IDEAL Introduces Infrared Non-Contact Thermometer

Portable, handheld tester gives choice of laser-sighting surface temperatures or Type K thermocouple input

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., a global leader in test and measurement technology, is bringing enhanced safety to contractors with its new 61-685 Infrared (IR) Thermometer, the non-contact way to capture the surface temperature of mechanical equipment, electrical breakers, and building systems from a distance, allowing for preventive diagnostics to be performed while machinery and circuits are in operation.

"Our IR thermometer lets contractors measure live circuits or moving parts from a comfortable distance to create a safer work environment," notes Dave Skowronski, Product Manager of IDEAL's Test and Measurement Group. "With its one-handed operation, the 61-685 is one of the simplest but most accurate IR thermometers on the market today, as well as one of the most affordable."

Completely portable, the 61-685 delivers performance characteristics typically found in more expensive thermometers. In addition to its 12:1 distance-to-spot ratio, it provides a wide temperature range of -76°F to 932°F (-60°C to 500°C), and a built-in laser pointer to identify the center of the measurement area. Adjustable emissivity enhances accuracy of its readings on reflective or non-reflective surfaces. Maximum, minimum, average and differential temperature readings are instantly displayed on its backlit LCD to allow for quick action. Plus, an operator can program high and low temperature points with audible alarm warnings that are activated when the temperature exceeds an established point.

Along with electrical troubleshooting and general maintenance applications, the 61-685 is an excellent solution in the HVAC, health and safety, and process control fields. To add to its versatility and value, a built-in socket supports Type K thermocouple probes allowing obstructed areas to be reached.

The IR thermometer further broadens IDEAL's full line of testing solutions to meet the diversified needs of electricians, maintenance engineers and data communications technicians with products suited to the specific requirements of each application.

The IDEAL 61-685 Infrared Thermometer is immediately available with an MSRP of $99.00 (U.S.). Carrying case is included.

For more information, contact IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-947-3614, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web,

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