Micro-Epsilon has enhanced its inline infrared thermal imaging camera with a host of new features, accessories and mounting options, including a protective enclosure that allows the device to operate in ambient temperatures up to 200°C – making the unit suited for monitoring the temperature of steel, ceramics and glass.
Powered and operated via a USB 2.0 interface, the thermo IMAGER TIM160 is an inline radiometric thermal imaging camera that provides temperature images and profiles of a target area. This plug-and-play unit comes with a full software package, that enables the user to configure all the parameters of the device, as well as enabling the real time capture (at 100Hz full frame rate) and storage of images or video of an event for slow motion play back or snapshots at a later date – an important feature in many R&D and failure diagnostics work.
The camera offers a variety of new features and accessories. Rather than supplying the device with a single factory calibrated optical lens, the user now has the option of up to three interchangeable lenses (9, 31 and 64 degree FOV). For R&D test engineers who may be unsure of which applications they will use the device for, the three interchangeable lenses cater for every possible field of view for temperature monitoring tasks.
Other features and accessories provided include a traceable certificate of calibration (one for each individual lens), a tripod mount (adjustable from 200 up to 1,000mm), a rugged carrying case, USB cables (from 1 up to 100m) and process control and analysis software.
Unlike a hand held thermal imaging camera, the thermo IMAGER TIM160 is fixed into position in a production line or R&D lab in order to monitor the temperature profile of target materials or objects. The camera is well suited to process control, quality and R&D applications, across a wide range of industries, including plastics, packaging, machine building, FMCG, thermoforming, automotive, paper, printing, textiles, food, chemicals & pharmaceuticals, medical engineering, universities and other educational establishments.
A wide variety of mounting brackets cater for almost every type of installation, a variety of protective enclosures allow the device to be installed in washdown or high temperature environments. The water cooling jacket option enables the device to be used in temperatures up to 200°C.
The camera is compact and lightweight and made from anodised aluminium. The camera housing measures 45x45x62mm and weighs just 250g (including lens and a 1m USB cable), enabling easy mounting in restricted spaces. The rugged device is protected to IP65 (NEMA-4) and is powered (5V DC) via the USB 2.0 interface, with a maximum current draw of 500mA.
The system is compatible with Windows XP/Vista, enabling easy integration of thermal imaging information with mini-PCs, rail mounted PCs and industrial embedded PCs and PLCs. A DLL is provided so that the user can export thermal imaging data from the process imager into customer-specific software.