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Thermal imaging camera with Ethernet interface includes autonomous operation

Thermal imaging camera with Ethernet interface includes autonomous operation

Micro-Epsilon has introduced a thermal imaging camera with Ethernet interface and automatic hotspot finder function, enabling the camera to be operated autonomously without a PC for automatic monitoring of hot and cold spots in a wide range of applications.

The thermoIMAGER TIM41 is a compact, robust (IP67) thermal imaging camera that is said to be particularly suitable for industrial OEM applications. The camera has an optical resolution of 384 x 240 pixels and provides temperature measurements in the range -20°C to +900°C. With communication and data made available via the Ethernet interface and support for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), direct cable lengths of up to 100m can be realised. IR video is transferred with a frame rate of up to 25Hz and can be viewed in the freely available TIMConnect software. Measured temperature values can also be output via the camera’s process interface (4-20mA). The camera can also be powered with 5-30 VDC if PoE is not available.

The camera can be operated without a PC using the ‘auto-hotspot-finder’ function, which enables automated detection of hot and cold spots within the camera’s field of view, even on moving objects. Simultaneous monitoring of up to three measuring fields is possible on a continuous basis in autonomous mode. Measurement values can be output to a PLC, for example, which in the event of limit values being exceeded, trigger subsequent actions such as alarms, opening of doors, cooling or switching. This means users can shutdown machines or processes preventively if overheating is detected. Fire monitoring in critical plant, machinery and electronics/electrical equipment are primary areas of use.

Setup is intuitive via the well-established TIMConnect configuration software, available as a free download from the Micro-Epsilon website. When connected with the software an almost unlimited number of inspection areas can be configured, along with IR video recording, snapshots and plots of temperature readings against time.

The TIM41 is available with a choice of 4 lens configurations depending on the distance and field of view required and incorporates a motorised focus for easy adjustments on targets via the software. A range of accessories are also available including air purge collars, protective windows and cooling housings, which enable the TIM41 device to be installed in a wide range of industrial environments.


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