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September 04, 2019 . 5min read
Infrared technology is becoming increasingly widespread in both consumer and industrial applications. It is now a high-added-value technology that is penetrating new markets that go far beyond the “traditional” thermal imaging applications.
How can you add value to or diversify your product lineup with thermal imaging?
Here are a few examples of companies doing just that!
1- Add infrared to give your products new features
More and more manufacturers are integrating infrared technology into their products to give them new or more advanced features. As adoption of the technology becomes more widespread, costs are coming down, which will in turn make the technology even more accessible!
Here are a few manufacturers that have added infrared technology to their products:
Casio developed a multi-camera digital camera that separates the thermal imaging sensor from the controls and display, so that users can capture thermal images remotely via Bluetooth.
Japanese electronics manufacturer Panasonic added thermal sensors to its 7-inch tablet for maintenance, construction, and quality assurance technicians. The tablet will enable users to capture thermal images on the job for increased flexibility.
Increasing numbers of video surveillance camera manufacturers are adding thermal imaging to their traditional visible-light cameras for optimal effectiveness during the day and at night, in all weather conditions.
2- Add infrared to diversify your product lineup
Products that integrate infrared technology are starting to make their way into the devices we use every day. Whether it is in surveillance, home automation, or energy, offering products that integrate thermal imaging can be an effective and lucrative business development strategy.
Japanese optical component manufacturer Tamron, whose photographic lenses are well-known to consumers, developed a thermal vision module for the surveillance market and temperature measurement.
Bosch expanded its range of portable electric power tools to include a thermography camera for electrical contractors and building inspectors.
Caterpillar Inc. is a globally recognized name in construction and mining machinery and engines. Wanting to bring their reputation for hard-wearing equipment to those working or living in tough environments, Bullitt Group partnered with the brand to develop the first-ever smartphone with a thermal imaging camera specially designed for harsh environments.
Thermal imaging has the capacity to add substantial value to your products. It can also be a major differentiator and bring huge benefits in terms of features. The European market is innovating at a rapid pace, driving advances in commercial- and consumer-grade products integrating thermal vision technology.
To learn more, see how MGL group diversified its product lineup with thermal imaging sensors.