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Partnership agreement provides customer with both sensors and imagers

16 November 2009

Precision sensor manufacturer Micro-Epsilon UK Ltd has set up a new partnership agreement with Flir Systems UK, a leading supplier of infrared thermography systems. Micro-Epsilon will now offer its customers a range of low cost handheld thermal imaging cameras, which complements Micro-Epsilon’s existing range of non-contact temperature measurement products.

Partnership agreement provides customer with both sensors and imagers
Partnership agreement provides customer with both sensors and imagers

Micro-Epsilon’s thermoIMAGER i series comprises three models, the i5, i40 and i50. Starting from £1,995, 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. However, even at such a competitive price, the i5 is still accurate enough to measure temperatures up to 250 deg C, whilst being able to detect temperature differences as small as 0.10 deg C.

The i series expands Micro-Epsilon’s already comprehensive thermoMETER range of non-contact infrared temperature products. Over the last five years, the company has built up significant expertise in non-contact temperature measurement and so is able to provide valuable technical advice and guidance to customers, including product demonstrations. Micro-Epsilon can deliver from stock and provides local support in the UK.

As Chris Jones, managing director at Micro-Epsilon (UK) commented: "The new partnership agreement makes absolute sense, as both companies are leaders in their field of expertise and have a similar philosophy of providing technically advanced products at competitive prices. The agreement enables us to provide our customers with a comprehensive range of infrared temperature sensors and thermal imagers, both inline and handheld versions, from a simple low cost inline sensor, to a market leading thermal imager."

In terms of its weight, size, price and performance, the thermoIMAGER i5 is unbeatable. Weighing just 340g and with a length of 22cm, it is the lightest and most compact camera currently available on the market.

The i5 produces instant, point-and-shoot JPEG infrared images that carry all required temperature data and that can be stored internally or externally, 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, 2.8-inch LCD display and a long life battery for five hours of continuous operation.

For those engineers that require a higher resolution camera, additional functionality and who need to document their findings, Micro-Epsilon’s thermoIMAGER i40 and i50 handheld infrared cameras are ideal.

The i50 is a powerful instrument with a choice of measurement modes. It has a 140 x 140 infrared resolution at an excellent sensitivity, as well as a 2.3mpixel visual digital camera. The camera stores up to 1,000 standard jpeg images onto its micro SD card. This means the images can be viewed in other common software applications. The i50 is also incredibly compact and lightweight, weighing just 600g. The i50 is protected to IP54 and so can be used in harsh industrial environments.

Another useful feature of the i50 is a new ‘Picture-in-Picture’ image fusion, which enables the user to view an infrared image superimposed on a visual image. It also includes integrated laser pointer and LED lamps for inspection in low light areas.

The thermoIMAGER i40 is identical to the i50, except that it has a 120 x 120 pixels resolution infrared camera and a 0.6mpixel digital camera, making it more competitively priced than the i50.
All thermoIMAGER i series cameras come with wizard-based reporting software with advanced digital imaging processing and temperature calculation functions.

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