« Close

Datasheets and User Guides

App Notes

Software & Driver


IR Temperature Sensor (MLX90614)

This example script collects temperature data from the MLX90614 infrared temperature sensor available through Adafruit, SparkFun, Keyestudio, or Pololu.
MLX90614 IR Temperature Sensor Compatible with LabJack T-Series Devices and Modbus TCP SCADA Systems

The data obtained from the non-contact temperature sensor is published to the registers:

  • USER_RAM0_F32 (Ambient temperature)
  • USER_RAM1_F32 (Object Temperature)

These registers can accessed by any programs reading data from a T-Series device collecting this data.  This enables any logging or SCADA application to easily collect data from the MLX90614 temperature sensor without any additional complexities.

When getting started with this sensor, the datasheet for this sensor is important to read.  There are multiple online tutorials through SparkFun, Adafruit, and more that can serve as supplementary documents.  There is also a legacy app-note worth reading Melexis MLX90614 IR Temperature Sensor - I2C (App Note).  This sensor has multiple features that allow its slave address to be reprogrammed, enabling multiple IR sensors to exist on the same I2C bus.  It can also be enabled for PWM output (not utilized by this application).

Schematic & Hook-up

Below is a picture of the MLX90614 IR temperature sensor connected to a LabJack with 1.8kΩ resistors installed on a breadboard.
MLX90614 I2C IR Temperature Sensor

Below is a schematic of the MLX90614 IR Temperature sensor connected to an I2C master MCU.  Again, this example used 1.8kΩ resistors.
MLX90614 Schematic

In this example, the MLX90614 IR Temperature sensor is connected to EIO6 and EIO7.  A 3.3V supply was not needed to properly control this sensor.  The VS could be 5V while the I/O lines were communicating with 3.3V logic.
MLX90614 IR temperature sensor with LabJack T4

Working Example with LJLogM

After configuring the below example script using Kipling, data can be collected using LJLogM.
LJLogM and T4 collecting data from MLX90614 IR Temperature Sensor


Lua Script Example Code:

File Attachment: