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Irisys launches first low‐cost, high‐spec visual/thermal imaging camera

Posted by Richard Strange on Feb 2, 2011 11:47:00 PM

The feature‐rich, user‐friendly IR16DS is a competitively priced system, bringing immensely capable dual imaging technology to engineers everywhere.

Irisys has launched its latest thermal imaging camera, the IR16DS. The exceptionally low‐cost, feature‐rich camera is designed for engineers on the move.

For the first time at this price point, a handheld, lightweight camera enables engineers to capture and display thermal images, visual images, a fusion of the two, or as picture‐in‐picture. This makes it much easier to identify hot and cold spots, vital when making electrical inspections, energy efficiency surveys and for mechanical testing.

Four moveable cursors allow easy comparison of components and items in the scene. In a 3‐phase electrical supply, for example, whilst making a survey an engineer can measure the temperature of each cable at the same time on the camera screen, rather than having to wait until the information is downloaded onto a computer.

A time sequencing function allows unattended monitoring of equipment to observe changes in equipment performance. These can be at regular intervals or on alarm when a temperature is outside normal parameters. At five hours, battery life is also unusually long, meaning a single battery can power an entire shift. However, if necessary, the battery can easily be replaced whilst in the field.

The camera can be set to alarm when a hot or cold temperature is outside a defined threshold. Alarms are audible both through the camera speaker or headphones; and visual, via the camera display.

Over 1000 images can be stored on a micro SD card. Engineers can also add voice notes to each image and play them back through the camera’s speaker or through a PC, saving time and effort compared with manual note taking.

“This is the first time a camera of this resolution and capabilities has been available at anywhere near this price,” said Mike Berrie, regional sales director at Irisys.

“It will appeal to mechanical and electrical maintenance engineers who recognise how easy‐to‐use thermal imaging technology can be of benefit in measuring, monitoring and identifying problem areas that have previously been hard to find, all at an affordable price.

“It also has many applications for buildings maintenance and saving energy, as it quickly spots poor insulation, air leakages, and moisture issues.”