8 IR THERMOMETER Klein Tools’ IR5 dual-laser, IR thermometer uses a 12-to- 1 distance-to-spot ratio to measure temperatures
between – 22°F and 752°F. It has an overmolded housing, can withstand drops of more than 6 ft. onto concrete or steel and has several
9 SURGE-PROTECTIVE DEVICES ILSCO’s Surgency surge-protective devices are designed to capture surges by absorbing and
redirecting them to ground. The devices have up to seven modes of protection and offer surge-current protection up to 100 kA and can
be used for for commercial, industrial and residential applications.
10 BIDIRECTIONAL TESTER Fluke Networks’ Smartloop bidirectional testing feature enables the user to test two separate fiber links
in both directions at once. It provides individual pass/fail analysis with bidirectional averaged results. The feature is standard with the
OptiFiber Pro OTDR. Existing OptiFiber owners can access a free upgrade on the Fluke Networks website.
11 LAMPS Sylvania’s Ultra LED PAR lamps
are UL wet-location rated, available
in universal input voltage and have a
25,000-hour life. The 30W PAR38 lamp
delivers 3,000 lumens with an efficacy
up to 100 lumens per watt. The 25W
PAR30LN lamp delivers 2,200 lumens
with an efficacy up to 88 lumens per
watt. The lamps are UL-listed as retrofit
kits, allowing users to bypass the ballast
in traditional metal-halide sockets.
12 WIRE STRIPING Encore’s
SmartStripe wire striping has
360-degree color bands designed to
make wires noticeable from any angle.
Its THHN/THWN- 2 application process
eliminates rub-off due to lubes or
handling. Standard color combinations
are available in 18AWG–10AWG, and
TFN, TFFN and THHN/THWN- 2 wires are
“In addition, as renewable and green
technologies have matured, we’ve found
a few new applications for the traditional
thermal imaging usages—for example,
scanning rechargeable battery banks,
inspecting solar panels and validating the
reduced heat output of LEDs,” Ruback said.
Regarding important changes in
thermal-imaging equipment, Ruback cited
integrating thermal imaging into other test
and measurement equipment.
“We call it IGM [infrared guided mea-surement],” Ruback said.
IGM leads electricians to problems
they can’t see with standard clamp meters
by visually guiding the user to the precise
location of a potential electrical issue,
helping to safely identify dangerous and
unknown problem areas.
“IGM also allows safer work because the
electrician doesn’t have to switch between a
thermal camera and meter which increases
the time and movements in front of a panel,”
he said. “Simplifying hand movements and
reducing time spent in front of a live situa-
tion helps minimize safety risks.”
Ruback believes two influencers are
helping drive the increased demand of
“Thermal cameras are becoming more
affordable for broader deployment in the
industry, compared to a few years ago when
a camera would be shared by a group. Now,
the prices can support one thermal imager
for every truck, contractor or technician,”
he said. “Second, thermal imagers are being
built to be more durable like other tools
used on job sites—no longer are thermal
imagers delicate instruments but [they are]
go-to devices that can live in toolboxes.”
Flir offers a broad line of thermal imag-
ing products, with models starting below
$400. Advanced models feature multispec-
tral dynamic imaging technology (MSX),
which adds visible-spectrum detail to infra-
red images that add clarity and definition
to the thermal image. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Our quiet composite interior
is completely customizable.
Shelf heights, drawers, dividers,
and accessories can all be
quickly adjusted by hand.
Milwaukee Tool’s new M12 7.8KP thermal imager