Application examples include:

  • Thermal dynamics
  • Metal analysis
  • Weld analysis
  • Scintillation
  • Stress testing
  • Material development
  • Teaching Aid
  • Laser Beam Profiling

Lumitron product advantages:

  • Customized Design
  • Small Footprint
  • Sealed Enclosure
  • Remote Focusing
  • Multiple Spectral Ranges
  • Lens are Hard Carbon Coated to avoid Damage to the Lens
  • Variety of Lenses Inventoried
  • Analog and Digital Video Output
  • Camera Control Selectable

Infrared Thermal Imaging Products for applications in the Research and Development market.

We have had the privilege to develop custom infrared thermal imaging products for a number of OEM’s who produce/resell cameras and systems for the Research and Development market. These OEM’s, with Lumitron's assistance if desired, create a complete solution, unique to them, addressing the specific needs of their customers. Lumitron has developed a number of camera platforms that employ both cooled and uncooled technologies that are designed to meet as many of those needs as possible. To assure ease of application for our OEM clients, we have developed these cameras with a common communication/control platform that allows for a mix of camera technologies in a single system package without additional software costs.

The Lumitron camera is designed to provide the maximum level of performance and features in the smallest weight/power package available. With one of the smallest footprints in the industry for a mid format (320x240) camera, weight as low as 1.1Kg for a complete camera, and control of camera functions using a simple to understand Graphical User Interface, the camera is ideal for research and development applications.

The customized choice of the lens, detector, and camera performance allows you the client to develop the camera that will specifically address project requirements. This is critical where the application requires high performance and the ability of the user to have access to camera control beyond that normally found in off the shelf products. Our cameras may be used in stand alone as well as in multiple camera systems incorporating cameras having different spectral response ranges.

The cooled (3-5 µm) camera is used for applications where image quality is critical, sensitivity of the measurement is near a delta of 0.01°C, or imaging of rapidly moving objects is required. The camera operates in "snapshot integration mode" and is able to integrate signal from close to the entire frame time to less than 10µs. This capability allows observation of processes having very short reaction times. The high sensitivity is valuable in profiling of a surface area where rapid heat up and cool down is common. There are a number of lens options that will best fit the solution for your specific design requirements.

The uncooled (8-14 µm) camera is used for measurements where speed and sensitivity requirements are moderate and cost has a significant impact on the project. Easily interchangeable lenses with focal lengths from 13 to 200mm are available allowing the camera field of view to be tailored for almost any application. The uncooled technology provides a lower cost solution with minimal to no maintenance.

Near Infrared (NIR) cameras are useful in specialized applications such as imaging liquids in containers opaque to visible or longer wavelength infrared radiation. Other applications include imaging very high temperature objects and laser beam profiling. The Lumitron NIR camera is sensitive in the 0.9 to 1.7 micron wavelength range and shares the same communication/control interface as the LWIR and MWIR cameras.

The Lumitron platform provides both analog video and digital video simultaneously. A breakout box allows access to all timing, synchronization, and digital video data lines. Additional hardware is available that allows simultaneous, synchronized operation of up to 4 cameras. When used with an appropriate frame grabber, the PC based Graphical User Interface software allows data display including histogram and noise measurement capability.
Cameras are available as brightness or radiometric data outputs. In R&D applications the value of having a true (NIST traceable) temperature read out directly from the camera provides the software with critical data to develop decisions, profiles and trending. This information can also be stored as a data file for use in offline mathematical analysis of the process.

The camera may be supplied with either a standard Lumitron camera housing, a NEMA 4 (IP65/66) enclosure, or a Lumitron/client designed package. This allows the client to specifically address the application requirements as well as preserving their own look and feel to the product.

The Lumitron camera features an internal focusing technique that moves the focal plane array, allowing the use of fixed focus lenses rather than costly motorized lens assemblies. Using a fixed focus lens greatly simplifies packaging design; the lens is easily made water and dust resistant. For those customers that wish to use manually focusable lenses, many commercially available lenses may be used with an appropriate adaptor. Contact Lumitron for further information if you have special optics requirements.

The camera incorporates a multitude of features important to Research and Development applications. There are eight different color palettes available and up to twelve NUC tables that can be used to provide the best viewable image for the client. A built in calibration flag under software control is used to provide the best possible image quality. Sophisticated built-in test routines warn the operator of any problems and assist in trouble shooting. Internal temperature sensors automatically adjust camera operation to compensate for wide variations in ambient temperature.

Lumitron understands the needs of our clients and works with our clients to produce world class product specific to the needs of their marketing plan.

For further information, please contact Lumitron at 877-670-0153.