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Thermal imager brings powerful diagnostics within reach of maintenance engineers

01 April 2006

Hard on the heels of FLIR's new 'toolkit' thermal imager (see DPA March 2006 page 5), Fluke's new Ti20 Infrared thermal imager also brings the powerful diagnostic and predictive capabilities of infrared thermography within reach of industrial maintenance engineers at a realistic price. For less than £4,000 (FLIR quotes around the same for its new InfraCAM), you get a rich visual image that uses colours to provide a quick visual check of surface temperature and easy identification of hot spots.

Although designed for simple handheld point-and-shoot operation, the Fluke Ti20 has an advanced sensor that uses radiometric measurement technology to store temperature data for all the thousands of calibrated measurement points on the thermal image. This fully radiometric measurement technique allows for detailed analysis, trending and the changing of image parameters such as the colour palette, emissivity and temperature range - either in the field or back in the office.

Using the InsideIR analysis software included with the imager, an inspection route can be set-up on the Ti20 detailing the sequence of equipment being tested at regular intervals. Clear step-by-step, on-camera instructions prompt the user through the series of locations to be scanned. The gathered images can be uploaded and compared with previous images to identify potential problems before they cause failure.

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