The Serval-640-GigE Thermography has been announced today as the latest longwave infrared (LWIR) camera from Xenics, Europe's leading developer and manufacturer of advanced infrared detectors, cameras and customized imaging solutions from the LWIR to the visible realm. The Serval-640-GigE Thermography is a new, ruggedized uncooled LWIR camera designed for thermography and thermal imaging in harsh industrial environments.
Ruggedized thermography camera
The Serval series, consisting of the Serval-640-GigE Imaging and the Serval-640-GigE Thermography, fulfils a growing demand for rugged and reliable infrared systems for industrial thermal imaging and thermography applications. The Serval-640-GigE Thermography is, just like its Imaging counterpart, equipped with an uncooled microbolometer (a-Si) detector with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. It has a pixel pitch of 17 µm and a thermal sensitivity (NETD) of 55 mK. The Serval-640-GigE Thermography distinguishes itself from the Serval-640-GigE Imaging with its radiometric calibrations that allow the user to measure temperatures. Xenics offers 4 standard temperature ranges: -20°C to 120°C, 50°C to 400°C, 300°C to 1200°C and 1000°C to 2000°C.
The Serval series are equipped with an IP67 rated enclosure, meaning there is no need for expensive - third party - protective housings. The camera scores a 6 on the scale of solid particle protection and a 7 on the liquid ingress protection. In other words, the camera is dust tight and able to withstand immersion in water up to a depth of 1 m. These numbers demonstrate its true character. Furthermore, the cameras in the Serval series are equipped with a lens cap with front window protecting the lens and avoiding costly repairs or replacements. This front window is equipped with an air purge allowing permanent use in dusty environments.
Thermography in industrial environments
The Serval-640-GigE Thermography targets demanding indoor uses, such as thermography of in-line processes or quality control in harsh and hot industrial environments. The camera has a compact form factor, GigE Vision interface and is easy to integrate into third party software by C related programming languages and LabVIEW SDK. In this highly specialized field, industrial sales channels and system integrators are looking for new solutions in terms of easy and maintenance-free installation as well as long-term stability. The Serval series, aptly named after the intelligent and autonomous nocturnal wild cat living in the African savannah, repositions and is an evolution of the proven Gobi-640-GigE thermal camera series. The Serval-640-GigE Thermography has been designed for long-term stable and reliable operation under harsh ambient conditions. It comes with on-board image processing and calibration for thermography usage.
As a specific advantage compared to existing similar solutions, the new Xenics Serval-640-GigE Thermography offers a variety of configurations with fixed lenses.