FLIR Infrared Cameras & Thermal Imaging introduces a new range of thermal imagers designed for condition monitoring and fire prevention in industrial environments.

Designed for simple installation, the new FLIR AX8 fixed-mount thermal imager combines thermal and visible cameras along with FLIR’s proprietary MSX technology in a small, affordable package. The compact design makes it easy to install in space-constrained areas for automated and uninterrupted condition monitoring of critical electrical and mechanical equipment.

Enabled by FLIR’s ground-breaking Lepton micro thermal imaging camera core, the AX8 provides early detection of temperature-related issues in electrical and mechanical equipment, safeguarding against unplanned outages, service interruptions, equipment failure, and fire. The AX8 thermal imager eliminates the need for periodic manual scans by enabling continuous condition monitoring and early fire detection.

Key features of the FLIR AX8 thermal imagers include 4,800 active temperature points per image providing streaming temperature data over industry-standard interfaces (Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP) for easy analysis; built-in web interface; full suite of Analysis and Alarm functions automatically sending alerts on detection of elevated temperatures; compact 54 x 25 x 95 mm form factor allowing easy integration into electrical installations or any manufacturing environment; and streaming thermal, visual, and MSX video output in standard MJPEG, MPEG, H.264 formats, adding multipurpose image capabilities.

The FLIR AX8 addresses the condition monitoring and safety needs of diverse environments including process and manufacturing industries; data centres; energy generation and distribution; transportation and mass transit; storage facilities; refrigeration warehouses; and engine rooms.

FLIR is debuting the AX8 at the ongoing Security Essen tradeshow from September 23rd through September 26th in Essen, Germany. The thermal camera will be available for global order and delivery in the fourth quarter of 2014.