Thermal Imager with Ethernet Connection for $1990 (US)!
Stamford CT, USA — While we were all sleeping, Omega Engineering one-upped just about everyone in the Infrared Thermal Imaging world. They dropped the price of their extremely low cost, 47 x 48 pixel, thermal imager (the OSXL-101) from $2900 to $1990!
Did you know that? Bet you didn’t! Did you even know they had a Thermal Imager in their vast larder of gadgets? Above is part of a shot from their online tutorial showing four separate images from four OSXL-101s connected to one PC monitoring station. That’s pretty advanced in OHO!
We didn’t know they had such a product and while we are mostly on top of market developments, we somehow missed the initial product introduction (Was there one?). Bet the vast majority of others did, too!
Well then, what is it and what does it do for such an amazingly low price?
According to their data page online, “The OSXL-101 is a compact infrared thermal imaging sensor utilizing a thermopile array detector. The OSXL-101 sensor measures realtime temperature and a thermal image up to 300??C (572??F). Ethernet connectivity allows the sensor to communicate with the PC running the application software or customers LAN.”
It is and has the following major features:
??? Thermal Imager with Ethernet Connection
??? Easy to Use and Implement
??? 2256 Pixel Resolution
??? Built-In Alarms
??? NEMA 4 (IP65)
Monitoring Mode: The temperature data is outputted continuously by a command from the PC
Capturing Mode: The temperature data is outputted row-by-row horizontally by a command from PLC, etc.
Connectivity: Up to 4 sensors can be connected to a PC via LAN and viewer software allows you to monitor thermal images, measuring temperature and alarms.
There’s a very well done video tutorial and slideshow online, too, at www.omega.com/pptst/OSXL-101Demo.html
Plus you can download the Product Manual at www.omega.com/Manuals/manualpdf/M4818.pdf
(Please take note of the chart and its footnote that describes the field of view of this imager versus distance from it to the object of measurement and the SPECIAL COMMENT THAT ACCURATE MEASUREMENTS REQUIRE AN 8 x 8 PIXEL MEASUREMENT AREA.)
We interpret that to mean that the accurate measurement capability falls off 8 Pixels from the border of every image seen, or that the accurate measurement capability of the device is more precisely (47 -8) x (48-8) or 39 x 40 Pixels.
Despite any apparent limitations to the device specifications, it not only appears to us that Omega has done their homework but is striving to anticipate accuracy concerns in such devices (Perhaps one of more of their product specialists was educated at an Infraspection Institute training course).
There certainly are many places for a low cost device like this in many industries and markets that could not cost-justify the more expensive imagers on the market. The fact that they have come on the scene without a lot of fanfare is equally remarkable.
This reminds us of a Vendors Presentation about six or seven years ago at the DSS Exposition in conjunction with the ThermoSense Conference?? where a West Coast imager company introduced a very low cost ( ~ $5000 at that time) imager and forecast then that?? the $1000 imager was clearly in the future.
With this device and the low cost FLIR models sold by Extech, it looks like it’s just about here!
About Omega Engineering
Since its inception in 1962, OMEGA has grown from manufacturing a single product line of thermocouples to an established global leader in the technical marketplace, offering more than 100,000 state-of-the-art products for measurement and control of temperature, humidity, pressure, strain, force, flow, level, pH and conductivity. OMEGA also provides customers with a complete line of data acquisition, electric heating and custom engineered products.
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