|NDT.net||May 2005, Vol. 10 No.05|
Electrophysics® Unveils Breakthrough Thermography Camera Highlighted By Cutting Edge Industrial Design
Fairfield, NJ (April 27, 2005) – Focused on developing innovative infrared imaging cameras, Electrophysics is proud to introduce HotShot. HotShot represents a paradigm shift in thermography camera design and is an entirely new concept in industrial inspection data collection. HotShot is the world’s first thermography camera with an advanced ergonomic design, integrated data logger functionality and icon-based user interface. The camera was designed specifically for industrial inspection of high voltage electrical systems, production machinery and buildings. HotShot features a unique articulating thermal camera head that enables framing of electrical and mechanical systems from floor level to overhead while maintaining an optimal viewing angle and hand position, even when operating in tight spaces.
HotShot integrates a high performance microbolometer infrared sensor that delivers sharp, highly sensitive thermal images. It’s easy-to-use joystick control and 3.5” LCD touch screen with on screen control buttons, facilitates the identification of inspection point locations, incident information and observation details that can later be automatically incorporated into reports. A Compact Flash accessory port provides an industry standard interface for a wide range of existing and future accessory devices including a visible camera, CF memory cards, a WiFi card and a miniature hands-free viewfinder. The USB port and active sync provides an easy method for downloading data to a computer.
“During the early phases of our product development, we interviewed a large number of thermography camera users to learn what they wanted in a next generation camera. Responses were centered around making the user interface more intuitive and automating the methods of getting field information into reports,” said Chris Alicandro, Director of Sales for Electrophysics. “While a number of companies have focused on point-and-shoot cameras without the capability of data entry in the field, Electrophysics focused on a design that incorporated data capture routines and a tightly integrated report generation software program. Users also stated that they wanted much lighter weight systems that they could operate for longer periods of time on a single battery charge. Weighing less than 1.8 lbs and featuring a low-power design that will run for 4 hours on a single charge, the HotShot delivers a high level of power in a very lightweight housing,” concluded Alicandro.
Several HotShot models are available featuring application-specific software, extended object temperature ranges, as well as accessories, including both wide angle and telephoto optics. The base model features a temperature range from –20° to 350°C with +2% accuracy and an IP-54 environmental rating. The HotShot is also designed for field upgrades and customers will be able to upload new software as new features are added.
Headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey, Electrophysics develops advanced thermal imaging, near infrared and night vision systems for use in a host of imaging applications. Since 1969, Electrophysics has maintained its focus on delivering products that reflect the company’s exceptional engineering capabilities to meet specific real world demands while keeping pace with rapidly evolving imaging technologies. The Company has realized exceptional growth as a result of its customer-centric philosophy and remains firmly committed to continually innovating its products in order to enhance the experience of end-users. Electrophysics is vertically integrated with expertise in complex signal processing, optics, embedded software, PC software applications development and hardware design.