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Q:
What new technologies are influencing thermal imager design?
120 answers
Answers:
Detectors for 3-5micrometer and 8-12micrometer. Advanced and improved optics and mirrors designed for this. Micro-syncro motors as conformation of the image. Cooler systems. Continuing progress in the technologies for displays. New materials for finished products lighter and more compact.
~Irene H, Design Engineer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chalcogenide glasses molding instead of single point diamond turning get less expensive manufacturing of aspheric surfaces and diffractive optical elements. All in focus to reduce thermal imager costs.
~Eduardo P, Design Engineer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1) power supply design by portable units, 2 ) the way of cooling the element 3) size of the camera 4) possibility to merge images of other "normal"ccd camera's into one image
~george N, end user, the Hague, netherlands
1. Thermal Imaging with Infra Red 2. Thermal Imaging with X-Ray or another Active Measurement for Bld Structure & Infrastructure w/o Visible Condition
~Aryo Seto I, Architect, Jakarta, Indonesia
Thermo pile /boleometer and matrix filter detectors with amplifications and signal conditioning as a layer under the detector (hyperspectral imaging).
~Mickey P, Principal Scientist, Houston, TX
Real time digital signal processing. The construction of full 3D models from aggregated data points. Lower-power digital storage technologies.
~Larry C, Research & Development, Seattle, WA
Electronics, sustainable energy (ie: heating, cooling, solar, wind, wave, passive buildings, batteries, thermal storage, and distribution.
~Don C, Stationary Engineer, Fire Protection Engineering and Technologies, and Student always., Tacoma, WA
Simultaneously capture a digital photo in addition to the infrared image and fuses it together, taking the mystery out of IR image analysis.
~Michael M, General Management, Moscow, Russia
The integration of daylight, dawn/dusk, and night time imaging systems for marine applications. CCTV integration as well as data.
~Mark T, Chief Engineer, Cincinnati, OH
Advanced building components as well as design and function of newer products and equipment being incorporated into systems.
~john P, North Bay, Canada
Energy conservation opportunities in residential, commercial and industrial facilities to improve the Joule heat losses.
~Engineer
Substrate to operate at normal temperatures and FPA matrix for high resolution for small places eg circuit cards.
~Masood A, Marketing/Sales, Karachi, Pakistan
Nanotechnology, Programmable Hardware, Advances in detector technology, New Algorithms like Scene Based NUC etc.
~Sanjukta Ghosh, Project Manager, Pune, India
Micromachining, advanced materials science for detectors and nanotechnology, quickly come to mind.
~Daniel N, Engineering Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA
Convenient data collection, cross references with visual images, report creation, data logging.
~H. John G, Builder/Contractor, Edmonton, Canada
Applications lead the design but that in turn is limited by access to military technology.
~Colin F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, Scotland
Electronic IC for capacity and power consumption, optical lens design like hybrid...
~Crastes A, Research & Development, Veurey Voroize, France
New materials, light weight, longer battery life, usages in airplanes, medical, etc.
~Tali M, Engineer, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Is.
Epoxy Changes In Industries and khz Freq emitted from, Elect Surrounding Sec Products
~Justin R, Hydrological Thermographer, Cape town, CA
Surveillance, miniature cameras for mini UAVs, detection and tracking capabilities.
~Amir E, Senior Security and Safety Consultant, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Surface mount micro circuits are requiring thermal scanning for temp differences.
~Leon V, Research & Development, Kleinmond, South Africa
Reductions in weight of hand held units while increasing accuracy and resolution.
~Geoff H, National Products Manager, Brisbane, Australia
Available CCD's, with sensitivity and spectral range, at a reasonable price.
~Technical Support/Services, Strand / Cape Town, South Africa
Aeronautics, spatial, new nanobuilt technology, health, meteorologic forecast.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Cagliari, Italy
More compact designs and competitive pricing is becoming more common.
~Frank H, Engineering Consultant, spruce grove, canada
Advancement in lens design as well as military influence. See below
~John M, Owner/operator Jeminspections, Sarasota, FL
Injection Mold Hot Runner design. Computer chip temp. LED light Temp.
~Vincent F, Engineering Consultant, Bangkok, Thailand
GPS locating / date time stamp / azmith elevation view of imager
~David H, Project Manager, Red Deer, Canada
I really like the flir t & b series, due to the rotating lens.
~Mark S, Purchaser, Zachary, LA
Data aquit......medical technology.......cartography.......
~Engineering, Process/Production, BALTIMORE, MD
I guess that will be improvements in the type of detector.
~Erwin R, Engineering Consultant, Grenada
Video overlay and multiple image analysis and comparison.
~Mark H, Engineer, Auckland, New Zealand
Still using focal plane arrays for the resolution.
~Merl K, Contractor, Vancouver, Canada

Camera development and Aspheric/Diffractive Optics.

~Zlata E, Design Engineer, Oslo, Norway

Mobile telecom, touch screen, pip, fusion, ethernet.

~Tassos A, General Management, CHALANDRI, GREECE
Denser LCD screen, denoting higher resolution.
~Bruce R, General Management, Bridgewater, NJ
Low cost LCDs, protection materials, optics...
~Aldin C, Technical Support, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Lighter weight, smaller and better detectors.
~Ramiro P, Engineer, Irvine, CA
Security, PV technology, energy management
~Carl R, Electrician/Thermographer, Austin, TX
Development of better imaging electronics.
~Syed J, Contracts Manager, Jubail, SAUDI ARABIA
Data retrieval, picture, repeatability.
~Jerry W, Electrical Supervisor, Salem, OR
Dynamic design, interface and detectors
~Shaibal G, Thermographer, Kolkata, 44
Quantum Cascade lasers, QWIP detectore
~Lubos H, Project leader, Neuchatel, Switzerland
High throughput in outdoor environment.
~Mohammadreza G, Research & Development, Davis, CA

Size of operating systems and detectors.

~Mike M, Engineering Consultant, MO
The ever reducing size of components.
~Steven B, Thermal Imaging Specialist, East Chciago, IN
Combining images - thermal & visual.
~Alan T, General Management, UK
To clarify the image position by GPS.
~Nopadol K, Engineer, Bangkok, Thailand
Non cooled thermal imaging detectors.
~Ronald M, Owner of Hawaii Custom Sales, Honolulu, HI
Infra red, aeronautical and optical.
~Engineering, Consulting, Denpasar, Indonesia
Building in A+ energy classification.
~giovanni S, Engineering Consultant, como, Italy
Nanotechnology and newer detectors.
~Reynaldo Solewicz, Oceanographer, Brazil
Smaller and lighter design cameras.
~John P, PDM Tech, Lynchburg, VA
New algorithms for image processing.
~Thiago B., Student,
Smaller and more accurate sensors.
~Martin van R, Technical Support
Energy conservation and retrofit.
~Bill K, Builder/Contractor, Pleasantville, NY
Battery life,weight, resolution
~Don P, Electrical fitter, Napier, New Zealand
Maybe new materials for matrix.
~Ruslan T, Technical Support, Moscow, Russia

Screening tech, imaging tech...

~Mamnoon H, Research & Development, Karachi, Pakistan
Higher resolution thermopiles.
~Edwin N, Research & Development, Dortmund, Germany
Microbolometer, non cooled .
~Ramazan Y, Project Manager, Ankara, Turkey
Google Map overlay. Accuracy.
~Ian S, System Safety Engineer, Chuwar, Australia
Head body production measure.
~José Antoniio F, Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Barcelona, Spain
Heat loss heat calculations.
~steve H, Builder/Contractor, Darlington, WI
Design and picture quality.
~Gordon R, Retired, Canada
Improved thermal sensoring
~Rick H, General Management, Muskoka, canada
QWIP's, higher frame rates
~Steve B, Process Engineer, CA
Size of camera VS accuracy.
~Miguel G, Engineer, San Salvador,, El Salvador
New circuit installations
~John D, Technical Support, Meadville, PA
Multi use and portability.
~Bruce H, Trade Tecnician/ Thermographer, Ferny Hills, Australia
Thermal home inspections.
~Quality Control/Assurance, Red Deer, Canada
May be nano technology!
~Mohamed E, Director Of Engineering in Hotel Industry (Starwood Hotels and Resorts- Le Meridien Heliopolis), Heliopolis, Egypt
Uncooled micro bolometer.
~Tony C, Biomedical Engineer, Adelaide, Australia
Sensitivity & resolution
~Bert S, Builder/Contractor, Honolulu, HI
Price is getting better.
~Stan M, Facilities Manager, plant City, FL
Depth resolution and 3D.
~KANNAN N, Director, Chennai, India
More accurate detector.
~Renante C, Engineer, ORMOC, PHILIPPINES
Uncooled technologies
~Z R, Marketing/Sales, Israel
CMOS, cooling systems
~Clemente Ibarra, Faculty/Staff, Quebec City, Canada
Detection programming
~Joel Meza, Engineering Consultant, San Francisco, CA
Software capabilities
~Kevin O, Engineering Consultant, Carmel, NY
Detectors and filters
~Richard S, Retired, Atascadero, CA
µ-bolometers, InGaAs
~Research & Development, Elancourt, France

Energy conservation

~Konstantinos R, Thermographer, Athens, Greece
Polyurea insulation
~Jeff W, Builder/Contractor, Cumming, GA
Smaller chip sizes
~Rick W, Builder/Contractor, Canada
The microprocessor
~Technical Support/Services, Cleburne, TX
Picture in picture
~A R, Research & Development, Bangalore, ID
Picture in Picture
~John L, Surveyor, Ireland
Sensor resolution
~Theo K, Engineering Consultant, Athens, Greece

nano technology

~Peter G, Consultant, Johannesburg, DE
Image processing.
~Ayoub Karimi, Engineer, Safi, Morocco
Military Sensors
~Engineering, Process/Production, Ann Arbor, MI
Accuracy, Price
~Purchasing, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Microbolometers
~Jefferson O, Design Engineer, Manchester, NH
Nano technology
~Alejandro España, Project Manager, Guatemala, Guatemala
T.O.W Missles.
~Isaac N, Student, Hilo, HI
R&D in Medical
~Benjamin Gnanadigam M, Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, INDIA
QWIP detector
~Research & Development, Bangalore, India
Microbolometer
~Fernand T, MD-PhD, Toulouse, France
Size and cost.
~Dave L, Mechanical Systems Service Sales Engineer, Washington, DC
Fusion image
~STEPHANE P, Purchaser, LAVAL, CANADA
Solar energy
~Stanimir N, General Management, Sofia, GA
Processing.
~Maurice B, Engineering Consultant, fox Creek, Canada
New display
~Engineering, Design, BUCURESTI, Romania
Led display
~jacob C, Builder/Contractor, barranquilla, colombia
Computers
~jack t, general management, milford, mi
Dual tech
~Patrick M, Engineering Consultant, Roseville, MN
Ultrasonic
~Badr N, Project Manager, Kuwait, Kuwait
Detectors
~Engineer
Low cost
~Rahul M, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Nanotech
~Technical Support/Services, Rio Rancho, NM
Laser
~Engineer, CA
Nano
~Research & Development, Ardmore, OK
Cost
~Engineering, Process/Production, Tucson, AZ
Size
~Jack G, building contractor into thermal efficiency for heating homes, Hobart, Australia
QWIP
~Alexander K, Research & Development, Haifa, Israel
LED
~Michael C, Home Inspector, Yukon, OK
FPA
~Aleksandar R, General Management, Rijeka, AL
IR
~Surinder D, Facilities Manager, Mumbai, India

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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative thermal imagers?
142 answers
Answers:

Flir. They are designing imagers for the military...lots of R&D dollars going there.

~John M, Owner/operator Jeminspections, Sarasota, FL
I only know about FLIR. There is a company that makes a great rotating 3D laser imager, but it's not a thermal measuring device at this time.
~Larry C, Research & Development, Seattle, WA
Flir, Fluke
~Ruslan T, Technical Support, Moscow, Russia
Perkin Elmer
~Edwin N, Research & Development, Dortmund, Germany
From what I know, I would say that there are two that stand out and those are DRS Technologies and BAE Systems.
~Ramiro P, Engineer, Irvine, CA
FLUKE and FLIR
~Engineering, Consulting, Denpasar, Indonesia
I use a battery powered hand held thermal imager made by Fluke - that's the only manufacturer I have experience of.
~Jim B, Design Engineer, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Extech. None offer logging capability to build temporal temperature changes.
~Mohammadreza G, Research & Development, Davis, CA

Only Ministry of Public Works in Republic of Indonesia have the equipment for bld and infrastructure thermal imaging, we don't know the type & specification of that equipment.

~Aryo Seto I, Architect, Jakarta, Indonesia
Whomever can produce the most economical unit will capture a huge sleeper market, facilities managers attempting to document retrofit savings before project approval.
~Jeff L, Maint. Spec., Susanville, CA
HGH makes thermal imagers that are more used in the mining industries.
~Ayoub Karimi, Engineer, Safi, Morocco
SOFRADR, France QWIPTECH, USA SCD, Isreal IRNOVA, Sweden
~Research & Development, Bangalore, India
I love the flir folks toys. but, Fluks are rugged as hell.
~Mickey P, Principal Scientist, Houston, TX
I have not been keeping up with the new thermal imagers.
~Mike P, Foundry Engineer, St Marys, OH
Fluke and Flir are the two we're the most familiar with.
~Maria S, Engineering Consultant, Dallas, TX
FLIR SAGEM OIP SENSOR SYSTEMS NEWCOM And many others.
~Irene H, Design Engineer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Indigo (in the past) FLIR Santa Barbara Focalplane
~Alexander K, Research & Development, Haifa, Israel
Fluke, Flir, Extech is developing in this field.
~Jerry W, Electrical Supervisor, Salem, OR
FLIR, SAGEM, THALES, SBIR, Lockheed Martin, etc.
~Thiago B., Student,
FLIR is the one we have used. They are good.
~Syed J, Contracts Manager, Jubail, SAUDI ARABIA
I only used Ratheons Thermo Imaging Systems.
~Isaac N, Student, Hilo, HI
Air Systems Srl, ops..., Flir, Avio, Nec.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Cagliari, Italy
In scientific - FLIR, in industry - FLUKE.
~Aldin C, Technical Support, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1. Flir 2. Fluke 3. Testo 4. Spectron
~Benjamin Gnanadigam M, Marketing/Sales, Bangalore, INDIA
Not prefer, have a Flir I5 in use.
~Miguel G, Engineer, San Salvador,, El Salvador
Fluke, Flare & Heart Scientific.
~Bruce R, General Management, Bridgewater, NJ
I looked at Fluke FLIR and Testo
~Engineering, Design, Dublin, OH
FLIR; OPHIR; LaightPath; Edmund
~Zlata E, Design Engineer, Oslo, Norway
Rafael, Controp (Israel), FLIR
~Amir E, Senior Security and Safety Consultant, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The field is very competitive.
~Maurice B, Engineering Consultant, fox Creek, Canada
IRISYS in the United Kingdom.
~Alan T, General Management, UK
Open to all new developments.
~lecturer product development engineering
Jenoptik, FLIR/Cedip, IRCAM
~Clemente Ibarra, Faculty/Staff, Quebec City, Canada
Electrophysics - Sofradir
~Theo K, Engineering Consultant, Athens, Greece
Flir, Fluke / Economical
~JIM M, MAINT PLANNER AND SCHEDULER, SPRINGDALE, AR
Fluke, Cost effective.
~Kevin O, Engineering Consultant, Carmel, NY
Electrical industries
~Ian S, System Safety Engineer, Chuwar, Australia
Flir, Fluke, Sofradir
~Ramazan Y, Project Manager, Ankara, Turkey
FLIR, LM, Jennoptik
~Steve B, Process Engineer, CA
Flir extech fluke
~Justin R, Technical Support, Boone, NC
OPGAL, FLIR, BAE,
~Z R, Marketing/Sales, Israel
Fluke and Extecs
~Technical Support/Services, Jyvaskyla, Finland
FLIR, Jenoptics
~Research & Development
Flir, Infratec
~Martin van R, Technical Support
FLIR SYSTEMS AB
~Tassos A, General Management, CHALANDRI, GREECE
Flir and fluke
~Gordon R, Retired, Canada
Fluke and Flir
~Engineer
Irvine Sensors
~Jefferson O, Design Engineer, Manchester, NH
FLIR AND FLUKE
~Engineering, Consulting, san Salvador, El Salvador
Chauvin Arnoux
~Rahul M, Engineering Consultant, Mumbai, India
Flir and Fluk
~A R, Research & Development, Bangalore, ID
I like Flir.
~Mark S, Purchaser, Zachary, LA
FLIR, Fluke
~Engineer, CA
Flir & Agema
~Tali M, Engineer, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Is.
MSA; Bullard
~Mike, Emergency Response/Planner, Gravenhurst, Canada
Flir & Fluke
~Bert S, Builder/Contractor, Honolulu, HI
Raytek/Fluke
~Richard S, Retired, Atascadero, CA
Flir & Fluke
~Wilbert C, Design Engineer, Los Angeles, CA
Fluke FLIR
~Carl R, Electrician/Thermographer, Austin, TX
FLIR; TESTO
~Markus C, Faculty/Staff, Trier, Germany
Flir, Fluke
~Peter G, Consultant, Johannesburg, DE
Fluke, Flir
~Engineering, Process/Production, Tucson, AZ
Flir. Fluke
~Manufacturing, Borden-Carleton, Canada
FLIR Systems
~Geoff H, National Products Manager, Brisbane, Australia
Flir System
~Nopadol K, Engineer, Bangkok, Thailand
FLIR FLUKE
~Mohamed E, Director Of Engineering in Hotel Industry (Starwood Hotels and Resorts- Le Meridien Heliopolis), Heliopolis, Egypt
IPI, Trotec
~Mark H, Engineer, Auckland, New Zealand
Fluke, FLIR
~Engineering, Process/Production, Viskovo, Croatia
Flir, Fluke
~Engineer, Bogota, Colombia
Flir, fluke
~Yoge S, Engineer, Bangalore, India
Flir, fluke
~Don P, Electrical fitter, Napier, New Zealand
Flir Scott
~Technical Support/Services, Rio Rancho, NM
Flir, ICX
~Product Manager
Photonis
~Engineering, Design, BUCURESTI, Romania
Jenoptik
~STEPHANE P, Purchaser, LAVAL, CANADA
Several
~george N, end user, the Hague, netherlands
Fluke.
~Don C, Stationary Engineer, Fire Protection Engineering and Technologies, and Student always., Tacoma, WA
Fluke
~baali K, preventif maintenance engineer, Oujda, Morocco
Fluke
~Technical Support/Services, Cleburne, TX
Fluke
~Renante C, Engineer, ORMOC, PHILIPPINES
Flir?
~Ronald M, Owner of Hawaii Custom Sales, Honolulu, HI
Fluke
~Surinder D, Facilities Manager, Mumbai, India
Flir
~Sanjukta Ghosh, Project Manager, Pune, India
Fluke
~Michael M, General Management, Moscow, Russia
Fluke
~Manufacturing, ELPASO, IL
Excel
~Joel Meza, Engineering Consultant, San Francisco, CA
Fluke
~John D, Technical Support, Meadville, PA
Fluke
~James S, Electrical lecturer, St Agnes, Australia
Fluke
~Jack G, building contractor into thermal efficiency for heating homes, Hobart, Australia
Fluke
~Fernand T, MD-PhD, Toulouse, France
Fluke
~Millwright
Fluke
~Reynaldo Solewicz, Oceanographer, Brazil
Flir.
~Mark T, Chief Engineer, Cincinnati, OH
Flir
~Patrick M, Engineering Consultant, Roseville, MN
Flir
~Nigel L, museum conservator, UK
Flir
~Carlos P, Engineering Consultant, Panama, Panama
Flir
~Eduardo P, Design Engineer, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Flir
~Kenneth N, Technical Support, Freeport, TX
Flir
~John, Engineer, USA
Flir
~Bill M, Builder/Contractor, San Diego, CA
Flir
~Marketing/Sales
Flir
~jack t, general management, milford, mi
Flir
~sixto sarmiento, engineer, lima, peru
Flir
~Scott Donnelly, Inspector, Salisbury, MD
Flir
~David H, Project Manager, Red Deer, Canada
Flir
~Cassaundra W, PdM Technician, New Orleans, LA
Flir
~Juan M, Engineer, Quito, PW
Flir
~Engineer, Wellington, New Zealand
Flir
~Shaibal G, Thermographer, Kolkata, 44
Flir
~Daniel N, Engineering Consultant, Pittsburgh, PA
Flir
~Stan M, Facilities Manager, plant City, FL
Flir
~Heikki Kaseva, General Management, Helsinki, Finland
Flir
~Purchasing, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Flir
~Buster N, Generation Process Specialist, El Dorado, AR
Flir
~Bruce H, Trade Tecnician/ Thermographer, Ferny Hills, Australia
Flir
~Bill K, Builder/Contractor, Pleasantville, NY
Flir
~Crastes A, Research & Development, Veurey Voroize, France
Flir
~Dragan Jankovic, Facilities Manager, Belgrade, Serbia
Flir
~John L, Surveyor, Ireland
Flir
~H. John G, Builder/Contractor, Edmonton, Canada
Flir
~LEONARD C, Builder/Contractor, MILFORD, CT
Flir
~S Sheehan, Technician, Las Vegas, NV
Flir
~Alejandro España, Project Manager, Guatemala, Guatemala
Flir
~Mike M, Engineering Consultant, MO
Flir
~Steven B, Thermal Imaging Specialist, East Chciago, IN
Flir
~Field Service Engineer
Flir
~Konstantinos R, Thermographer, Athens, Greece
Flir
~Colin F, Engineering Consultant, Aberdeen, Scotland
Flir
~Engineer
Flir
~Tony C, Biomedical Engineer, Adelaide, Australia
Flir
~Badr N, Project Manager, Kuwait, Kuwait
Flir
~giovanni S, Engineering Consultant, como, Italy
Flir
~Thomas T, Engineering Consultant, China
Flir
~Michael C, Home Inspector, Yukon, OK
Flir
~Marc P, Engineering Consultant, Asuncion, Paraguay
Flir
~jacob C, Builder/Contractor, barranquilla, colombia
Flir
~Stephen H, Data Centre Facilities Engineer, Parramatta, Australia
Flir
~Quality Control/Assurance, Red Deer, Canada
ISG
~Aleksandar R, General Management, Rijeka, AL
NEC
~Rodolfo M, Engineering Consultant, Córdoba, Argentina
NEC
~Engineering, Process/Production, Ann Arbor, MI
INO
~Lubos H, Project leader, Neuchatel, Switzerland

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