As you can guess from our name, we at Global Sensors specialize in sensors of all kinds. One of the most essential types of sensors we offer is thermometers, which play vital roles in a wide variety of applications, such as food and drug safety. Of course, not all thermometers are created equal, and today’s digital infrared thermometers offer a number of advantages over the analogue thermometers of the past. In this article, we’ll go over three of those advantages to show you why infrared has become the industry standard.
- They Measure from a Distance- One key advantage of infrared thermometers over other varieties is that they allow you to measure temperature from a distance, without the thermometer having to be in contact with the things it’s measuring. This is useful for any situation in which you can’t touch the target, whether it’s to avoid contaminating it or because the surface is too hot to safely approach.
- They Can Measure Moving Systems- Because infrared thermometers can read temperature from a distance, they also have the advantage of being able to take readings on systems while they are in motion. All moving parts generate heat, and it’s important to know whether the system is running too hot or not.
They Can Store Data – A third advantage of infrared thermometers is that most have at least some digital memory, allowing you to store data on past readings and refer back to it later. Many also offer additional functions for added utility.