New HotShot thermal imaging cameras with data entry and logging capabilities will be demonstrated at Emona Instruments stand 2203 at National Manufacturing Week at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 27 to 30.
HotShot thermal imagers go beyond traditional point-and-shoot thermal imaging cameras, combining quality image production with powerful new, yet simple-to-use, features which allow data to be entered and logged onsite.
A qwerty keyboard is used to enter descriptive image file names, asset locations and inspection comments. Meanwhile, pull-down menus on a personal data assistant (PDA)-type touch screen record equipment type, diagnosis, repair recommendations and severity codes.
This is regarded as more reliable, accurate and efficient than traditional image and inspection information recording methods such as hand-written notes. It also means data does not have to be re-entered back in the office.
The HotShot thermal imagers also offer route-based inspections by prompting users about their next inspection. This is an effective and accountable way of managing repetitive inspections of critical assets.
The camera can also learn routes to provide a survey report that identifies future inspections and helps to manage asset histories and locate anomalies.
HotShots feature a temperature range of up to 500°C, a high quality 160 x 120 microbolometer infrared image sensor with good pixel interpolation that increases display resolution to 240 x 180, in-built visible light camera, motorised focus, 2X digital zoom, 6 palettes, optional 3X telephoto and wide angel lenses and a set of measurement tools including up to five spot area and profile meters.
The cameras also include ReportIR software which automatically generates reports of five to 105 pages in less than three minutes.
Reports are based on the image file, which holds a 12Bit radiometric image and temperature analysis, as well as information gathered by the user who simply downloads the image files to a PC via USB or CF card, pastes the files into the ReportIR workspace and selects the report format.
The software then automatically inserts the image files and data into the template and generates a report.
This automatic report generation removes traditional labour-intensive manual data collection and collating methods while routinely capturing all infrared and visible images at each inspection point and generating reports, provides evidence of inspections for the parties concerned.