THERMOFOCUS®, a technological innovation
Thermofocus Animal® is the evolution of Thermofocus®, the world’s first non-contact thermometer intended for human use. With Thermofocus®, Tecnimed introduced the non-contact measurement, thus revolutionizing the way to take the temperature. The Tecnimeds thermometers, designed and produced in Italy and provided with a technology constantly refined and covered by patents, are unsurpassed leaders on the market.
THERMOFOCUS® is the first non-contact clinical thermometer in the world and the only one that is able to clearly indicate the exact point and the correct distance where to take the temperature. It measures the temperature in a specific point and at an accurate and determinate distance. It provides instantaneous digital reading of body temperature without any contact with the body skin or mucosa.
After revolutionizing and simplifying the way human beings’ temperature is taken, Tecnimed has thought to your pets.
Usually, animals’ internal temperature is taken by introducing a traditional thermometer in their rectum, a procedure which is invasive and annoying for the animal, and uncomfortable for the person taking the measurement.
Thermofocus Animal®, is able to take your pet’s body temperature at a distance and without touching its skin, without bothering it, in few seconds and in a simple way.
THERMOFOCUS Animal® does not use laser radiations, it is safe and harmless.
THERMOFOCUS® Animal can also be used to measure the temperature ofthe pet food , bath water, kennel etc., thanks to its accuracy over a wide range of temperatures.
THERMOFOCUS® is protected by a number of patents and patents pending filed internationally.
THERMOFOCUS® is a trade mark registered in Italy and extended internationally.
All objects and living beings emit infrared radiations of varying wavelength in relation to their surface characteristics. Particularly, the animal eyes emits infrared radiations of wavelength between 5 and 14 micrometers.
Thermofocus Animal® uses a sensor (thermopile) that, when stimulated by infrared radiations, emits an electrical signal, which is amplified and then converted into a digital signal which is elaborated in a sophisticated way using exclusive algorithms according the temperature of the environment.
Thermofocus Animal®, is able to take your pet’s body temperature at a distance and on its eye: without touching its skin, without bothering it, in few seconds and in a simple way.
Any animals’ body is subject to heat dispersion and, according to their race, is more or less covered with fur and vascolarized. Nonetheless, eyes are not covered with fur, they are always highly vascolarized, and moreover they replicate the actual internal body temperature. They are therefore the ideal point for a precise body temperature to be taken.
The right distance between the eye and the thermometer for a correct measurement is easily determined thanks to a LED system emitting two light arc (normal light which is totally safe). When you press and hold down the “dog&cat”button, the LED system turn on. As the thermometer is moved closer to the eye and reaches the right distance (approx. cm 3), the two arcs converge to form a circle.
|No, too far||No, too close||Yes, correct distance!|
When you are at the correct distance, release the “dog&cat”button and keep the thermometer steady for less than one second until the lights flash and the temperature appears on the LCD display. There is no need to concern if the aiming lights are pointed into the eyes: the beams are not laser lights and are absolutely harmless.
Should the measurement on the eye be not possible, you can take the temperature on your pet’s rectum area, auricle or on the gum, with no contact and in a non invasive way. You can search for the more comfortable area for both you and your pet.
THERMOFOCUS Animal® automatically adjusts to the environment
It is important to remember that each animal’s individual temperature varies according to the measurement’s site and throughout the day, also in response to physical effort. Moreover, the body temperature can be affected by the outside temperature and other factors may also come into play. Therefore, when the “dog&cat”button is pressed for the body temperature reading, the Thermofocus Animal® software automatically applies a correction factor according to the ambient conditions thus giving a resulting value comparable to your pet’s internal temperature.
If the thermometer is handled for a long time or if the device is coming from a room with a significantly different temperature, you can let the device stabilize automatically by leaving it for at least 15 minutes in the room in which the measurement has to be taken, or you can run a manual calibration to correct the thermometer temperature.
Manual Quick Calibration System (MQCS): it is possible to correct immediately the internal temperature of the device and adjust it to the temperature of the environment in which the pet is (the room temperature must preferably be in the 5-40°C temperature range). The system can work also in environments from -7 to +5 °C but the accuracy is not guaranteed.
The thermometer keeps the calibration for 15 minutes.
The MQCS allows the device to immediately stabilize its temperature with the one of a reference element in just 3 seconds.
To ensure a reliable temperature reading, do not aim the thermometer at a surface having a temperature obviously different from the one of the environment where the pet is. If you take the reading indoor, do not focus the thermometer on outside walls, windows, sources of heating or cooling (radiator, air conditioner, lamp, computer, surface in contact with the human body, etc.).
If you are taking the temperature outdoor do not make the MQCS on the walls of a heated house. You can make the MQCS on the trunk of a three or on the floor or on the grass.
THERMOFOCUS ANIMAL® is suitable for all animals
Due to the fact that the temperature of the animals changes depending on the breed and type of animal, but also in function of the size, Thermofocus Animal® has been designed to be able to adapt to all animals.
Thermofocus Animal® has been set according to averages statistically obtained from several tests made on pets and farm animals of different races. It is important to know that there is not such a thing as a unique “normal” body temperature common to all animals. If necessary, it is possible to set Thermofocus Animal® in accordance with the kind of pet and with the chosen measurement area, and adjust the thermometer to the pet’s standard temperature.
Indeed using thebutton it is possible to align Thermofocus Animal® to each pet.
THERMOFOCUS ANIMAL® is multipurpose
Thermofocus Animal® can also be used to take the temperature of objects, liquids or other surfaces in the 1-55°C (33.8 to 131.0°F) temperature range.
- temperature of food, doghouse, bathwater, etc.
- room temperature by pointing the thermometer against a wall or a piece of furniture
- temperature of a wound, inflammation, scar, burns, circulations problem. You may also use Thermofocus Animal® to check the temperature of stimulated muscles, for instance on horses (professional use).
Proceed as in the case of a body temperature measurement, but press the home button. These measurements must be considered as relative rather than absolute values. If taken on the skin, they will show the difference between two neighboring or symmetrical areas.
In these cases, the presence of fur, as long as equally spread on the concerned areas, is not critical.
The device is supplied by 4 AAA batteries (normally not included in the box) that have a life of 10,000 measurements or 3 years, according the use. The only necessary maintenance is to protect the wave-guide with its when the device is not in use.
Manufacturing and QA
ThermoFocus® Animal is manufactured by Tecnimed in accordance with RoHS (Pb-free) directive under the ISO 9001:2008, ISO 13485:2003, ISO 13485:2003 CMDCAS, EN 60601-1 and UNI CEI EN ISO 14971:2009 Quality System.
The production, control and calibration of ThermoFocus® are performed by Tecnimed in a Class 100 Clean Room.
The packaging is made in an Ambient Controlled room.
The quality of the product is further certified by external independent institutes.
THERMOFOCUS ANIMAL® packaging