Many have added IR thermometers to their toolbox today, and for good reason. After all, measuring the surface temperature has long been a slow process that’s rather involved and subject to some real problems. IR technology, though, puts a stop to that. Is it right for you, though? Take a closer look now.
Easily the biggest benefit of IR thermometers is the fact that you can measure some of the most hazardous or hottest substances without the need to actually make contact with them. Most standard choices can take measurements of up to 10 feet away, and thanks to the fact that many are laser equipped today, you can define the area you need to measure without a problem.
Multiple Styles Available
In addition to the fact that you don’t have to make contact, you can also choose from a number of different styles. If a handheld thermometer works best for your purposes, you can choose a gun-shaped option that allows you to aim and pull a trigger. If a permanently mounted unit fits better, those are available too.
IR thermometers also offer accuracy. Many operate within a range of ±1.0-3.0%, and some even offer better accuracy than that. They can also work within a fairly large temperature range, depending on the model you choose.
Are There Any Drawbacks?
For the number of positive aspects, there are several drawbacks to IR systems too. First, if you’re dealing with a reflective surface, you may have trouble getting a good reading. For example, if you’re measuring an object through glass, you typically get the surface temperature of the glass itself. Additionally, they can be temporarily affected by rapid changes in the ambient temperature.
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