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FLIR Unveils Thermal Camera for Automotive Use

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FLIR Unveils Thermal Camera for Automotive Use

FLIR Systems Inc.’s new TG275 is a handheld thermal camera that combines measurement and infrared (IR) capabilities into one troubleshooting tool for automotive use.

The company, which takes its name from the acronym for forward-looking infrared, says the TG275 allows technicians to quickly see hot and cold spots that can indicate potentially serious issues. The TG275 is the first thermal camera from FLIR designed to help automotive technicians find hidden problems fast and cut diagnostic time, whether the issue is under the hood, in the cabin, or on the vehicle.

Built around a thermal 160×120 camera sensor (19,200 pixels), the new FLIR TG275 lets technicians see vehicles in a whole new way. The company says this powerful camera measures temperatures from -25 to 550 degrees Celsius (-13 to 1022 degrees Fahrenheit), allowing users to quickly inspect air conditioning, hot exhaust, brake rotors, axle bearings, turbo chargers, differentials, coolant system, electrical components, and battery systems for electric vehicles.

The TG275 is the only spot thermal camera equipped with FLIR Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX). This patented, two-camera technology extracts high-contrast details from the images taken by an onboard visible light camera and superimposes them onto the thermal images, creating a sharper, easier-to-understand picture. Users can then easily store those images to reassure customers that a problem was fixed.

FLIR says it engineered the rugged TG275 to endure professional environments, whether it’s tasked with checking diesel truck engines or the hydraulic systems on construction equipment. The IP54 enclosure provides a high level of protection against dust and water.

The TG275 also includes an LED light and laser pointer, which helps guide temperature measurements by indicating the size and area of the surface being measured.

Other useful features include Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) wireless technology to easily move images to a mobile device; professional reporting with FLIR Tools; adjustable emissivity levels; and real-time temperature updates. Also, the portable TG275 has a rechargeable battery and expandable memory.

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