Electrical test tool combines multimeter functions & IR imaging

March 02, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
FLIR has designed a test tool, primarily for electrical and power-installation test and maintenance, that adds built-in thermal imaging to a high-current AC/DC clamp meter.


In the FLIR CM174, with IGM (Infrared Guided Measurement), electricians have a highly effective tool for quick and efficient troubleshooting. Electricians have conventionally, FLIR says, investigated complex compounded problems by chasing down the cause – one electrical measurement at a time. A lot of the time the true source of the problem was never found, leading to call-backs requiring the electrician to fix the same issue over and over again. The FLIR CM174 puts an end to any uncertainty.


The FLIR CM174 600A AC/DC Clamp Meter has a built-in thermal camera that powers the FLIR IGM technology, which visually guides users to temperature differences and pinpoints anomalies, so they can fix the system, not just the fault, to get the equipment up and running and ensure that it won’t go down again. As an eletrical meter it reads to 1000V, 600A, frequency to 60 kHz, and has resistance and capacitance ranges as well and a diode measurement function.


Electricians may find new issues they didn’t expect to see, expanding their scope of work and resulting in more business. For instance, they might have a hunch that a faulty motor controller caused an equipment failure, but after using FLIR CM174 they discover that an overheating motor or a loose connection was to blame.


If an electrician is facing cluttered wires or scanning complex panels for hazards, he or she can stay at a safe distance and use IGM to show the anomalies without reaching into the panel. And the narrow-jaw design and built-in work lights make it easier to clamp the meter around wires in tight spaces and in poor lighting conditions.


FLIR: www.flir.com/CM174