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RCI April 2017

SAFETY, ACCESS & TOOLS New jobsite radio sounds even better The latest version of Makita’s jobsite radio features the DAB digital broadcast system and with twin large 76mm diameter speakers will generate 3.5 watts from each speaker when powered by a Makita 18v Lithium-Ion battery. This radio can be mains-powered with the AC adaptor jack built in, but most practically for site use, will happily operate on most of the Makita batteries from the 7.2v and 10.8v Li-ion stick batteries to the 10.8v, 14.4v and 18v slide type batteries. It is not compatible with the older Ni-Cad, Ni-MH or G-series batteries. The new Makita DMR109 DAB radio with digital tuning has an FM frequency range of 87.5 – 108Mhz and uses the Band 111 5A – 13F. The tuner has a bright, clear and 094 APRIL 2017 RCIMAG.COM easy-to-read LED display and the flexible antenna can be removed for storage in the battery cover. The proven, robust housing has strong elastomer bumpers on front and back for protection against rough handling. The soft grip handle folds flat down against the body in use. A micro USB port is provided for software upgrades and an AUX-IN jack enables external audio source to be played through this radio. Weighing just 4.6kg this rugged and powerful DAB radio is weather-proofed to IP64 standards and available in either white or blue body colours. www.makitauk.com Zink Copper Stainless 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk FLIR Systems has announced three new Exx-Series advanced thermal imaging cameras for electrical, mechanical, and building applications; the FLIR E75, E85, and E95. The redesigned, Wi-Fienabled Exx-Series features intelligent interchangeable lenses, laser-assisted autofocus modes and area measurement functionality, improvements to FLIR’s patented MSX imaging technology, and a larger, more vibrant 4-inch touchscreen. These distinctive features, combined with increased sensitivity and increased native resolution, will help professionals identify hot spots or building deficiencies before potential problems become expensive repairs. In redesigning the Exx-Series, FLIR developed a new range of compact intelligent, interchangeable lenses that the camera automatically recognizes and calibrates, eliminating the need for manual calibration. The Exx-Series now also features laser distance measurement that assures precise autofocus to improve temperature measurement accuracy, and specifically for the FLIR E85 and E95 models, provides the data for on-screen area measurement in square feet or metres. In addition, the FLIR E85 and E95 models offer increased thermal detector resolutions with up to 464×348 (161,472 pixels), and measure temperatures up to 1,500 degrees Celsius. In conjunction with FLIR Tools, the FLIR E75, E85, and E95 are the first Exx cameras to offer UltraMax, FLIR’s embedded, super-resolution process that improves effective resolution by four times – up to 645,888 pixels – and thermal sensitivity by up to 50%. All models also feature significant improvement to FLIR’s MSX technology, which now utilizes a 5-megapixel visual camera for improved image clarity and readability. These improvements, combined with a display that is 33% brighter and 30% larger than previous Exx models, yield more vibrant and detailed thermal imagery. The Exx-Series cameras also feature a rugged, water-resistant design, and scratch-resistant Dragontrail cover glass over an optically-bonded, projected capacitive (PCAP) touchscreen. A simplified user interface delivers faster, more intuitive operation, and coupled Connected tools are now on the shelves The much-anticipated prospect of connectivity in power tools and measuring devices has become a solid reality with the arrival of several new Bosch Professional products on retailers’ shelves. These tools are connected to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth – for sending, receiving and storage of information. A small Bosch connectivity module can be bought with the tool or purchased separately and simply slotted in later. Connected tools and their users communicate via the free downloadable Bosch Toolbox app, which accesses a growing range of time and effort-saving aids. Planned key capabilities of the Bosch connectivity system include asset management and tool location, quick tool registration and personalised settings, fault alerts, condition and usage reports, and remote control. Importantly, the system has been designed to integrate new functionalities as they evolve. Bosch is focusing this month on four new tools with connectivity: the GSB 18 V-60 & V-85 C Professional CombiDrills, GSR 18 with enhanced Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Meterlink connectivity, archiving and report generation has never been easier. Andy Teich, president and CEO at FLIR, commented: “Redesigned from the handle up, the new series of FLIR Exx cameras is a significant achievement in terms of advanced functionality, performance, and ease of use in thermal cameras for electro-mechanical, plant, and building inspections. With an everbroadening base of users who demand thermal cameras that are compact, capable and easy to use, the advanced Exx cameras check every box.” The FLIR Exx not only locates a construction problem but also shows its full extent. It is a powerful and non-invasive tool for checking energy efficiency and quickly locating missing insulation, areas of energy loss and moisture build-up. The camera is suitable for all building professionals, from those involved in the inspection of building fabric to plumbers, electricians, window and solar panel installers. www.flir.com/exx-series V-85 C Professional Drill Driver and GWS 18 V-125 SC Professional Angle Grinder. Each features the latest powerful, highly efficient and long-lasting brushless EC motors, along with state-ofthe art protection and control systems. KickBack Control, Precision Clutch and LED afterglow are among the functions which can be adjusted, personalised and memorised via the Toolbox app. As an added incentive, anyone buying one of these connected power tools complete with connectivity module before 30.06.17 can use the app to claim a versatile, stylish, ultra-modern Withings “Activité Steel” activity tracker, worth over £135. New connected levelling devices, the GCL 2-50 C & CG Line Lasers, will hit the shops in April. Along with strong green laser light and a user-friendly design, they offer remote angle adjustment as one of their key connectivity advantages. www.boschprofessional. com/upgrade The latest generation of advanced thermal imaging cameras for building science apps


RCI April 2017
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