application of the technology rather than the virtues of any specific camera.

Combining theory with practice this one day course will enable delegates to conduct thermal imaging surveys safely and effectively and also to classify the severity of any problem found. 

Designed to appeal to both newcomers to thermal imaging and those wishing to get more from the technology, this one day course costs £319 + VAT and will be held on 11th March in Milton Keynes.

To secure a place contact Jon Willis, ITC Manager North EMEA email: tel: 01732 220011 or Mrs Charlie Reed, Booking and Administration email: tel: 01732 221285. Details on the entire ITC programme for 2011 are published on a dedicated website.


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