New Technology Fuses Infrared and Visible Light Images In A Single Display


Minneapolis, MN—March 6, 2006—Infrared Solutions, Inc. has developed IR-FUSION™ technology that facilitates pixel-for-pixel merging of infrared and visible light images on a single display. IR-FUSION provides five viewing modes designed to add greater clarity, accuracy and a valuable frame of reference to infrared images. Viewing modes include:

  • Full Infrared—high-resolution standard infrared images
  • Full Visible Light—pixel-for-pixel, visible light digital reference images
  • Picture-in-Picture—an IR image portal surrounded by a frame of visible light for reference
  • Alpha Blending—combines infrared and visible light images together at user-adjustable levels for the greatest image clarity
  • IR/Visible Alarm—displays only the portions of the image that fall above or below a user-specified temperature range as IR, leaving the remainder of the image as full visible light

“With IR-FUSION, now you can see more of what you’re inspecting—it’s easier to identify details, manage and analyze images with complete control over both the infrared and visible light spectrums”, said Sean O’Driscoll, Vice President of Sales & Marketing of Infrared Solutions. “The ability to fuse images on-camera and optimize images in real-time, combined with an exclusive on-screen, laser pointing indicator, improves primary target identification, enhances issue locating efficiency and offers a tremendous advantage in reporting clarity.”

O’Driscoll added that when viewing large banks of similar components or a large number of locations, clearly identifying targets for remediation with IR images as the sole frame of reference can be a challenge. IR-FUSION not only lets you capture visible light control images, but displays the images fused together, adding a new dimension of detail that saves time and best conveys infrared information of each specific application and environment.

A 1.3 mega-pixel visible light sensor combined with Infrared Solutions’s Vanadium Oxide (VoX) uncooled microbolometer IR sensor simultaneously capture both the most sensitive infrared and pixel-for-pixel visible light image from the same viewing perspective. The operator has complete freedom to easily view and capture the image in the desired mode and quickly adjust the strength of either the visible or IR image in real-time, ensuring optimum levels of detail and reference both on the camera or in the PC software. Visible and IR images are linked for easy reporting and file management.

IR-FUSION is currently available as an option on the company’s award-winning IR FlexCam series infrared cameras. IR-FUSION equipped IR FlexCam models feature industry leading thermal sensitivity, selectable temperature measurement ranges, image browsing capabilities with movable on-screen spots and boxes, 8-color linear pallets, 2x, 4x and 8x digital zoom, enhanced annotation capabilities and on-board CompactFlash memory. All cameras come standard with Infrared Solutions’ new SmartView™ image management software, a complete suite of powerful analysis, management and reporting tools. The intuitive software is both easy to use and offers superior flexibility for generating and customizing professional reports.

Infrared Solutions is an industry leader in high quality, cost effective infrared imaging technology offering portable, affordable solutions for predictive maintenance, quality control, roofing, building construction, restoration, insulation, and electrical contracting. Infrared Solutions’ products are proudly manufactured in the USA.


Imaging performance • Thermal Field of view (FOV): 20 mm lens 23° x 17° FOV 10.5 mm lens 42° x 32° 54 mm lens 9° x 6 ° • Spatial resolution (IFOV):1.30 mrad • Min focus distance: 0.15 m • Thermal sensitivity (NETD): Ti55: ≤ 0.05 °C (50 mK)at 30 °C o Ti50: ≤ 0.07 °C (70 mK) at 30 °C • Detector data acquisition*: 60 Hz • Focus: Smart Focus; one finger continuous focus • IR digital zoom: Ti55: 2x, 4x, 8x  Ti50: 2x • Detector type: 320 x 240 Focal Plane Array, Vanadium Oxide (VOx) Uncooled Micro bolometer with 25 micron pitch • Spectral band:8 µm to 14 µm • Digital image enhancement:Automatic full-time enhanced • Visual On camera operating modes: Full Thermal, full visual light or merged thermal-visual images. Picture-in-Picture • Visible light camera: 1280 x 1024 pixels, full color • Visible light digital zoom: Ti55: 2x, 4x; Ti50: 2x Temperature measurement • Calibrated temperature range: Ti55: -20 ˚C to 600 ˚C (-4 to 1112 ºF) in 3 ranges o Ti50: -20 ˚C to 350 ˚C (-4 to 662 ºF) in 2 ranges • Range 1: Ti55: -20 ˚C to 100 ˚C (-4 to 212 ºF) • Ti50: -20 ˚C to 100 ˚C (-4 to 212 ºF) • Range 2: Ti55: -20 ˚C to 350 ˚C (-4 to 662 ºF) o Ti50: -20 ˚C to 350 ˚C (-4 to 662 ºF) • Range 3: Ti55: 250 ˚C to 600 ˚C (482 to 1112 ºF) • Accuracy: ±2 °C or 2 % (whichever is greater) • Measurement modes: Ti55: Centerpoint, center box (area min/max, average), moveable spots/boxes, user defined field/text annotations, isotherms, automatic hot and cold point detection, visible color alarm above and below o Ti50: Centerpoint, center box (area min/max, average) • Emissivity correction: 0.1 to 1.0 (0.01 increments) Image presentation • Digital display: 5" large high-resolution digital display • LCD backlight: Sunlight readable color LCD • Video output: RS170 EIA/NTSC or CCIR/PAL composite video • Palettes: Grayscale, grayscale inverted, blue red, high contrast, hot metal, ironbow, amber, amber inverted Optional lenses (Only available at time of purchase) • 54 mm Telephoto lens: High precision Germanium lens • Field of view (FOV): 9 º horizontal x 6 º vertical • Spatial resolution (IFOV): 0.47 mrad • Min focus distance: 0.6 m • 10.5 mm wide angle lens: High precision Germanium lens • Field of view (FOV): 42 º horizontal x 32 º vertical • Spatial resolution (IFOV): 2.45 mrad • Min focus distance: 0.3 m Image and data storage • Storage medium: Compact flash card stores over 1000 IR images (1 GB card standard) • File formats supported: 14 bit measurement data included. Exportable JPEG, BMP, PCX, PNG, PSD. Interfaces and software • Interface: Compact flash card reader included • Software: SmartView; Full analysis and reporting software included Laser • Classification: Class II • Laser targeting: Laser dot visible on screen when blending thermal and visible image Controls and adjustments • Set-up controls: Date/time, temperature units C/F/K, language, scale, LCD intensity (high/normal/low) • Image controls: Level, span, auto adjust (continuous/manual) • On-screen indicators: Battery status, target emissivity, background temperature and real time clock Power, battery life • Battery type: Li-Ion smart battery, rechargeable, field-replaceable • Battery operating time: 3 hours continuous operation (2 hours with IR-Fusion engaged) • Battery charging: 2 bay intelligent charger powered via AC outlet • AC operation: AC adapter 110/220 VAC, 50/60 Hz (Ti55 only) • Power saving: Automatic shutdown and sleep modes (user specified) Environmental and mechanical design • Operating temperature: -10 °C to +50 °C (14 °F to 122 °F) • Storage temperature: -40 °C to +70 °C (-40 °F to 158 °F) • Relative humidity: Operating and storage 10 % to 95 %, non-condensing • Water and dust resistant: IP54 • Weight (including batteries): 1.95 kg (4.3 lbs) • Camera size (HxWxD): 162 x 262 x 101 mm (6.5" x 10.5" x 4.0")
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