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Easy set up, low cost infrared vision
The FLIR A5 fixed mounted thermal imaging camera from FLIR may be the new entry level product in the FLIR A-Series but it is still capable of great things. In common with all models in this new range it is compatible with popular third party software that allows it to be set-up optimally to suit the application.
For example, when used in conjunction with Halcon software it is the ideal solution for a full range of applications in the field of machine vision, electronic inspection, medical image analysis, robotics, surveillance and remote sensing. IMAQ Vision is another popular partner for this product for a variety of engineering and scientific applications.
This latest FLIR model has been introduced at an extremely affordable price to encourage manufacturers will little experience in automation to incorporate infrared vision into their processes. Its small size - 40mm x 43mm x 106mm - allows it to be installed on any production line, providing the ability to control the process and assure quality by measuring and visualising thermal difference.
Unlike traditional visible light systems, this FLIR infrared alternative requires no additional lighting to do its job and is therefore much less complicated and cumbersome to install. And by comparison with thermocouple technology, it allows the thermal profile of the entire target area to be monitored, not just single measurement points.
Compatibility with standard interfaces, GigE Vision(tm) and GenICam(tm), is key to the simple set-up of the FLIR A5. It also has a general purpose output that can be used to control other equipment and one input to read the status from the same equipment. Communication and power are provided via a single power-over-Ethernet cable.
It is also possible to configure one FLIR A5 to be the master and others as slaves for applications that call for more than one camera to cover the object or for stereoscopic applications.
The FLIR A5 produces thermal images of 80 x 64 pixels and is therefore best suited to monitoring small target areas. It is able to visualise temperatures between - 40_C and 550_C and differences as small as 50mK. FLIR Tools software allows thermal images to be viewed and analysed and includes functions such as time versus temperature plots.
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