Monday, April 26, 2010

IR cameras help bird researchers

Researchers in Beijing, People's Republic of China have reported on the use of infrared-triggered cameras as an effective tool to survey bird populations in Wanglang and Wolong Nature Reserves. The researchers concluded that infrared cameras were invaluable for surveying these reclusive species. Dr. Li of the Peking University, College of Life Sciences, Beijing published the results of their research in Ibis (“The use of infrared-triggered cameras for surveying phasianids in Sichuan Province”, China. Ibis, 2010;152 (2):299-309). For more information, click HERE

Sunday, April 25, 2010

IR systems help vets assess horses

Before thermography, Veterinarians could only locate problems using traditional methods such as observation and palpation. Now, using advanced EquineIR thermography techniques, abnormalities present stressed tissues even before damage occurs. This methodology has been developed and refined over the past twenty-five years and has been proven to be an effective imaging technique for the following: Pre-Purchase, Hoof Balancing, Saddle Fit, Track Footing, Pre-Race, Joint Inflammation and General Diagnostics. Since horses cannot speak, it has been difficult for caretakers to truly identify hidden or masked conditions. Now with infrared thermal imaging, many of these physiological and anatomical issues are exposed at a much earlier stage and early detection equals early prevention. Anatomical imaging, such as x-rays, cannot detect soft tissue conditions. Physiological imaging such as infrared imaging has the ability to recognize soft tissue conditions and areas that are indicative of anatomical issues. For more information, click HERE.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

IR camera helps astronomers watch stars being born

The first few images taken by a new near-infrared camera — LUCIFER 1 — is helping astronomers observe the faintest and most distant objects in the universe that are usually opaque to visible light. The new instrument, built by a consortium of German institutes, provides the scientists with a powerful tool to gain spectacular insights into the universe — from the Milky Way to extremely distant galaxies. The innovative design of LUCIFER 1 - that has been mounted on the world’s largest optical telescope the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) at its focus points, allows astronomers to look into the unprecedented details like the star forming regions that are commonly hidden by dust clouds. For more information, click HERE

Friday, April 23, 2010

Industrial strength infrared

For years, CCD cameras have been used in industrial process control applications to monitor web production processes. While these cameras can measure objects in the visible spectrum, the need to monitor or sort nonvisible defects in glass manufacturing, paper, and solar wafer production demands the use of linear infrared (IR)-based cameras. To address these applications, a number of different manufacturers offer cameras based on spot scanning detectors, focal plane arrays (FPAs), and linear IR detectors. Before choosing a camera for a specific web inspection application, however, a number of factors must be considered: the nature of the product inspected, how the product is being inspected, and the rate at which it is being inspected and thus the type of IR camera needed. For more information, click HERE

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