Thermal imaging camera accelerates board inspection

7th August 2017
Mick Elliott

An application note details how FLIR Systems’ ETS320 thermal imaging camera is being used by Stuttgart-based ISOMEDIA to investigate and speed-up the repair of assembled printed circuit boards (PBA). ISOMEDIA is a leading customer service provider and same day repair centre for leading brands of mobile devices in Germany.

To speed up their repair work, ISOMEDIA has for the last four years been using FLIR thermal cameras to locate problems and identify what is happening on a PBA.

Earlier this year the company invested in a FLIR ETS320 non-contact thermal measurement system. The new portable system, which pairs a high sensitivity infrared camera with an integrated stand, has enabled ISOMEDIA to undertake hands-free thermal analysis of printed circuit boards and other small electronics.

Staff at ISOMEDIA find the camera easy to use, allowing them to quickly troubleshoot a problem.

Being a portable device the camera can also easily be shared among multiple technicians if necessary.

By offering more than 76,000 points of temperature measurement, the FLIR ETS320 offers the ability to monitor power consumption, detect hot spots, and identify potential points of failure during product development.

The camera’s high measurement accuracy and its ability to visualise small temperature differences helps evaluate thermal performance, ensure environmental compatibility, and troubleshoot problems for a wide range of electronic products.

FLIR designed the ETS320 for hands-free use in a lab, with a microscope-style stand that’s quick to set-up and simplified features that allow users to focus on their work instead of on camera controls.

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