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Infrared Technology
Emissivity is the measure of an object's ability to emit infrared energy. Emitted energy indicates the temperature of the object. Emissivity can have a value from 0 (shiny mirror) to 1.0 (blackbody). Most organic, painted, or oxidized surfaces have emissivity values close to 0.95. Majority of Fluke Process Instruments sensors have adjustable emissivity feature to ensure accuracy when measuring other materials such as shiny metals.
Infrared Image
Infrared Technology
An infrared (IR) thermometer is a sensor that determines the temperature of an object by detecting and quantifying the infrared radiation emitted by measured target. An IR thermometer can be compared to the human eye. The lens of the eye represents the optics through which the radiation (flow of photons) from the object reaches the photosensitive layer (retina) via the atmosphere.
Example of infrared in the field
Infrared Technology
Temperature plays an important role as an indicator of the condition of a product or piece of machinery, both in manufacturing and in quality control. Downtimes are decreased since the manufacturing processes can proceed without interruption and under optimal conditions. Infrared technology has been utilized successfully in industry for decades, but new developments have reduced costs, increased reliability, and resulted in smaller, noncontact infrared measurement devices.