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New Thermal Imaging Camera Launched

23 March 2011

Aberdeen-based Inspectahire, a specialist in remote visual inspection technology and a distributor of thermal imaging cameras from leading manufacturer FLIR, has taken delivery of the manufacturer's latest thermal imaging camera.

Hitting the market just weeks after the firm's entry-level i3 series camera, FLIR has launched the E-series range of thermal imaging cameras which offer a step up in image quality and functionality over the i3 series.

FLIR E-series: Higher Resolution Thermal imaging.

The benefits of thermal imaging cameras were illustrated recently when a fire broke out at a historic Perthshire castle. The fire at Blair Castle had the potential, if it had spread to adjoining buildings, to have been devastating. However, firefighters equipped with thermal imaging cameras were able to monitor the temperature of the buildings adjoining the seat of the fire to safely ensure that the fire had not spread and was contained in a small area.

Once the preserve of the few, thermal imaging cameras are now widely used in many industry sectors. In addition to detecting the potential spread of fires or hot spots in overheating electrical circuits, the technology can be used offshore as a predictive maintenance tool for inspecting assets, or to screen staff for infectious viruses, and also for man-overboard incidents at night.

Building on FLIR's 50 years of experience in providing commercial thermal imaging technology, the E-series range of cameras can, depending on the version, make temperature variances as small as 0.045ēC visible. The cameras are extremely rugged and their vital inner core is well protected – IP54 rated.

Providing a better image quality – up to 320 x 240 pixels – and more features than similarly priced competitors, the camera can measure temperatures up to +120ēC and displays the thermal images on a large 3.5” LCD touchscreen. More pixels allow more detailed thermal images to be shown and more accurate temperature readings to be obtained; allowing the smallest of anomalies to be detected.

Cailean Forrester, Inspectahire managing director, said: "FLIR has again developed another great product which offers users the next step up in functionality over its i3 series camera. As with all FLIR thermal imaging cameras, the E-series is extremely easy to use. Model dependant, the camera features tools such as multiple spotometers and automatic calculation of the temperature difference between two user-defined points in an image.

"As with any thermal imaging camera, the flexibility of E-series is one of its key advantages. Its ability to capture heat allows one camera to be used for multiple functions within one organisation. For any business looking to make workplaces safer and more energy efficient, and potentially save time and money, this thermal imaging camera is an excellent choice.”

Established in 1981, Inspectahire provides specialist inspection technology and solutions to companies worldwide. It offers equipment rental, contracting and project engineering services that provide flexible solutions. Employing 15 staff, Inspectahire is headquartered in Aberdeen and operates throughout the UK and Internationally. For more information about Inspectahire, visit or to arrange a product demonstration, e-mail or telephone 01224 789692.