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About Infrared Thermography

thermal imageThermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects like ice emit infrared light. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot in this range of the light spectrum. Infrared cameras capture thousands of measurement points on each image. A real life example would be scanning an 8’ x 8’ wall. The camera would capture approximately 300 temperature readings per square foot of this wall.

Infrared Thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact and non-destructive temperature measurement capabilities. Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications.

How Do Infrared Cameras Work?

An infrared camera is a non-contact device very similar to a digital camera that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and allows one to perform temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely measured, allowing one to not only monitor thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems. Recent innovations - particularly in detector technology, the incorporation of built-in visual imaging, automatic functionality, and infrared software development, deliver more cost-effective thermal analysis solutions than ever. Digital image storage produces calibrated thermal images that contain over 78,000 independent temperature measurements that can be measured at any time.