Raytek MP150 High-Speed Infrared Linescanner now with 1024 Datapoints per Scan and Enhanced Software

13 January 2009

The new Raytek MP150 High-Speed Infrared Linescanner, launched in January 2008, provides fast and complete non-contact temperature linescanning.

The MP150 features the latest electronics, optics, communications and mirror mechanisms. This technology facilitates a scan speed up to 150Hz, allowing the MP150 to gather complete data from even the fastest manufacturing processes.

The product has now been further enhanced with expanded data collection capability. The MP150 can now measure up to 1024 data points per scan, up from the previous 512, to provide the user to see even smaller temperature anomalies. Also new is a fiber-optic communication system that permits connection to existing fiber networks or directly to a PC. Fiber-optic infrastructure avoids potential interference from strong EMI fields generated by heavy equipment as well as protecting the instrumentation from sudden power surges generated by lightning strikes.

DataTemp DP software was enhanced to take advantage of the increased data acquisition capabilities and extended communication properties of the MP150. The software now provides some exciting new features. For instance, individual images can now be saved in either .tiff or ‘jpeg’ formats allowing the user to easily share these images with other applications and/or colleagues who do not have the Raytek software loaded on their computers.

Data streams can be saved and played as a 'movie clip'. Now Raytek customers can share process information with their clients, vendors, and so on, greatly enhancing the ability to communicate process problems, quality issues and other information in an open format.

Another unique feature of the MP150 is the on-board Ethernet TCPI/IP communication capability. During installation, the user connects directly to the linescanner and, using existing industrial Ethernet infrastructure, the linescanner can be accessed from any computer on the network. This innovation reduces the total installed cost, eliminating wiring runs, conduit, etc.

To speed-up alignment, each unit has an internal line laser which indicates the exact line-of-sight of the linescanner. This laser, fully protected by the linescanner housing, projects a clearly visible laser line on the target even while the linescanner is collecting data at full speed.

A complete suite of software solutions has been enhanced to take advantage of the increased data acquisition capabilities and extended communication properties of the MP150. The system packages allow the user to simply and quickly configure the system to analyze thermal data to monitor and control their manufacturing processes.

With thousands of units in the field in the harshest environments imaginable, the Raytek linescanner has exhibited remarkable reliability and endurance.

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