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Thermal imaging 101

Thermal imaging 101

4 CLEVER REASONS TO CONSIDER THERMAL IMAGING

At Fluke, we focus on four areas that make thermal imaging a success

An in-focus image is needed to see details and accurately measure temperatures—both of which are critical in identifying problems.

Fluke makes difficult inspections safer and easier with unique features like a full 240 degree rotating lens, tablet-like screen and clear crystal IR Windows that have passed the 63 kA arc blast test.

Having the ability to capture multiple measurements at one time, having instant access to historical data and being able to easily analyze and manage your images helps you work faster and easier.

Eliminating downtime, improving efficiency, productivity and customer satisfaction can only add to your overall bottom line.

Image quality

  • Do you spend more than 5 seconds trying to focus an image?
  • Are there physical objects such as a chain link fence blocking equipment?
  • Are you required to inspect multiple complex targets or targets from varying distances making inspections difficult?

When conducting infrared inspections, high quality images that allow for better analysis, presentation and professionalism are essential.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  • Does it take more than 5 seconds to focus an image?
  • Do physical objects block your equipment?
  • Do you inspect multiple targets from varying distances?

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Poor focus can, and often does, lead to incorrect temperature measurements
  • Do physical objects block your equipment?
    • Choose multiple targets at varying distances
    • Get a clear image with the push of a button
    • Decrease time spent taking multiple images
  • Add-on lenses enhance your viewing experience—easy add-on lenses do not require calibration when switched between infrared cameras

Work environment

  • Are you required to inspect targets that are hard to reach or difficult to access?
  • Do you inspect targets that force you to be in an uncomfortable position for long periods of time?
  • Are you at risk for arc flash? Are you NFPA 70E compliant?

As a thermographer you work in many different conditions, some being more ideal than others. You might be on the factory floor inspecting conveyor belts, or inspecting outdoor substations, or conducting an energy audit in a commercial building. Regardless of where you are, you need to quickly identify potential problems, prevent unplanned downtime and eliminate potential safety hazards.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  • Do you inspect hard-to-reach targets?
  • Are you in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time?
  • Are you at risk for arc flash?

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Poor focus can, and often does, lead to incorrect temperature measurements
  • A bigger screen results in a clearer picture
  • Reduce the risk of arc flash with easy to install IR windows on panel doors

Managing your data

    Would you like to:

  • Capture multiplemeasurements (mechanical, electrical and thermal), organized by piece of equipment?
  • Access historical data from your phone?
  • Eliminate the use of pen and paper to take notes after you capture an image?
  • Eliminate the need to take a visual light image with every infrared image?

Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access to more information faster is always a big benefit.

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  • Want to organize measurements by piece of equipment?
  • Need access to historical data from your phone?
  • Tired of using of pen and paper to take notes after you capture an image?
  • Do you want to capture digital and infrared images at once?

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Organize data with software systems that link measurements from multiple tools
  • Some infrared cameras allow you to capture, edit and share images on your mobile device
  • Blend visual light and infrared images to isolate problems

ROI and thermal imaging

We often get asked “What is the return on investment I can expect from adding a thermal imager to my inspection tool bag?” While there are a couple ways to look at it, it’s all positive!

 

QUESTIONS TO PONDER

  • What return on investment can I expect from adding a thermal imager to my inspection tool bag?

THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • On-site infrared inspections help reduce downtime, increase productivity and reduce capital expenses
  • Infrared cameras show you problems before they impact your business operations
Fluke thermography. The Tools of choice.

Fluke thermography. The Tools of choice.

Rugged. Reliable. Accurate.

To find out which Fluke infrared camera is right for you, or to locate a distributor in your area, call us between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT at:

1.888.814.9894