Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:56:45 -0400
Last Build Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:56:48 -0400Copyright: 2006
Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:56:45 -0400Perhaps the most common application for infrared thermography is PdM inspections of electrical distribution systems. However, in focusing on the inspection, many overlook the critical step of properly preparing for the inspection.
Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:10:04 -0400With the onset of seasonably cooler weather, autumn is the time to prepare your steam system for the upcoming heating season. Testing your steam traps before the season begins can help to pinpoint costly leaks before the heating season begins.
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:14:03 -0400Don’t be surprised if the courts divert your next lawsuit to mediation or to non-binding arbitration. Since the trend toward alternative dispute resolution cuts costs for the court as well as for the parties, it shows no sign of slowing.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:35:07 -0400For many thermographers, ladders provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. In this week’s Tip we cover safety tips applicable to extension ladders.
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:20:21 -0400While most acknowledge that unreliable operation is costly at the plant level, the impact, when projected to sales, is enormous.
Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:44:50 -0400For many thermographers, ladders provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. Taking the time to use ladders properly can help to prevent serious or fatal injuries.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:08:07 -0400WILSONVILLE, OR — (Marketwired) — 09/20/16 — FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today announced the FLIR RSX-F intelligent sensor for advanced fire detection inside rail coaches.
Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:25:12 -0400With parts of the US experiencing record setting heat, it is hard to think about winter. For many, autumn provides a perfect opportunity to conduct infrared inspections of flat roofs to help ensure that they are ready for the upcoming colder months.
Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:52:36 -0400Using thermograms to document exceptions is a time-tested common practice in thermography. At times, this practice can be cumbersome and confusing, especially with large structures.
Sat, 03 Sep 2016 10:41:55 -0400For many areas, September is a month of transition – cooler weather, leaves turning color, and children returning to school. In this Tip we offer some advice for keeping school students safe.
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:48:09 -0400While an enormous amount of infrared techniques to look at building efficiency have been developed in the past, recent new testing combining aerial infrared surveys, handheld infrared measurements, pressurization and computational analyses have been developed, with some surprising results.
Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:05:36 -0400Certification is one of the most frequently cited credentials for practicing infrared thermographers. In this Tip we discuss the importance of Level III certification and why thermographers need to train and certify to the highest level possible.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:29:26 -0400Despite the important role they play in a commercial facility, electric motors tend to be both out-of-sight and out-of-mind until they fail.
Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:29:40 -0400Despite the important role they play in a commercial facility, electric motors tend to be both out-of-sight and out-of-mind until they fail.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:32:51 -0400Thermography is a proven technique for inspecting insulated, low-slope roofing systems. Under the proper conditions, thermography may also be used to inspect uninsulated roofs that are constructed with an insulating deck.
Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:25:27 -0400Inspection techniques such as infrared thermography, ultrasonic testing, and visual inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), have changed the face of marine inspections/surveys.
Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:51:24 -0400A perpetual quest among professional thermographers involves seeking a standard contract for their inspection services. In this Tip, we offer a time-tested solution that can help to increase sales and improve customer satisfaction.
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:58:37 -0400As the popularity of infrared transmissive switchgear windows increases, many have begun to question how much windows attenuate the observed infrared data.
Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:27:03 -0400Have you ever wondered what the size of your imager’s field of view is at a given distance? If you know the visual field of view specifications for a thermal imager, it is possible to calculate the size of your imager’s viewing area for any given distance using a scientific calculator.
Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:47:13 -0400An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In last week’s Tip, we covered the topic of heat stress, its symptoms, and treatment. This Tip focuses on the importance of hydration as a preventive measure.
Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:03:32 -0400Infrared inspections can be a valuable tool for detecting problems within electrical distribution systems. Understanding when and where to utilize thermography is key to obtaining maximum benefit.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:44:44 -0400Infrared inspections can be a valuable tool for detecting problems within electrical distribution systems. Understanding when and where to utilize thermography is key to obtaining maximum benefit.
Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:33:25 -0400Ever wonder why magicians never reveal their secrets? It's because magic, like most things, is easy once you know the trick. When describing thermography in lay terms, it is easy to over emphasize simplicity and forget the source of the true magic behind thermography – the thermographer.
Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:55:03 -0400Currently published industry standards require that core samples be obtained when performing infrared roof moisture surveys. Properly procuring and patching core sample sites can help to maintain watertight integrity of sample sites.
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:46:33 -0400In regions with older infrastructure, sewer system integrity is often a primary concern. Under the right conditions, thermography can often detect sewer leaks or voids surrounding the system that can lead to sinkholes.
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:10:14 -0400When it comes to establishing an electrical maintenance program for your facility, there are many resources at your disposal to which you could look.
Sun, 29 May 2016 10:30:13 -0400When performing infrared inspections of electrical systems, many thermographers tend to focus their attention on outdoor substations and overhead electric lines. Unexpected failures can occur when service entrance cables are overlooked.
Sun, 22 May 2016 10:02:24 -0400As interest in building remediation has increased, thermography has become a common tool for helping to detect moisture damage. Knowing when and how to conduct an infrared inspection is key to success.
Sun, 15 May 2016 10:29:59 -0400As interest in building remediation has increased, thermography has become a common tool for helping to detect moisture damage. Knowing when and how to conduct an infrared inspection is key to success.
Sun, 08 May 2016 14:07:30 -0400Lightning is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena. For thermographers who work outdoors, it can present a serious safety hazard. This week’s Tip discusses how you can protect yourself from this serious safety hazard.
Sun, 01 May 2016 11:02:48 -0400Concrete Masonry Unit (CMU) walls are a common construction detail frequently used in single –story and low rise commercial block wall construction. An infrared imager can be used to quickly perform quality assurance inspections of reinforcing grout details which are critical to the strength of finished CMU walls.
Sun, 01 May 2016 10:41:33 -0400When properly implemented, thermography is the most efficient non-contact, cost effective and reasonably accurate solution for mass screening of individuals for elevated body temperature (EBT).
Sun, 24 Apr 2016 09:09:14 -0400“Watch Your Step” is a safety slogan we’ve all seen countless times. All too frequently, thermographers suffer injuries when engrossed in an inspection or disoriented by the display monitor of an infrared imager.
Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:12:58 -0400Electrical bus ducts are a common feature found in many commercial and industrial electrical systems. When used to supplement regular PM, infrared inspections can help to detect loose or deteriorated connections that can lead to costly catastrophic failures.
Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:53:13 -0400Lenses and optics are an integral part of any infrared imaging system. Most infrared optics are coated with special anti-reflective coatings to maximize the transmission of infrared energy to the system's infrared detector.
Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:07:02 -0400When performing an infrared inspection, obtaining quality data relies on the use of proper equipment, thermographer training and knowledge of the system being inspected.
Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:42:24 -0400Unknown emittance values are often the greatest error source when taking infrared temperature measurements. This error source can be eliminated by modifying a target with a material having a known E value.
Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:06:12 -0400Most modern thermal imagers have the ability to record time and date along with thermal images. Taking a moment to ensure that the correct time and date are displayed on your imager before you begin your inspection can help to avoid wasted time and the collection of inaccurate data.
Sun, 06 Mar 2016 08:58:34 -0500Proper planning prevents poor performance. This frequently repeated phrase has been applied to many disciplines and has application in thermography as well.
Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:20:23 -0500More often than not, boats constructed with fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) and composite materials are damaged by lightning strikes, collision, and allision (moving boat striking a stationary object).
Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:07:46 -0500Everyone has heard the fabled race between the tortoise and the hare in which the tortoise beats the hare. One of the morals of the story is that a steady pace may be more fruitful than erratic bursts of speed.
Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:09:06 -0400In order to increase the accuracy of thermographic inspections of steam traps, contact ultrasonic testing should be used as well as infrared imaging. Contact ultrasonics are much more sensitive to trap failures than temperature measurement alone.
Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:50:00 -0500Purchasing a pre-owned thermal imager can result in significant savings over the cost of a new unit. Prices for new thermal imagers from under $1000 to tens of thousands depending upon features and capabilities.
Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:11:25 -0500Purchasing a pre-owned thermal imager can result in significant savings over the cost of a new unit. Prices for new thermal imagers from under $1000 to tens of thousands depending upon features and capabilities.
Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:16:52 -0500Burlington, NJ January 29, 2016 - Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO conference was recently held in Orlando, FL.
Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:18:37 -0500You’ve spent all your time trying to figure out which camera is best for you. You’ve considered all the features including number of pixels, sensitivity, and connectivity to mobile devices. You’ve made your decision, bought, and received the camera.
Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:51:34 -0500When working in a new facility or plant area for the first time, you may encounter safety rules that are new or different. It is always a good idea to review safety requirements with the project manager prior to project start to ensure that you are prepared.
Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:01:56 -0500If you have multiple imaging radiometers of the same make and model, it is imperative to keep your lenses with the imager chassis to which they have been calibrated.
Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:11:18 -0500With an unusually harsh winter well underway, many have already experienced driving challenges associated with severe weather. With this Tip, we offer some advice for driving in winter conditions.
Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:41:54 -0500Many facilities undergo regularly scheduled shutdowns for preventive maintenance. Performed prior to shutdowns, infrared inspections can help to point out potential problems in electrical and mechanical systems and allow for more effective use of resources during a shutdown.
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 11:24:58 -0500Thermography and related infrared applications have been used for decades in the petrochemical and chemical industries; however, it has been quite a mystery to many on how to penetrate such an industry.
Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:20:23 -0500You’ve probably heard the saying, “You can’t see the forest because of all the trees.” Sometimes thermographers can’t see visible discrepancies for the thermal imagery.
Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:17:13 -0500It is hard to believe that another year has passed and the holiday season is once again upon us. With this Tip, we invite our readers to share a favorite memory as we celebrate the season.
Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:55:16 -0500Many thermographers think of the holidays as a time for family, festivities and annual maintenance of their infrared equipment. Planning ahead can help to minimize imager downtime and avoid or minimize program interruption.
Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:26:55 -0500Intrinsically safe test equipment is a requirement for workplaces where combustible gasses may be present. Prior to performing an infrared inspection in such areas, it is important to understand the meaning and importance of this requirement.
Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:26:37 -0500Lighting ballast failure may present more than an inconvenience; in some cases, it may present a fire hazard. Under the right conditions, an infrared imager may be used to detect overheated ballasts.
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:43:26 -0500When it comes to heat transfer and safety, thermographers traditionally think of the workplace. With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, neither of these topics should be overlooked when it comes to preparing the holiday feast.
Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:33:53 -0500Infrared inspections of flat roofs are a time-tested procedure for detecting evidence of subsurface moisture within a roofing system. Current standards specify infrared inspections be performed from the exterior of the building; however, infrared inspections may be performed from the interior of the building under certain conditions.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:27:18 -0500Denver, CO November 12, 2015 – The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) has teamed up with Infraspection Institute to provide advanced infrared thermography training for its members.
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:15:13 -0500With tremendous emphasis placed upon the sophistication of today’s modern thermal imagers, it’s easy to forget the basics of thermal imaging. Regardless of imager age or sophistication, there are several basic concepts that can vastly increase the accuracy and success of an infrared inspection.
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:51:03 -0500Thermal imaging is one of the newest tools for the pest management professional. As with most applications, thermography for pest detection is not “simply point and shoot”.
Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:17:55 -0500Qualitative and Quantitative Infrared Thermography is a more informative and non- invasive inspection technique- making it the perfect tool for marine inspections of G10 as well as all Fiberglass Laminates.
Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:55:04 -0400Although thermography has gained wide acceptance for use in P/PM, Condition Monitoring and Forensics, thermographers often are unaware of the existence of published safety standards regarding infrared inspections.
Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:10:11 -0400Taking your infrared imager into dusty or wet environments can have disastrous consequences for your imager. While it is best to wait for such conditions to subside, your can use a polyethylene sheet or trash bag to temporarily protect your imager and accomplish a qualitative inspection.
Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:00:35 -0400The isotherm feature found on modern thermal imagers is somewhat of a relic having been around for over 25 years. In simple terms, an isotherm feature allows a thermographer to visually highlight areas exhibiting a similar apparent temperature on the imager's monitor screen.
Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:01:06 -0400Infrared detectors are solid state devices that are the heart of a thermal imager. It is the detector which converts heat energy into an electric signal which is then converted to images and temperature data. Recent innovations in infrared detector design have led to reductions in both cost and size.
Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:02:51 -0400In a recent Tip of the Week, we suggested using architectural drawings to supplement, or as a substitute for, thermograms for large structures. Structural blueprints can also be used to reference locations when performing infrared inspections of large physical structures.
Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:52:13 -0400If your roof has been retrofitted with a new roof installed over an existing one, it is imperative that you test the roofing system for water infiltration at least annually.
Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:17:28 -0400For many areas, September is a month of transition – cooler weather, leaves turning color, and children returning to school. In this Tip we offer some advice for keeping school students safe.
Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:37:30 -0400As practicing thermographers, we expect each day to provide new experiences and teach new lessons. September 11, 2001, taught every American a life-altering lesson. This paper presents an account of that day by an ordinary thermographer who was working across the street from the World Trade Center that morning and suddenly found herself in an extraordinary situation.
Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:08:14 -0400Temperature can be an indicator of the condition of installed electric motors; however, the best location for measuring temperature is often debated. In this Tip we discuss the best location for measuring motor temperatures.
Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:56:28 -0400Abu Dhabi, UAE August 25, 2015 - National Engineering Services & Trading Co. LLC announced today several new course dates for Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training courses.
Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:17:08 -0400Thermography is a proven technology for finding many types of defects within electrical systems. While infrared inspections can assist in PdM efforts, they can also point out a potentially lethal condition that can lead to electrocution and death.
Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:20:12 -0400Leaks are a common problem with underground piping systems. Under the correct conditions, infrared thermography can help to detect evidence of leaks from buried piping systems that carry hot or cold product.
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:38:54 -0400Low emittance can introduce significant error when performing non-contact temperature measurements of electrical and mechanical system components. Affixing high emittance coupons to component surfaces can provide a solution.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:36:10 -0400For many thermographers, scaffolds provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. In this week’s Tip we cover additional safety tips applicable to these common workplace structures.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:16:34 -0400This paper will discuss three basic opportunities that can make you indispensable to the building owner. First, by understanding their roofing system you can give them proper direction in addressing what they are seeing on their roof.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:34:16 -0400SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 27, 2015 - Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announcedthe addition of two higher temperature models to its thermal imagers’ portfolio.
Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:13:20 -0400For many thermographers, scaffolds provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. In this week’s Tip we cover safety tips applicable to these common workplace structures.
Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:01:43 -0400Mitcham, Australia July 20, 2015 - IPI Learning has added several new locations within the Asia-Pacific region to their infrared training schedule.
Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:11:58 -0400Maintenance departments face many challenges. One of the toughest challenges is securing adequate funding when money is tight. In this Tip, we discuss several ways to make sure you get the biggest bang for your maintenance buck.
Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:32:07 -0400When performing an infrared inspection of low slope roofing systems, invasive testing is necessary to confirm the composition and condition of roofing system components.
Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:08:11 -0400Experienced thermographers know that image clarity is one of the most important considerations in thermal imaging. For thermal imagers, imager frame rate is an important characteristic that can greatly influence image quality.
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:42:10 -0400Objective specifications are frequently used to describe the performance of thermal imaging systems. In part two of this Tip, we explore the significance of our second frequently misunderstood term, Accuracy.
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:46:38 -0400Objective specifications are frequently used to describe the performance of thermal imaging systems. In this two-part Tip, we explore the significance of two commonly used, but frequently misunderstood terms: Accuracy and Sensitivity.
Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:34:27 -0400Parallel conductors are a common feature on many electrical circuits. When properly used, an infrared imager can detect evidence of serious problems that might otherwise go undetected.
Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:19:52 -0400It is a typical roof inspection using an infrared imager to locate hidden moisture. The roof is in pretty good shape and no exceptions have been located on the first two sections. Walking across the third roof section, the first exception is spotted.
Sun, 31 May 2015 13:44:59 -0400Airborne and Structure-borne ultrasound have evolved into a technology that many would consider to be the cornerstone of an effective maintenance and reliability program.
Sun, 31 May 2015 09:55:58 -0400For many, it’s that time of year again when nature’s little wonders come out and remind us that we need to be proactive in reducing our exposure to the flying and crawling types of hazards. In this Tip, we offer suggestions for dealing with mosquitoes, ticks, and bees.
Sun, 24 May 2015 10:47:06 -0400With any technology, change is inevitable. Advances in infrared imager technology now provide thermographers with new equipment choices on a semiannual basis. With more choices than ever, it is important for thermographers to be able to determine when they should upgrade their imager.
Mon, 18 May 2015 15:42:34 -0400Trenton, NJ May 15, 2015 – International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 269 recently held their first Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer® training class through Infraspection Institute’s course materials licensing program.
Sun, 17 May 2015 10:27:53 -0400Solving problems is a constant challenge for most managers. The effectiveness of a manager is directly tied to their ability to accurately define a problem and find the most effective solution. This week’s Tip discusses a simple and proven method for solving even the toughest problems.
Sun, 10 May 2015 10:22:04 -0400Shipping infrared equipment is a frequent necessity for thermographers. Taking the time to make certain that equipment is adequately insured can help prevent bigger problems in the event of loss or damage.
Sun, 03 May 2015 09:41:29 -0400RSS feeds have become a means for automatically receiving information from web publishers on a wide variety of topics. RSS feeds can provide thermographers with up-to-the minute news and information on thermography and related PdM and NDT topics.
Fri, 01 May 2015 15:04:40 -0400Infrared thermography is well suited for the detection of radiant heating elements and other sub surface heated piping.
Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:37:51 -0400In general, hot spots within electrical systems are indicative of problems such as loose connections or overloaded circuits. For some electrical components, high temperature operation is normal and an infrared imager can be used to help ensure that these devices are functioning.
Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:22:06 -0400With interest in renewable energy at an all-time high, photovoltaic systems have become a common sight worldwide. Infrared inspections can be used for quality assurance inspections of new installations or to monitor the performance of existing ones.
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 09:29:03 -0400"A man’s got to know his limitations." Clint Eastwood popularized this quote in a 1972 film; this sage observation can also be applied to infrared equipment.When stating the potential accuracy of infrared thermometers, many manufacturers state radiometer accuracy as “± 2%”.
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:03:46 -0400Santa Rosa, CA March 30, 2015 – Keysight Technologies, Inc. recently announced a scholarship program for infrared thermographers.
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:06:33 -0400Well known for its ruggedness and distinct architectural features, timber frame construction is a popular choice for commercial and residential buildings. Used properly, thermal imaging can be used to detect evidence of excess energy loss within these unique structures.