Commercial/Industrial Systems For Power Line Inspection,
FLIR Systems, Inc. recently announced the introduction of a new
line of commercial/industrial airborne inspection systems: the
Kelvin 275, Corona 350, and Ultra 8000e (shown below).
The Kelvin 275 is a stabilized multi-sensor airborne system used
to detect and measure hot spots in power transmission lines from
the air. It features FLIR’s best-in-class 640x480 longwave
thermographic camera, which delivers the exceptional sensitivity,
resolution, and image quality needed for airborne predictive
maintenance inspection applications.
The Corona 350 combines an ultraviolet camera, a color video
camera, and a 320x240 longwave thermographic camera, creating a
comprehensive utility imaging system that lets operators detect
coronas, find and measure hot spots, and document easement
encroachment, all with one system.
According to FLIR, what makes the Corona 350 unique is its
ability to overlay its ultraviolet and color TV video signals to
create an image that allows operators to detect coronal discharges
-- areas of ionized air -- that can damage insulators and other
electrical components. The early detection of coronas by aerial
inspection is a fast and efficient method of reducing maintenance
The Ultra 8000e is a stabilized thermal imaging system designed
for environmental protection, improved pipeline and processing
plant safety, and economic loss prevention. The 8000e combines
powerful continuous-zoom optics with FLIR’s GasFindIR
technology to allow operators to detect fugitive Alkane and
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) gases from the air.
Many industrial gases and volatile organic compounds are
invisible to the naked eye, but with its specialized sensor, the
8000e displays many of these fugitive gases as black fumes. Because
of its visible detection capability, the 8000e is not prone to
false positives commonly experienced with "sniffer" detection
"FLIR is the world’s leading supplier of airborne thermal
imaging systems and thermographic predictive maintenance cameras,"
said Earl Lewis, CEO of FLIR Systems. "Combining the two in this
new commercial/industrial line is a perfect fit."