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Aerial thermography with optris PI LightWeight

The newly developed optris PI LightWeight is a market innovation which allows for radiometric recordings of video imagery from the air. Optris offers two different lightweight systems: PI LightWeight kit and a Cubox serial interface adapter kit.  The combination of a miniature lightweight PC (Recording Box or CuBox) and a light version of the optris PI thermal imager weighs only down to 325 g (11.5 oz). The PI LightWeight is therefore ideally suited for maintenance work and quality inspections of solar and wind power systems and also for thermographic surveys of buildings.

Important specifications

  • Full radiometric IR inspection with up to 640x480 pixels
  • GPS and GoPro support (PI LightWeight kit only)
  • Automatic transfer of flight videos to USB flash drive
  • Weight: 325 g (11.5 oz)
    (PI camera + CuBox)

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Technical details of the optris flight thermography systems


Scope of supply

  • PI LightWeight Kit
    optris PI 400/ 450/ 640 LightWeight kit:

    optris PI 400, PI 450 or PI 640 camera in lightweight housing with 40 cm (15.7 in) USB cable, Recording box with Exynos5422 CPU, 2 GHz, 32 GB eMMC, 32 GB Micro-SDHC, 2 GB RAM, 10-48 VDC, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, TVout, GPS and GoPro support, 24 VDC Power supply, Video cable, Power cable, USB 3.0 Stick (32 GB), Software package PIX Connect, Operators manual

  • CuBox serial interface adapter kit
    Adapter cable with 5x I/O ports (can be configured as a digital input, digital output or input for a PWM signal), Micro SDHC card (16 GB) with ready tu use Linus image, USB 3.0 stick (128 GB) with ready to use configuration file, power cable for CuBox (with open ends)

Specifications of LightWeight PC (Recording Box)

  • Power supply: 10-48 VDC
  • Power consumption: 12 W
  • Cooling: Active (integrated fan)
  • Operating temperature: 0 ... 50 °C (32 ... 122 °F)
  • Relative humidity): 10-95%/ non-condensing
  • Dimensions: 96 x 67 x 47 mm (3.78 x 2.64 x 1.85 in)
  • Weight: 380 g (13.4 oz) (PI camera + Recording Box)
  • Material (housing): Aluminum
  • Module: Odroid XU4
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos/ 2 GHz
  • Operating system: Linux
  • Memory: 16 GB eMMC, 2 GB RAM (LPDDR3), SDHC card (16 GB), USB 3.0 flash drive (128 GB)
  • Connections: Ethernet (GigE/ 1000 Mbit/ s), 2x USB 3.0/ 1x USB 2.0, 1x Mini-USB for GoPro Hero3+ (or better), 1x HDMI, 1x TVout, 2x JR connectors
  • Terminals: +5V DC out, Video IN (VIS camera), TVout, 2x external switches
  • Control (via JR connectors or terminal): Start/ Stop recording, Switch VIS/ IR camera
  • Additional features: GPS support, 5 status LEDs


Specifications of CuBox

  • See solidRun manuafacturer website


Specifications optris PI camera head

  • Measuring range: –20 °C ... 900 °C (-4 °F ... 1652 °F)
  • Spectral range: 7.5 – 13 μm
  • Accuracy: ± 2 % or ± 2 °C (4 °F)
  • Thermal sensitivity (NETD): 40/ 80 mK (depending on camera model)
  • Optics: 13°...90° HFOV
  • Resolution: 640x480 px / 382x288 px
  • Dimensions: 46 x 56 x 90 mm (1.81 x 2.20 x 3.54 in)
  • Operating temperature: 0...50/ 70 °C (PI 450) (32 ... 122/158 °F)


Recommended system integration for PI LightWeight kit

Systemintegration optris PI Lightweight

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optris PI LightWeight for flight thermography

The optris PI LightWeight has been especially designed for aerial thermographic inspections. Mounted on a UAV, the optris PI Lightweight allows recording of radiometric IR images and videos. The flight thermography system is therefore eminently suitable for error detection and quality inspections of solar farms and wind power systems. The innovative combination of a lightweight mini PC and a thermal imaging camera is also ideally suited for thermographic analyses of hard-to-reach places like roofs of buildings (building thermography) and it is already in use in agriculture where fields are being inspected before being mowed (presence detection)

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Thermography software optris PI Connect included

All IR cameras are delivered with the thermography software optris PIX Connect, which has been developed specifically for the extensive documentation and analysis of thermal images. It allows you to analyse temperature data in real time as well as the remote control of your infrared camera. Furthermore, you can setup individual alarm levels for your process and define visual or acustic alarm signals.

Our thermography software is licence free and can easily be adjusted to your requirements. 

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