Noncontact thermometer measures temperatures at a distance

Actron says its IR Thermometer PRO noncontact temperature reader safely measures surface temperatures of hot, hazardous or hard-to-reach objects, and is suited for a variety of applications, including automotive, electrical, HVAC/R and industrial use. Technicians can use the device to detect overheating electrical components, pinpoint radiator core restrictions and read the temperature of exhaust systems, electronics, cylinder heads, catalytic converters, heating and cooling systems, radiators, air-conditioning systems and brakes.

According to the company, simply aim the laser pointer at the target, press a button and read the temperature display; the IR Thermometer PRO utilizes an optical lens to provide accurate measurements over wide temperature ranges and features S.O.C. (system-on-chip) technology, which allows a complete IR design to be incorporated on a single chip, providing a lightweight unit that weighs only .5 pounds.

Actron says the infrared thermometer measures temperature by sensing the magnitude of radiated energy at infrared frequencies; using this data and the actual temperature of the detector, the thermometer calculates the temperature of the surface that emitted the energy. For more information, go to

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