Thursday, November 26, 2009

Heat Seekers are in Winchester

The heat seeker vehicles that detect how much heat is being lost from properties are visiting Winchester this month to show homeowners what improvements they should make, such as installing insulation or double glazing, to increase energy efficiency.

The HeatSeekers vehicles are using
Infrared Thermal Imaging to find Winchester properties that are wasting the most heat and energy.

Keith Hewitson, director of the Energy Saving Partnership, said that the vehicle has already created "quite a buzz" and added that he was "delighted" to see it in action in the Winchester District.

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Flir M-320L & M-626L Marine Thermal Cameras

FLIR Systems has launched a new, revolutionary thermal imaging camera for maritime applications. The M-Series combine a thermal imaging camera with a low light camera. They provide crisp, clear Thermal Imaging in total darkness, light fog or smoke.

Packaged in a small, ultra-compact gimbal they are designed for the most demanding maritime applications. They are great tools for night-time navigation, shipboard security, man overboard situations and anti-piracy. The M-Series are available in two different versions, both of which are extremely lightweight and can be installed at any position on board. Both versions also come equipped with a low light camera:

M-320L: This version is equipped with a Vanadium Oxide microbolometer detector that produces crisp thermal images of 320 x 240 pixels.
M-626L: This version however has a Vanadium Oxide microbolometer detector that produces images of 640 x 480 pixels. This is four times the resolution of the M-320L. It allows you to see the sharpest thermal images on which the smallest of details can be seen.

The camera’s vital core is rated IP66 (Totally dust tight and rotection against string water jets and waves.) and is well protected against humidity and water. Operating between -25°C and +55°C, the M-Series have a built-in heater to defrost its protective window. This apparently ensures a clear lens and good quality infrared images displayed on your monitor, even in extremely cold environments.<br><br>The M-Series comes standard with a remote Joystick Control Unit (JCU) to operate the Pan/Tilt. Additional JCUs, which can be used to control the M-Series from different locations on board of a vessel, are optionally available. The JCU is the primary method of control for the M-Series camera. It can be used to move the camera (pan or tilt), electronically zoom the cameras in and out, switch between thermal and visible low light camera, adjust the image quality, and access the on-screen menus. The M-Series control panel is fully sealed for use in a maritime environment. Like the camera itself, it meets IP66 standards.

Infrared Thermal Imaging

Hertsmere Borough Council is offering a free energy efficiency survey

Heat-seaking Thermal Imaging vehicles are taking to the streets later this month to help Hertsmere residents save money on energy bills.

The vehicles have been developed by the Energy Saving Partnership and use a thermal imaging camera to identify homes that may benefit from improved insulation.

Each vehicle can assess up to 1,000 properties an hour. Thermal-imaging shows where heat is escaping from and identifies areas which require further insulation.

A dedicated team of energy advisors will then carry out free surveys, advice residents how to improve insulation and take action to reduce energy bills.

For a free insulation survey telephone Herts and Essex Energy Partnership on 0800 980 6026.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fluke Thermal Imaging Camera on-site trial promotion

Fluke has a special promotion of its rugged, handheld Ti9 Electrical Thermal Imagers to electrical contractors and electricians who have no experience, or limited experience, of using thermal imaging cameras to inspect, repair and verify electrical infrastructure and electromechanical equipment. The free, on-site, no obligation, trial scheme is for a limited period and is supported by a free 72-page booklet, entitled 'Introduction to Thermography Principles’, which is sent in advance of the 2-day trial. More information can be found at

The low-cost, entry-level Fluke Ti9 Thermal Imager, designed for electricians, helps extend equipment lifetime, avoid electrical fires, and validate installation, repair and maintenance procedures. It can rapidly detect problems in a wide range of equipment including switchgear, motor control centres and lighting systems. Even small temperature differences are visible in components like transformers, panels, controls, fuses, receptacles and bus bars.

The Fluke Ti9 Electrical Thermal Imager brings accurate thermal imaging within the reach of many more users. With 160 x 120 pixel resolution, three times that of competing imagers, the Fluke Ti9 shows more essential details. It features a widescreen format colour LCD display to show every detail. Users just point the instrument and pull the trigger to capture the full image. That saves valuable time and greatly increases the speed of inspecting, repairing and verifying electrical and electromechanical equipment. The Fluke Ti9 is also designed for harsh industrial environments: IP54-rated, it resists dust and water, and withstands a drop test of 2 metres.

Hot spots regularly indicate an imminent problem or equipment failure in electrical equipment. Infrared thermometer measurements show only a single hot spot at a time, which is not enough for an accurate evaluation. Thermal imagers show the full picture instantly, with different colours representing different temperatures.

Fluke SmartView® software, featuring the first 3D imaging capability in the industry and options for optimising and organising thermal images and creating professional reports, is included with the product as well as a 2GB SD memory card and a rugged hard carry case.

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Thermography preferable to mammography

Women with a continued interest in breast cancer screening would do well to choose thermography rather than mammography. Thermography utilizes digital infrared thermal imaging, a safe detection method that analyzes body heat levels in and around the breasts. By analyzing blood vessel circulation and metabolic changes that typically accompany the onset of tumorous growths, thermography is arguably the most effective, accurate, and safest breast cancer detection method.

A healthy, cancer-preventative diet is the best way to prevent the onset of malignant cancers. Keeping the body in an alkaline state by feeding it a diet rich in natural foods will safeguard the body from becoming an environment in which cancer can thrive and replicate.

Vitamin D, curcumin, chaparral, garlic, and aloe vera are a few of the many beneficial nutrients that will serve the body well in preventing cancer. Raw brazil nuts, rich in selenium, and saw palmetto are two superb nutrients for maintaining a healthy prostate.

Heat seeking van targets hot houses

A revolutionary heat seeking van is to hit the streets of the Rochdale to help thousands of households pinpoint heat loss from their homes.

Rochdale Borough Council has invited the Energy Saving Partnership to survey the borough using its award winning, energy efficiency detection van. The ‘HeatSeekers’ vehicle, uses state of the art Thermal Imaging technology to identify homes that may benefit from improved insulation.

Operating at night, during the colder months, each vehicle has the ability to assess up to 1,000 properties an hour. The thermal imaging technology highlights of heat loss from a property and identifies if your property would benefit from further insulation.

Once the area has been imaged, a team of energy advisors will carry out free surveys, talking to home owners and private tenants about how they can improve insulation and take action to reduce both their energy bills and carbon footprint.

The scheme is entirely optional and there is no obligation on householders to participate. The thermal image only shows the exterior of homes and cannot see through walls.

Rochdale Borough Council cabinet member for housing, Councillor Doreen Brophy-Lee said: “We know all about the cold and wet in the borough. We also know people want to be more energy efficient as claims for grants to keep our homes warm are at record levels.

"By inviting HeatSeekers to the Borough the Council wants to help and encourage many thousands more to look closely at the heat escaping from their homes.

"I urge owner occupiers and tenants of private landlords to take advantage of the low cost or no cost insulation on offer, help save the environment and save money on their heating bills too.”

Residents on means tested benefits or over 70 years of age will be offered free insulation under the scheme while all other householders will receive a substantial discount on the normal retail price.

Keith Hewitson, Director of the Energy Saving Partnership, said: “The technology has already helped improve energy efficiency in thousands of homes across the country. The HeatSeekers vehicle is one of the key front-line weapons in the battle against climate change and is already playing an integral role in the plans to make UK homes more energy efficient.”

The HeatSeekers thermal imaging van takes to the borough’s streets in November and will survey homes through the winter. But you don't have to wait until your image is produced to take up the insulation offer, simply call 0800 111 4968.

Reporter: Aisha Iqbal