Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC

Bodkin Design and Engineering Announces New Line of Customizable Single Point and Differential Blackbody Systems

Bodkin Design Develops Special Purpose Infrared Equipment for Precise Radiometric Calibration.


Newton, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 10/16/2014 --Bodkin Design and Engineering LLC (BD&E), an electro-optic systems and solutions design-to-build firm, is pleased to announce a new line of thermo-electrically driven blackbody radiometric reference sources available immediately in stock or customized models. BD&E develops next generation infrared (IR) equipment according to exacting standards that provide precise IR emission over the Mid-Wave Infrared (MWIR) and Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) spectral bands. These products are built for applications such as thermal imaging calibration, target projection, and infrared detector/pyrometer characterization. USB connectivity allows radiometric calibration and correction to be accomplished using single-point, two-point, or on-the-fly methods, infinity focus testing, and Minimum Resolvable Temperature Difference (MRTD) measurements.

Available in different sizes, the rapid blackbody systems and accessories available from BD&E include the MRDT-50 Differential Blackbody, MRDT-X Differential Blackbody, BB-100 Single Point Blackbody, OEM Blackbodies, BBC-58 Collimator, and customized blackbody resolution targets.

The key features of these systems include:

-Digital interface via RS 232 or USB connection for automation/data logging
-Windowless, and frost-free operation at sub-freezing temperatures (100 to -40°C)
-Thermo-electric drive for hot and cold set-point in a single unit
-Faster slew rates and settling time compared to resistive heater devices
-Emissivity >0.95
-Removable custom bar target for differential temperature testing

The Principal at BD&E, Andrew Bodkin said, “Bodkin Design blackbody systems are designed to support future IR imagers with our advanced thermal imaging calibration technology. We are committed to developing customer-driven solutions including this comprehensive line of bench-top differential, single-point, and built-in OEM blackbody systems. Our products go beyond just meeting calibration needs to provide you with high precision and reliable radiometric performance, thus maximizing your product’s uptime and productivity.”

BD&E also offers custom-engineered products to suit your specific requirements.

To find out more about our IR calibration equipment, please visit:

Also, BD&E provides a Blackbody Calculator to help you characterize your needs:

About Bodkin Design and Engineering
Bodkin Design and Engineering, LLC has been providing concept development, prototype design/build, and engineering services since 1992. Headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts, the company serves the OEM, commercial, military, and research communities. Specializing in cutting-edge technology, BD&E has overseen the successful introduction of products ranging from miniature infrared cameras and spectrometers to heavy equipment for railroad yards.

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