SOURCE: LumaSense


June 05, 2013 08:00 ET

LumaSense Introduces Rel-Rad™ -- Breakthrough Thermal Imaging Technology

"A Thermal Picture That's Worth a Thousand Pyrometers" -- Rel-Rad™ Hybrid Imaging Technology Combines Single Point Pyrometry and Thermal Imaging in a New Cost Effective Solution

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 5, 2013) - LumaSense Technologies introduced today a new infrared imaging technology called Rel-Rad™ -- "relatively radiometric" imaging that bridges the gap between single-point pyrometry and thermal imaging to deliver precise thermal images at half the cost of fully radiometric systems.

Rel-Rad combines low-cost spot pyrometry with infrared thermal imaging technology to produce thermal images that are not fully radiometric but are "relatively radiometric." By driving the thermal image palette through a radiometric pyrometer capable of precise temperature readings, Rel-Rad delivers relatively radiometric infrared imaging at a significantly lower cost than fully radiometric imagers.

Infrared cameras have proven to be the ideal non-contact temperature measurement technology in extremely hot manufacturing environments, but the high cost of imaging systems is often a barrier for many customers. LumaSense's new Rel-Rad technology makes accurate thermal imaging far more accessible, so operators can monitor an entire object or process instead of just a small portion.

Through its LumaSpec R/T software suite, LumaSense's Rel-Rad technology can be readily integrated with existing industrial monitoring and control systems via the Open Process Control (OPC) interoperability standard for industrial automation.

Rel-Rad is ideal for industries where it's critical to know the temperature of an object as well as uniformity across an object at that temperature. Many processes in metals and glassmaking that use a single pyrometer to measure temperature can be improved with Rel-Rad technology, e.g. steelmaking processes like ladle preheat, torpedo car monitoring and annealing furnace operations. With the more precise temperature measurements that a Rel-Rad solution provides, the life of a pouring ladle or torpedo car can be extended by 20% and energy usage for preheat operations reduced by 10%. 

"Rel-Rad makes the benefits of thermal imaging accessible to industrial customers who have been shut out by the high cost of traditional radiometric cameras," said LumaSense CTO, Brett Sargent. "The cost of a single thermal imager can exceed $25,000 USD, whereas our Rel-Rad hybrid creates a reliable image for half the cost and provides more insight than can be obtained from a single temperature point. Our Rel-Rad solution can be applied to existing pyrometers in the field to enhance process performance, regardless of make and model. LumaSense's broad portfolio of sensors combined with our extensive industry knowledge and integrated software puts us in an ideal position to deliver Rel-Rad solutions to our customers. The impact will be enormous as companies reap gains in energy efficiency, reduced raw materials costs, longer asset life and reduced downtime."

Contact LumaSense Application Engineering at to design and configure your process-specific Rel-Rad solution.

About LumaSense Technologies™
LumaSense Technologies, Inc. is one of the world's most trusted providers of innovative temperature and gas sensing devices. LumaSense's resource-intensive customers in Global Energy, Industrial Materials and Advanced Technologies markets harness Industrial Big Data using the company's proven systems, software and platforms that help awaken an industrial 6th Sense to detect, reduce and prevent waste and inefficiency. For more information about LumaSense Technologies, visit

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