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Fluke PTI120-KIT2 Pocket Thermal Imager Kit - Includes the R6018 Dual Moisture Meter for FREE

Model: PTI120-KIT2 | UPC: 095969906241

Fluke PTI120-KIT2 Pocket Thermal Imager Kit - Includes the R6018 Dual Moisture Meter for FREE

Model: PTI120-KIT2 | UPC: 095969906241

Featuring a rugged and compact thermal imager with an infrared resolution 120 x 90, and enhanced infrared inspections right in your pocket for quick temperature scans of electrical equipment, machinery, and other assets. This value added kit includes the REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter for FREE.

Featuring a rugged and compact thermal imager with an infrared resolution 120 x 90, and enhanced infrared inspections right in your pocket for quick temperature scans of electrical equipment, machinery, and other assets. This value added kit includes the REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter for FREE.

Sale Price $999.99 USD
Regular Price $1099.99 USD
Availability 20 in Stock
Quantity

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Fluke PTI120 Offers

Features

  • With Fluke Connect® Asset Tagging you eliminate the tedium of sorting and organizing your infrared images
  • By simply scanning your asset's QR code or barcode, your infrared image and all of your date and time stamped information will be stored to your predefined folders
  • Fully radiometric thermal imager gives you measurement data to the pixel with 120 x 90 infrared resolution (10,800 pixels)
  • 3.5" LCD touchscreen display offers IR-Fusion™ to blend a visible light image with an infrared image to more easily locate problems; simply slide your finger across the screen to adjust the setting
  • Can withstand drop up to 1 meter
  • IP54 enclosure rating
  • -4 to 302°F (-20 to 150°C) temperature measurement range
  • Pocket sized - small enough to carry every day without worry
  • Stands up to dirt and water
  • Quick scans of electrical equipment, machinery and other assets

Applications

  • Electrical inspections
  • HVAC/R inspections
  • Mechanical
  • Residential home inspections
  • Light commercial maintenance
  • Building diagnostics - building envelope and commercial/industrial facilities

REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter

This dual function moisture meter is capable of detecting moisture in wood and building materials by pin or by running the instrument over the surface area (non-destructive method). The R6018 displays icons to indicate low, medium or high levels of moisture and an audible alert that increases in frequency as detected moisture level rises.

Features

  • Pin and Pinless functions detect moisture in wood and building materials (sheet rock, cardboard, plaster, concrete and mortar)
  • Pinless measurement depth up to 1" (25mm)
  • Classifies moisture status as: low, medium and high
  • Audible alert and Data Hold functions
  • Built-in measurement verification and battery check
  • Low battery indicator and auto shut-off
  • Replaceable pins

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 PTI120-KIT2 Specifications

IFOV (Spatial Resolution) 7.6 mRad
Infrared Resolution 120 x 90 (10,800pixels)
Field of View 50 x 38°
Distance to Spot 130:1
Temperature Measurement Range
(Not Calibrated Below -10°C)
-4 to 302°F (-20 to 150°C)
Accuracy Target temp at or over 0°C: Accuracy: ±2°C or ±2%
Focus System Fixed focus, minimum focus distance 22.8 cm
Touchscreen Display 3.5" (landscape), 320 x 240 LCD
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) 60 mK
Frame Rate 9 Hz
Infrared Spectral Band 8 to 14 μm (long wave)
Standard Color Palettes Ironbow, blue-red, high contrast, amber, hot metal, grayscale
Battery Type: Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery
Life: ≥2 hours continuous (without WiFi)
Dimensions 3.5 x 5.0 x 1.0" (8.9 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 0.514 lb (0.233 kg)
Click here for complete specifications on the Fluke PTI120-KIT2

What's included with the Fluke PTI120-KIT2

  • Thermal Imager
  • USB Cable
  • Adjustable Lanyard
  • Soft Transport Bag

This Fluke PTI120-KIT2 Includes


Fluke PTi120 Pocket Thermal Imager, 120 x 90, 9 Hz

Fluke PTi120 Pocket Thermal Imager, 120 x 90, 9 Hz

Featuring a rugged and compact thermal imager with an infrared resolution of 120 x 90, and enhanced infrared inspections right in your pocket for quick temperature scans of electrical equipment, machinery, and other assets. It empowers your team to easily transfer images to your predefined server files with Fluke Connect Desktop.


REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter, Pin/Pinless

REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter, Pin/Pinless

Pin and Pinless functions detect moisture in wood and building materials (i.e. sheet rock, cardboard, plaster, concrete and mortar).

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

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.

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Fluke PTI120 Offers

Features

  • With Fluke Connect® Asset Tagging you eliminate the tedium of sorting and organizing your infrared images
  • By simply scanning your asset's QR code or barcode, your infrared image and all of your date and time stamped information will be stored to your predefined folders
  • Fully radiometric thermal imager gives you measurement data to the pixel with 120 x 90 infrared resolution (10,800 pixels)
  • 3.5" LCD touchscreen display offers IR-Fusion™ to blend a visible light image with an infrared image to more easily locate problems; simply slide your finger across the screen to adjust the setting
  • Can withstand drop up to 1 meter
  • IP54 enclosure rating
  • -4 to 302°F (-20 to 150°C) temperature measurement range
  • Pocket sized - small enough to carry every day without worry
  • Stands up to dirt and water
  • Quick scans of electrical equipment, machinery and other assets

Applications

  • Electrical inspections
  • HVAC/R inspections
  • Mechanical
  • Residential home inspections
  • Light commercial maintenance
  • Building diagnostics - building envelope and commercial/industrial facilities

REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter

This dual function moisture meter is capable of detecting moisture in wood and building materials by pin or by running the instrument over the surface area (non-destructive method). The R6018 displays icons to indicate low, medium or high levels of moisture and an audible alert that increases in frequency as detected moisture level rises.

Features

  • Pin and Pinless functions detect moisture in wood and building materials (sheet rock, cardboard, plaster, concrete and mortar)
  • Pinless measurement depth up to 1" (25mm)
  • Classifies moisture status as: low, medium and high
  • Audible alert and Data Hold functions
  • Built-in measurement verification and battery check
  • Low battery indicator and auto shut-off
  • Replaceable pins

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 PTI120-KIT2 Specifications

IFOV (Spatial Resolution) 7.6 mRad
Infrared Resolution 120 x 90 (10,800pixels)
Field of View 50 x 38°
Distance to Spot 130:1
Temperature Measurement Range
(Not Calibrated Below -10°C)
-4 to 302°F (-20 to 150°C)
Accuracy Target temp at or over 0°C: Accuracy: ±2°C or ±2%
Focus System Fixed focus, minimum focus distance 22.8 cm
Touchscreen Display 3.5" (landscape), 320 x 240 LCD
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) 60 mK
Frame Rate 9 Hz
Infrared Spectral Band 8 to 14 μm (long wave)
Standard Color Palettes Ironbow, blue-red, high contrast, amber, hot metal, grayscale
Battery Type: Internal rechargeable lithium ion battery
Life: ≥2 hours continuous (without WiFi)
Dimensions 3.5 x 5.0 x 1.0" (8.9 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 0.514 lb (0.233 kg)
Click here for complete specifications on the Fluke PTI120-KIT2

What's included with the Fluke PTI120-KIT2

  • Thermal Imager
  • USB Cable
  • Adjustable Lanyard
  • Soft Transport Bag

This Fluke PTI120-KIT2 Includes


Fluke PTi120 Pocket Thermal Imager, 120 x 90, 9 Hz

Fluke PTi120 Pocket Thermal Imager, 120 x 90, 9 Hz

Featuring a rugged and compact thermal imager with an infrared resolution of 120 x 90, and enhanced infrared inspections right in your pocket for quick temperature scans of electrical equipment, machinery, and other assets. It empowers your team to easily transfer images to your predefined server files with Fluke Connect Desktop.


REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter, Pin/Pinless

REED R6018 Dual Moisture Meter, Pin/Pinless

Pin and Pinless functions detect moisture in wood and building materials (i.e. sheet rock, cardboard, plaster, concrete and mortar).

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

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.

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