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The NightFINDER™

Thermal (IR) Cameras, Low-Light Intensifier Cameras and Infrared Illuminators are strategically mounted on same Searchlight Aiming Platform.

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117 years of History… Founded in 1894, The Carlisle & Finch Co. invented the first Carbon Arc Searchlight in North America, and provided this technology to the Paddlewheel Boats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. In the 1960’s, The Carlisle & Finch Co. pioneered Xenon Arc Searchlight Technology, and the Company’s products remain to this day, the standard of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Federal Prison System. In addition, The Carlisle & Finch Co. products are used worldwide in the Super Yacht Market, the Commercial Marine Market and a multitude of Foreign Militaries and Security Installations!

Leading Edge Technology… The Carlisle & Finch Co. has pioneered every searchlight innovation over the last century, including the development of Carbon Arc and Xenon Arc Searchlight Technology. In addition, the Company recently launched the NightFINDER™ Family of products, which are the first products in the world, to combine Night Vision Camera Technology and High Intensity Lighting, on the same Pan/Tilt motorized base!

Commitment to Quality… “Commitment to Quality…. The Carlisle & Finch Company is well known for its high quality and reliability.  The Carlisle & Finch Company has been and currently is fully compliant with the strict guidelines of MIL-I-45208A, passing stringent independent audits as proof, and, as a result, have been responsibly appointed by the US Department of Defense as an approved and certified Military Contractor.  As such, our present quality system is managed to a higher quality assurance level.  Furthermore, it is of note that we are presently undergoing the registration process to be certified to the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Standard very soon.  This commitment to high quality has enabled the The Carlisle & Finch Company to have well over one hundred products with approved National Stock Numbers within the U.S. military system.  In addition, due to the high reliability of the products, at one point, nearly every Lighthouse in North America had a C&F Co. manufactured high intensity rotating beacon.  Our present Quality Policy……….”The Carlisle & Finch Company is a manufacturing organization dedicated to meet or exceed our customer’s requirements by making innovative and technologically advanced products through a culture of Good Manufacturing Practices and Continuous Improvement.” “


NightFINDER Product earns ISS "Excellence In Innovation" Award

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