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Chapter 4:
Instruments Overview
This chapter begins with a classification of IR sensing and imaging instruments by type and application, listing commercially available instruments, from single-point radiation thermometers, to line scanners, to high-speed, high-resolution thermal imaging cameras. A detailed discussion of performance characteristics and features follows, along with a discussion of typical thermographic display approaches utilized by various imager manufacturers. This is followed by a discussion of currently available thermographic image archiving, processing and report preparation software. Finally, a tabulation of currently available instruments by category and manufacturer is appended, including a digest of performance characteristics and features. A current index of manufacturers' websites, addresses and phone numbers is also appended.
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