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Micro-Epsilon will display its handheld thermal-imaging cameras and laser inline process temperature sensors at Maintec 2010, to take place 2-4 March.

After setting up a partnership agreement with Flir Systems UK, a supplier of infrared thermography systems, Micro-Epsilon can now offer its customers the Thermoimager I series of handheld thermal-imaging cameras.

The range comprises four models: the I5, I40, I50 and I60.

Starting from GBP1,995, the Thermoimager I5 is a compact, lightweight, multi-purpose infrared camera that requires little training and provides engineers with a low-cost ’point-shoot-detect’ camera.

The I5 is accurate enough to measure temperatures up to 250C and to detect temperature differences as small as 0.1C.

The Thermoimager I5 weighs just 340g and is 22cm long.

It produces instant, point-and-shoot JPEG infrared images that carry all required temperature data and that can be stored internally or externally, and sent and analysed.

The camera detects temperature differences across complete surfaces or components in electrical, mechanical and building/office applications, helping to detect potential overheating problems, avoiding costly failures, damage to equipment and energy losses.

The camera has a bright, 2.8in (71.12mm) LCD display and a long-life battery for five hours of continuous operation.

For engineers that require a higher resolution camera and additional functionality and that need to document their findings, Micro-Epsilon’s Thermoimager I40 and I50 handheld infrared cameras are ideal.

In addition to thermal-imaging cameras, Micro-Epsilon will also showcase its Thermometer CT laser infrared non-contact temperature sensors.

This range of inline (fixed) sensors operates with specific wavelengths and is ideal for measuring the temperature of most material types, including metals, glass, ceramics, composites and secondary metal processing applications, from -40C to +1,800C, using laser sighting to locate the target to be measured and define measurement spot size.

The Micro-Epsilon Thermometer CT laser M3 is an infrared temperature sensor that measures at a short wavelength of 2.3 microns for all temperature measurements between 50 and 600C.

With a start temperature of 50C, the Thermometer CT laser M3 fulfils the demands of end users that need to measure the temperature of metals, ceramics and composites, while processing at room temperature.

The short wavelength also enables measurements to be taken through glass or transparent plastic windows, a common task in the latest laser welding or lighting systems.

The sensor’s precision double laser sighting, combined with excellent optical resolution (100:1), minimum spot size (0.7mm) and favourable price/performance ratio, results in a sensor that is ideal for measuring in the metal processing and metal components industry at temperatures up to 600C.

The double laser sighting system has two laser beams that precisely follow the infrared optical path, marking at any distance the real spot size.

Most common pyrometers use a central laser beam, through-lens sighting system or video sighting, which simply mark the centre and estimate the spot size.

Fast signal processing and quantum detector enable fast response times of just 1ms.

Micro-Epsilon’s Thermometer CT laser M1/M2 temperature sensors are ideal for higher process temperatures from 250 to 1,800C and can be used to measure the temperature of metals, ceramics and composites.

Like the M3, the M1/M2 sensors have double precision laser sighting, but benefit from a 300:1 optical resolution and a minimum spot size of 0.45mm.

Sensor response times are from 1ms.

Micro-Epsilon

With over 45 years experience and more than 15,000 customers worldwide, Micro-Epsilon understands the need for accurate, robust, intelligent sensors and measurement systems.

With over 45 years experience and more than 15,000 customers worldwide, Micro-Epsilon understands the need for accurate, robust, intelligent sensors and measurement systems.

If you are measuring any type of displacement / position, temperature, speed or colour parameters, Micro-Epsilon sensors and systems provide market-leading performance, together with the fastest measuring rates, highest operating temperature ranges and smart interface capabilities. From simple, low cost sensors to high volume, customer-specific OEM solutions, Micro-Epsilon will have athe correct measurement solution for your application.

Using both contact and non-contact measurement techniques, Micro-Epsilon boasts one of the largest ranges of displacement sensors including 1D, 2D & 3D laser optical, confocal chromatic, eddy current, capacitive, inductive, draw-wire and time-of-flight technologies. Measuring ranges are from nanometers to kilometers!

For temperature measurement, there is a comprehensive range of non-contact infrared temperature sensors and thermal imaging cameras capable of measuring up to that include intelligent software packages to support configuration, analysis and management during the application. LED analysers, fibre optic sensors and Colour recognition sensors measure true colour using L*A*B and CIE.

Micro-Epsilon sensors are used throughout almost all industries: from automotive to aerospace, motorsport to metal production, semiconductor to subsea. Whether it’s an R&D, test, inspection, OEM or a process control application, Micro Epsilon measurement engineers can provide the right measurement solution.

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