Fluke Ti32 Thermal Imager delivers 320×240 resolution
Fluke Corp., provider of handheld electronic test and measurement technology, introduced the Ti32 Thermal Imager, designed and priced to deliver what it believes is unprecedented performance for troubleshooting and preventive maintenance of electrical installations, electro-mechanical equipment, process equipment, HVAC/R equipment and more. In these tough economic times, these new imagers help its customers do that, the company says.
Fluke Ti32 is the first imager on the market to incorporate a powerful 320×240 pixel sensor to provide strikingly crisp, detailed images for under $9,000, the company says. Using its patented IR-Fusion technology, users can marry high-precision thermal images with visual (visible light) images in full screen, picture-in-picture, or blended views for enhanced problem detection and analysis.
Fluke claims that its IR-Fusion is the only solution available with physical parallax correction, which enables perfect alignment, pixel by pixel, of both infrared and visible images. Fluke products are the only thermal imagers on the market to incorporate IR-Fusion in the camera and software.
The Ti32 is designed to make thermal imaging affordable and effective in many applications for plant maintenance professionals, production engineers, electricians, HVAC/R technicians, and others. Users can record voice comments with every image taken. It includes a three-button menu designed for intuitive operation and navigation, on-screen emissivity correction, transmission correction, and high temperature alarm.
Fluke says that the combined capabilities of its Ti32 can help plant and system maintenance professionals reduce energy consumption, strengthen preventive maintenance programs, and increase reliability by expanding problem detection, and providing customized reports.
Each unit comes with two field-swappable, rechargeable batteries that enable virtually continuous imager use. Typical battery life is more than four hours each. Optional telephoto and wide-angle lenses are available to bring distant and wide views into sharp focus.
The device is tested to withstand a drop of 6.5 ft. (2 m), and is IP54 rated to withstand water and dust. With a widescreen, full color LCD display, increased thermal sensitivity (≤0.05 °C at 30 °C target temperature) and a temperature measurement range of -20 to +600 °C (-4 to +1112 °F).
Fluke SmartView software (with free software upgrades for the life of the product) is included with each thermal imager. SmartView software is a modular suite of tools for viewing, annotating, editing, and analyzing infrared images that fully supports IR Fusion technology. It enables users to edit images in five viewing modes and generate customized professional reports in a few steps. Fluke 3D-IRMthree-dimensional viewing makes hot or cold spots "pop out" of the background for easy viewing and analysis.
The Ti32 includes a 2 GB SD memory card that will store at least 3,000 basic infrared images (.bmp or .jpg formats) or 1,200 fully radiometric (.is2 IR Fusion file format) infrared and linked visual images, each with 60 seconds of voice annotation, as well as a multi-function memory card reader (USB) for downloading images into a computer.
Each imager comes with a hard carrying case and soft transport bag, an adjustable hand strap for right- or left-handed use, two rechargeable lithium ion smart batteries, a two-bay external charger, an ac power supply, and an interactive training DVD.
The imager is designed for inspection and process control applications in many industrial functions, including:
• Inside electrical distribution and service, including switch gear, panels, controls, fuses, transformers, outlets, lighting, conductors, overhead buss, motor control centers, and other equipment:
• Motors, pumps and mechanical equipment, such as electric motors and generators, pumps, compressors, evaporators, bearings, couplings, gearboxes, gaskets/seals, belts, rollers, and other equipment;
• Process tanks and vessels, pipes, valves and traps, reactors and refractory insulation;
• Air conditioning, heating, air handlers, compressors, chillers, boilers, furnaces and refrigeration; and
• Outside electrical distribution, transformers, bushings, insulators, transmission lines, large circuit breakers, service connections, disconnects, capacitor banks, and other equipment.
Fluke says its IR-Fusion technology captures infrared and visible light images and simultaneously displays the images fused together, adding a new dimension of detail that saves time and best conveys infrared information of each specific application and environment. It features multiple viewing modes and allows users to manipulate images on the camera’s display. By enabling users to manage and analyze images with complete control over both the infrared and visible light spectrums, IR-Fusion makes it easier to identify details and potential problems.
The Fluke Ti32 Thermal Imager is available for a suggested U.S. list price of $8,995.
More is available on Fluke thermal imaging products.
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering www.controleng.com