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Flir Delivers 100,000th IR Camera

Photonics.com
Nov 2009
Camera maker Flir Systems Inc. of Wilsonville, Ore., said it will deliver its 100,000th commercial-use infrared camera this week. The Flir thermal imager, used for building inspection, was sold by Tucson, Ariz.-based Professional Equipment to Bob the Inspector Inc. of Green Valley, Ariz. Bob Childs, owner of Bob the Inspector, received an award noting the 100,000 milestone and his $3450 Flir BCAM SD IR camera compliments of Flir during a press conference in Tucson today. “This remarkable achievement is a reflection of Flir’s success in its efforts to make infrared technology increasingly available and affordable,” said Tom Scanlon, Flir vice president for Americas Thermography. “While Flir’s earliest thermal imagers cost $50,000, today’s professionals can access Flir technology for a fraction of that.” Other applications for its commercial IR cameras include law enforcement, industrial plant maintenance, electrical and HVAC diagnostics, and research and development. Flir also recently donated two handheld thermal imaging cameras to the Clackamas County, Ore., sheriff’s office for search-and-rescue operations and nighttime patrols.

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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
thermography
The recording of a scanned pattern on a photographic medium, utilizing the infrared radiation naturally emitted by the object, as well as infrared receptors, such as photoelectric cells.
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