- June 15, 2010
June 15, 2010 - Micro-Epsilon enhanced its thermoIMAGER TIM160 inline infrared thermal imaging camera with new features, accessories and mounting options, including a protective enclosure that allows the device to operate in ambient temperatures up to 200 deg C making the unit ideal for monitoring the temperature of steel, ceramics and glass.Powered and operated via a USB 2.0 interface, the thermoIMAGER 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 (included in the unit price), 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.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 now provided with the thermoIMAGER TIM160 include a traceable certificate of calibration (one for each individual lens), a tripod mount (adjustable from 200mm up to 1,000mm), a rugged carrying case, USB cables (from 1m up to 100m) and process control and analysis software.Unlike a handheld thermal imaging camera, the thermoIMAGER 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.The thermoIMAGER TIM160 is compact and lightweight and made from anodised aluminium. The camera housing measures 45mm x 45mm x 62mm 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.