Thermal Imaging Cameras from Fluke

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Localized heating problems can be difficult to detect without proper equipment. An electrical component may look fine externally but there may be a small spot that is reaching temperatures above its normal rating. If not detected early, the electrical component may fail without warning. To help find heating problems easily, technicians use thermal imaging devices. These tools sense infrared radiation and convert it to visible light. This allows technicians to “see” hot spots that are not normally visible through the naked eye. The temperature difference is represented as various colors. This allows the technician to exactly determine how hot a surface is.

Thermal imaging cameras are not only suitable for electrical preventive maintenance but also for real-time operational analysis of machinery, research and development, observation of processes to ensure safe and efficient operation and electronic design. 

If you are thinking of getting a thermal imager, you might be interested in the Fluke Ti32 or Ti55. These thermal imagers offer excellent sensitivity and rugged operation. If you are undecided on what model to choose, read on for a comparison of features.

Fluke Ti32 Thermal Imager

The Ti32 is an industrial/commercial imager that offers a 320×240 resolution for crisp and clear images. It has a tough construction which makes it suitable for field and challenging environments.

Features

  • Automated parallax correction
  • Measures temp. from -20 degrees C to 600 degrees C
  • ± 2 degrees C or 2% accuracy
  • 9 or 60  hertz refresh rate 
  • 320 x 240 uncooled Focal Plane Array microbolometer
  • 76,800 pixels
  • 7.5 μm to 14 μm
  • 2.0 megapixel visual camera
  • 46 cm focal distance
  • IR Fusion and SmartView
  • Auto and manual scaling
  • Optional wide angle and telephoto lenses
  • 60 seconds voice annotation per image
  • Batteries can be replaced
  • Simple user interface that features a 3-button menu
  • Voice annotations and comments allow you to record findings together with the images
  • Emissivity correction
  • Reflected background temperature correction
  • Transmission correction for increased accuracy
  • Hand strap for right or left-handed operation
  • Rugged case that can withstand a 2-meter drop
  • Ingress Protection 54
  • Color palettes:

o   Blue-red

o   High Contrast

o   Amber

o   Amber Inverted

o   Grayscale

o   Hot Metal

o   Inverted Grayscale

o   Ironbow

o   Ironbow Ultra

o   Blue-Red Ultra

o   Ultra Contrast

o   Grayscale Inverted Ultra

o   Amber Ultra

Fluke Ti55 Thermal Imager

If you need good thermal images, the Fluke Ti55 is the best choice. With a 320×240 detectors and industry-leading sensitivity, you can be confident that you get ultra-high quality images. It also features IR Fusion which captures visible light and infrared light and merges the two images to help better identify suspected components that might be overheating.

Features

  • IR Fusion that merges infrared and visible image into one
  • SmartView analysis software
  • Alarm limits function
  • Low-noise VOx sensors
  • 180 degrees articulating lens
  • Radiometric measurement
  • Can measure temperatures from -20 degrees C up to 600 degrees C
  • High thermal sensitivity
  • 3 Interchangeable lenses
  • 5-inch high contrast color LCD screen
  • SmartFocus for best image quality and accuracy
  • WinCE powered
  • CF memory card to store 1000 IR images with radiometric data
  • AutoCapture
  • On-board analysis
  • Text annotations
  • Laser pointer for targeting
  • Torch and flash light for clear images on poorly-lit environments
  • RS170 EIA/NTSC or PAL CCIR composite video output
  • Automatic full-time digital image enhancement
  • 320 x 240 Focal Plane Array Vanadium Oxide Uncooled Microbolometer
  • 1280 x 1024 full color pixels
  • 2x 4x digital zoom
  • 2x 4x 8x IR digital zoom
  • 0.1 to 1.0 emissivity correction
  • 1.30 mrad spatial resolution

The Ti32 offers testing features that are sufficient for industrial and commercial use. The Fluke Ti55 on the other hand offers advanced test features which allows high-resolution and crisp images. It also features an articulating lens which makes it suitable for finding temperature problems in hard-to-reach areas.

If you are planning to get electrical test equipment, consider sourcing them from Protec Equipment Resources. We offer test equipment rental, leasing and sales of low and high voltage test equipment to cater to your needs. Please contact our specialists today for assistance in selecting the best option for test equipment acquisition.