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Basic Infrared Camera Operations

Joseph DeMonte | Director - Technical Training & Support, ABM Franchising Company

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    Basic Infrared Camera Operations

    The first step in learning how to operate the infrared camera is to understand the basic components that are typically found in the camera case. Some cameras will have additional batteries, but not all cameras include one. Battery chargers can be of two varieties: a plug-in adapter or a charger base. One or the other should be with the camera. Older-model cameras typically come with an owner’s manual, but newer manuals may not. Either way, manufacturers have been including free PDF downloadable copies that are readily available on their websites. One final component may be a USB cable for downloading images, depending on the model of thermal imager.

    Prior to handling the infrared camera, we should cover a few cautions first.

    Caution #1: Most thermal imagers will be equipped with a very delicate and expensive lens. Infrared light does not pass through glass easily, so the lens had to be made from a material that would allow for proper refraction and focusing of infrared light. Germanium is an earth metal and is usually coated with an anti-reflective coating. This coating can be damaged by abrasives or even the oils from a person’s touch. Do not touch the lens or clean it by any means other than one approved by the manufacturer.

    Caution #2: Most thermal imagers used for electrical maintenance will have the ability to detect temperature differences as small as .08°C. Very sensitive thermal detectors are at the heart of a thermal imager and care must be taken when viewing excessively hot targets. The sun should never be viewed through a thermal imager, or permanent damage may occur.

    Caution #3: Factory calibration is recommended annually for all temperature-measuring, known as radiometric, cameras.

    Be sure to check out part two, coming to you soon.



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Komani Mhango
Komani Mhango
5 years ago

Thanks for the piece of advice about the infrared camera and I am sure to share with my friends about these

Joe DeMonte
Joe DeMonte
5 years ago
Reply to  Komani Mhango

You are very welcome. We hope to have more info for you soon.

About the Author

Joseph DeMonte Director - Technical Training & Support, ABM Franchising Company

Mr. DeMonte holds both an Associate Degree in Science and Applied Science and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts from Thomas Edison State College. He graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School in 1993.

Mr. DeMonte served 6 years (1992-1998) in the United States Navy as a Line Manager Level Nuclear Mechanic.


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