Micro-Epsilon’s latestcontribution to thermal imaging, the thermoIMAGER TIM 640, is an infrared thermal imaging camera that is able to record radiometric video at an optical resolution of 640×480 pixels – making it the highest resolution infrared camera available on the market today for less than £6800.
With extremely compact dimensions of 45x56x90mm and a weight of just 320g (including lens), compared to other similar-size cameras, the TIM 640 is the only camera that enables the recording of radiometric video images at 32Hz and a VGA resolution of 640×480 pixels.
With a thermal sensitivity of 75mK, this camera can detect very small temperature differences, which is critical in many thermal analysis R&D projects and inline thermography applications. At ambient temperatures of between 0 and 50°C, the camera can measure object temperatures ranging from -20°C to +900°C.
By using thermal imaging cameras – in R&D, new product development and high volume production – hot spots and defects can be detected quickly and reliably, without influencing the target object. The TIM 640 is suitable for a wide range of quality control, process monitoring and inline thermography applications, including the monitoring of small components in high speed production lines, plastics injection moulding, semiconductor manufacturing, as well as the analysis of electronic micro-components and functional testing of fully-assembled PCBs.
A USB 2.0 interface allows video recording at 32Hz. This is highly beneficial for short term thermal measurement activities, which need to be analysed in slow motion playback. Individual snapshots can be taken from these recordings. Measurement points are freely selectable and can be analysed via user-defined areas of interest. Alarms can also be set up and displayed, as well as maximum, minimum and average temperatures.
Glenn Wedgbrow, sales manager at Micro-Epsilon UK commented: “The TIM 640 is a superior quality, high performance thermal imaging camera that can be easily integrated to industrial process control and R&D applications. The camera also offers an outstanding price/performance ratio, with a price tag of £6,800 including software.”
For easy process integration, the TIM 640 is supplied with the TIM Connect software as standard. This enables users to monitor and document measurements and to edit infrared video images. The software provides quick and easy set up together with a range of software tools that enable the cameras to be used in R&D tasks as well as process control. The TIM 640 is supplied with an integral process interface for input and output of analogue and digital signals (alarms, temperature values, etc.). Open connectivity drivers are also provided for software integration via DLL, ComPort and LabVIEW, simplifying connectivity to fieldbus networks and automation systems.