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Offering an alternative to thermal imaging

Joe Bush, Editor

05/01/2012

Tags: Test & Measurement

Topics: Test & Measurement

Offered as a low cost alternative to thermal imaging cameras, The Schaeffler Group has introduced its new TempCheck PRO handheld non-contact infrared temperature measurement device. The TempCheck PRO can be used in a number of applications, including the preventive maintenance of rotating machinery and components, and for locating hotspots on bearings, gearboxes, motors, valves, HVAC systems, electrical connectors, fuses, electrical wiring and control cabinets.

The device is supplied as standard with a surface sensor for situations where contact measurement is the preferred method, and an immersion sensor for measuring the temperature of fluids, making it well suited for use in chemicals, pharmaceuticals or food processing applications. An integrated data logger can store up to 20 recorded values.

TempCheck PRO offers a wide temperature measurement range and is able to measure surface temperatures from -32°C to 760°C. The optical resolution of the unit is 40:1, which provides an accuracy of ±1% (or ±1°C between 0°C and 760°C). This high resolution, combined with the unit’s consistently small infrared measuring spot size of 13mm up to a distance of 260mm, minimises measurement errors and ensures that the device is capable of accurately measuring smaller targets (down to 13mm) that are further away.

TempCheck PRO’s 300ms response time also allows the user to sweep the unit around a room or control cabinet looking for hotspots. The user can also programme the device to compensate for the emissivity of different target materials.

The device comes with acoustic and visual HIGH/LOW alarm functions and a USB interface. The integrated reporting software enables the user to set parameters and record temperatures, and the unit is also supplied with an adapter for a photographic tripod, and a protective pouch and storage case.

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