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Fluke Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector and Infrared Camera

Model: TI450 SF6 | Order No: TI450-SF6-60HZ | UPC: 095969853385

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Fluke Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector and Infrared Camera

Model: TI450 SF6 | Order No: TI450-SF6-60HZ

A combination of an infrared camera and gas leak detector in one compact tool. You can easily switch from infrared to gas mode, and the hard to reach areas are easy to diagnose with the pistol grip comfort and simplicity of the point-and-shoot feature. Additionally, you can locate an SF6 leak without turning off the tool.

A combination of an infrared camera and gas leak detector in one compact tool. You can easily switch from infrared to gas mode, and the hard to reach areas are easy to diagnose with the pistol grip comfort and simplicity of the point-and-shoot feature. Additionally, you can locate an SF6 leak without turning off the tool.

Your Price $25915.00 CAD
Availability 2 to 3 Weeks
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Fluke Ti450 SF6 Offers

Infrared for every day, SF6 gas detection when you need it

This gas leak detector and infrared camera delivers pinpoint state-of-the-art SF6 detection. This tool enables you to conduct two critical functions with one tool. Additionally, you can conduct infrared and gas inspections whenever and wherever needed.

Features

  • Detects and pinpoints the exact location of the SF6 leak – without shutting down equipment
  • Quick entry/exit button allowing quick toggling between gas imaging and infrared mode
  • 320 x 240 resolution for gas and infrared images; SuperResolution increases to 640 x 480, only in infrared mode
  • Get in-focus images in both infrared and gas modes with a touch of a button with LaserSharp® Auto Focus
  • Wirelessly connect your camera to the Fluke Connect® system to make faster decisions. Team members can see the same data and collaborate on identifying the problem or authorize work before you've left the inspection site.
  • No need for pencil and notebook:
    • IR PhotoNotes™ annotation system captures digital images of equipment details, e.g. serial numbers and surrounding area conditions
    • Record any additional notes with voice annotation and save them with the image
  • See additional details with optional smart lenses – no calibration required when swapping them between compatible cameras
  • Optimize images, perform analytics, generate quick, customizable reports and export images to the format of your choice with SmartView® desktop software, included with your purchase
  • Capture clear, accurate infrared images focused throughout the entire field of view with MultiSharp™ Focus
  • Small and lightweight, fits easily into your tool box

Designed for dependability

A pistol grip camera, which allows you to easily switch from infrared to gas mode.

Two critical solutions in one remarkable IR camera

Tips the scales on performance and affordability. With its pistol grip comfort and point-and-shoot convenience, even the tough spots become easy to diagnose. With the added feature of SF6 pinpoint detection, you can get the analysis you need anytime, anywhere.

Applications

  • SF6 gas detection
  • Electrical, water, gas utilities
  • Substation maintenance
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Heavy commercial facility maintenance
  • Oil and gas maintenance
  • Reliability inspections (PdM)
  • Heavy building diagnostics - building envelope and construction defects

Gas Leak Images

MultiSharp Focus creates images focused throughout the camera's field of view

Focus is one of the most important aspects of thermography, and an out of focus image can give you data that can lead to misdiagnosis – costing you thousands. With the Fluke Ti450, worrying about focus is now obsolete. With MultiSharp™ focus, you get images automatically focused throughout the field of view, even if you start from a completely blurry target. That's because the camera takes multiple images and combines them to give you clear, accurate focus on targets near and far. Simply point and shoot.

Row of pipes, taken with manual focus

Manual focus – only front pipe in focus.

Row of pipes, taken with manual focus

MultiSharp™ Focus produces an image focused throughout the field of view.

2 motors, taken with manual focus

Manual focus – only 1 motor in focus.

2 motors, taken with MultiSharp™ Focus

MultiSharp™ Focus – front and back motors in focus.

Get instant focus on a single target with LaserSharp® Auto Focus

With the push of a button, a built-in laser distance meter instantly calculates and displays the distance to your designated target, and the focus engine immediately adjusts the focus.

Autofocus image focused on fence

Passive autofocus systems may only capture the near-field subject (fence).

LaserSharp<sup>®</sup> Auto Focus focused on target

LaserSharp® Auto Focus captures your designated target.

See more detail with SuperResolution

The Ti450 brings 640 x 480 SuperResolution to the awarding winning Ti400 form factor. Now you can see even more detail with 4x the pixel data. SuperResolution captures multiple images and combines them to create a 640 x 480 image.

IR image taken with regular resolution

Regular resolution.

IR image taken with SuperResolution

SuperResolution. Get 4x the pixel data – a 640 x 480 image.

See the impossible with infrared lenses

Infrared lenses can make it possible to inspect targets that would be challenging to see with a standard IR lens due to their size and distance. The Ti450 is compatible with 2x and 4x telephoto and wide angle lenses.

Power line pole - standard lens

Standard lens.

Power line pole - 4x telephoto lens

4x Telephoto infrared smart lens.

Save time with the Fluke Connect® system

You can wirelessly sync images directly from your camera to the Fluke Connect® system, and attach to an asset record or work order. Having access to maintenance records simultaneously at the inspection site and from the office or an off-site location enables faster decision making and real time collaboration between team members. You can also live stream the camera display to your smartphone or PC and remotely control the camera.

Technician reviewing measurements from Fluke Connect<sup>®</sup> tools on smartphone

Capture and save measurements from your wireless-enabled test tools to the Fluke Connect® app on your smartphone.

Comparing two IR images on Fluke Connect™ Assets software

Asset analysis dashboard: Easily compare complex data.

Discover your Thermal Imager

  • Understand the importance of image quality
  • How to better manage your data
  • How our tools are designed for your work environments
  • The ROI you can expect from thermal imaging
  • Learn the importance of innovative solutions that make it simple and easy to capture
  • Analyze and manage thermal imaging
  • Find out why hundreds of professionals choose Fluke thermal imaging
Download the Advanced Thermal Imaging Buyers Guide

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 TI450 SF6 Specifications

SF6 Gas Detection
<10 lbs Annual Gas Loss Rate Excellent outdoor conditions necessary - large temperature difference between gas and background, no wind
10 to 50 lbs Annual Gas Loss Rate Good outdoor conditions - moderate temperature difference between gas and background, no wind
>50 lbs Annual Gas Loss Rate Easy detection in moderate conditions
IR-Fusion® Technology
AutoBlend™ Mode Min, Mid, Max IR plus full visible on camera; continously variable in software
Picture-In-Picture (PIP) Yes
IR/Visible Alarm Yes
Full IR Yes
Full Visible Light Yes
Ruggedized Touchscreen Display 3.5" (landscape) 640 x 480 LCD
Rugged, Ergonomic Design for One-Handed Use Yes
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) ≤0.025 ̊C at 30 ̊C target temp (25 mK)
Filter Mode (NETD improvement) Yes
Level and Span
Fast Auto Toggle Between Manual and Auto Modes Yes
Fast Auto-Rescale in Manual Mode Yes
Minimum Span (in Manual Mode) 3.6°F (2.0°C)
Minimum Span (in Auto Mode) 5.4°F (3.0°C)
Data Storage and Image Capture
Extensive Memory Options Removable 4 GB micro SD memory card, 4 GB internal flash memory, save to USB flash drive capability, upload to Fluke Connect® Cloud for permanent storage
Image Capture, Review, Save Mechanism One-handed image capture,review, and save capability
Image File Formats Non-radiometric (.bmp) or (.jpeg) or fully-radiometric (.is2); no analysis software required for non-radiometric (.bmp, .jpg and .avi) files
Memory Review Thumbnail and fullscreen review
Software SmartView® software - full analysis and reporting software and Fluke Connect® system
Export File Formats with SmartView® Software Bitmap (.bmp), GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
Voice Annotation Yes
IR-PhotoNotes™ Yes
Text Annotation Yes
Video Recording Standard and radiometric
File Formats Video Non-radiometric (MPEG - encoded .AVI) and fully-radiometric (.IS3)
Remote Display Viewing Yes, see the live stream of the camera display on your PC, smartphone, or TV monitor. Via USB,WiFi hotspot, or WiFi network to SmartView® software on a PC; via WiFi hotspot to Fluke Connect® app on a smart phone ; or via HDMI to a TV monitor
Remote Control Operation Yes, through SmartView® desktop software or Fluke Connect® mobile app
Auto Capture (Temperature and Interval) Yes
Battery
Batteries (Field-Replacable, Rechargable) 3-4 hours per battery (*actual life varies depending on settings and usage)
Battery Charge Time 2.5 hours to full charge
Charging Accessories Two-bay battery charger or in-imager charging. Optional 12 V automotive charging adapter
AC Operation AC operation with inclusded power supply (100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz)
Power Saving User selectable sleep and power off modes
Temperature Measurement
Temperature Measurement Range (Not Calibrated Below -10 ̊C) 14 to 2192 ̊F (-20 to 1200 ̊C)
Accuracy ±2 ̊C or 2% (at 25 ̊C nominal, whichever is greater)
On-Screen Reflected Background Temperature Compensation Yes
On-Screen Transmission Correction Yes
Live Line Marker Yes
Color Palettes
Standard Palettes 8: Ironbow, Blue-Red, High Contrast, Amber, Amber Inverted, Hot Metal, Grayscale, Grayscale Inverted
Ultra Contrast™ Palettes 8: Ironbow Ultra, Blue-Red Ultra, High Contrast Ultra, Amber Ultra, Amber Inverted Ultra, Hot Metal Ultra, Grayscale Ultra, Grayscale Inverted Ultra
General Specifications
Color Alarms (Temperature Alarms) High temperature, low temperature, and isotherms (within range)
Infrared Spectral Band 7.5 to 14 µm (long wave)
Operating Temperature 14 to 122 ̊F (-10 to 50 ̊C)
Storage Temperature 14 to 122 ̊F (-10 to 50 ̊C)
Relative Humidity 10 to 95% non-condensing
Center-Point Temperature Measurement Yes
Spot Temperature Hot and cold spot markers
User-Definable Spot Moarkers 3 user-definable spot markers
Center Box Expandable-contractible measurement box with MIN-MAX-AVG temp display
Dimensions 10.9 x 4.8 x 6.5" (27.7 x 12.2 x 16.7 cm)
Weight 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg)
Safety IEC 61010-1: Overvoltage category II, Pollution Degree 2
Electromagnetic Compatibility EIEC 61326-1: Basic EM environmental, CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A
Austrialian RCM IEC 61326-1
USFCC CFR 47, Part 15 Subpart B
Vibration 0.03 g2/Hz (3.8 g), 2.5 g IEC 68-2-6
Shock 25 g, IEC 68-2-29
Drop Engineered to withstand 6.5' (2 m) drop with standard lens
Enclosure Rating IEC 60529:IP54 (protected against dust, limited ingress; protection against water spray from all directions)
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What's included with the Fluke TI450 SF6

  • Gas Leak Detector and Infrared Camera
  • Standard Lens
  • Adjustable Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • HDMI Video Cable
  • 4 GB Micro SD Card
  • HDMI Eye Piece
  • 2x Infrared Telephoto Lens
  • Tripod Holder
  • Carrying Case
  • AC Power Supply and Battery Pack Charger (Including Universal AC Adapters)
  • 2 x Rugged Lithium Ion Smart Battery Packs

HDMI eye piece

This product features Fluke Connect Technology

See it. Save it. Share it. All the facts, right in the field.

Fluke engineers have delivered an innovative mobile platform and tool that helps solve everyday problems, allowing you to instantly document measurements, retrieve historical data, and share live measurements with your team. All handled by the Android™ or iOS smart phone you already carry.

Fluke Connect with ShareLive™ video call is the only wireless measurement system that lets you stay in contact with your entire team without leaving the field. The Fluke Connect mobile app is works with over 20 different Fluke products - the largest suite of connected test tools in the world.

Make the best decisions faster than ever before by viewing temperature, mechanical, electrical and vibration measurements for each equipment asset in one place. Get started saving time and increasing your productivity.


Fluke Connect Features:

  • TrendIt™ Graphs: Use graphing to show changes in measurements, allowing you to graph and show problems instantly.
  • EquipmentLog™ History: Access equipment history building a database of equipment health and baselines with cloud backup.
  • ShareLive™ Video Calls: Save, collaborate and share measurements instantly with your team anytime, from anywhere.
  • AutoRecord™ Measurements: Instantly save measurements to your phone with Cloud backup.
  • Fluke Cloud™ Storage: Securely access equipment records anywhere, anytime.

Fluke Connect Benefits:

  • Maximize uptime
  • Minimize maintenance costs
  • Better assessments with accurate records
  • Higher efficiency with less walking around; no notebook and excel needed
  • Share troubleshooting knowledge live
  • Create and share helpful content in the field
  • Access to Fluke digital product manuals means no need to carry manuals in the field
  • Keep organized manually entered measurements

10 things you need to know about Thermal Imagers

Whether you choose a simple point-and-shoot model or a high-end thermal imager with all the bells and whistles, here are some key features and specs you should consider:

1
Resolution
  • Detector resolution indicates the number of detector pixels on the camera. More pixels, means higher resolution
  • Spatial resolution is based on detector pixels and the field of view (FOV) spec, combining them to define the area the imager sees at any given moment. Spatial resolution can be used to help define the smallest object size that can be detected. A lower spatial resolution value means better detail and image quality
2
Focus

With a variety of focus mechanisms to choose from, it is important to take into account your skill level as well as the application in selecting a focus type. Here are the common focus mechanisms:

  • Fixed: Point and shoot simplicity
  • Manual: Precise incremental focus
  • Auto focus: Automatically focuses on a target but may require manual adjustment
  • Laser-assisted auto focus: Uses a built-in laser distance meter to calculate distance to the target
  • Multifocal: Captures and stores multiple images of the target from varying focal distances and uses software to blend them into one image with ultra-sharp depth of field detail. Fluke Corp., for example, calls its implementation of this technology MultiSharp™ Focus
Color scale based on temperature for thermal imagers
Fluke TI300 thermal imager being held by a gloved hand, aimed at a valve
3
Temperature range

The highest and lowest temperature you encounter in your inspection determines the temperature range you need from your thermal imager. Or, select a camera with a wide temperature range that automatically selects the range based on your scene, or allows you to manually select the temperature range.

4
Lens options

A camera that lets you change lenses increases your versatility, allowing you to inspect many more types of equipment and situations. There are lots of choices for lots of applications—standard, wide angle, telephoto, and macro.

5
Saving images and additional data

Save infrared and digital images and in some cases voice notes to internal memory, a removable SD card, or to a USB flash drive. It’s important to have the flexibility to save images and additional related data to different media for backup or sharing.

6
Color palettes

Slight differences are easier to see with a monochromatic palette, such as grayscale or amber. High contrast palettes can make it easier to quickly find obvious anomalies. You should be able to change the palette in the camera or in the software.

7
Color alarms

Use these to quickly highlight areas outside your normal temperature ranges.

8
Emissivity and reflected temperatures

Low emissivity surfaces, such as shiny metals, can reflect infrared energy from other objects and throw off your image and your measurement accuracy. So, look for the option to adjust parameters when choosing an imager.

9
Spot markers

Mark specific temperatures on your image to compare simultaneous temperatures from multiple points on the same image.

10
Battery type and life

Look for a battery with useful features such a charge level indicator. Nothing is worse than starting an inspection with no idea of the battery status. Also consider long battery life and quick charging ability.

Color palettes options available on a thermal imager, depending on your application

Check out the different color palettes available on your thermal imager!

Viewing homes through thermal imager, displaying heat signatures

View your home through the eyes of a thermal imager and and see where the hot and cold spots are.


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.

How To Download Images from the Fluke Ti Series to a PC


With the Ti series, you have the option of downloading your images to a PC via a USB cable. Watch this video to find step-by-step instructions in how to do so.

Battery Charging Options for the Fluke Ti Thermal Imagers Series


This video will demonstrate multiple ways of charging the batteries of any Fluke Ti series infrared camera. The simplest way would be to place the battery in the charger. However, you can also plug in the cable directly into the unit.

How To Add Additional Markers on the Fluke Ti Series of Infrared Cameras


This video will provide you with a step-by-step tutorial on how to set user-selected markers on the Fluke Ti series of infrared cameras. The benefit of identifying up to three additional temperature readings before capturing an image allows you some of the diagnostic benefits in real-time. Additionally, it is easy to set up.

LaserSharp¨ Auto Focus on the Fluke Ti Series of Infrared Cameras


In this video, viewers will see the benefits of the LaserSharp¨ Auto Focus feature built into these infrared cameras. It provides in-focus images every time. Additionally, it focuses many objects from different distances.

Click on a category to view a selection of compatible accessories with the Fluke Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector and Infrared Camera.

Fluke FLK-LENS/WIDE2 Infrared Wide Angle Lens FLK-LENS/WIDE2
Optional 46° x 34° field swappable, wide angle thermal lens for use with the Ti400, Ti300 and Ti200 infrared cameras.




Fluke LENS/4XTELE2 Optional Thermal Imaging Lens, 4x Telephoto LENS/4XTELE2
Optional 4X Telephoto Lens for the TI200/300/400 Thermal Imaging Cameras.




Mitutoyo 513-435-10H Horizontal Dial Test Indicator, Standard, 0.2mm Range 513-435-10H
Standard, horizontal dial test indicator featuring a yellow dial with a graduation of 0.002mm.




Fluke TI-BLUETOOTH Headset TI-BLUETOOTH
Use the bluetooth headset to take voice annotations and record audio after taking a thermal image with the TIS performance series cameras.




Fluke TI-SBC3B Smart Battery Charger TI-SBC3B
Charging base for rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs.




Customer Reviews for the Fluke TI450 SF6

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Fluke Ti450 SF6 Offers

Infrared for every day, SF6 gas detection when you need it

This gas leak detector and infrared camera delivers pinpoint state-of-the-art SF6 detection. This tool enables you to conduct two critical functions with one tool. Additionally, you can conduct infrared and gas inspections whenever and wherever needed.

Features

  • Detects and pinpoints the exact location of the SF6 leak – without shutting down equipment
  • Quick entry/exit button allowing quick toggling between gas imaging and infrared mode
  • 320 x 240 resolution for gas and infrared images; SuperResolution increases to 640 x 480, only in infrared mode
  • Get in-focus images in both infrared and gas modes with a touch of a button with LaserSharp® Auto Focus
  • Wirelessly connect your camera to the Fluke Connect® system to make faster decisions. Team members can see the same data and collaborate on identifying the problem or authorize work before you've left the inspection site.
  • No need for pencil and notebook:
    • IR PhotoNotes™ annotation system captures digital images of equipment details, e.g. serial numbers and surrounding area conditions
    • Record any additional notes with voice annotation and save them with the image
  • See additional details with optional smart lenses – no calibration required when swapping them between compatible cameras
  • Optimize images, perform analytics, generate quick, customizable reports and export images to the format of your choice with SmartView® desktop software, included with your purchase
  • Capture clear, accurate infrared images focused throughout the entire field of view with MultiSharp™ Focus
  • Small and lightweight, fits easily into your tool box

Designed for dependability

A pistol grip camera, which allows you to easily switch from infrared to gas mode.

Two critical solutions in one remarkable IR camera

Tips the scales on performance and affordability. With its pistol grip comfort and point-and-shoot convenience, even the tough spots become easy to diagnose. With the added feature of SF6 pinpoint detection, you can get the analysis you need anytime, anywhere.

Applications

  • SF6 gas detection
  • Electrical, water, gas utilities
  • Substation maintenance
  • Industrial maintenance
  • Heavy commercial facility maintenance
  • Oil and gas maintenance
  • Reliability inspections (PdM)
  • Heavy building diagnostics - building envelope and construction defects

Gas Leak Images

MultiSharp Focus creates images focused throughout the camera's field of view

Focus is one of the most important aspects of thermography, and an out of focus image can give you data that can lead to misdiagnosis – costing you thousands. With the Fluke Ti450, worrying about focus is now obsolete. With MultiSharp™ focus, you get images automatically focused throughout the field of view, even if you start from a completely blurry target. That's because the camera takes multiple images and combines them to give you clear, accurate focus on targets near and far. Simply point and shoot.

Row of pipes, taken with manual focus

Manual focus – only front pipe in focus.

Row of pipes, taken with manual focus

MultiSharp™ Focus produces an image focused throughout the field of view.

2 motors, taken with manual focus

Manual focus – only 1 motor in focus.

2 motors, taken with MultiSharp™ Focus

MultiSharp™ Focus – front and back motors in focus.

Get instant focus on a single target with LaserSharp® Auto Focus

With the push of a button, a built-in laser distance meter instantly calculates and displays the distance to your designated target, and the focus engine immediately adjusts the focus.

Autofocus image focused on fence

Passive autofocus systems may only capture the near-field subject (fence).

LaserSharp<sup>®</sup> Auto Focus focused on target

LaserSharp® Auto Focus captures your designated target.

See more detail with SuperResolution

The Ti450 brings 640 x 480 SuperResolution to the awarding winning Ti400 form factor. Now you can see even more detail with 4x the pixel data. SuperResolution captures multiple images and combines them to create a 640 x 480 image.

IR image taken with regular resolution

Regular resolution.

IR image taken with SuperResolution

SuperResolution. Get 4x the pixel data – a 640 x 480 image.

See the impossible with infrared lenses

Infrared lenses can make it possible to inspect targets that would be challenging to see with a standard IR lens due to their size and distance. The Ti450 is compatible with 2x and 4x telephoto and wide angle lenses.

Power line pole - standard lens

Standard lens.

Power line pole - 4x telephoto lens

4x Telephoto infrared smart lens.

Save time with the Fluke Connect® system

You can wirelessly sync images directly from your camera to the Fluke Connect® system, and attach to an asset record or work order. Having access to maintenance records simultaneously at the inspection site and from the office or an off-site location enables faster decision making and real time collaboration between team members. You can also live stream the camera display to your smartphone or PC and remotely control the camera.

Technician reviewing measurements from Fluke Connect<sup>®</sup> tools on smartphone

Capture and save measurements from your wireless-enabled test tools to the Fluke Connect® app on your smartphone.

Comparing two IR images on Fluke Connect™ Assets software

Asset analysis dashboard: Easily compare complex data.

Discover your Thermal Imager

  • Understand the importance of image quality
  • How to better manage your data
  • How our tools are designed for your work environments
  • The ROI you can expect from thermal imaging
  • Learn the importance of innovative solutions that make it simple and easy to capture
  • Analyze and manage thermal imaging
  • Find out why hundreds of professionals choose Fluke thermal imaging
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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 TI450 SF6 Specifications

SF6 Gas Detection
<10 lbs Annual Gas Loss Rate Excellent outdoor conditions necessary - large temperature difference between gas and background, no wind
10 to 50 lbs Annual Gas Loss Rate Good outdoor conditions - moderate temperature difference between gas and background, no wind
>50 lbs Annual Gas Loss Rate Easy detection in moderate conditions
IR-Fusion® Technology
AutoBlend™ Mode Min, Mid, Max IR plus full visible on camera; continously variable in software
Picture-In-Picture (PIP) Yes
IR/Visible Alarm Yes
Full IR Yes
Full Visible Light Yes
Ruggedized Touchscreen Display 3.5" (landscape) 640 x 480 LCD
Rugged, Ergonomic Design for One-Handed Use Yes
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) ≤0.025 ̊C at 30 ̊C target temp (25 mK)
Filter Mode (NETD improvement) Yes
Level and Span
Fast Auto Toggle Between Manual and Auto Modes Yes
Fast Auto-Rescale in Manual Mode Yes
Minimum Span (in Manual Mode) 3.6°F (2.0°C)
Minimum Span (in Auto Mode) 5.4°F (3.0°C)
Data Storage and Image Capture
Extensive Memory Options Removable 4 GB micro SD memory card, 4 GB internal flash memory, save to USB flash drive capability, upload to Fluke Connect® Cloud for permanent storage
Image Capture, Review, Save Mechanism One-handed image capture,review, and save capability
Image File Formats Non-radiometric (.bmp) or (.jpeg) or fully-radiometric (.is2); no analysis software required for non-radiometric (.bmp, .jpg and .avi) files
Memory Review Thumbnail and fullscreen review
Software SmartView® software - full analysis and reporting software and Fluke Connect® system
Export File Formats with SmartView® Software Bitmap (.bmp), GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF
Voice Annotation Yes
IR-PhotoNotes™ Yes
Text Annotation Yes
Video Recording Standard and radiometric
File Formats Video Non-radiometric (MPEG - encoded .AVI) and fully-radiometric (.IS3)
Remote Display Viewing Yes, see the live stream of the camera display on your PC, smartphone, or TV monitor. Via USB,WiFi hotspot, or WiFi network to SmartView® software on a PC; via WiFi hotspot to Fluke Connect® app on a smart phone ; or via HDMI to a TV monitor
Remote Control Operation Yes, through SmartView® desktop software or Fluke Connect® mobile app
Auto Capture (Temperature and Interval) Yes
Battery
Batteries (Field-Replacable, Rechargable) 3-4 hours per battery (*actual life varies depending on settings and usage)
Battery Charge Time 2.5 hours to full charge
Charging Accessories Two-bay battery charger or in-imager charging. Optional 12 V automotive charging adapter
AC Operation AC operation with inclusded power supply (100 to 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz)
Power Saving User selectable sleep and power off modes
Temperature Measurement
Temperature Measurement Range (Not Calibrated Below -10 ̊C) 14 to 2192 ̊F (-20 to 1200 ̊C)
Accuracy ±2 ̊C or 2% (at 25 ̊C nominal, whichever is greater)
On-Screen Reflected Background Temperature Compensation Yes
On-Screen Transmission Correction Yes
Live Line Marker Yes
Color Palettes
Standard Palettes 8: Ironbow, Blue-Red, High Contrast, Amber, Amber Inverted, Hot Metal, Grayscale, Grayscale Inverted
Ultra Contrast™ Palettes 8: Ironbow Ultra, Blue-Red Ultra, High Contrast Ultra, Amber Ultra, Amber Inverted Ultra, Hot Metal Ultra, Grayscale Ultra, Grayscale Inverted Ultra
General Specifications
Color Alarms (Temperature Alarms) High temperature, low temperature, and isotherms (within range)
Infrared Spectral Band 7.5 to 14 µm (long wave)
Operating Temperature 14 to 122 ̊F (-10 to 50 ̊C)
Storage Temperature 14 to 122 ̊F (-10 to 50 ̊C)
Relative Humidity 10 to 95% non-condensing
Center-Point Temperature Measurement Yes
Spot Temperature Hot and cold spot markers
User-Definable Spot Moarkers 3 user-definable spot markers
Center Box Expandable-contractible measurement box with MIN-MAX-AVG temp display
Dimensions 10.9 x 4.8 x 6.5" (27.7 x 12.2 x 16.7 cm)
Weight 2.3 lbs (1.04 kg)
Safety IEC 61010-1: Overvoltage category II, Pollution Degree 2
Electromagnetic Compatibility EIEC 61326-1: Basic EM environmental, CISPR 11: Group 1, Class A
Austrialian RCM IEC 61326-1
USFCC CFR 47, Part 15 Subpart B
Vibration 0.03 g2/Hz (3.8 g), 2.5 g IEC 68-2-6
Shock 25 g, IEC 68-2-29
Drop Engineered to withstand 6.5' (2 m) drop with standard lens
Enclosure Rating IEC 60529:IP54 (protected against dust, limited ingress; protection against water spray from all directions)
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What's included with the Fluke TI450 SF6

  • Gas Leak Detector and Infrared Camera
  • Standard Lens
  • Adjustable Hand Strap
  • USB Cable
  • HDMI Video Cable
  • 4 GB Micro SD Card
  • HDMI Eye Piece
  • 2x Infrared Telephoto Lens
  • Tripod Holder
  • Carrying Case
  • AC Power Supply and Battery Pack Charger (Including Universal AC Adapters)
  • 2 x Rugged Lithium Ion Smart Battery Packs

HDMI eye piece

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10 things you need to know about Thermal Imagers

Whether you choose a simple point-and-shoot model or a high-end thermal imager with all the bells and whistles, here are some key features and specs you should consider:

1
Resolution
  • Detector resolution indicates the number of detector pixels on the camera. More pixels, means higher resolution
  • Spatial resolution is based on detector pixels and the field of view (FOV) spec, combining them to define the area the imager sees at any given moment. Spatial resolution can be used to help define the smallest object size that can be detected. A lower spatial resolution value means better detail and image quality
2
Focus

With a variety of focus mechanisms to choose from, it is important to take into account your skill level as well as the application in selecting a focus type. Here are the common focus mechanisms:

  • Fixed: Point and shoot simplicity
  • Manual: Precise incremental focus
  • Auto focus: Automatically focuses on a target but may require manual adjustment
  • Laser-assisted auto focus: Uses a built-in laser distance meter to calculate distance to the target
  • Multifocal: Captures and stores multiple images of the target from varying focal distances and uses software to blend them into one image with ultra-sharp depth of field detail. Fluke Corp., for example, calls its implementation of this technology MultiSharp™ Focus
Color scale based on temperature for thermal imagers
Fluke TI300 thermal imager being held by a gloved hand, aimed at a valve
3
Temperature range

The highest and lowest temperature you encounter in your inspection determines the temperature range you need from your thermal imager. Or, select a camera with a wide temperature range that automatically selects the range based on your scene, or allows you to manually select the temperature range.

4
Lens options

A camera that lets you change lenses increases your versatility, allowing you to inspect many more types of equipment and situations. There are lots of choices for lots of applications—standard, wide angle, telephoto, and macro.

5
Saving images and additional data

Save infrared and digital images and in some cases voice notes to internal memory, a removable SD card, or to a USB flash drive. It’s important to have the flexibility to save images and additional related data to different media for backup or sharing.

6
Color palettes

Slight differences are easier to see with a monochromatic palette, such as grayscale or amber. High contrast palettes can make it easier to quickly find obvious anomalies. You should be able to change the palette in the camera or in the software.

7
Color alarms

Use these to quickly highlight areas outside your normal temperature ranges.

8
Emissivity and reflected temperatures

Low emissivity surfaces, such as shiny metals, can reflect infrared energy from other objects and throw off your image and your measurement accuracy. So, look for the option to adjust parameters when choosing an imager.

9
Spot markers

Mark specific temperatures on your image to compare simultaneous temperatures from multiple points on the same image.

10
Battery type and life

Look for a battery with useful features such a charge level indicator. Nothing is worse than starting an inspection with no idea of the battery status. Also consider long battery life and quick charging ability.

Color palettes options available on a thermal imager, depending on your application

Check out the different color palettes available on your thermal imager!

Viewing homes through thermal imager, displaying heat signatures

View your home through the eyes of a thermal imager and and see where the hot and cold spots are.


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.

How To Download Images from the Fluke Ti Series to a PC


With the Ti series, you have the option of downloading your images to a PC via a USB cable. Watch this video to find step-by-step instructions in how to do so.

Battery Charging Options for the Fluke Ti Thermal Imagers Series


This video will demonstrate multiple ways of charging the batteries of any Fluke Ti series infrared camera. The simplest way would be to place the battery in the charger. However, you can also plug in the cable directly into the unit.

How To Add Additional Markers on the Fluke Ti Series of Infrared Cameras


This video will provide you with a step-by-step tutorial on how to set user-selected markers on the Fluke Ti series of infrared cameras. The benefit of identifying up to three additional temperature readings before capturing an image allows you some of the diagnostic benefits in real-time. Additionally, it is easy to set up.

LaserSharp¨ Auto Focus on the Fluke Ti Series of Infrared Cameras


In this video, viewers will see the benefits of the LaserSharp¨ Auto Focus feature built into these infrared cameras. It provides in-focus images every time. Additionally, it focuses many objects from different distances.

Click on a category to view a selection of compatible accessories with the Fluke Ti450 SF6 Gas Leak Detector and Infrared Camera.

Fluke FLK-LENS/WIDE2 Infrared Wide Angle Lens FLK-LENS/WIDE2
Optional 46° x 34° field swappable, wide angle thermal lens for use with the Ti400, Ti300 and Ti200 infrared cameras.




Fluke LENS/4XTELE2 Optional Thermal Imaging Lens, 4x Telephoto LENS/4XTELE2
Optional 4X Telephoto Lens for the TI200/300/400 Thermal Imaging Cameras.




Mitutoyo 513-435-10H Horizontal Dial Test Indicator, Standard, 0.2mm Range 513-435-10H
Standard, horizontal dial test indicator featuring a yellow dial with a graduation of 0.002mm.




Fluke TI-BLUETOOTH Headset TI-BLUETOOTH
Use the bluetooth headset to take voice annotations and record audio after taking a thermal image with the TIS performance series cameras.




Fluke TI-SBC3B Smart Battery Charger TI-SBC3B
Charging base for rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs.




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