Technician’s Guide on Choosing Thermal Cameras
There are quite a few options available for thermal cameras in the market. However, among the sea of thermal cameras manufacturers, one name stands out as the most trusted name in electrical metering. That name is Fluke. Fluke thermal cameras are known for their accuracy and dependability, and they serve as the standard against which all other thermal cameras are measured. Although any Fluke thermal camera will provide you with accurate readings and excellent reliability, they do have different strengths, weaknesses, and feature sets that may make one more applicable than another in specific situations. This article will simplify the information and assist you in determining which Fluke thermal cameras will best meet your needs.
Fluke recently released the PTi120 pocket thermal imaging camera, which they say puts "the power of a professional-grade thermal imager" in your pocket. The Fluke PTi120 thermal imaging camera has a sensor resolution of 120 x 90 pixels and full radiometric sensor data. It has a 3.5-inch LCD touchscreen display, an IP54 enclosure rating for water and dust resistance, and can withstand 1 meter drops. Fluke PTi120 pocket thermal imager is a rugged easy-to-use thermal imager for electrical and industrial inspecting. Use it to quickly scan electrical equipment, pumps, motors, building systems, HVAC, and process control equipment for hot spots and cold spots that can indicate early signs of trouble.
Compact Fluke PTi120 Pocket Thermal Camera
Fluke Ti401 Pro Thermal Camera
The Fluke Ti401 Pro Thermal Camera can be used to inspect equipment and systems in order to detect and locate small problems, such as failing components, before they become a problem. The camera can be used in a variety of applications including industrial maintenance, utilities, research and development, and many others. It also has an IR resolution of 640 x 480 pixels on a 3.5-inch LCD screen, which provides a crisp image, as well as LaserSharp Auto Focus, which allows the Ti401 to display more precise images because the camera adjusts its focus based on the distance detected. Flukes' patented IR-Fusion blending technology enables users to combine thermal images with visual images to achieve a variety of results.
The standard IR lenses are made of diamond-turned germanium and are coated with specialty coatings. The Fluke Ti401 Pro Thermal Camera is ideal for industrial professionals who need a troubleshooting tool that can capture precise temperatures as well as clear, sharp infrared images.
Fluke Ti300 Thermal Camera
The Fluke Ti300 is an infrared imager that can be used for troubleshooting, preventive and predictive maintenance. This allows you to identify problems before they become costly repairs. It has a thermal resolution of 320 x 240px (76,800 pixels) and can withstand temperatures of up to 650 degrees Celsius. The Laser Distance Meter can be used to calculate the distance to the target required for a precisely focused image with the press of a button. The Fluke Ti300 Thermal Imaging Camera has a frame rate of 9Hz and a frame rate of 60Hz. In focus images allow for more accurate temperature readings and smaller temperature changes to be observed and analyzed. The Fluke Ti300+ can be manually focused by the user. It has a minimum focus distance 15cm/6 Inches. The Ti300+ thermal camera is compatible with the Fluke Connect, the largest integrated system of maintenance software and tools in the world. Images can be uploaded to the user’s smart phone and tablet via Wi-Fi.
The Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Imaging Camera
Fluke TiS60+ Thermal Imaging Camera has a 3.5-inch LCD screen with a 320 x 240 resolution image for clarity and image detail and a fix focused infrared resolution to help simplify electrical, process control, HVAC, and building system troubleshooting. It measures up to 400°C and can handle all of your applications It also has IR-Fusion technology, which blends visible and infrared images to varying degrees to aid in pinpointing the exact location of a problem. It is also Fluke Connect compatible, which saves time and improves the reliability of your maintenance data. The IR Photo Notes feature on the Fluke TiS60+ allows camera operators to easily add pictures to the document image or location associated with the thermal image so that the person creating the word order can send technicians to the appropriate locations. The lithium-ion is field replaceable and rechargeable, with 4-hour continuous battery life.
You should have a solid notion of what constitutes a good Fluke thermal camera and which models would fit your needs after reading this article. You may also consider the form factor first to determine which one is best for you. Are you looking for a traditional handheld thermal imaging camera or a pocket-sized rectangular block with a touchscreen display? If you're looking for this almost smartphone-like form factor, the Fluke is one of only a few options, and it has the best on-paper thermal sensor resolution and sensitivity specs.
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