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TF Thermoforming Thermal Imaging System

Automate your quality monitoring with real-time thermal imaging for thermoforming processes.

TF Process Imaging System

Edge-to-Edge Thermal Imaging to See it All

  • Real-time thermal imaging for continuous or discrete processes
  • Built-in line laser for rapid alignment, resulting in lower installation costs
  • Ensure products are manufactured to specifications to improve quality

Designed for the harshest environments, the TF Thermal Imaging System provides accurate, edge-to-edge and real-time thermal imaging and temperature measurements for continuous processes. See it all with up to 300Hz scan speed and 1024 data points per scan, allowing you to find faulty temperatures, such as hot spots, before an error occurs.

  • At a Glance
  • Technical Specs
  • Applications
  • Accessories
  • Resources

The TF Thermoforming Thermal Imaging System from Fluke Process Instruments features a variety of linescanning systems that provide continuous, accurate and real-time thermal images and temperature measurements for thermoforming processes.

Each system comes in a wide choice of spectral and temperatures ranges to accommodate a variety of applications. The series also features dedicated hardware and software options, which have been created specifically for specialized applications and industrial environments. The TF Thermal Imaging System is ideal for applications reaching temperatures from 20 to 350°C (68 to 662°F).

MP Linescanner

With scan speeds up to 300Hz and the ability to scan up to 1024 data points in a single scan, the MP Linescanner Series can provide a complete picture of even the highest speed manufacturing processes. Additionally, with a 90° field-of-view and up to 200:1 optics, each spot on the target surface is capable of being sampled up to three times, ensuring an accurate temperature reading.

Each linescanner also includes a built-in line laser for rapid alignment, resulting in lower installation costs. Built-in water cooling and air purge features, as well as optional waterproof housing, help maintain the scanner. The MP Linescanner Series also allows users to utilize existing networks with pre-wired cables, which connect to a standard PC for fast installations. The system’s versatile Datatemp® DP Software also lets you create custom operating parameters as well as easily display thermal images and temperature profiles.

Key Features:

  • Real-time thermal imaging, scan speed up to 300Hz
  • Up to 1024 measurement points per line
  • Wide choice of spectral and temperature ranges
  • Optical resolution up to 200:1
  • Real-time color thermal images
  • Accurate data analysis
  • High-quality brushless motor (MTBF 40,000 h)
  • Built-in Ethernet TCP/IP communications
  • PC independent alarm output
  • PC independent 4-20 mA interfaces (3 outputs)
  • I/O module support for up to 10 sectors/zones (PC independent)
  • Internal Line Laser for accurate alignment
  • Rugged, waterproof IP65 housing
  • Air purge keeps window free of dirt and condensation
  • Built-in water cooling for ambient up to 180 °C (356 °F)
  • Field-replaceable window


Thermoforming System Software

The intuitive TF System software displays each thermal image snapshot with overlaid customizable zones and results. The software features multiple alarm settings, with high alarms appearing red and low alarms appearing blue. Additionally, to control the heater, zone results can be output to your PLC or SCADA system.

The TF System also allows users to recall thermal image data files for analysis and display. During analysis, as the cursor is moved across the thermal image, the spot temperature and location (x- and y-coordinates) appear on the task bar.

Additionally, by utilizing OLE for Process Control (OPC), the TF Thermal Imaging System can communicate with a variety of common process control systems. As a result, the system is more than a measurement tool and can be used as an integral part of your total process control system.

Key Features:

  • Supports multiple product specific configurations (recipes)
  • Text file alarm logging
  • Fail-safe alarm logging
  • Reference image for comparative analysis
  • Saved thermal images can be played back like a time-lapse movie
  • Multiple system interfaces digital and analog I/O, OPC, direct forwarding of data via ASCII
  • Supports multiple MP Linescanners
  • Password protected access levels
  • Multiple language support
  • Real-time ambient temperature compensation or emissivity adjustment

TF Thermoforming Thermal Imaging System Specifications

Feature Description
Temperature Range 20 to 350°C (68 to 662°F)
System Accuracy ±2°C (4°F)
Repeatability ±1°C (2°F)
Optical Resolution 170:1 (90% energy)
Ambient Temperature 0 to 50°C (32 to 122°F), with internal water cooling 180°C (356°F)
Field of View 90°
Points per Line up to 1024 pixels
Scan Rate up to 300 Hz

For more information on technical specifications, please see MP Linescanner Technical Specs tab.

Thermoforming Applications

The TF Process Imaging System can be used across numerous industries and is ideal for process monitoring and control, product monitoring, quality pass/fail checks and more in moving applications and discrete manufacturing processes. Click here if you would like to speak with an expert to discuss your application.

Several examples of where the TF System can be used include, but are not limited to, the following list below.

Plastic Processing

Adjustable Mounting Base

The Adjustable Mounting Base allows you to make small adjustments to where your linescanner is pointed, allowing you to gather more data from different parts of your process.

Power Supply Options

We offer several power supply options including 240 VAC, 24 VDC and 1.3 A.

Thermostat for Linescanner 

The Thermostat for Linescanner accessory allows users to keep the linescanner housing temperature over the dew point, extending product life by avoiding damage due to condensed water in the interior of the unit housing.

Manufacturer’s Calibration Certificate

Based on NIST/DAkkS certified probes, our calibration certificate is available to ensure traceability.

The TF Thermoforming Thermal Imaging System is supported by a 2-year warranty. Our team is available to answer questions regarding your application and our product. Click here to schedule a time to speak with an expert.

  • Application and Technical Support

    Our support lasts longer than any purchase. We’re here to help you implement a lasting solution, as well as troubleshoot, configure, and grow as your process does. With several hundred years of combined experience, our team of technical experts can help you determine the best instrument for your unique application and provide aid on other technical support questions. Get Application and Technical Support here.

  • Repair and Calibration Support

    With offices in the U.S., U.K., Germany, China, Japan, Singapore and India, as well as a network of trained representatives and technicians in over 100 countries, you can rely on local service and support for your repair and calibration needs. Additionally, with local service centers, your facility won’t face unnecessary downtime by shipping your tools overseas. Get Repair and Calibration Support here.



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