Ideal's HeatSeeker Thermal Imager detects hotspots before costly system failures occur

Ideal Industries Inc. debuts its HeatSeeker Thermal Imager, a low-cost camera that blends visible images with infrared images to track down problems that threaten the continuous operation of server rooms and data centers.

With a scan of the surface, the HeatSeeker can help determine the status of batteries and capacitors; check transformers, generators, switchboards and wiring connections for signs of overload or failure; or detect small variations in enclosure temperatures that can signal air-conditioning equipment that needs maintenance or repair.

Less cumbersome to use than traditional thermal imagers, the handheld Ideal HeatSeeker is designed to meet the needs of professional IT technicians, electricians, engineers and building inspectors. Features include:  

Auto hot/cold tracker: The HeatSeeker incorporates an auto hot/cold tracker that eliminates guesswork by automatically pinpointing the hottest and coldest temperatures on the screen with dual cursors, and providing temperature and difference between the two points.

Digital/thermal blending: 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% infrared to better identify suspected problems. The digital image and the thermal can also be shown simultaneously in the display. 

Other 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 and reflected temperature to provide industry-standard accuracy.

Simple operation: Operating the HeatSeeker does not require special training. Once an image is captured, technicians can measure the temperature of any point on the fully radiometric image. A full-color LCD display provides clear color indication of surface temperature variations ranging from 14° F to 660° F. Over 1,849 temperature measurements can be viewed live on the LCD with an accuracy of ± 2% or ± 2° C.

Saved images can be marked with text and live voice recordings to enhance communication. The provided ThermalVision software makes it easy to view, edit or analyze images on a PC, as well as to generate detailed inspection reports.

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