What is Infrared?
Infrared light or thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared.
The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. 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.
How does an IR camera work?
Infrared Energy Detection
An infrared camera is a non-contact device that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely quantified, or measured, allowing you to not only monitor thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems.
Recent Infrared Innovations
Recent innovations, particularly detector technology, the incorporation of built-in visual imaging, automatic functionality, and infrared software development, deliver more cost-effective thermal analysis solutions than ever before.
Why use infrared?
A picture says a thousand words; infrared thermography is the only diagnostic technology that lets you instantly visualize and verify thermal performance. FLIR's infrared cameras show you thermal problems, quantify them with precise non-contact temperature measurement, and document them automatically in seconds with professional easy-to-create IR reports.
Infrared for Predictive Maintenance
Nearly everything that uses or transmits power gets hot before it fails. Cost effective power management is critical to maintaining the reliability of your electrical and mechanical systems. And today, no one would argue that infrared thermography is one of the most effective proven predictive maintenance (PM) technology available to quickly, accurately and safely locate problems prior to failure. Finding and fixing a poor electrical connection before a component fails can save you the much greater costs associated with manufacturing downtime, production losses, power outages, fires and catastrophic failures.
Infrared Cameras and Software that Work Together
But using infrared images to find a problem is sometimes not enough. In fact, an infrared camera image without an accurate measurement says very little about the condition of an electrical connection or worn mechanical part. And, an IR survey without a simple, fast way to report and analyze inspection results provides no ability to make timely repair decision or locate and separate those 'hot spots' that can cause problems from those associated with equipment operating normally.
FLIR's infrared cameras and software not only quickly locate problems, their non-contact precision temperature measurement and analysis capabilities instantly deliver the answers you need to understand what repair action to take, and when.
An Infrared Camera Just for You
Whether you're looking at buildings or hybrid circuits, there's a FLIR infrared camera right for your application. With a complete line of infrared cameras, software, accessories, world-class thermographic training and applications support, FLIR stands ready to meet your specific infrared needs. Flexible rental, lease and purchase plans for our line of infrared cameras are available. FLIR is the one IR company you can specify and justify with confidence. Make sure that all the reliability you planned for gets delivered to your customer.
Thermal Imaging for Buildings
Since the 1970s we have become increasingly conscious that energy resources are precious and limited. Thermal imaging cameras can help you to make insulation problems and other building anomalies clearly visible. This way not only corrective actions can be taken but also energy can be saved. The easiest and quickest method of detecting energy waste in buildings is thermal imaging. A thermal imaging camera shows exactly where the energy waste problems are and helps focus the inspectors attention allowing them to properly diagnose these areas of loss.