With the launch of its new Platinum Series infrared inspection windows Iriss poses an important question. Why choose a traditional, limited life fluoride crystal window that could shatter when there is now a superior and clear, polymer alternative that is impact resistant and which carries an unlimited ­lifetime warranty?

The introduction of the Platinum Series is the result of continuous development of the original concept and in response to customer requests. The capabilities of this IR window are made possible by the new Iriss Poly-View System patented clear ­polymer. And this is said to remove the benefit that a crystal window could claim over the originally opaque Iriss alternative – visual inspection.

Platinum is said to exceed industry standards as the only IR window suitable for electrical inspection in the UV, visual and all three infrared spectrums. A fixed and stable transmission rate is assured for accurate quantitative and qualitative analysis. It helps companies comply with NFPA 70E electrical safety standards and is fully ­certified and tested to UL, IEE, IP65/NEMA 4, Lloyds of London and the American Bureau of Shipping standards.

By comparison with Platinum, a crystal window carries the significant risk of breakage, especially in the presence of vibration. Even an electrician slamming an enclosure door can cause a crystal window to shatter. This ­presents manufacturers, particularly those in the food and pharmaceutical sectors, with a problem.

Platinum has an unconditional lifetime warranty against breakage. It is reinforced by an aluminium honeycomb grill and is not degraded by acids, alkalis, UV, moisture, humidity, vibration or high frequency noise.

Whilst its competitors have to rely on features such as unique locking mechanisms as key selling points, Platinum can count on its proven and far superior, long term performance that saves customers time and money and assures personnel safety.

Process critical electrical components can be easily monitored by the thermographer without any danger of being exposed to energised equipment. And in addition Platinum eliminates the need for PPE.  The potential cost savings achievable through the adoption of Platinum are therefore huge.

The Iriss Platinum Series is available in both round and rectangular window shapes with customizable features such as housing materials, gaskets, covers, locking devices, private labelling and colour.

In addition, custom solutions with Poly-View System technology can be ­configured to virtually any shape or size – a capability that is not achievable with crystal technology.