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FLIR demonstrates a world-first

At Electrex 2010 FLIR will be demonstrating its latest world first. FLIR thermography has become invaluable for electricians. Its non-contact operation makes it safe and effective for low and high voltage inspection. Electrical panels, switchgear, multiple wires and connections can be given a health check with a single scan of the infrared camera.

Electrical instrumentation specialist EXTECH is now a FLIR company making for a powerful combination for finding and resolving electrical faults. The new Meterlink development provides a wireless connection that allows EXTECH meters to talk to FLIR infrared cameras, enabling electricians to work quicker, easier and more intelligently than ever before.

Meterlink makes it possible to transfer, via Bluetooth, the data acquired by an EXTECH instrument to the infrared camera and instantly embed it on an infrared image for accurate, co-ordinated documentation.

During infrared electrical inspection, users can transmit key readings such as current or voltage from a Meterlink-enabled EXTECH EX845 clamp meter directly to any FLIR infrared camera ranging upwards from the FLIR i/b60. It brings more intelligence to inspection as typically it is now possible to establish a relationship between heat and load.

Higher sensitivity ratings have been introduced for several cameras in the FLIR Compact and Mid-range as well a host of clever features to complement the Meterlink technology. For example, users can now easily collate images and findings into a fully-formatted PDF report that can be given to a client, on-site, via a USB memory stick. There’s no need for a PC, USB cable, Internet or email.

For those inspecting high voltage installations a new auto-correction feature automatically compensates for any anomalies resulting from the use of safety devices such as viewing ports or IR windows. FLIR has also used Bluetooth technology to provide wireless headset connection to a FLIR camera for easier recording of voice comments associated with their inspection.

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