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Temperature plays an important role as an indicator of the condition of a product or piece of machinery, both in manufacturing and in quality control. Downtimes are decreased since the manufacturing processes can proceed without interruption and under optimal conditions. Infrared technology has been utilized successfully in industry for decades, but new developments have reduced costs, increased reliability, and resulted in smaller, noncontact infrared measurement devices.

Benefits of Noncontact IR Temperature Measurement

  • It is fast (in the ms range) – saving time and allowing for more measurements and data accumulation.
  • It facilitates measurement of moving targets i.e. conveyor processes.
  • Measurements can be taken of hazardous or physically inaccessible objects i.e. high-voltage parts or large measurement distances.
  • Measurements of high temperatures (above 1300°C/2375°F) present no problems. Contact thermometers often cannot be used in such conditions.
  • There is no interference as no energy is lost from the target.
  • Noncontact temperature measurement is wearfree – there is no risk of contamination and no mechanical effect on the surface of the object.
Additional Resources on IR Education
Frequenty Asked Questions - FAQ
Elements of Noncontact Temperature Measurement
Principles and Benefits of IR Temperature Measurement (PDF)
Technical Notes
Emissivity Tables - Common Materials and Non-metals
Emissivity Tables - Metals
Glossary of IR Terms
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