infrared thermometer, also known as a non-contact thermometer or temperature gun, is a device that can measure the temperature of an object or surface without physically touching it. Instead, it uses infrared radiation emitted by the object or surface to determine its temperature.
Infrared thermometers have a lens that focuses the infrared radiation onto a detector, which then converts the radiation into an electrical signal. This signal is then processed to determine the temperature of the object or surface.
Infrared thermometers are commonly used in a variety of settings, such as in medical and healthcare settings to measure the temperature of patients without making contact, in food service and production to ensure proper cooking and storage temperatures, and in industrial settings to monitor the temperature of machinery and equipment.
Infrared thermometers are often favored for their speed and convenience, as they can quickly measure temperatures without the need for physical contact or the use of probes or other equipment. However, they do have limitations, such as their inability to measure the internal temperature of an object and their sensitivity to environmental factors such as dust, humidity, and air currents.