SENSORS: A broad IR spectrum and wide temperature sensing range from 32 to 2,462F (0 to 1,350C) enable the FT to be used for a variety of applications. The ability to measure IR from distances of up to 3,000 mm (roughly 10 ft) means the sensor head can be mounted far away from harsh environments. An optional air purge enclosure will eliminate dust buildup, increasing sensor stability and decreasing process downtime. The ergonomically designed amplifiers can be panel mounted for easy temperature viewing and setup, or cabinet mounted on a DIN rail. A high-speed response of 10 ms makes the FT the fastest in its class. Combined with a 1.5 mm field of view, the FT-H10 sensor is perfect for thin, fast-moving targets including heat seals, hot melts, heat-treated or hot formed parts. Two visible laser pointers clearly indicate the sensor’s field of view, further simplifying installation. The FT sensors offer multiple functions that expand the scope of applications. The analog output (4-20 mA) can be easily scaled to a user-defined range. Up to four sets of discrete upper and lower-limit outputs and emissivities can be stored to simplify product changeover.
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