MRO Magazine

FLIR delivers 100,000th infrared camera


November 11, 2009
By PEM Magazine

FLIR Systems recently announced the delivery of its 100,000th commercial-use infrared camera. The FLIR thermal imager was sold by Professional Equipment (, a distributor of FLIR infrared cameras, to Bob Childs, owner of Bob the Inspector, Inc. in Green Valley, AZ.

To commemorate the milestone, Childs and Professional Equipment were honored at an awards ceremony and press conference held on Thursday, November 5th in Tucson, AZ. In addition to receiving the 100,000th infrared camera award, Childs also received his FLIR BCAM SD infrared camera compliments of FLIR Systems ($3,450 value).

Tom Scanlon, Vice President for Americas Thermography, spoke about the event: “It is fitting that our one-hundred-thousandth infrared camera goes to Bob Childs, a home inspection professional. As our country and our world continue to strive to go green, home inspectors and energy auditors are at the forefront of that monumental effort, evaluating our homes and buildings to ensure they are sound and energy efficient. We are thrilled to celebrate this milestone with our valued distributor, Professional Equipment and with Mr. Childs here in Arizona.”

Scanlon added, “This remarkable achievement is a reflection of FLIR’s success in its efforts to make infrared technology increasingly available and affordable. While FLIR’s earliest thermal imagers cost $50,000, today’s professionals can access FLIR technology for a fraction of that, with cameras now starting at under $2,000.”


Lisa Sympson, Specialty Brands Senior Manager, at Professional Equipment commented, “Professional Equipment is proud to partner in recognizing this significant milestone in FLIR’s history. This recognition is a testament to the increasingly critical role thermal imaging is playing across industries worldwide.“

In addition to serving as a key tool in home inspection and building diagnostics, FLIR’s commercial infrared cameras (excludes defense and surveillance markets) have been used around the world by professionals in a variety of applications ranging from industrial plant maintenance, electrical and HVAC diagnostics, as well as research and development.

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