Horiba's new infrared thermometer, a low cost alternative to thermal imaging

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 1 September 2004

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(2004), "Horiba's new infrared thermometer, a low cost alternative to thermal imaging", Sensor Review, Vol. 24 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/sr.2004.08724cad.003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Horiba's new infrared thermometer, a low cost alternative to thermal imaging

Horiba's new infrared thermometer, a low cost alternative to thermal imaging

Keywords: Infrared devices, Thermometer

Horiba Instrument's new infrared thermometer, the isquare, records and displays both visual image and multiple temperatures simultaneously.

It displays a digital picture of whatever it is pointed at, overlays and records the temperature distribution of the object with 64 detailed readings.

The isquare's makers say it is as easy to handle as a digital camera and combines the features of 64 conventional infrared thermometers in one device. Thus, allowing easy detection of hot/cold spot (Plate 3).

Plate 3 New isquare infrared thermometer

Applications include air conditioning equipment maintenance, thermal measurement of engine parts, temperature control of boilers, electrical equipment maintenance and temperature control of food products.

Its ease of use – the operator simply points the device and presses the “save” button – and portability means a wide range of operatives in almost any location can use it. Data are saved on a compact flash (CF) card.

Information can be transferred from the device's memory card to a PC, this allows for the results to be displayed in Microsoft Excel to produce a report. Real time information can be recorded on video, or displayed on a TV screen through a video output jack.

Users can set their own temperature and alarm parameters, the device sounds an audible alarm and displays a warning if set temperatures are exceeded.

The isquare displays an image of the object being measured, then overlays it with a 64-frame grid that indicates the temperature by colour coding of the gridlines. Using a cursor, the operator can select any specific frame to display the actual temperature in that quadrant.

A logging function allows automatic continuous measurements at a fixed location so that temperature fluctuations can be measured over time.

Different image modes are available on the colour LCD screen. The temperature scale can be user-set to a range from –50 to 1,000°C.

For further information visit the Web site: www.visionsys.fi