Electrical and mechanical system predictive maintenance

thermal imager

Sycamore, Ill.—IDEAL Industries Inc., a test and measurement technology company, has debuted its new HeatSeeker Thermal Imager, an affordable thermography solution for the predictive maintenance of electrical and mechanical systems. Less cumbersome to use than traditional thermal imagers, the handheld HeatSeeker was designed to meet the stringent standards for performance set by professional electricians, engineers and building inspectors.

""Whether you're troubleshooting an industrial pump or checking air distribution in a duct, you want a thermal imager you can depend on to work quickly and accurately," explained Dave Skowronski, Product Manager of IDEAL's Test & Measurement Group. "We engineered the HeatSeeker™ to ensure a precise, highly functional diagnostic tool that was simple to use for detection and post analysis."

Auto Hot/Cold Tracker
The IDEAL HeatSeeker incorporates an Auto Hot/Cold Tracker, a new technology that automatically pinpoints the hottest and coldest temperatures within a single screen by highlighting both with dual cursors.  Just a quick scan of the Auto Hot/Cold Tracker immediately identifies current or potential problems, such as overloaded circuits, inefficient heat transfer, moisture leakage, or fluid distribution for a stuck valve. By locating potential malfunctions before they become critical the HeatSeeker lowers maintenance costs.

Digital/Thermal Blending
For superior accuracy in the field, HeatSeeker captures a "real" digital photo of the subject that is then blended with a full infrared picture to provide added detail to the image under review. Depending on the complexity of the image, the technician can choose to blend the digital photo with 25, 50 or 75 percent infrared to better identify suspected components. The digital image and the thermal can also be shown simultaneously in the display. The combination of the Auto Hot/Cold Tracker and digital/thermal blending qualifies the HeatSeeker for a wide variety of applications, improving its versatility and value.

Simple Operation
Operating the Heatseeker does not require specialist training. Once an image is captured, technicians simply move toggles to navigate the tracking cursors across the LCD screen to measure surface temperature variations ranging from 14F to 660. A full 1,849 temperature measurements can be viewed live on the LCD with an accuracy of ± 2 percent or ± 4 F.  Images can be saved to evaluate all temperature points, as well as marked with text and live voice recordings. The provided ThermalVision software makes it easy to view, edit or analyze images on a PC, as well as to generate detailed inspection reports.
Other market-proven features of the HeatSeeker are a Class II laser, a built-in LED illuminator for use in poorly lit areas, a removable handle, and adjustable emissivity to improve accuracy.

Pricing and Availability
The IDEAL HeatSeeker Thermal Imager (Part # 61-844) is immediately available with an MSRP of $3,500.00 (U.S.). Accessories include: USB cable, camera handle, carrying case, power supply, and ThermalVision software. An optional car charger is also available.

For more information about IDEAL Industries or other thermal imagers, click here to go to Utility Products' Buyers Guide.

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