The Color Alarm mode of this Ti32 highlights the areas where temperatures are above or below a specified level.
You’d probably be hard pressed to find an electrician these days who would leave the shop without a digital multimeter (DMM). They are indispensable for troubleshooting a wide range of electrical problems. However, before you can diagnose a problem you have to know where to look. And that can sometimes be akin to looking for a needle in a haystack. Now there’s a tool that can significantly cut down the size of the haystack and save you a lot of time. The new very affordable Fluke P3 Series Thermal Imagers for industrial and electrical applications - the Fluke Ti27, Fluke Ti29 and Fluke Ti32 - can help you narrow down the scope of electrical problems by capturing images of unexplained temperature variations in panels, switch gear, motors, or other electrical equipment.
Using a P3 Series imager you can scan large areas quickly to find hot or cold spots that may indicate phase imbalance, bad connections, motor problems, or failing components. Once you can see where the potential problem is you can bring out your DMM or clamp meter to diagnose the particulars.
Big screen beauty
The beauty of the P3 Series imagers is the amount of useful visual information they provide.
The full infrared viewing mode of a Ti32l.
Their superior spatial resolution and large 3.7” full VGA color LCD displays present large, high resolution infrared images up to 320x240 pixels. The added detail makes it easy to identify the smallest temperature differences, which could be indicative of bigger problems. To make it even easier to see what’s going on, you can switch back and forth through a variety of viewing modes from full infrared, to picture-in-picture, to a blend of IR and visible light images. Patented Fluke IR-Fusion® technology automatically blends IR and visible light images in the camera, so you can see problems in context of the surrounding equipment. Plus the Color Alarm mode highlights the areas where temperatures are above or below a specified level (varies by model) so you can quickly focus your attention on the problem areas. And with the optional telephoto or wide angle lenses you can effectively scan areas that are farther away or in tight quarters.
Images that talk back
All three P3 models store at least 3,000 basic IR images (in .bmp or .jpg formats) or 1,200 fully radiometric (.is² format) IR and linked visual images. You can record up to 60 seconds of voice comments with each image so you don’t have to worry about jotting things down or forgetting other important information.
There is no need for a clumsy headset or separate microphone; either…it’s built in!
Optimize images and quickly reveal issues with Fluke SmartView® software.
The included Fluke SmartView®software provides all kinds of tools for viewing, optimizing, analyzing, and annotating IR images. You can display and work with multiple images on the same screen and display temperature at any point. You can add additional details (in text) such as location, problem description, and recommended actions to the images in the camera or in the PC. And you can look at the images from different perspectives using 3D-IR™ to make hot and cold spots pop out so you can more easily identify more subtle problems. Once you’re done with all of that you can generate a either a quick report or a custom report with just a few clicks.
Above all, the P3 imagers are just plain easy to use. They help you singlehandedly capture, review, and save images with a simple, yet highly-effective user interface. The same goes for switching between IR-Fusion viewing modes, focusing, or adding a voice annotation. And they’re all torture-tested to withstand harsh environments and heavy everyday use.