FLIR Systems

FLIR Systems

Infobox Company
company_name = FLIR Systems
company_type = Public (nasdaq|FLIR)
foundation = 1978
location = Wilsonville, Oregon,
United States flagicon|USA
key_people = Earl R. Lewis, David J. Loftus
industry = Defense, Technology, Security, Law Enforcement
products = thermal imaging, infrared
revenue = $575 million USD
operating_income = profit $136 Million USD
net_income = profit $101 Million USD
num_employees = 1,300 (2006)
divisions = Commercial Vision Systems,
Government Systems,
subsid =
homepage = []
footnotes =
financial data is 2006 [ [ FLIR 2006 Annual Report] ]

FLIR Systems (NASDAQ|FLIR) is a US-based infrared (thermal) imaging systems for airborne applications manufacturer. Based in Wilsonville, Oregon, the company was established in 1978 and in 2005 placed 55th on CNNMoney's list of fastest growing companies. The company manufactures both commercial and military applications of their forward looking infrared products.


FLIR was established in 1978. Toward the close of the 1980s, FLIR began to leverage its experience in infrared imaging technology to develop hand-held and laboratory systems for a variety of commercial applications that required not only superior image quality, but also the ability to detect and measure temperature differences. This effort accelerated with the acquisition of the industrial infrared imaging group from the Hughes Aircraft Co. in 1990.

The acquisition of Agema (Sweden) in 1998 and of Inframetrics (Boston, MA) in mid-1999 has given FLIR an engineering team and a sales and support infrastructure that are unmatched. Together Agema and Inframetrics represented over 60 years of significant infrared camera development and thermography applications expertise. Agema Infrared Systems, formerly AGA, developed the first commercial infrared scanner, designed for power line inspections, in 1965. Pioneers in the development of infrared cameras for industrial inspection, other notable Agema achievements included the first battery-operated portable infrared scanner in 1973, the first dual-wavelength system capable of real-time analog recording for R&D markets in 1978, and the first uncooled infrared camera, the Agema 570, and 1997. Inframetrics, also a pioneer in commercial infrared cameras and thermography training, developed the first TV-compatible infrared system in 1975 and the first full-featured camcorder-style focal plane array (FPA) infrared camera in 1995.

In 2004, FLIR Systems acquired Indigo Systems, a leading developer and supplier of a wide range of infrared imaging products, including cooled and uncooled infrared detectors, camera cores and finished cameras. The fruits of these acquisitions have had an extremely positive impact resulting in FLIR's dominance in the commercial infrared camera market with more infrared cameras sold than any other manufacturer. FLIR's ThermaCAM series of uncooled and cooled thermal imaging cameras have set the standard for thermographic testing and analysis and are the most widely used IR non-contact temperature measurement systems in the world. Beginning in 2005 the company began supplying BMW with imaging technology for use on the luxury automaker's vehicles.Earnshaw, Aliza. [ Flir on fast track after several years of strong growth.] "Portland Business Journal", March 2 2007.] Also in 2005 FLIR was named the 55th fastest growing company on CNNMoney's Business 2.0 100 Fastest-growing tech companies list. [ [ Flir Systems.] 2005 Fastest Growing,, accessed September 15 2007.] In 2006 FLIR was listed as the 83rd best small business by Forbes Magazine. The previous year they were ranked 39th. [ [ Oregon firms named to Forbes best small companies list.] "Portland Business Journal", October 13 2006.] In March 2007, the company reported that they will restate its annual historical consolidated financial statements for the period from 1995 through 2005, primarily to record non-cash charges for compensation expense relating to past stock option grants. [ [ Flir to restate financial reports.] "Portland Business Journal", March 1 2007.]


Currently, FLIR Systems operates Five manufacturing plants: three in the USA (Wilsonville, OR, Boston, MA and Santa Barbara, CA), one in Stockholm, Sweden and one in Tallin, Estonia. Coupled with a worldwide sales, marketing and service network in over 60 countries, FLIR employs a total of over 1300 dedicated infrared specialists. The company operates three divisions; the Thermography Division (temperature measurement), Government Systems Division (GS), and the Commercial Vision Systems division (CVS).


Used with permission:cite web
last = Francoeur
first = David
title = About FLIR Systems
accessdate = 2007-02-23

External links

* [ - FLIR Infrared Cameras and Thermal Imagers]
* [ Google Finance: FLIR]
* [ Forbes: Flir Systems]

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