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FLIR – the world’s largest product portfolio in thermal imaging cameras

FLIR Systems is the world’s leading manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras. These cameras are available in a broad range of designs and suited for a wide variety of applications. Traditionally, thermal cameras have been used within a number of commercial trades such as the manufacturing and construction industries.

Today, the fastest growing area of expertise within the FLIR Group is energy and environment. Thermal imaging cameras are widely implemented at power plants throughout the world, and as technology advances, FLIR’s cameras are used in a wider perspective. Thermal imaging technology can also assist in energy and gas leakage control. FLIR has developed new technology for a specific detection of gas leakage, for instance.

Sweden introduced the first thermographic camera
FLIR Systems originates from Sweden and was primarily owned by AGA. The first camera based on thermographic technology was released 1964 in Sweden for commercial use. In 1997 the division was bought by an American company. A third party was later acquired and so FLIR Systems Inc. became the world’s primary manufacturer of thermal imaging cameras.

The Swedish division of FLIR Systems is responsible for the thermographic technology used all over the world and operating on the global commercial market. Working mainly on an international basis, the division has been able to increase sales despite the effects of the latest financial crisis. It is estimated that 99 per cent of the total production in Sweden is shipped out to the rest of the world.
It is not only superior competence and skill that has ensured such a success for FLIR, an important factor has also been the well-developed network of distribution on which the company relies today. This is built up by long-term relations and sustainability.

The wide spread of thermal imaging cameras
The cameras using infrared technology can now be delivered to a large number of users, the mainstream consumer being an important target as shifts in technology enables for more cost-efficient systems to be built. FLIR caters for both super-sized organisations maintaining a high demand on technology, and small-scale building sites and entrepreneurs where cost-efficiency is the main interest.

Future developments are highly dependent on legislation. Within the construction field, as an example, future legislation will pursue that properties are inspected using thermal imaging cameras before sale. The modern buyer will demand such action, which in turn will lead to the necessity of affordable, reliable infrared cameras. FLIR Systems manufacture and distribute cameras ranging from 200 000 US$ down to 2000 US$ today.

Creating awareness for the future
FLIR Systems are currently working on creating extended awareness about thermal imaging technology and its uses. The company has already experienced an upswing by delivering new products to new markets. The profit will exceed expectations in the long-run as infrared cameras are becoming more accessible to a large number of business segments.
Awareness for thermal imaging cameras will increase as they are being used for more and more applications. “Thermal imaging cameras can create a crisp image in total darkness, and can also see through fog and smoke. In other words, these cameras can operate in basically all weather conditions”, explains Christiaan Maras, Marketing Director EMEA. He continues: “The automotive industry has discovered the benefits of thermal imaging for driver vision enhancement. A thermal imaging camera can these days be ordered as an option on selected BMW 5-, 6- and 7-Series models. In addition, security and surveillance professionals have discovered that thermal imaging cameras can help to detect intruders in total darkness. Maritime markets are using thermal imaging cameras for night time navigation and other maritime applications. Firefighters use thermal imaging cameras to find people in smoke filled rooms. And there are numerous other, sometimes life saving applications for thermal imaging cameras”.

Maria Lind