1µm thermal imager for the metal processing industry

Written by: Tom Austin-Morgan | Published:

Micro-Epsilon has launched a compact, robust, IP67 rated short wavelength infrared thermal imaging camera, specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of hot metals, as well as ceramics and graphite.

Due to its short-wave spectral range of 1µm, the thermoIMAGER TIM M1 is suited for temperature measurement applications in metal processing, including the temperature monitoring of 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 to 1800°C, and comes with software for set up and configuration. Weighing 320g and measuring 46 x 56 x 90mm, the camera can be supplied with a stainless steel air or water-cooled housing that can operate in 315°C ambient temperatures.

Powered and operated via a USB 2.0 interface, 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. 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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