26 Oct 2012
FLIR Systems AB, the European arm of the world’s largest thermal imaging company, has just completed its relocation to a brand new purpose-built factory north of Stockholm in Sweden. The move has allowed FLIR to optimise production and to create an environment that is highly customer-focused.
Sales of FLIR thermal imaging cameras have grown substantially in recent years, with manufacturing economies allowing cost reductions that in turn have fuelled demand.
The production area of the new facility occupies 10,000 square metres of the overall 19,000 square metres site. Rickard Lindvall is the Site Manager of FLIR Systems thermography operation. He explained: “At our old site in Danderyd our operation spanned three buildings. Now everything is consolidated in one big building and this has enabled us to increase our manufacturing efficiency and build dedicated customer areas.”
The site, for example, includes a huge reception area that provides the facilities for customers to try out every thermal imaging camera product in the FLIR range. The service centre has also been optimised to handle the increasing volumes that require routine calibration maintenance.
Naturally research and development facilities have also been given a high priority at the new site. The continuous development of both its hardware and software products is critical to FLIR Systems’ success. It is a process for which the company allocates up to 10% of its annual revenue.
As the old site in Danderyd and the new factory are just a short car-drive apart, none of the company’s expert staff have been lost in the transfer.