Temperature Measurement

IR thermometer with thermal heat map overlay

July 2014 Temperature Measurement

Comtest has introduced the Fluke VT04 visual IR thermometer – the latest in troubleshooting tools – with built-in digital camera and thermal heat map overlay. The device bridges the gap between traditional IR thermometers and infrared cameras.

Building on the extremely popular Fluke VT02, the VT04 now has PyroBlend Plus and has a four times sharper resolution than the VT02 as well as automatic alarm features. It is an ideal frontline troubleshooting tool for electrical, industrial maintenance, HVAC/R and automotive applications. The ultra-compact VT04 is fully automatic with built-in intelligence, so issues can be detected instantly with no training required.

The VT04 includes advanced alarm features for troubleshooting stubborn intermittent issues, including a hi-low temperature alarm that flashes on the screen if the user-selected temperature goes out of the selected range; a time-lapse image capture that can be set to capture images in 30 second to one hour intervals; and an auto-monitor alarm that initiates image capture automatically after a temperature alarm has been triggered. This allows users to capture images automatically, even while the VT04 is unattended, using the universal tripod mount.

It displays and saves images as full digital, full infrared, or in three blended modes (25%, 50% and 75%) with a 40% wider field of view than the VT02. Markers pinpoint hot and cold spots indicating the hottest and coldest temperatures on the screen. A temperature reading is provided at the centre point. Images are saved to the included micro-SD card, eliminating the need to write down single or multiple measurements. There is also a rechargeable Li-ion battery.

Images from the VT04 can be imported into the included SmartView analysis and reporting software to produce professional reports that document problems detected or repairs made for management and customer review.

For more information contact Val Verwer, Comtest, +27 (0)11 608 8520, info@comtest.co.za, www.comtest.co.za


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