Micro-Epsilon is launching an innovative infrared thermometer that is suitable for use in high-temperature production lines and process environments, enabling precise temperature measurements to be made on materials such as fabric and webs in ambient temperatures of up to 250˚C – without any need for cooling.
The non-contact sensor opens up a diverse range of new applications and markets. Known as the Optris CT hot, the IR thermometer is said to represent a leap forward in its sensor class, enabling temperature measurements from -40 up to 975˚C in ambient temperatures of up to 250˚C without any cooling of the sensor head. This is possible due to several design features: new detector materials; a new mechanical design; and new high-temperature cabling.
Micro-Epsilon has applied its considerable in-house development capabilities to design new semiconductor electronics and connectors, as well as a more robust, compact sensor housing that enables the unit to be adapted to suit standard industrial mountings, flanges and brackets.
Potential applications for the CT hot thermometer include ovens, dryers, heat treatment lines in the metal and glass industries, paper, plastic, textiles and semiconductor manufacturing.
Multiple CT hot sensors can be used inside heat treatment lines with several process chambers to measure temperatures of the web or fabric at different points over the length and width. The benefits for the customer are that information can be obtained relating to the drying curve of the material, moisture content, non-uniform application of coatings and bonding.
In addition, process engineers can optimise energy consumption, speed and product quality by reducing the process temperature once the product is at its desired temperature.
According to Micro-Epsilon, competing sensors on the market generally use a much lower optical resolution.