A new Bluetooth-based technology allows infrared cameras from Flir and meters from Extech Instruments to “talk” wirelessly. Called MeterLink, the capability allows electrical readings from an Extech clampmeter to be transmitted to a Flir camera and be recorded on the related infrared image. Suited for electrical-related diagnostics, the compatibility allows technicians using MeterLink-enabled devices to gather even more information for predictive and preventive maintenance operations.

Extech Instruments, Waltham, Mass., offers the feature on its EX845, which has advanced True RMS meter functions such as AC/DC current, voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, infrared and contact temperature, diode-test and continuity check. Infrared cameras from Boston-based Flir can be used locate problems with electrical components such as motors, fuses and breaker panels.