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Fluke TIX620-30HZ Infrared Camera, 640 x 480, 30Hz

Model: TIX620 | Order No: TIX620-30HZ | UPC: 095969831383

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Fluke TIX620-30HZ Infrared Camera, 640 x 480, 30Hz

Model: TIX620 | Order No: TIX620-30HZ

Allows you to see more detail in every image with its large 5.6 inch high resolution LCD screen. Perform non-destructive testing and capture high quality radiometric images and videos.

Allows you to see more detail in every image with its large 5.6 inch high resolution LCD screen. Perform non-destructive testing and capture high quality radiometric images and videos.

Your Price $23199.99 USD
Availability 2 to 3 Weeks
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Fluke TIX620-30HZ Offers

Features

  • Get high measurement accuracy and precision images with 640 x 480 resolution
  • Work from safer distances. Get spectacular, detailed infrared images from a distance
  • See more detail in every image with the large 5.6 inch high resolution LCD screen
  • Save time focusing with advanced auto focus and manual focus
  • Take focus to the extreme and eliminate out of focus images. EverSharp takes a stack of IR Images at once and combines them into one fully focused image
  • Get real-time data collection with LabVIEW® and MATLAB® toolboxes
  • Capture high quality radiometric images and videos
  • Perform non-destructive testing
  • Conduct inspections from a safe distance and still get close-in shots with the 32 times on-camera digital zoom.
  • Choose the most convenient image transfer protocol for your application: Camera data ports: Image transfer: SD card, USB 2.0, video output DVI-D (HDMI). GigE vision and RS232 available in 2015. SmartView® software: SD card. USB 2.0, GigE Vision and RS232 available in 2015.
  • Get the sharpest ever IR-Fusion® images with an 8 MP visible light camera.
  • Versatile viewing options for in-field viewing of images with viewfinder for outdoor use.
  • User defined programmable buttons to personalize for quick access to most used features.

Take the guesswork out of your inspection and analysis.

  • Work from safer distances -inspect areas that you could not get close to before and still get spectacular, detailed infrared images
  • Get a premium in-field viewing experience for quick issue identification with the large 5.6 inch high resolution LCD screen
  • The Fluke Expert Series offers the best flexibility of the entire Fluke infrared camera portfolio to capture spectacular images close up or from a distance with up to eight lens options (2x and 4x telephoto lenses, two wide angle lenses, three macro lenses and one standard lens) so great images can be captured despite certain obstacles

What is SuperResolution?

SuperResolution provides 4x the resolution that's available on camera. Select the SuperResolution mode before you capture images. Then transfer them to the included SmartView® software and select the SuperResolution mode to reveal 3,145,728 pixels and see infrared in a whole new way.

What is EverSharp?

EverSharp mode utilizes the focus motor to capture multiple images from varying focal distances with the push of a button. Using special algorithms, SmartView® software will combine images taken from multiple focal distances and will create an image that sharpens the detail of not just the initial focal point, but also enhances the focus of the elements around the focal point. These infrared images turn out very impressive as all objects are then displayed in superb image quality.Turn great images into spectacular images by selecting the best optional lens for your applications.

Applications

  • Industrial maintenance
  • Oil and gas predictive maintenance
  • Power generation/transmission
  • Research and development - electrical, mechanical, and sciences
  • Quality control
  • Electrical inspections
  • HVAC/R inspections
  • Mechanical
  • Residential home inspections
  • Light commercial maintenance
  • Building diagnostics - building envelope and commercial/industrial facilities
  • Heavy commercial facility maintenance
  • Veterinary
  • Reliability inspections (PdM)
  • Heavy building diagnostics - building envelope and construction defects
  • Electrical, water, gas utilities
  • Chemical processing
  • Machinery, instrumentation and appliances

The importance of image quality in thermography

When conducting infrared inspections, high quality images that allow for better analysis, presentation and professionalism are essential.

With a sharply focused image, there is a distinct contrast between areas of varying thermal energy on the surface being inspected. This allows the individual detector elements (also known as pixels) to clearly report the intensity of the energy being focused on them.

When the focus is poor, the incoming energy isn’t as concentrated on individual detectors, and their response is skewed. This can lead to temperature measurements that are significantly off, resulting in expensive downtime and possible safety hazards.

Thermal imagers are made with 100% diamond-turned germanium lenses covered with a specialty coating, providing premium quality images.

Fluke PTi120 Thermal Imager capturing a thermal image
Thermal image of machinery
Diamond-turned germanium lenses

Thermal image using Fluke's LaserSharp™ Auto Focus

LaserSharp Auto Focus allows you to select and focus on a specific target

Easily choose and focus on your target

LaserSharp™ Auto Focus uses a built in laser distance meter that provides both speed and precision. The laser-driven target detection pinpoints the target while the camera focuses to capture a precise, high quality image. With LaserSharp Auto Focus, you can:

  • Easily capture high-quality, focused images of your desired target with the push of a button
  • Take infrared images through common obstacles like chain link fences
  • Avoid skewed temperature measurements by precisely choosing your target
  • Perform the same inspections multiple times as a part of your preventive maintenance program - the built-in laser distance meter calculates and displays how far you are from your target, making repeatability much easier

Choose multiple targets at different distances

MultiSharp™ Focus takes multiple images from different focal distances and combines them into one clear image. With a simple point and shoot, you can go from being completely out of focus, to complete focus, throughout the field of view. With MultiSharp:

  • Reduce the need to take individual images of targets that are in the camera’s field of view - focus on one target, and all objects that are in the camera’s field of view will be in focus
  • Cut down time spent taking multiple images to increase productivity
  • Capture quality, in-focus images, even under direct sunlight
Thermal image showing three target points
Thermal image focusing on the center of three target points

1.Middleground in focus

Thermal image focusing on the foreground of three target points

2.Foreground in focus

Thermal image focusing on the background of three target points

3.Background in focus


Shoot from a distance

Infrared inspections can take you into multiple types of environments with many types of equipment. Interchangeable lenses that require no calibration give you the versatility and the image quality needed to conduct inspections in almost any environment.

  • Reduce the need to enter the danger zone with a 2x telephoto lens
  • Identify potential issues as small and distant as a failed splice on a high electrical line from the ground with a 4x telephoto lens
  • Save time with roofing and industrial building inspections by viewing a large area at one time with a wide angle lens
Thermal image of an electrical power line pole with standard lens

High voltage power pole, captured with a TiX560 camera and standard lens

Thermal image of an electrical power line pole with 2X lens

The same power pole captured from the same distance, but with a 2x telephoto lens

Thermal image of an electrical power line pole with 4X lens

The same power pole captured from the same distance, but with a 4x telephoto lens

Easily manage and analyze your data

Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access to more information faster is always a big benefit.

Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access on mobile to more information faster is always a big benefit.
Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access on your camera to more information faster is always a big benefit.
Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access at the office to more information faster is always a big benefit.

Document information on the equipment you’re inspecting

With IR PhotoNotes™, voice or text annotation, you can easily document critical information about each piece of equipment and its location. Each “note” attaches to the image, so you never have to search or match up notes to images.

  • Document critical information with your infrared image
  • Capture surrounding details like wind conditions and time of day
  • Identify asset location
Document Critical Information with IR PhotoNotes™ Document Critical Information with IR PhotoNotes™

Image Info

IR Sensor Size 320 x 240
Distance to Target 0.69m

Main Image Markers

Name Temperature
Centerpoint 29.1°C

Capture digital and infrared images at once

IR Fusion™ technology combines a visible light and an infrared image into one, giving you better clarity.

  • Get exact location details in picture-in-picture mode, which provides the center part of the display in IR and the remainder of the image in visible light
  • See more details when you adjust the level of infrared and visible light blending in AutoBlend™ mode
  • Isolate problem areas with user-defined temperature ranges with IR color alarms
Image with IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode ironbow

IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode: Ironbow palette

Image with IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode AutoBlend

IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode: AutoBlend

Image with IR Fusion color alarm

IR Fusion color alarm

ROI and thermal imaging

Seven benefits of on-site infrared inspections

  1. Reduce downtime
    Inspections can be done while equipment is running - no lost production time.
  2. Protect lives while doing more
    The non-contact nature of infrared inspections allows technicians to scan large areas quickly, from a safer distance away. That means technicians can inspect more equipment faster.
  3. Improve production efficiency
    Subtle problems are found and addressed before they have a major impact on production.
  4. Document before and after
    Validate post-maintenance work and capture the results for future review.
  5. Reduce capital expenses
    Finding and repairing problems at an early stage can improve the life expectancy of equipment, as a result extending replacement intervals.
  6. Increase productivity
    Quickly scan a large area to find air leaks, insulation gaps, moisture and overheated electrical components to complete more work in less time.
  7. Identify work in easy-to-understand terms
    See exactly what the problem is on the camera, eliminating guesswork and making it easier for everyone to see what repairs needs to be done.
Comparing two thermal images to the baseline reading

Review thermal images side by side, making it easy to compare today’s reading with the baseline or other historical images.

Fluke TIX620-30HZ Specifications

IFOV (Spatial Resolution) 0.85 mRad
Image Resolution (pixel) 640 x 480 (307,200 pixels)
Resolution Enhancement No
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) < 0.04ᵒ C at 30ᵒ C target temp (40 mK)
Spectral Range 7.5 µm to 14 µm
Viewing Modes Picture-in-picture, continuous blending, color alarms (above and below user defined temperatures)
Temperature Range -40 to 600 °C (-40 to 1112 °F)
Image/Video Storage SDHC memory card
Laser Pointer Yes, laser class: 2
Text and Voice Annotation Yes
Click here for complete specifications on the Fluke TIX620

What's included with the Fluke TIX620

  • Infrared Camera
  • Calibration Certificate
  • AC Adapter
  • SD Card Reader
  • Protective Lens Cap
  • Hand and Neck Straps
  • Carrying Case
  • Battery Charger and Adapter
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • SmartView® Software
  • Product Manuals (on CD)
  • Warranty Card and Safety Instructions

Use of infrared thermography in electronics

By Sat Sandhu, Fluke

Electronic circuits and components come in a variety of shapes and forms. All electronics operate with current flowing, which in turn leads to power dissipation. This power dissipation manifests itself primarily in the form of heat. Hence a key factor in the design, tests, verification and troubleshooting of all electronics, is heat management. With increasing circuit complexity and or reduction in size, heat management of electronics is taking on a more significant role in the design phase and also in the subsequent phases of test, verification and troubleshooting.

Thermal imaging cameras (TI) are an ideal tool to use in mapping out the heat patterns on electronic circuits and components. Two major advantages of Thermal imaging over contact temperature measurement devices are:

  1. The ability to measure temperatures without making contact with the circuit or component, thus ensuring that the temperature of the object is not affected.
  2. The ability to view a large area or even the whole circuit or component, rather than measuring a single point.

If you would like to learn more about:

  • Thermal imaging
  • Electronic circuits and components
  • Sources of heat in electronics
  • Importance of heat
  • Emissivity
  • And more
Read more
Anatomy of an infrared camera

Detailed anatomy of an infrared camera


Using thermal imaging to troubleshoot motors and drives

By Sat Sandhu, Fluke

Infrared cameras, also called thermal imagers, are useful for troubleshooting motor problems as well as for monitoring motor condition for preventative maintenance in power generation, manufacturing and commercial plants. Thermal images of motors reveal their operating condition as indicated by surface temperature. Such condition monitoring is important as a way to avert many unexpected motor malfunctions in systems that are critical to manufacturing.

The onset of motor failures can often be detected by a variety of techniques, including vibration, ultrasound and thermal imaging.

Thermal image of machinery

Thermal image of machinery

Why thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging is an effective way to assess equipment condition. Thermal imaging enables you to:

  • Inspect while the equipment is running
  • Verify repairs have been done properly
  • Inspect faster and from a safer distance
  • Improve repair efficiency

What to scan?

To get started in building heat profiles of your motors, it is a best practice to capture good quality infrared images when the motors are running under normal operating conditions. That gives you baseline measurements of the temperature of components. An infrared camera can capture temperatures of all the critical components: motor, shaft coupling, motor and shaft bearings, and the gearbox.

When you are working with low electrical loads, the indications of a problem may be subtle. Thus a minimum of 40% of design load is recommended (National Fire Protection Association NFPA 70B), and the higher the load, the better. When inspecting in low load situations, be sure to note all possible problems, even if they reflect only a small temperature difference. As a load increases, the temperature will increase too and if a problem exists, expect greater temperature differences at higher loads.


Thermal image of alignment issue on a motor coupling

Coupling: This image shows an alignment issue on a motor coupling.

Angular misalignment

Angular misalignment
The centerline of the two shafts intersect are not parallel.

Thermal image of heat pattern indicates an operational motor

Combo: This heat pattern indicates an operational motor.

Parallel misalignment

Parallel misalignment
The centerline of the two shafts are parallel but not concentric.

What to look for?

All motors should list the normal operating temperature on the nameplate. Abnormal temperatures, which will show up on a thermal imaging inspection, can be an indication of:

Inadequate cooling because of insufficient air flow. Clearing this issue may only require minor cleaning on the air intake grills.

Power quality issues such as unbalanced voltage or overload or harmonics. All of these will cause excessive heat dissipation.

Impending bearing failure. An overheating bearing is an indication of an impending bearing failure. Bearing condition degrade for a number of reasons:

  • Heavier than anticipated loading
  • Inadequate or incorrect lubrication
  • Ineffective sealing
  • Shaft misalignment
  • Incorrect fit

Insulation failure. With failing insulation of the motor windings the overall motor temperature increases this overheating causes failures and reduces insulation time.

Shaft misalignment. Most misalignment cases are a combination of parallel and angular misalignment (see images above).

Creating regular inspection routes that include thermal images of all critical motor/drive combinations and tracking to those baseline images will help you determine whether a hotspot is unusual or not, and help you verify if the repairs were successful.

Fluke TiX Series Thermal Infrared Cameras: Overview


This video will serve as an introductory and overview of the key features of these thermal infrared cameras. These cameras allow you to capture high-quality images from a distance. Additionally, it features a large adjustable screen with a 1024 x 768 standard resolution.

Testing the Fluke TIX1000 Infrared Camera at the Horse Races


This video demonstrates the high-quality that users will be working with when using the Fluke TiX series of thermal infrared cameras. For this example, someone is using it at the horse races during a race. As you can see from the video, you will be provided with high-quality images.

Click on a category to view a selection of compatible accessories with the Fluke TIX620-30HZ Infrared Camera, 640 x 480, 30Hz.

Fluke Xlens/Stan Infrared Lens, Standard 30mm Xlens/Stan
Standard field of view lens for use in most applications Ð compatible with TiX1000, TiX660 and TiX640 models.




Fluke Xlens/Telephoto Infrared Lens Xlens/Telephoto
2x magnification telephoto lens for inspecting small objects or objects that are hard to reach or in the distance - compatible with TiX1000, TiX660 and TiX640 models.




Fluke Xlens/Wide Wide Angle Infrared Lens Xlens/Wide
Wide field of view for inspection of large objects - compatible with TiX1000, TiX660 and TiX640 models.




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Fluke TIX620-30HZ Offers

Features

  • Get high measurement accuracy and precision images with 640 x 480 resolution
  • Work from safer distances. Get spectacular, detailed infrared images from a distance
  • See more detail in every image with the large 5.6 inch high resolution LCD screen
  • Save time focusing with advanced auto focus and manual focus
  • Take focus to the extreme and eliminate out of focus images. EverSharp takes a stack of IR Images at once and combines them into one fully focused image
  • Get real-time data collection with LabVIEW® and MATLAB® toolboxes
  • Capture high quality radiometric images and videos
  • Perform non-destructive testing
  • Conduct inspections from a safe distance and still get close-in shots with the 32 times on-camera digital zoom.
  • Choose the most convenient image transfer protocol for your application: Camera data ports: Image transfer: SD card, USB 2.0, video output DVI-D (HDMI). GigE vision and RS232 available in 2015. SmartView® software: SD card. USB 2.0, GigE Vision and RS232 available in 2015.
  • Get the sharpest ever IR-Fusion® images with an 8 MP visible light camera.
  • Versatile viewing options for in-field viewing of images with viewfinder for outdoor use.
  • User defined programmable buttons to personalize for quick access to most used features.

Take the guesswork out of your inspection and analysis.

  • Work from safer distances -inspect areas that you could not get close to before and still get spectacular, detailed infrared images
  • Get a premium in-field viewing experience for quick issue identification with the large 5.6 inch high resolution LCD screen
  • The Fluke Expert Series offers the best flexibility of the entire Fluke infrared camera portfolio to capture spectacular images close up or from a distance with up to eight lens options (2x and 4x telephoto lenses, two wide angle lenses, three macro lenses and one standard lens) so great images can be captured despite certain obstacles

What is SuperResolution?

SuperResolution provides 4x the resolution that's available on camera. Select the SuperResolution mode before you capture images. Then transfer them to the included SmartView® software and select the SuperResolution mode to reveal 3,145,728 pixels and see infrared in a whole new way.

What is EverSharp?

EverSharp mode utilizes the focus motor to capture multiple images from varying focal distances with the push of a button. Using special algorithms, SmartView® software will combine images taken from multiple focal distances and will create an image that sharpens the detail of not just the initial focal point, but also enhances the focus of the elements around the focal point. These infrared images turn out very impressive as all objects are then displayed in superb image quality.Turn great images into spectacular images by selecting the best optional lens for your applications.

Applications

  • Industrial maintenance
  • Oil and gas predictive maintenance
  • Power generation/transmission
  • Research and development - electrical, mechanical, and sciences
  • Quality control
  • Electrical inspections
  • HVAC/R inspections
  • Mechanical
  • Residential home inspections
  • Light commercial maintenance
  • Building diagnostics - building envelope and commercial/industrial facilities
  • Heavy commercial facility maintenance
  • Veterinary
  • Reliability inspections (PdM)
  • Heavy building diagnostics - building envelope and construction defects
  • Electrical, water, gas utilities
  • Chemical processing
  • Machinery, instrumentation and appliances

The importance of image quality in thermography

When conducting infrared inspections, high quality images that allow for better analysis, presentation and professionalism are essential.

With a sharply focused image, there is a distinct contrast between areas of varying thermal energy on the surface being inspected. This allows the individual detector elements (also known as pixels) to clearly report the intensity of the energy being focused on them.

When the focus is poor, the incoming energy isn’t as concentrated on individual detectors, and their response is skewed. This can lead to temperature measurements that are significantly off, resulting in expensive downtime and possible safety hazards.

Thermal imagers are made with 100% diamond-turned germanium lenses covered with a specialty coating, providing premium quality images.

Fluke PTi120 Thermal Imager capturing a thermal image
Thermal image of machinery
Diamond-turned germanium lenses

Thermal image using Fluke's LaserSharp™ Auto Focus

LaserSharp Auto Focus allows you to select and focus on a specific target

Easily choose and focus on your target

LaserSharp™ Auto Focus uses a built in laser distance meter that provides both speed and precision. The laser-driven target detection pinpoints the target while the camera focuses to capture a precise, high quality image. With LaserSharp Auto Focus, you can:

  • Easily capture high-quality, focused images of your desired target with the push of a button
  • Take infrared images through common obstacles like chain link fences
  • Avoid skewed temperature measurements by precisely choosing your target
  • Perform the same inspections multiple times as a part of your preventive maintenance program - the built-in laser distance meter calculates and displays how far you are from your target, making repeatability much easier

Choose multiple targets at different distances

MultiSharp™ Focus takes multiple images from different focal distances and combines them into one clear image. With a simple point and shoot, you can go from being completely out of focus, to complete focus, throughout the field of view. With MultiSharp:

  • Reduce the need to take individual images of targets that are in the camera’s field of view - focus on one target, and all objects that are in the camera’s field of view will be in focus
  • Cut down time spent taking multiple images to increase productivity
  • Capture quality, in-focus images, even under direct sunlight
Thermal image showing three target points
Thermal image focusing on the center of three target points

1.Middleground in focus

Thermal image focusing on the foreground of three target points

2.Foreground in focus

Thermal image focusing on the background of three target points

3.Background in focus


Shoot from a distance

Infrared inspections can take you into multiple types of environments with many types of equipment. Interchangeable lenses that require no calibration give you the versatility and the image quality needed to conduct inspections in almost any environment.

  • Reduce the need to enter the danger zone with a 2x telephoto lens
  • Identify potential issues as small and distant as a failed splice on a high electrical line from the ground with a 4x telephoto lens
  • Save time with roofing and industrial building inspections by viewing a large area at one time with a wide angle lens
Thermal image of an electrical power line pole with standard lens

High voltage power pole, captured with a TiX560 camera and standard lens

Thermal image of an electrical power line pole with 2X lens

The same power pole captured from the same distance, but with a 2x telephoto lens

Thermal image of an electrical power line pole with 4X lens

The same power pole captured from the same distance, but with a 4x telephoto lens

Easily manage and analyze your data

Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access to more information faster is always a big benefit.

Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access on mobile to more information faster is always a big benefit.
Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access on your camera to more information faster is always a big benefit.
Whether you are troubleshooting or conducting maintenance inspections, having easy access at the office to more information faster is always a big benefit.

Document information on the equipment you’re inspecting

With IR PhotoNotes™, voice or text annotation, you can easily document critical information about each piece of equipment and its location. Each “note” attaches to the image, so you never have to search or match up notes to images.

  • Document critical information with your infrared image
  • Capture surrounding details like wind conditions and time of day
  • Identify asset location
Document Critical Information with IR PhotoNotes™ Document Critical Information with IR PhotoNotes™

Image Info

IR Sensor Size 320 x 240
Distance to Target 0.69m

Main Image Markers

Name Temperature
Centerpoint 29.1°C

Capture digital and infrared images at once

IR Fusion™ technology combines a visible light and an infrared image into one, giving you better clarity.

  • Get exact location details in picture-in-picture mode, which provides the center part of the display in IR and the remainder of the image in visible light
  • See more details when you adjust the level of infrared and visible light blending in AutoBlend™ mode
  • Isolate problem areas with user-defined temperature ranges with IR color alarms
Image with IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode ironbow

IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode: Ironbow palette

Image with IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode AutoBlend

IR Fusion picture-in-picture mode: AutoBlend

Image with IR Fusion color alarm

IR Fusion color alarm

ROI and thermal imaging

Seven benefits of on-site infrared inspections

  1. Reduce downtime
    Inspections can be done while equipment is running - no lost production time.
  2. Protect lives while doing more
    The non-contact nature of infrared inspections allows technicians to scan large areas quickly, from a safer distance away. That means technicians can inspect more equipment faster.
  3. Improve production efficiency
    Subtle problems are found and addressed before they have a major impact on production.
  4. Document before and after
    Validate post-maintenance work and capture the results for future review.
  5. Reduce capital expenses
    Finding and repairing problems at an early stage can improve the life expectancy of equipment, as a result extending replacement intervals.
  6. Increase productivity
    Quickly scan a large area to find air leaks, insulation gaps, moisture and overheated electrical components to complete more work in less time.
  7. Identify work in easy-to-understand terms
    See exactly what the problem is on the camera, eliminating guesswork and making it easier for everyone to see what repairs needs to be done.
Comparing two thermal images to the baseline reading

Review thermal images side by side, making it easy to compare today’s reading with the baseline or other historical images.

Fluke TIX620-30HZ Specifications

IFOV (Spatial Resolution) 0.85 mRad
Image Resolution (pixel) 640 x 480 (307,200 pixels)
Resolution Enhancement No
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) < 0.04ᵒ C at 30ᵒ C target temp (40 mK)
Spectral Range 7.5 µm to 14 µm
Viewing Modes Picture-in-picture, continuous blending, color alarms (above and below user defined temperatures)
Temperature Range -40 to 600 °C (-40 to 1112 °F)
Image/Video Storage SDHC memory card
Laser Pointer Yes, laser class: 2
Text and Voice Annotation Yes
Click here for complete specifications on the Fluke TIX620

What's included with the Fluke TIX620

  • Infrared Camera
  • Calibration Certificate
  • AC Adapter
  • SD Card Reader
  • Protective Lens Cap
  • Hand and Neck Straps
  • Carrying Case
  • Battery Charger and Adapter
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • SmartView® Software
  • Product Manuals (on CD)
  • Warranty Card and Safety Instructions

Use of infrared thermography in electronics

By Sat Sandhu, Fluke

Electronic circuits and components come in a variety of shapes and forms. All electronics operate with current flowing, which in turn leads to power dissipation. This power dissipation manifests itself primarily in the form of heat. Hence a key factor in the design, tests, verification and troubleshooting of all electronics, is heat management. With increasing circuit complexity and or reduction in size, heat management of electronics is taking on a more significant role in the design phase and also in the subsequent phases of test, verification and troubleshooting.

Thermal imaging cameras (TI) are an ideal tool to use in mapping out the heat patterns on electronic circuits and components. Two major advantages of Thermal imaging over contact temperature measurement devices are:

  1. The ability to measure temperatures without making contact with the circuit or component, thus ensuring that the temperature of the object is not affected.
  2. The ability to view a large area or even the whole circuit or component, rather than measuring a single point.

If you would like to learn more about:

  • Thermal imaging
  • Electronic circuits and components
  • Sources of heat in electronics
  • Importance of heat
  • Emissivity
  • And more
Read more
Anatomy of an infrared camera

Detailed anatomy of an infrared camera


Using thermal imaging to troubleshoot motors and drives

By Sat Sandhu, Fluke

Infrared cameras, also called thermal imagers, are useful for troubleshooting motor problems as well as for monitoring motor condition for preventative maintenance in power generation, manufacturing and commercial plants. Thermal images of motors reveal their operating condition as indicated by surface temperature. Such condition monitoring is important as a way to avert many unexpected motor malfunctions in systems that are critical to manufacturing.

The onset of motor failures can often be detected by a variety of techniques, including vibration, ultrasound and thermal imaging.

Thermal image of machinery

Thermal image of machinery

Why thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging is an effective way to assess equipment condition. Thermal imaging enables you to:

  • Inspect while the equipment is running
  • Verify repairs have been done properly
  • Inspect faster and from a safer distance
  • Improve repair efficiency

What to scan?

To get started in building heat profiles of your motors, it is a best practice to capture good quality infrared images when the motors are running under normal operating conditions. That gives you baseline measurements of the temperature of components. An infrared camera can capture temperatures of all the critical components: motor, shaft coupling, motor and shaft bearings, and the gearbox.

When you are working with low electrical loads, the indications of a problem may be subtle. Thus a minimum of 40% of design load is recommended (National Fire Protection Association NFPA 70B), and the higher the load, the better. When inspecting in low load situations, be sure to note all possible problems, even if they reflect only a small temperature difference. As a load increases, the temperature will increase too and if a problem exists, expect greater temperature differences at higher loads.


Thermal image of alignment issue on a motor coupling

Coupling: This image shows an alignment issue on a motor coupling.

Angular misalignment

Angular misalignment
The centerline of the two shafts intersect are not parallel.

Thermal image of heat pattern indicates an operational motor

Combo: This heat pattern indicates an operational motor.

Parallel misalignment

Parallel misalignment
The centerline of the two shafts are parallel but not concentric.

What to look for?

All motors should list the normal operating temperature on the nameplate. Abnormal temperatures, which will show up on a thermal imaging inspection, can be an indication of:

Inadequate cooling because of insufficient air flow. Clearing this issue may only require minor cleaning on the air intake grills.

Power quality issues such as unbalanced voltage or overload or harmonics. All of these will cause excessive heat dissipation.

Impending bearing failure. An overheating bearing is an indication of an impending bearing failure. Bearing condition degrade for a number of reasons:

  • Heavier than anticipated loading
  • Inadequate or incorrect lubrication
  • Ineffective sealing
  • Shaft misalignment
  • Incorrect fit

Insulation failure. With failing insulation of the motor windings the overall motor temperature increases this overheating causes failures and reduces insulation time.

Shaft misalignment. Most misalignment cases are a combination of parallel and angular misalignment (see images above).

Creating regular inspection routes that include thermal images of all critical motor/drive combinations and tracking to those baseline images will help you determine whether a hotspot is unusual or not, and help you verify if the repairs were successful.

Fluke TiX Series Thermal Infrared Cameras: Overview


This video will serve as an introductory and overview of the key features of these thermal infrared cameras. These cameras allow you to capture high-quality images from a distance. Additionally, it features a large adjustable screen with a 1024 x 768 standard resolution.

Testing the Fluke TIX1000 Infrared Camera at the Horse Races


This video demonstrates the high-quality that users will be working with when using the Fluke TiX series of thermal infrared cameras. For this example, someone is using it at the horse races during a race. As you can see from the video, you will be provided with high-quality images.

Click on a category to view a selection of compatible accessories with the Fluke TIX620-30HZ Infrared Camera, 640 x 480, 30Hz.

Fluke Xlens/Stan Infrared Lens, Standard 30mm Xlens/Stan
Standard field of view lens for use in most applications Ð compatible with TiX1000, TiX660 and TiX640 models.




Fluke Xlens/Telephoto Infrared Lens Xlens/Telephoto
2x magnification telephoto lens for inspecting small objects or objects that are hard to reach or in the distance - compatible with TiX1000, TiX660 and TiX640 models.




Fluke Xlens/Wide Wide Angle Infrared Lens Xlens/Wide
Wide field of view for inspection of large objects - compatible with TiX1000, TiX660 and TiX640 models.




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