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Raytek has introduced the Thermoview Pi20 process imager and the Datatemp Pi (DTPi) software, which provide an expanded view of process performance in a range of industrial applications.

Designed to provide the automated monitoring and control of continuous or stationary targets, the Thermoview Pi20 fixed-mounted process imager provides a real-time process view of thermal images, allowing plant operators to shorten process start-up times and lower production-line changeover costs.

The camera is paired with the DTPi software, which minimises or eliminates the long learning curve associated with many process imaging systems.

Jeff Kresch, Raytek product manager for fixed thermal imagers, said: ‘Together, the Raytek Pi20 camera and DTPi software offer multi-point control flexibility corresponding to areas of interest [AOIs] on the product with independent alarm settings.

‘This provides the ability to reduce heating costs by applying heat to only the areas that need it.

‘Users can also tell immediately when a product changeover is made if their process is under control.

‘Process problems that show up as temperature anomalies are instantly detected and image file and AOI archiving, based on alarm conditions, captures data showing when the alarm condition occurred,’ he added.

The Thermoview Pi20 camera and the Datatemp Pi software are designed for use in diverse and often rugged industrial settings.

During solar module testing, for example, the thermal imaging system enables the early detection of defective solar cells.

It also enables manufacturers to improve productivity and energy generation from solar modules.

In the tobacco industry, the system helps to reduce waste from improperly dried tobacco and prevent fires caused by smouldering tobacco stored in bunkers.

The thermal imaging camera and software also detect unquenched clinkers on coke conveyers and identify hotspots during pressboard production and rubbish incineration.

Featuring an IP54 rating, the Thermoview Pi20 camera is offered in two temperature ranges: from -40C to +500C and from +200C to +2,000C.

For each temperature range, two lens options are available: 21.7 x 16deg or 30 x 22deg.

The Thermoview Pi20 simplifies networking over long distances using a standard Ethernet interface, which transmits up to 30 frames per second of imaging data from the camera.

Additional fibre-optic Ethernet accessories enable Ethernet cable runs beyond 90m, thus eliminating the need to place the PC operating the Datatemp Pi software in a hazardous area.

These features are said to reduce the user’s capital investment costs by eliminating the need for specialised enclosures and expensive industrial computers to survive in a harsh field environment.

The Thermoview Pi20 camera is interfaced to the Datatemp Pi software for the real-time viewing, archiving and playback of both online and offline thermal images.

The DTPi supports up to 16 Pi20 cameras simultaneously in a single software package where each camera can have up to 192 process alarms to be assigned as relay outputs.

As a result, users can minimise the total system footprint on the factory floor and control room with a single PC installation.

The software is designed to be set up and operational within minutes.

The system reduces product scrap by providing alarm outputs immediately when they occur, anywhere on the product.

In addition, DTPi software interfaces to remote input/output (I/O) modules can be employed as triggering inputs, enabling file saving or other application events to occur.

Raytek offers a variety of accessories for its latest thermal imaging solution to provide protection for hardware in dirty, high-temperature environments.

They include an IP65-rated protective enclosure with integrated cooling and air purge options; a junction box to house I/O module accessories; and a DIN-rail industrial power supply.

The Pi20 camera is also available with fibre-optic Ethernet cable and converters for extended cable runs, as well as a mounting bracket facilitating base and tripod mounting.

Our mission is to be the leading supplier of infrared, noncontact, industrial temperature measurement instruments in the world.

We strive to develop instruments that improve the productivity, reliability, and efficiency of our customer’s processes and maintenance activities and, ultimately, the quality of their products and services. We use profit as a measure for creating a company where people can develop and use their skills in an exciting, challenging and rewarding environment.

Founded in 1963, Raytek designs, manufactures, markets and services a complete line of infrared, noncontact temperature measurements instruments for industrial, process control and maintenance applications. In addition to our worldwide headquarters in Santa Cruz, Calinfornia USA, European headquarters in Berlin, Germany and our China headquarters in Beijing, China, Raytek has regional offices around the globe and is represented by a worldwide network of authorized distributors.

In 2007, Ircon joined Raytek to offer a complete IR solution to our customers.

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