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FLIR launches K-Series handheld thermal cameras for firefighting

Supplier: FLIR Systems Australia
12 March, 2013

As the world leader in thermal imaging cameras, FLIR Systems wants to serve every market that can benefit from the technology of thermal imaging by developing thermal imaging cameras specifically tailored to suit the end use.

Firefighters benefit enormously from thermal imaging cameras. Not only do thermal imaging cameras produce a crisp image in total darkness, they also have the ability to see through smoke, assisting firefighters to find people in smoke-filled rooms, as well as helping them navigate their own way in through smoky environments. They help save the lives of both firefighters and those caught in a fire.

Thanks to the ability of thermal imaging cameras to measure temperatures, firefighters can ascertain whether a fire is burning behind a wall or door. Being armed with this knowledge helps them to avoid dangerous backdrafts.

These cameras also allow the user to find hotspots in extinguished fires. Imperceptible to the naked eye, hotspots need attention in order to prevent a fire from reigniting. Thermal imaging cameras are an instrumental tool in ascertaining whether a structure is safe to re-enter once a fire has been extinguished. 

Thermal imaging cameras can also be used for other forms of search and rescue missions in which firefighters and emergency services are often involved. 

FLIR K-Series 

FLIR markets more thermal imaging cameras than any other manufacturer. Thanks to economies of scale FLIR Systems can market the FLIR K-Series at an extremely inexpensive price meaning that every firefighting truck can afford to have one.

The K-series is designed to meet tough operating conditions. It withstands a drop from 2 metres onto a concrete floor, is water resistant to IP67 and fully operational up to +85°C. 

Different versions available 

Both versions of the FLIR K-Series contain a maintenance-free, uncooled microbolometer detector. They produce clear and detail-rich images which are presented on a large, bright 4” display to helping firefighters navigate and make quick and informed decisions. Different colour modes make the FLIR K-Series the perfect instrument for every firefighter’s job. 

The FLIR K50 produces thermal images of 320 x 240 pixels. Users not requiring such high image quality may choose the FLIR K40 which produces thermal images of 240 x 180 pixels. 

Easy to use, even with gloves on 

An intuitive and simple user interface allows firefighters to focus on the job at hand. The FLIR K-Series is controlled by just three large buttons on top of the unit, making it ideal for a firefighter’s gloved hand.

Thermal images can be stored on the FLIR K-Series camera to be later used to produce simple reports of what happened at the scene. 

Extended warranty 

FLIR Systems is giving a full 2 years of warranty on every FLIR K40 and FLIR K50. The uncooled microbolometer itself is covered by no less than 10 years of warranty. If a problem should occur within this timeframe FLIR Systems will replace the uncooled microbolometer detector free of charge or, depending on the case, even replace the entire thermal imaging camera. In order to benefit from these warranty conditions, the owner of the FLIR thermal imaging camera needs to register the product at the FLIR Systems website. Registration needs to be done within 30 days of purchase. Cameras that are not registered have a one year warranty. 

About thermal imaging 

Thermal imaging is the use of cameras constructed with specialty sensors that “see” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible to the human eye because its wavelength is too long to be detected. It’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. 

Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a clear image. In contrast with other technologies, such as light amplification, thermal imaging needs no light whatsoever to produce an image on which the smallest of details can be seen. Thermal imaging provides full visibility irrespective of the prevailing light level and weather conditions.  It can see in total darkness, in the darkest of nights, through light fog, in the far distance, through smoke and is able to detect anyone hiding in the shadows. 

About FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of thermal imaging cameras for a wide variety of applications. It has over 50 years of experience and thousands of thermal imaging cameras currently in use worldwide for predictive maintenance, building inspections, research anc development, security and surveillance, maritime, automotive and other night-vision applications. FLIR Systems has eight manufacturing plants located in the USA (Portland, Boston, Santa Barbara and Bozeman), Sweden (Stockholm), Estonia (Talinn) and France (near Paris). It operates offices in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, UK and the USA. The company has over 3,200 dedicated infrared specialists, and serves international markets through a global distributor network providing local sales and support functions.