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Fluke demonstrates the innovation behind IR cameras


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Fluke Corporation recently hosted its summit, The Measure of Innovation, to “explore the value of measurement a connected world.”

Half of the company’s portfolio of instruments are part of the Fluke Connect system (where available) – which allows technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones and tablets for secure storage on the cloud and universal team access from the field.

Earlier this year, Fluke introduced the TiX series of infrared cameras with an 180º articulating lens and in-field viewing with a 5.7 in. responsive LCD touchscreen – about the same size as an iPad Mini screen.

Fluke Connect ready TiX560 and TiX520 infrared cameras allow thermographers to easily navigate over, under, and around objects to preview and capture images with ease.

The cameras are suitable for traditional applications such as predictive maintenance, oil and gas, and utility applications. Optional telephoto and wide-angle lenses add versatility to meet these needs.


However, with a 25 micron macro lens installed in Fluke TiX560 and TiX520 infrared cameras, this enables technicians to distinguish thermal variations across distances smaller than a human hair, making it suitable for applications in electronics/PCB board R&D, or anything else requiring near-microscopic level infrared resolution.

The units’ LaserSharp Auto Focus button is used to set the focus at the optimal distance for the lens, eliminating the need to move the focus wheel by tiny amounts to get accurate, in-focus images, speeding infrared measurements.

Sat Sandhu, Fluke Thermography Services Support Manager, EMEA, described the macro lens as bridging the electronics circuit inspection gap between a lighted magnifying lens on a production line and an expensive electron microscope.

The industrial design of Fluke TiX series IR thermographic cameras involved many iterations to improve upon its earlier model, including the incorporation of an iPad Mini-sized touchscreen, according to Fluke lead design engineer Justin Sheard.


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