UltraMax technology

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FLIR Systems has introduced UltraMax technology for its range of Tsc-series handheld research and science cameras. With the new UltraMax feature, researchers will be able to further improve the resolution of native thermal images for even greater clarity and a higher level of temperature measurement accuracy.

Available on FLIR’s latest T430sc, T450sc, T630sc, and T650sc cameras, UltraMax is a form of FLIR’s patented DDE image enhancement technology which captures a series of thermal images in their original resolution in a rapid burst, which are then transformed via FLIR ResearchIR software into a single much higher definition UltraMax image with all radiometric data fully intact, ready for post-processing analysis and report generation.

Using UltraMax, thermal images captured with a 640 x 480 resolution, T-series thermal camera can be turned into an ultra-sharp image with up to 1280 x 960 pixels. Likewise, a 320 x 240 T-series image can be converted to 640 x 480 pixels via the software and UltraMax algorithm.  With up to four times more pixels covering the target area, UltraMax allows for more detailed analysis of smaller components. More pixels not only boost image quality, but they also improve the distance to spot size ratio for even greater measurement accuracy on small or distant objects.

Using the Tsc-series camera in handheld mode, FLIR UltraMax instantly captures 16 thermal images and one visible light image simultaneously. These images are stored as a single radiometric JPEG file. The subtle movement of the camera allows the framing of each of the 16 images to be slightly shifted from each other. The extra pixels and data from the multiple images are then combined using ResearchIR to form the higher-resolution UltraMax image.

UltraMax functionality can also be combined with FLIR’s patented Multi-Spectral Dynamic Imaging (MSX), which etches key details from the visible light image onto the thermal image. This helps users to see easily recognizable features such as numbers, labels, and texture onto live, stored, and UltraMax thermal images for easier orientation and locating. The end result is extraordinarily higher thermal image definition that researchers and scientists can put to new use for testing and developing innovative solutions.

FLIR Systems has also announced a new version 4.2 of its ResearchIR thermal imaging software. ResearchIR 4.2 provides researchers and scientists with a powerful tool for viewing, acquiring, analyzing, and sharing the thermal data captured with FLIR’s Scientific and R&D cameras.

ResearchIR Max version 4.2 gives users direct access to their MATLAB scripts within ResearchIR for the first time. This will allow users to access their customized MatLab® scripts directly in ResearchIR for specially-tailored image analysis and processing tasks. Many useful MatLab functions can now be directly accessed from within ResearchIR.

In addition, ResearchIR 4.2 software also provides FLIR Scientific and R&D thermal camera users with UltraMax file support. UltraMax is a proprietary image enhancement technology available on FLIR’s Tsc-Series thermal imaging cameras. It captures a series of thermal images and combines the data into one new image using ResearchIR 4.20 software. The result is an impressive quadrupling of thermal imaging pixels, including full radiometric measurement data. With this facility images that are captured with a 640 x 480 resolution thermal imaging camera can now be transformed to an ultra-sharp 1,280 x 960 resolution image using FLIR ResearchIR.  With version 4.2, ResearchIR can now be activated either with a USB key or directly online.

In addition to these new features, FLIR ResearchIR already includes a number of features for detailed thermal analysis including Multiple analysis tools with user defined settings for detailed data examination ; Flexible measurement modes ; Chart, graph and plot reporting and Statistical tables allowing users to view detailed image quantitative data for the image analysis tools.