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FLIR upgrades the clarity and detail of its handheld inspection cameras

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article image Thermal image without MSX (Top); Thermal image with MSX (Bottom) where important details can be detected

FLIR Systems has introduced a new technology that will bring richer detail images to all its handheld industrial and building cameras.

FLIR developed the MSX Multi-Spectral Dynamic image mode to allow for faster and more detailed electrical, mechanical and building inspections.

While thermal imaging technology may help detect problems during inspections, the thermal images may not always help with better understanding of the issues. FLIR’s patented MSX technology was specifically developed to bring together both the visual and thermal spectrums in a striking, innovative way. 

Now integrated with most of FLIR’s thermal cameras for the industrial and building markets, the MSX technology instantaneously generates a definitive, all-in-one thermal picture that easily orients the user to the location of the problem as soon as it is viewed on the screen or in a report. 

Key details apparent to the naked eye such as numbers, labels, signage, and structural features can get lost in a regular thermal image, often requiring a separate digital photo to reference the location of the temperature issue detected. A regular thermal image only displays heat signatures, which can cause details to get lost in the haze if they present a similar temperature. 

To overcome this, FLIR thermal imaging cameras with MSX use an internal digital camera to enhance the thermal image. The high-contrast skeletonised visual image allows for key aspects of the visible spectrum to be overlaid on top of the thermal output, while still keeping the important thermal information prominent.

MSX technology extracts high-contrast details from the images taken by the onboard visible light camera, and etches or superimposes them onto the thermal images in real time, enabling the user to see a super sharp image onscreen with unprecedented details.

MSX uses visual data from the in-built digital camera with internal software analysing the image to superimpose the key aspects of that visual onto the thermal image. The visual spectrum never blots out the thermal side of things, making sure that all information is still at the highest level of accuracy. 

Key benefits of FLIR’s MSX imaging include easier target identification without compromising radiometric data; excellent thermal image quality; clutter-free reports and a faster route ensured to solutions. Users can see the results of MSX technology directly on the touch screen of the camera in real time. 

Whether it’s presented in person, on a smartphone, or delivered in a report, stunning and convincing MSX images give industrial and building professionals an extra edge to help them describe the problem better, get faster approval for repairs, and save money for customers.

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