Ashtead Technology’s thermal camera range ‘most comprehensive’ in the UK

01 June 2009

Leading instrumentation specialists Ashtead Technology believes it has the latest and most advanced selection of FLIR thermal cameras available for hire within the UK.

General Manager James Carlyle believes that a variety of options is essential for thermography: “There are simple applications for which it is only necessary to identify cold or hot spots, so an entry-level device is the most cost-effective. However, professional thermographers require greater detail, resolutions and features such as the facility to take visual images and to record audio notes with the same instrument – mid-level instruments are therefore necessary.

“At the top-end of the market we stock the most advanced thermal cameras available, offering incredible levels of resolution which is important in applications such as research.”

The company’s fleet of specialist thermal imaging equipment from FLIR, the world leader in infrared cameras, provides the ideal option for virtually every industry carrying out inspections and heat loss surveys; from the construction and building trades to manufacturing, electrical and engineering sectors.

Thermal cameras are helping more and more organisations identify heat loss problems; whether solving insulation issues in the building industry or highlighting mechanical problems in machinery, saving significant time and costs in the process.

Ashtead’s range of FLIR cameras and accessories include the P-series Professional range, the B-series Building range and the i-series entry level range, providing customers with an instrument for virtually every requirement.

Weighing just 0.58kg, the compact i60 represents excellent value for Ashtead customers wanting a lightweight thermal camera with many of the features found in high-end imaging equipment.

Designed for easy, one-handed operation the high-resolution i60 provides a temperature range of -20°C to +350°C and is perfect for small-scale industrial and building inspections. Because of its size, the i60 is also the ideal choice for inspecting hard-to-reach machinery and equipment while the 1GB memory allows for the storage of around 1,000 radiometric jpeg images at any one time.

In the mid-range, the versatile B360 is the perfect choice for a range of applications including electrical surveys, building diagnostics and mechanical inspections. The B360 now also comes with FLIR’s new FUSION function, allowing the user to overlay infrared images on the corresponding (non-infrared) image in real-time.

With a long four hour battery life and in-camera or in-car charging, the B360 is the most affordable and feature-rich infrared camera available to hire for a range of applications across different sectors. A similar mid-range camera hired from Ashtead USA was also recently used to inspect badly damaged buildings in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike on the Texas Gulf Coast.

At the top-end of the range, the P620 uses the latest version of the ThermaCAM software, reports can be quickly created and integrated, whilst advanced features include thermal sensitivity of 0.06°C, a high resolution 640 x 480 infrared sensor and a large 14cm LCD display. It also features a temperature range of -40°C to +500°C with flexible viewing and storage options.

Summing up the company’s range of advanced thermal imaging equipment, Ashtead’s General Manager James Carlyle said: “Our comprehensive selection of FLIR cameras means that we can provide the perfect choice for any thermal imaging inspection and meet the customer’s precise requirement. Renting also enables customers to avoid the capital cost of buying outright whilst having access to the very latest and widest ranging selection of thermal imaging equipment on the UK market today.”

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