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Thermal imager offers short-wave spectral range of 1µm

23 August 2015

Micro-Epsilon has introduced a compact, robust (IP67) short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera for measuring the surface temperature of hot metals, ceramics and graphite.

A short-wave spectral range of 1µm, means the new thermoIMAGER TIM M1 is suitable for temperature measurement applications in metal processing, including the temperature monitoring of metal hardening and forming processes. In the range 0.92µm to 1.1µm, metals are subject to a significantly higher emissivity than in other wavelength ranges.

The thermoIMAGER TIM M1 has a high resolution CMOS detector with 764 x 480 pixels, a temperature measuring range of 450°C to 1,800°C, and comes with full license-free software for fast set up and easy configuration. The unit itself measures 46 x 56 x 90mm, but for harsh environments it can be supplied with a large stainless steel air or water-cooled housing that can operate in 315°C ambient temperatures.

The M1 is supplied with the licence-free TIMConnect operating and analysis software as standard, which includes a variety of process control features, including an ‘image merging’ function. This smart feature allows the user to view on a single screen up to four M1 camera images and process these as ‘one image’.

Powered and operated via a USB 2.0 interface, the M1 provides temperature images and profiles of a target area. This plug-and-play unit enables the real time capture and storage of images or video of an event for slow motion play back or snapshots at a later date – a key feature in many quality, R&D and inspection work. The TIM M1 offers frame rates up to 1kHz, which means that users can monitor the temperature of fast moving metal objects or processes.

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