What is an Infrared Camera?

An infrared camera – also called IR camera, thermal imaging camera or thermal camera – is a measuring instrument used for non-contact measurements of the surface temperature of objects. Measuring temperature in this way enables you to visualise infrared radiation of objects or humans which are normally out of the normal visible spectrum. The infrared camera uses its integrated infrared detector to record the intensity and distribution of a certain spectrum of this electromagnetic radiation. The thermal camera is set up close to process it is controlling in order to immediately detect and rectify deviations from the parameters defined for this process. InfraTec provides such solutions for process monitoring and quality control as well as for research and development.

Choose Your Infrared Camera

InfraTec offers more than 30 infrared camera models. Choose a suitable IR camera form our product range including entry-level cameras, professional and universal cameras as well as high-end and industrial systems.

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Powerful IR Camera Including Full Service Package

With a modular system consisting of different and industry-proven components, for individual thermal imaging camera models or automated thermography solutions, InfraTec takes into account the occurring versatile requirements.

Does your daily business call for an extremely powerful thermal camera? If so, InfraTec is the right partner for you.

  • Wide range of cooled and uncool infrared cameras for handheld and stationary use
  • Application-specific software packages enable precise and efficient data evaluation
  • Turnkey thermographic automation solutions
  • Professional feasibility studies
  • Comprehensive range of services from 24-hour service hotline to extended warranties
  • German designed, developed and manufactured thermal imaging camera
  • Experienced sales and service partners enable local support levels
  • In-house service department, e.g. for on-site support, remote maintenance and recalibration of your IR camera

Model Variety of Thermal Cameras

We offer a comprehensive range of more than 30 infrared camera models. Our product range of IR cameras comprises entry-level devices, professional and universal cameras, high-end solutions as well as industrial thermal cameras and infrared imager. Together we will find the right package consisting of infrared camera, software, accessories and service for your specifique application.

High-resolution ImageIR® IR Camera Series with Cooled Detectors

The high-end infrared cameras of the product series ImageIR® from InfraTec meet the highest demands in research and science, for non-destructive inspection as well as for process control. The modular concept enables excellent adaption to your specific measurement and inspection tasks. Cooled photon detectors of different types (InSb, MCT), spectral sensitivity ranges and formats are used. The numerous equipment options include powerful infrared full optics, filters and rotating aperture wheels, trigger and data transfer interfaces as well as motor focus units suitable for continuous operation.

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    Detector Format

    Spatial resolution with detector formats with up to (1,920 × 1,536) infrared pixels

  • MicroScan

    Integrated into camera, genuine temperature measured values

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    Thermal Resolution

    Precise detection of smallest temperature differences

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    High-speed Mode

    Increase frame rates and thermal resolution at the same time using binning technology

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    Frame Rate

    Analysis of high-speed dynamic temperature changes and processes

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    Modular Design Concept

    High flexibility for upgrades and customization of configurations

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    Rotating Filter/Aperture Wheel

    Enables measurement tasks with high object temperatures and spectral thermography

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    Process and Trigger Interface

    Highly precise repeatable data recording; time- and event-controlled

Professional VarioCAM® IR Camera Series

The more than 20 models of the VarioCAM® High Definition product range include premium infrared cameras as well as entry models to high-level thermography. Even the basic models of the VarioCAM® HDx of cameras convince with powerful detector, robust light metal housing, the 5.6" TFT color display and integrated 8 MP digital camera. VarioCAM® High Definition and VarioCAM® HDx each offer "inspect" and "research" equipment lines designed for mobile use. The "head" models are suitable for fixed installation, e.g. in harsh industrial environments.

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    Detector Format

    High-end detectors with up to (1,024 × 768) infrared pixels

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    MicroScan

    Available with unique opto-mechanical micro-scanner for up to (2,048 × 1,536) infrared pixels

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    Thermal resolution

    Thermal resolution as low as 0.02 K

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    Frame Rate

    Frame rate up to 240 Hz

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    TFT Display

    Handheld models utilizing a 5.6" TFT colour display with (1,280 × 800) pixels

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    Fixed Mount

    Cameras for fixed mount use in harsh process environments as well as for computer-assisted laboratory tasks

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Possible Applications of a Thermal Cameras

Especially when manufacturing thermally sensitive components, infrared thermography provides specific information for quality assurance purposes. In plastic- and automotive industries, even smallest deviations from the preset temperature can lead to a severe quality loss. With thermographic monitoring, the sources of error can be recognised, documented and fixed.

Use Infrared Cameras in these Industries

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    IR-based Detection of Elevated Body Temperature

    IR-based Detection of Elevated Body Temperature

    Use InfraTec infrared cameras to effectively prevent infectious diseases such as Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, COVID-19), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from spreading further.

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    Electronics & Electrical Engineering

    Electronics & Electrical Engineering

    Measure temperature distributions of smallest electronic components with infrared cameras.

  • thermal imaging for automotive applications
    Automotive Industry

    Automotive Industry

    Infrared camera systems help you to secure a high product quality in production and at your suppliers.

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    Aerospace Industry

    Aerospace Industry

    Comply with highest security demands by applying state-of-the-art infrared camera systems.

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Discover the Variety of Applications for Thermography

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    IR-based Detection of Elevated Body Temperature

    IR-based Detection of Elevated Body Temperature

    Use InfraTec infrared cameras to effectively prevent infectious diseases such as Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, COVID-19), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from spreading further.

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    Active Thermography

    Active Thermography

    Make use of active thermography for non-destructive and contact-free material testing, for both automated inline and offline solutions.

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    Bonding and Sealing

    Bonding and Sealing

    Users can utilise infrared cameras during bonding and sealing to monitor and control various technological parameters. This includes the geometry of the adhesive application, adhesive temperature and adherend temperature, curing temperature as well as the adhesive bond.

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    High-Speed Thermography

    High-Speed Thermography

    Get even faster and analyze temperatures at highest process speeds.

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Thermographic Automated Solutions from InfraTec

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    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Electronic / Semiconductor Testing - E-LIT

    Detect inhomogeneous temperature distribution and local power loss during the production using the Lock-in thermography.

  • Automation Solution FIRE-SCAN from InfraTec
    Fire Prevention - FIRE-SCAN

    Fire Prevention - FIRE-SCAN

    Effectively secure your goods and appliances by integrating thermography into an automated early fire detection solution.

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    Fire Prevention – FIRE-SCAN for Li-Ion Batteries

    Fire Prevention – FIRE-SCAN for Li-Ion Batteries

    Monitor assembly halls and storage facilities fully automatically 24/7 and detect critical heat sources reliably.

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    High-Speed Rotation Test Bench - TRC

    High-Speed Rotation Test Bench - TRC

    Check for long-life fatigue strength of mechanical components in load tests, using high-end infrared cameras.

  • Ladle hot spot detection with thermal imaging LHSD
    Ladle Hotspot Detection - LHSD

    Ladle Hotspot Detection - LHSD

    Use automatic thermography to inspect the outer shell of ladles to prevent idle time and accidents.

  • PV-LIT test solution for solar cells
    Photovoltaic Test System - PV-LIT

    Photovoltaic Test System - PV-LIT

    Get advantages in costing and quality by non-contact thermographic testing of your solar cells and PV-modules.

  • Automation InfraTec INDU-SCAN - In-process industrial temperature measurement
    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Process Control - INDU-SCAN

    Contactless measurement of temperature distributions and profiles with industrial thermographic cameras permits efficient monitoring and control of temperature-dependent processes and procedures within a system-integrated quality assurance programme in industry.

  • Quality control for more precision in press hardening PRESS-CHECK
    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Quality Control or Press Hardening - PRESS-CHECK

    Check the microstructures of sheet metal parts during the stamping process and establish a uniform high strength and quality of all produced stampings safely and with a contact-free method.

  • Thermografic automation for site surveillance IROD
    Site Surveillance - IROD

    Site Surveillance - IROD

    Calibrated measuring cameras offer the option of a completely automated site surveillance by utilising temperature alarms – an approach well beyond the simple and susceptible motion detection systems used elsewhere. With IROD InfraTec offers a scaleable, powerful system solution.

  • Automatic slag detection in steelmaking with thermal imaging SLAG-DETECT
    Slag Detection - SLAG-DETECT

    Slag Detection - SLAG-DETECT

    Take advantage of thermography for quality assurance and increase the process yield in the steel production in BOF and EAF processes.

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    Solar Power Tower Check - SPTC

    Solar Power Tower Check - SPTC

    Solar tower power plants belong to the category of solar-thermal power plants whose basic principle relies on the absorption of direct radiation from the sun and its conversion into thermal energy.

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    IR Substation Monitoring - GRID-DETECT

    IR Substation Monitoring - GRID-DETECT

    The IR Substation Monitoring System GRID-DETECT uses infrared technology to monitor the temperature of substation components to secure the reliability of substation.

  • Torpedo Hot Spot Detection THSD
    Torpedo Car Hotspot Detection - THSD

    Torpedo Car Hotspot Detection - THSD

    Use automatic thermography to inspect the outer shell of torpedo cars to prevent idle time and accidents.

  • Early fire detection WASTE-SCAN with thermal imaging
    Waste Bunker Fire Monitoring - WASTE-SCAN

    Waste Bunker Fire Monitoring - WASTE-SCAN

    Effectively secure your goods and appliances by integrating thermography into an automated early fire detection solution.

  • Welding seams and welding spots testing with WELD-CHECK
    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Welding Inspection - WELD-CHECK

    Using pulse thermography, WELD-CHECK enables you a quantitative assessment of the inspected welds.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Subject Infrared Camera

What Do You See With an Infrared Camera?

An infrared camera is used to measure temperatures of object surfaces. Therefore the principle of infrared thermography is used. Infrared thermography is a passive imaging method for contactless temperature measurement. It uses the fact that every object with a temperature above absolute zero (-273.15 °C) emits electromagnetic radiation. The focal plane array infrared detector of the thermal imaging cameras, which is equipped with individual elements arranged in a matrix, uses an optical system to capture the intensity distribution of the radiation emission from the measurement object over a large area. The camera converts the radiation intensities into measured temperature values for each individual pixel of the radiometric thermal image. This results not only in a few temperature readings from individual measurement points, as for example in the case of using thermocouples and pyrometers, but also in hundreds of thousands to millions of temperature readings that are completely distributed over the measurement object.

How do Different Temperatures Become Visible With an Infrared Camera?

The visualization of images, also known as thermograms recorded by infrared cameras, can be performed in different ways. Best known are gray value or so-called false colour representations, in which each temperature value is assigned a gray level or a certain colour. Therefore, the user can get a very clear overview of the temperature distribution on the measurement object and immediately detect anomalies such as hotspots and discontinuities, which can indicate hidden faults for example.

What is a FLIR Camera?

The term FLIR is an acronym for the abbreviation Forward Looking InfraRed. State-of-the art FLIR thermal imaging camera systems are equipped with different cooled and uncooled two-dimensional imaging detectors that reproduce thermal images in the wavelength ranges of (2 ... 14 µm). This makes FLIR thermal imaging camera systems ideal for people and vehicle detection in government applications, other applications include e.g. industry and research.

How do Captured Thermographic Data Become Visible?

The purpose of thermography is not only to collect image data, but to analyze and apply the obtained measurement results captured by an infrared camera. Using a thermography evaluation software the measurement data are processed. InfraTec offers a wide range of efficient and user-friendly programmes for various applications and requirements. The centre of attention is, hereby, the fully scalable software family IRBIS® 3.

Where are Thermal Imaging Camera Used in Practice?

Numerous companies from all over the world use infrared thermography as a measurement method in the development of new products, temperature-controlled process automation and quality control. Universities, technical colleges and institutes use ir cameras for applications in science and education. The spectrum of industries and application areas in which ir cameras from InfraTec are used is correspondingly broad. Learn more about the specific use of thermography in the user reports of our customers.

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Where are Thermal Imaging Camera Used in Practice?

Infrared cameras by InfraTec are used for a number of applications in the entire world. Experience about the opportunities that infrared thermography offers and read the field reports of our customers.

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Industries & Applications

With more than 30 models, InfraTec offers a variety of infrared camera models for all application areas of thermal imaging. Please find your suitable infrared camera for your application.

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Automated Solutions from InfraTec

Regardless of how diverse your task is, a thermography automation solution from InfraTec allows you to master the challenge efficiently and cost-effectively.

Your Advantages Around the Purchase of an IR Camera

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Comprehensive Service

Our Company’s own service department accompanies you even with complex automation solutions far beyond the actual sale. In the event of malfunctions, your enquiry is forwarded directly to the employees via a hotline. By remote maintenance, you will receive an initial diagnosis. Together with you, we analyse the cause of the problem and quickly find a solution.

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InfraTec Service – Technical Support

InfraTec Service – Technical Support

For more than 30 years, InfraTec has been implementing thermographic solutions with partners worldwide. Based on this wealth of experience, a thorough analysis of the initial situation is one of the first steps in cooperation. We prepare feasibility analyses and advise you on the planning of your future thermographic system. Afterwards, you will receive an offer adapted to your specific requirements.

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Training of your Employees

In our training centre in Dresden, you can attend practical thermography training courses. After the transfer of the turnkey system, upon request qualified employees of our service team will introduce you step by step to your automation solution and instruct future users on your premises.

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Wide Range of Protective Housings

Wide Range of Protective Housings

The InfraTec product range includes numerous protective housings. The all-weather and robust metal housings allow the use of the thermographic cameras in harsh environments and protect against mechanical stress, dust and splash water. Depending on requirements, users can also choose ATEX-certified protective housings that can be used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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InfraTec IR Camera Equipment

InfraTec offers high-quality accessories for all camera series. This allows users to flexibly adapt their camera to changing test and measurement environments and optimize it for daily indoor and outdoor use. The corresponding components are specially designed for the corresponding model and open up new possibilities – for current applications and new tasks.