Case Study: FLIR® Supercharges Development of New Generation Thermal Cameras
FLIR announced the third-generation FLIR ONE and the FLIR ONE Pro thermal camera smartphone accessories at CES 2017. The product was redesigned from the ground up to incorporate improvements in thermal imaging technology and mechanical functionality. With support from the Instrumental System, FLIR was able to rapidly bring the next-generation, high-quality product and a new factory up to speed while simultaneously lowering implementation cost.
FLIR used Instrumental to:
- Confirm the configuration of a key part that had already been built into units, saving time and effort immediately.
- Speed up issue discovery and failure analysis: FLIR used the system to discover places where components were being mis-assembled or were falling out of alignment, and track build progress.
- Extend remote access: At FLIR in Santa Barbara, multiple cross-functional teams took advantage of the enhanced failure analysis capabilities provided by the Instrumental System. At multiple times during development, four separate conference rooms filled with different parts of the development team were working with images from the Instrumental System.
- Catch and fix problems like improperly fastened screws, PCB issues, unsnapped components, and part contamination.
"Without the immediate data collection and subsequent analysis, we would not have found and solved the issues on time. Some of the issues we may never have found. I am very happy to have Instrumental on the line." — Marcel Tremblay, Director of Mechanical Engineering, FLIR
The team at FLIR brought their new product and their new factory into mass production with increased speed, lower cost, and higher quality. Throughout development, the Instrumental System gave the team what they needed to find, fix, and monitor issues. With data stored on every assembly, the data record was used to immediately show pictures to the factory, so they knew exactly what to address. Travel to the factory was reduced by 75% for some of the FLIR development team because of the Instrumental stations.