20

November
2014

Introducing Fluke 830 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool

The Fluke 830 Laser Shaft Alignment Tool is the ideal test tool to precision-align rotating shafts in your facility.

It’s a known fact – all rotating machinery is susceptible to misalignment. If you’re still using rulers and dial indicators to ensure your rotating machinery is properly aligned, you could be losing thousands of dollars per year in replacement bearing costs, hours of unnecessary repair time, and crippling unplanned downtime, not to mention taking years off your machine’s useful life.

The Fluke 830 Laser Shaft Alignment tool is easy-to-use, giving you fast, accurate and actionable answers that will keep your plant up and running. When it comes to laser shaft alignment, data is good but answers are better.

Unlike using the straightedge method or dial indicators the Fluke 830 performs the complicated alignment calculations for you, meaning you’ll have the answers you need to quickly align your machine and get your plant up and running fast. An enhanced user interface provides easy to understand results that don’t require extensive alignment knowledge and the unique “All-in-One” result screen that shows you both coupling results and feet corrections (vertical and horizontal) in real terms making it easy to take corrective action.

Since machine downtime is costly, test repeatability is critical. The Fluke 830 uses a patented single laser precision alignment system that provides accurate and repeatable measurement results so you can be assured you’re addressing misalignment problems properly.

26

June
2014

Making a noise measurement with the Optimus Red Sound Level Meters

Sound Level Meters are increasingly sophisticated and this can often make them difficult to use. The Cirrus Optimus sound level meters have been specifically designed to be simple to use whilst giving you all of the parameters that you need to make an effective noise measurement.

The Optimus Red sound level meters are ideal for occupational noise and industrial hygiene measurements including the 2005 Control of Noise at Work Regulations and the requirements of OSHA for occupational noise.

In this video, we’ll look at the steps needed to make a quick measurement with an Optimus Red Sound Level Meter and we’ll show you how to view the measurements parameters as well as how to record your notes using the VoiceTag function.

Video Transcription

In this video we’ll look at how easy it is to make a noise measurement with the Optimus Red Sound Level Meter.

To begin a new measurement, press the Start button.

You now have the option to record a VoiceTag™ of up to 30 seconds duration. To start recording, press the Record button or press skip to move on.

When you’re finished, press the Done button and the measurement will start.

On this screen we can see the current A weighted Leq, the C weighted Peak, the C minus A and a display of the time history.

Pressing the right arrow button will move to the Octave Band view.

This screen shows the real time 1:1 octave band filters for the current measurement.

Pressing the Up and Down arrow buttons will show additional information for the current measurement.

Pressing the right hand arrow key again will move to the noise exposure or dose view. Press the Down arrow button to view the projected exposure information.

Use the left and right buttons to move between the different information screens. Don’t forget that the instrument is measuring everything at the same time, regardless of what is on the screen.

When the measurement is complete, press the Stop button.

At this point you can use the left and right arrow buttons to move between the different information screens to review the measurement data that you’ve just recorded.

Press the Exit button and the instrument is ready to make the next measurement.

Here’s a summary of how easy it is to make a measurement with the Optimus Red sound level meter.

  1. Press the Start button.
  2. Record a VoiceTag.
  3. View the measurement functions.
  4. Press the Stop button.
  5. Review the measurement data.
  6. Press the Exit button.
  7. Start a new measurement.

 

26

June
2014

FLIR Systems launches FLIR T600

FLIR launches new thermal imaging camera and upgrades its successful FLIR T620/FLIR T640

FLIR Systems wants to make thermal imaging for experts even more accessible and attractive than before.

The FLIR T620/T640 thermal imaging cameras were introduced in 2011. The camera series is designed for the expert requiring high performance and the latest technology available and were nominated and rewarded by several magazines and organizations.

For users that do not need the high image quality of 640 x 480 pixels that the FLIR T620 and FLIR T640 are offering, but want to enjoy most of the features that they have to offer, FLIR Systems now introduces the FLIR T600. Just like the T620/T640, FLIR T600 comes with a tiltable optical unit, which makes it possible to measure and take images of objects in all angles, still in a comfortable working position.

FLIR T600 thermal imaging camera

The FLIR T600 produces thermal images of 480 x 360 pixels. The measurement range lies between -40˚ C and +650˚C. The FLIR T600 also incorporates a 5 megapixel visual camera. It generates crisp visual images that can be used as a reference against the thermal image in all conditions.

Thermal images and visual images are stored simultaneously when pushing a button. A LED lamp allows for taking visual images also in extremely dark environments.

Full featured camera

Just like the FLIR T620 and FLIR T640 thermal imaging cameras the T600 comes with a large number of features that are extremely useful for electrical and maintenance inspections.

  • Picture-in-Picture: a function for overlying the thermal image on the visual image
  • Thermal Fusion: merges visual and thermal images for better analysis
  • Text and voice annotations
  • Fast autofocus
  • Sketch annotations: touch the screen to add sketch annotations
  • MeterLink: allows to transfer the data acquired by an Extech clampmeter wirelessly to the FLIR T600
  • Instant reports: allows for creating reports directly inside the camera
  • WiFi interface: allows to wirelessly send images to a PC, tablet PC or smartphone as well as remote control of the camera 

FLIR T620/T640 upgrades with industry first features

The successful FLIR T620/FLIR T640 produce thermal images of 640 x 480 pixels. The thermal imaging cameras incorporate all features of the FLIR T600, but are offering new innovative features as well.

GPS

The FLIR T620/T640 incorporate a GPS function that allows to georeference thermal images to determine their geographic location. From now on, the exact location of possible anomalies can be determined easily.

Instant Report

An ‘instant report’ of the inspection (with sketches or other text comments included) can be created directly in the FLIR T620/T640. A programmable button provides easy access to favorite functions.

Image sketch*

Allows to clearly indicate on a saved image the location of the problem area both on the thermal and the visual image. This can be done immediately on the touch screen of the camera. The indications you make will automatically appear in the report.

Continuous auto-focus*

A solution with two digital cameras allows for continuous autofocus of the thermal images. Continuous auto-focus makes FLIR T640 the first fully automatic thermal imaging camera on the market.

Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX)*

The FLIR T640 thermal imaging camera is equipped with the innovative ‘Multi Spectral Dynamic Imaging´ (MSX)feature, which produces an extremely detail rich image. MSX produces better texture in a thermal image. Due to this new feature more anomalies can be detected, more detailed analysis can be done and conclusions can be drawn in a split second.

FLIR Tools included

Every FLIR T600-Series thermal imaging camera comes with FLIR Tools software. FLIR Tools allows to import thermal images directly from the FLIR T600-Series to a PC for basic reporting and analysis of your findings.

Main features of FLIR Tools are:

  • Import images from the thermal imaging camera to a PC
  • Lay out, move and resize measurement tools on any thermal image
  • Create PDF imagesheets of specific images
  • Add headers, footers, and logos to reports
  • Apply filters when searching for images 

Users that need more reporting functionalities can choose FLIR Reporter software which is also compatible with the new FLIR T600-Series.

From now on thermography experts can take advantage of a new FLIR T600 thermal imaging camera or an updated FLIR T620/T640. All are full featured thermal imaging cameras with excellent ergonomics and extensive communication possibilities. Each expert has his or her own needs and wishes, now there is a thermal imaging camera for each expert available.

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 can not. Thermal imaging cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Based on temperature differences between objects, thermal imaging produces a clear image. It is an excellent tool for predictive maintenance, building inspections, research & development and automation applications. It can see in total darkness, in the darkest of nights, through light fog, in the far distance, through smoke. It is also used for security and surveillance, maritime, automotive, firefighting and many other applications.

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 industrial, building inspections, research & 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), Stockholm, Sweden, Talinn, Estonia and near Paris, France. It operates offices in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Dubai, France, Germany, Hong Kong, 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 an international distributor network providing local sales and support functions.

More about FLIR Systems and our products can be found at www.flir.com

 

17

May
2014

FLUKE TEST GUIDE

Test Guide

The Fluke TestGuide is a helpful app for Electricians and Service Technicians in the field. In this app you will find support for the most common measurements (e.g. RCD testing and measuring insulation). The TestGuide app show electricians in short and clear steps what the actions are, what to look at and how to interpret the results. The app has regular updates with measurements.

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