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PRESS RELEASE : Affordable Instruments Bring Thermal Imaging Diagnostics to More Technicians and Industries

EVERETT, Wash. – Thermal imaging is hotter than ever, and quickly moving into the tool boxes of everyday technicians and contractors taking advantage of a new generation of affordable high performance thermal imagers. This useful technology is no longer limited by the fragility and cost of older-generation imagers.

New instruments like the Fluke Ti25, Fluke Ti10Fluke TiR1 and Fluke TiR Thermal Imagers set a new standard for affordable thermal imager performance. Many older imagers were bulky and delicate, and cost $10,000 or more. The new Fluke imagers cost from $4,495 to $7,495.

These tools make thermal imaging cost effective for day-to-day troubleshooting and maintenance tasks. Industry and building diagnostic professionals are putting this technology to work to solve problems and increase their productivity in many applications.

These new-generation imagers are engineered for durability (they withstand a drop of 6.5 feet) and IP54 rated to withstand water and dust. And they can integrate infrared and visual (visible light) images to make it easier to identify and analyze problems. Each imager also includes Fluke SmartView™ software for viewing, annotating, editing and analyzing images.

All four models incorporate IR Fusion®, Fluke's patent-pending technology that integrates infrared and visual (visible light) images in full screen or picture-in-picture views. IR Fusion helps users recognize image details and better identify problem areas by quickly scrolling through the different viewing modes. These are the only thermal imagers available today in this format and price range that incorporate this capability in both the camera and in the software.

The Fluke Ti25 and Ti10 are designed for day-to-day troubleshooting and maintenance of electrical installations, electro-mechanical equipment, process equipment, HVAC/R installations and other industrial and electrical equipment. The Fluke TiR1 and TiR are designed for use by building diagnostic professionals, restoration and remediation specialists and roofing professionals. The Fluke Ti25 and TiR1 include the ability to record and save voice comments with every image taken, a three-button menu designed for intuitive operation and navigation with the push of a thumb, and on-screen emissivity correction (Ti25 and TiR1 only).

Fluke SmartView™ software, a modular suite of tools for viewing, annotating, editing and analyzing infrared images, is included, with free software upgrades for the life of the product. SmartView software fully supports Fluke IR-Fusion Technology, enabling users to edit images in five viewing modes and generate customizable, professional-looking reports in a few steps.

The imagers include a 2 GB SD memory card that will store at least 3,000 basic infrared images (.bmp file format) 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 an SD card reader (USB) for downloading images into a computer. Each thermal imager comes with a rugged hard carrying case and a soft transport bag, an adjustable hand strap for right- or left-handed use, rechargeable internal battery and AC power supply/battery charger (including mains adapters).

Fluke IR-Fusion Technology
IR-Fusion technology (patent pending) facilitates real time pixel-for-pixel merging of infrared and visual (visible light) images together on a single display. Providing five viewing modes – each designed to add greater clarity, accuracy and a valuable frame of reference to infrared images – IR-Fusion allows users to manipulate images right on the camera's display and is designed specifically to allow users to find problems not commonly or easily detected with other tools.

IR-Fusion captures infrared and visual (visible light) images and simultaneously displays the images fused together, adding a new dimension of detail that saves time and money and best conveys infrared information of each specific application and environment. Viewing modes include:

  • Full Infrared – high-resolution standard infrared images.
  • Full Visible Light (this mode available only in the software on the Fluke Ti25 and Ti10 models) – a visual (visible light) image like you would get with a digital camera.
  • Picture-in-Picture – an IR image portal surrounded by a visual (visible light) frame for reference.
  • Auto (Automatic) Blending – combines infrared and visual (visible light) images blended together at user-adjustable levels for the greatest image clarity. 
  • IR/Visible Alarm (this mode available only in the software on the Fluke Ti25 and Ti10 models) – displays only the portions of the image that fall above, below or between a user-specified temperature range as IR, leaving the remainder of the image as full visual (visible light).

IR-Fusion makes it easier to identify details and potential problems by managing and analyzing images with complete control over both the infrared and visual (visible light) spectrums. The ability to fuse images on-camera and optimize images in real-time improves primary target identification, makes it easier and quicker to locate issues and offers a tremendous advantage in reporting clarity.

Pricing and Availability
The Fluke Ti25 and Ti10 Thermal Imagers are available for a suggested US list price of $7,495 for the Ti25 and $4,495 for the Ti10. The Fluke TiR1 and TiR Thermal Imagers, part of a growing line of Fluke test tools designed specifically for building diagnostics, HVAC/R and indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals, are available for a suggested US list price of $6,995 for the TiR1 and $4,495 for the TiR. For more information on the full range of Fluke thermal imaging products, visit Thermography or contact Fluke Corporation, P.O. Box 9090, Everett, WA USA 98206-9090, call 800-760-4523 or email thermography@fluke.com.

Fluke Corporation
Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians and metrologists who install, troubleshoot, and manage industrial electrical and electronic equipment; and calibration processes for quality control.

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