Thermal Systems

Thermal Systems Solutions

Thermal energy is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum. You cannot see thermal energy because it is emitted from objects as heat, not reflected as light. The hotter an object is, the more thermal energy it emits. Hotter objects will appear whiter on the monitor. Infrared thermal imaging cameras are able to capture this thermal energy and transform it into an image you can see.  

The Process

The process by which a thermal imaging camera transforms thermal energy into visible light consists of five basic steps

Utilize a specially designed lens to focus the infrared radiation that is given off from all objects within the field of view of the camera lens. 

Infrared detectors are then used to scan this focused radiation. The detectors create what is called a thermogram, or temperature map.

The thermogram is then translated into electric impulses. 

The electric impulses are then sent to a signal-processing unit where they are translated into data. The signal-processing unit is a tiny chip that is embedded on a circuit board, which is used to translate the electric impulses into usable data. 

Once translated, the signal-processing unit sends the data to the monitor where it then becomes visible to the viewer. 

No Lighting Required

Since thermal imaging cameras work solely by capturing infrared radiation given off from an object, no light at all is required for the device to function. A thermal imaging camera can function optimally no matter what the surrounding lighting conditions, bright or dim. 

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