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Standards for Infrared Sensors and EO-IR Sensors

Updated on January 9, 2018
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Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, engineer, mother of 2, and a published sci-fi and horror author.


Infrared sensors are used for monitoring temperatures, measuring heat flux and moisture levels and determining chemical composition. What are the primary standards for infrared or IR sensors? What are the leading standards for electro-optical and infrared sensors, also called EO-IR sensors?

Nuclear radiation is not the only type of radiation regularly monitored and analyzed. Infrared radiation can also be measured and monitored.
Nuclear radiation is not the only type of radiation regularly monitored and analyzed. Infrared radiation can also be measured and monitored. | Source

ASTM Standards for Infrared Sensors

ASTM E2264 gives the ANSI approved method of determining the effects of cycling temperatures on fenestration products like doors and skylights. Test method A of this procedure uses infrared radiation. ASTM E1862-97 is the method of measuring reflected temperature using infrared imaging radiometers.

ASTM C1046 describes the standard method of measuring in-situ heat flux for building envelopes. ASTM C1060 describes how to use thermography (thermal imaging) to determine the heat flow of insulation in the cavities of buildings like the spaces between the wood framing of a home.

ASTM C1153 outlines the approved method of finding wet insulation in a roof using infrared sensors so that roof leaks or ventilation duct leaks are located and fixed.

ASTM E1965 gives the specifications for infrared thermometers used to check a patient's temperature via the patient’s ear canal. This is a separate standard from ASTM E1112-00, the specification for electronic ear thermometers.

ASTM standards also address the use of infrared to monitor processes and industrial equipment. ASTM E1934 – 99 is ASTM’s guide for examining equipment like mechanical equipment with infrared sensors for overheating.

Infrared sensors are also used for chromatography. ASTM E1642-00 outlines the standard method to perform infrared chromatography. ASTM E168 gives the recommended practice for infrared analysis.

ASTM E334 gives the techniques to perform infrared microanalysis. ASTM E932 describes the performance standards for dispersive infrared spectrometers. ASTM D2668-07 describes how the butyl compounds in insulating oil are determined using infrared absorption.

ASTM F1249-06 is the American standard for determining the water vapor transmission rate of plastic film using an infrared sensor. This standard is similar to ISO 15106.
ASTM E2847 describes the approved method of calibrating wideband infrared thermometers. ASTM E2758 is the method of calibrating low temperature infrared thermometers.

ISO Standards for Infrared Sensors

ISO 15106-2 is the standard for determining the water vapor transmission rate of plastic film using an infrared sensor. Other sections of ISO 15106 use other types of sensors like gas-chromatographic sensors to determine the water transmission rate of plastic film.

ISO TS 19130 is a technical specification for different methods in which geo-positioning information can be gathered and collected. ISO TS 19130 allows for the collection of information using both synthetic aperture radar and passive electro-optical and infrared sensors.

SAE Standards for Infrared and IR Sensors

SAE AS6129 is the standard for airborne infrared and electro-optical (EO/IR) system interfaces. SAE AS6135 is the standard for the electro-optical / infrared system interface's data exchange. SAE AS6129 was published in December, 2012.

SAE AS6165 is the standard for the maintenance and testing of airborne infrared and electro-optical system interfaces. The data interface portion of this standard addresses the methods to confirm the system’s function, built in tests and diagnostic tests as well as the interface between EO/IR sensors and the aircraft on which they are mounted.

IEC Standards for EO/IR and Infrared Sensors

Active opto-electronic (EO) protective devices responsive to diffuse reflection or AOPDDR measure radiation near the infrared range. IEC 61496 is the standard for safety around AOPDDR systems.

Related Standards

NEA WD7 is the National Electrical Manufacturers Association standard for occupancy motion sensors.

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Remote Sensing Environment or RSE explains how visible, infrared and microwave information can be gathered by sensors to literally monitor the state of the Earth.


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