Safe, speedy non-contact troubleshooting

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

RS Components (RS) has released the FLIR CM174 clamp meter with built-in thermal imaging to help engineers pinpoint faults such as intermittent connections, which can have thermal effects conventional test gear cannot see.

This world-first test solution from FLIR features a 2.0-inch colour TFT in the handset that shows hotspots detected using FLIR’s IGM (Infrared Guided Measurement) thermal-imaging technology. Using this, electricians can quickly and safely diagnose faults without coming into contact with wiring or components, or find the true causes of faults in unexpected places. Electricians facing cluttered wires or scanning complex panels for hazards can work at a safe distance, using IGM to show the anomalies without reaching into the panel.

The FLIR CM174 captures a 38.6 x 50” field of view, presents a thermal image of 480-pixels resolution and operates across a temperature range of -25 to 150°C.

This thermal-imaging capability augments the FLIR CM174’s high-performing clamp meter, which has a 35mm jaw opening and is able to measure currents up to 600A at voltages up to 1000V. Clamp measurement modes include True RMS, LoZ, VFD Mode, Inrush, and Smart Diode with Disable. If needed, users can extend the FLIR CM174’s measurement range up to 3000A AC with FLIR FLEX accessories.


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