What is an Infrared Camera?
An infrared camera – also called IR camera, thermal imaging camera or thermal camera – is a measuring instrument used for non-contact measurements of the surface temperature of objects. Measuring temperature in this way enables you to visualise infrared radiation of objects or humans which are normally out of the normal visible spectrum. The infrared camera uses its integrated infrared detector to record the intensity and distribution of a certain spectrum of this electromagnetic radiation. The thermal camera is set up close to process it is controlling in order to immediately detect and rectify deviations from the parameters defined for this process. InfraTec provides such solutions for process monitoring and quality control as well as for research and development.
Choose Your Infrared Camera
InfraTec offers more than 30 infrared camera models. Choose a suitable IR camera form our product range including entry-level cameras, professional and universal cameras as well as high-end and industrial systems.
Powerful IR Camera Including Full Service Package
With a modular system consisting of different and industry-proven components, for individual thermal imaging camera models or automated thermography solutions, InfraTec takes into account the occurring versatile requirements.
Does your daily business call for an extremely powerful thermal camera? If so, InfraTec is the right partner for you.
- Wide range of cooled and uncool infrared cameras for handheld and stationary use
- Application-specific software packages enable precise and efficient data evaluation
- Turnkey thermographic automation solutions
- Professional feasibility studies
- Comprehensive range of services from 24-hour service hotline to extended warranties
- German designed, developed and manufactured thermal imaging camera
- Experienced sales and service partners enable local support levels
- In-house service department, e.g. for on-site support, remote maintenance and recalibration of your IR camera
Model Variety of Thermal Cameras
We offer a comprehensive range of more than 30 infrared camera models. Our product range of IR cameras comprises entry-level devices, professional and universal cameras, high-end solutions as well as industrial thermal cameras and infrared imager. Together we will find the right package consisting of infrared camera, software, accessories and service for your specifique application.
High-resolution ImageIR® IR Camera Series with Cooled Detectors
The high-end infrared cameras of the product series ImageIR® from InfraTec meet the highest demands in research and science, for non-destructive inspection as well as for process control. The modular concept enables excellent adaption to your specific measurement and inspection tasks. Cooled photon detectors of different types (InSb, MCT), spectral sensitivity ranges and formats are used. The numerous equipment options include powerful infrared full optics, filters and rotating aperture wheels, trigger and data transfer interfaces as well as motor focus units suitable for continuous operation.
- Detector Format
Spatial resolution with detector formats with up to (1,920 × 1,536) infrared pixels
Integrated into camera, genuine temperature measured values
- Thermal Resolution
Precise detection of smallest temperature differences
- High-speed Mode
Increase frame rates and thermal resolution at the same time using binning technology
- Frame Rate
Analysis of high-speed dynamic temperature changes and processes
- Modular Design Concept
High flexibility for upgrades and customization of configurations
- Rotating Filter/Aperture Wheel
Enables measurement tasks with high object temperatures and spectral thermography
- Process and Trigger Interface
Highly precise repeatable data recording; time- and event-controlled
Professional VarioCAM® IR Camera Series
The more than 20 models of the VarioCAM® High Definition product range include premium infrared cameras as well as entry models to high-level thermography. Even the basic models of the VarioCAM® HDx of cameras convince with powerful detector, robust light metal housing, the 5.6" TFT color display and integrated 8 MP digital camera. VarioCAM® High Definition and VarioCAM® HDx each offer "inspect" and "research" equipment lines designed for mobile use. The "head" models are suitable for fixed installation, e.g. in harsh industrial environments.
- Detector Format
High-end detectors with up to (1,024 × 768) infrared pixels
Available with unique opto-mechanical micro-scanner for up to (2,048 × 1,536) infrared pixels
- Thermal resolution
Thermal resolution as low as 0.02 K
- Frame Rate
Frame rate up to 240 Hz
- TFT Display
Handheld models utilizing a 5.6" TFT colour display with (1,280 × 800) pixels
- Fixed Mount
Cameras for fixed mount use in harsh process environments as well as for computer-assisted laboratory tasks
Possible Applications of a Thermal Cameras
Especially when manufacturing thermally sensitive components, infrared thermography provides specific information for quality assurance purposes. In plastic- and automotive industries, even smallest deviations from the preset temperature can lead to a severe quality loss. With thermographic monitoring, the sources of error can be recognised, documented and fixed.
Frequently Asked Questions on the Subject Infrared Camera
What Do You See With an Infrared Camera?
An infrared camera is used to measure temperatures of object surfaces. Therefore the principle of infrared thermography is used. Infrared thermography is a passive imaging method for contactless temperature measurement. It uses the fact that every object with a temperature above absolute zero (-273.15 °C) emits electromagnetic radiation. The focal plane array infrared detector of the thermal imaging cameras, which is equipped with individual elements arranged in a matrix, uses an optical system to capture the intensity distribution of the radiation emission from the measurement object over a large area. The camera converts the radiation intensities into measured temperature values for each individual pixel of the radiometric thermal image. This results not only in a few temperature readings from individual measurement points, as for example in the case of using thermocouples and pyrometers, but also in hundreds of thousands to millions of temperature readings that are completely distributed over the measurement object.
How do Different Temperatures Become Visible With an Infrared Camera?
The visualization of images, also known as thermograms recorded by infrared cameras, can be performed in different ways. Best known are gray value or so-called false colour representations, in which each temperature value is assigned a gray level or a certain colour. Therefore, the user can get a very clear overview of the temperature distribution on the measurement object and immediately detect anomalies such as hotspots and discontinuities, which can indicate hidden faults for example.
What is a FLIR Camera?
The term FLIR is an acronym for the abbreviation Forward Looking InfraRed. State-of-the art FLIR thermal imaging camera systems are equipped with different cooled and uncooled two-dimensional imaging detectors that reproduce thermal images in the wavelength ranges of (2 ... 14 µm). This makes FLIR thermal imaging camera systems ideal for people and vehicle detection in government applications, other applications include e.g. industry and research.
How do Captured Thermographic Data Become Visible?
The purpose of thermography is not only to collect image data, but to analyze and apply the obtained measurement results captured by an infrared camera. Using a thermography evaluation software the measurement data are processed. InfraTec offers a wide range of efficient and user-friendly programmes for various applications and requirements. The centre of attention is, hereby, the fully scalable software family IRBIS® 3.
Where are Thermal Imaging Camera Used in Practice?
Numerous companies from all over the world use infrared thermography as a measurement method in the development of new products, temperature-controlled process automation and quality control. Universities, technical colleges and institutes use ir cameras for applications in science and education. The spectrum of industries and application areas in which ir cameras from InfraTec are used is correspondingly broad. Learn more about the specific use of thermography in the user reports of our customers.