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IRINFO.ORG is a content-based web resource and on-line community dedicated to professionally promoting infrared thermography and related PPM, PdM and NDT technologies. Through our Articles and Tips, we offer timely, accurate information that is updated se

Published: Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:56:45 -0400

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Preparing for IR Inspections of Electrical Systems

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 09:56:45 -0400

Perhaps 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.

Autumn is the Time for Steam Trap Testing

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 09:10:04 -0400

With 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.

The Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 09:14:03 -0400

Don’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.

Ladder Safety - Part 2

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:35:07 -0400

For 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.

Calculate the Impact of Unreliability on Sales

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 10:20:21 -0400

While most acknowledge that unreliable operation is costly at the plant level, the impact, when projected to sales, is enormous.

Ladder Safety - Part 1

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:44:50 -0400

For 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.

FLIR Announces FLIR RSX-F Thermal Fire Sensor for Rail Coaches

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 09:08:07 -0400

WILSONVILLE, 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.

Autumn IR Inspections to Assess Roof Condition

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:25:12 -0400

With 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.

Alternatives to Thermal Images

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:52:36 -0400

Using 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.

School’s Open – Drive Carefully

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 10:41:55 -0400

For 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.

White Roofs May Not Be So Green...

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:48:09 -0400

While 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.

The Value of Level III Certification

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 09:05:36 -0400

Certification 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.

Laying the Foundation

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 11:29:26 -0400

Despite 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.

IR Inspections of Electric Motors

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 09:29:40 -0400

Despite 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.

IR Inspections of Roofs with Insulating Decks

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:32:51 -0400

Thermography 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.

Thermal Imagers and Marine Inspections

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:25:27 -0400

Inspection techniques such as infrared thermography, ultrasonic testing, and visual inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), have changed the face of marine inspections/surveys.

Contracts for Infrared Inspections

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 09:51:24 -0400

A 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.

Transmissivity of Switchgear Windows

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 08:58:37 -0400

As the popularity of infrared transmissive switchgear windows increases, many have begun to question how much windows attenuate the observed infrared data.

Calculating Field of View

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:27:03 -0400

Have 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.

Heat Stress & Hydration

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 10:47:13 -0400

An 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.

Maintaining Situational Awareness

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:03:32 -0400

Infrared 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.

Role of IR Inspections for Electrical Distribution Systems

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 14:44:44 -0400

Infrared 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.

It’s Not That Easy

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 16:33:25 -0400

Ever 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.

How to Core Sample a Roof

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 08:55:03 -0400

Currently 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.

IR Inspections for Sewer Systems

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 10:46:33 -0400

In 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.

NFPA 70B and CSA Z463 Standards for Electrical Maintenance: Where Does Airborne Ultrasound Fit In?

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 16:10:14 -0400

When it comes to establishing an electrical maintenance program for your facility, there are many resources at your disposal to which you could look.

Inspecting Service Entrance Cables

Sun, 29 May 2016 10:30:13 -0400

When 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.

What is Image Fusion?

Sun, 22 May 2016 10:02:24 -0400

As 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.

Infrared Inspections to Detect Latent Moisture

Sun, 15 May 2016 10:29:59 -0400

As 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.

Lightning Safety

Sun, 08 May 2016 14:07:30 -0400

Lightning 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.

IR Inspections of CMU Walls

Sun, 01 May 2016 11:02:48 -0400

Concrete 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.

The Use of Thermography in Elevated Body Temperature Screening

Sun, 01 May 2016 10:41:33 -0400

When 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).

Watch Your Step

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.

IR Inspections of Electrical Bus Ducts

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 10:12:58 -0400

Electrical 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.

Cleaning IR Lenses

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 14:53:13 -0400

Lenses 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.

Know Your Target

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 12:07:02 -0400

When performing an infrared inspection, obtaining quality data relies on the use of proper equipment, thermographer training and knowledge of the system being inspected.

Modifying a Surface for Infrared Temperature Measurement

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 10:42:24 -0400

Unknown 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.

Do You Have the Correct Time?

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 12:06:12 -0400

Most 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.

Setting Up Inspection Routes

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 08:58:34 -0500

Proper planning prevents poor performance. This frequently repeated phrase has been applied to many disciplines and has application in thermography as well.

IR Thermography and Related NDT Technologies for Detection of Damage to Boats Constructed with FRP and Composite Materials

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 10:20:23 -0500

More 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).

The Tortoise and the Hare

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 12:07:46 -0500

Everyone 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.

Combining IR & Ultrasound for Steam Trap Testing

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:09:06 -0400

In 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.

Wide Angle Lenses

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 09:50:00 -0500

Purchasing 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.

Infrared Equipment - New or Used?

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:11:25 -0500

Purchasing 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.

IR/INFO 2016 Provides a Magical Time in Orlando

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 16:16:52 -0500

Burlington, NJ January 29, 2016 - Infraspection Institute’s IR/INFO conference was recently held in Orlando, FL.

Congratulations on your Infrared Camera Purchase - Now What?

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:18:37 -0500

You’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.

Know Your Safety Requirements

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 09:51:34 -0500

When 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.

Keeping Track of Your Lenses

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:01:56 -0500

If 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.

Winter Driving Tips

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 09:11:18 -0500

With 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.

Infrared Prior to PM Shutdowns

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:41:54 -0500

Many 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.

Diversification of Your Infrared Business – A Peek Into the Petrochemical & Chemical World

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 11:24:58 -0500

Thermography 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.

Visual Inspections & Thermography

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 11:20:23 -0500

You’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.

Holiday Wishes

Sun, 20 Dec 2015 10:17:13 -0500

It 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.

Scheduling IR Equipment for Maintenance

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:55:16 -0500

Many 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.

Intrinsically Safe Equipment

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 11:26:55 -0500

Intrinsically 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.

Detecting Defective Lighting Ballasts

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 14:26:37 -0500

Lighting 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.

Thanksgiving Safety Tip

Sun, 22 Nov 2015 10:43:26 -0500

When 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.

Infrared Roof Inspections From Indoors?

Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:33:53 -0500

Infrared 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.

InterNACHI Teams Up with Infraspection To Offer Advanced IR Training

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 15:27:18 -0500

Denver, 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.

Thermal Imaging Basics

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 13:15:13 -0500

With 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.

Pest Detection in Structures

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:51:03 -0500

Thermal 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”.

Thermal Imaging - A Better Solution for Inspecting G10 Laminates

Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:17:55 -0500

Qualitative 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.

Safety Standards for Thermography

Sun, 18 Oct 2015 09:55:04 -0400

Although 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.

Splash Protection for Your IR Imager

Sun, 11 Oct 2015 10:10:11 -0400

Taking 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.

Using an Isotherm Feature

Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:00:35 -0400

The 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.

Are We in the Golden Age of Thermal Imaging?

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:01:06 -0400

Infrared 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.

Using Floor Plans to Identify Locations

Sun, 27 Sep 2015 10:02:51 -0400

In 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.

Infrared Inspections of Retrofitted Roofs

Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:52:13 -0400

If 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.

School’s Open – Drive Carefully

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 10:17:28 -0400

For 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.

Sept. 11, 2001: A Thermographer’s Experience at Ground Zero

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:37:30 -0400

As 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.

Measuring Motor Temperatures

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:08:14 -0400

Temperature 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.

NEST and Infraspection Institute Announce Course Dates for UAE

Mon, 24 Aug 2015 17:56:28 -0400

Abu 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.

Potentially Lethal Hotspots

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 10:17:08 -0400

Thermography 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.

Detecting Underground Pipe Leaks

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 10:20:12 -0400

Leaks 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.

High E Targets for Measuring Component Temperatures

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:38:54 -0400

Low 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.

Scaffold Safety – Part 2

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:36:10 -0400

For 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.

Your Warranty Opportunities and How to Use Them Efficaciously

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:16:34 -0400

This 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.

Keysight Technologies Introduces Thermal Imagers for Predictive Maintenance

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:34:16 -0400

SANTA ROSA, Calif., July 27, 2015 - Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS) today announcedthe addition of two higher temperature models to its thermal imagers’ portfolio.

Scaffold Safety – Part 1

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:13:20 -0400

For 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.

IPI Learning Expands Training Schedule for Asia-Pacific Region

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 07:01:43 -0400

Mitcham, Australia July 20, 2015 - IPI Learning has added several new locations within the Asia-Pacific region to their infrared training schedule.

How to Survive a Shrinking Maintenance Budget

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 10:11:58 -0400

Maintenance 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.

Asphalt or Coal Tar – How to Tell the Difference

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 09:32:07 -0400

When performing an infrared inspection of low slope roofing systems, invasive testing is necessary to confirm the composition and condition of roofing system components.

The Importance of Imager Frame Rate

Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:08:11 -0400

Experienced 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.

Accuracy and Sensitivity - Part 1

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 12:42:10 -0400

Objective 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.

Accuracy and Sensitivity - Part 1

Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:46:38 -0400

Objective 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.

Infrared Inspection of Parallel Feed Conductors

Sat, 13 Jun 2015 09:34:27 -0400

Parallel 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.

A Reminder to Cut the Roof

Sat, 06 Jun 2015 09:19:52 -0400

It 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.

Ultrasound Assisted Lubrication – Time Based to Condition Based

Sun, 31 May 2015 13:44:59 -0400

Airborne and Structure-borne ultrasound have evolved into a technology that many would consider to be the cornerstone of an effective maintenance and reliability program.

Insect Safety Tip

Sun, 31 May 2015 09:55:58 -0400

For 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.

When Should You Upgrade Your Imager?

Sun, 24 May 2015 10:47:06 -0400

With 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.

IBEW Local 269 Holds First Certified Infrared Thermographer® Class

Mon, 18 May 2015 15:42:34 -0400

Trenton, 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.

Four Steps to Solving Problems

Sun, 17 May 2015 10:27:53 -0400

Solving 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.

Insuring Equipment In Transit

Sun, 10 May 2015 10:22:04 -0400

Shipping 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.

RSS News Feeds - An Easy Way to Stay Current

Sun, 03 May 2015 09:41:29 -0400

RSS 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.

Thermography Inspection of In-floor Radiant Heating Systems - Case Study

Fri, 01 May 2015 15:04:40 -0400

Infrared thermography is well suited for the detection of radiant heating elements and other sub surface heated piping.

Normal Hot Spots in Electrical Systems

Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:37:51 -0400

In 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.

IR Inspections of Photovoltaic Systems

Sun, 12 Apr 2015 09:22:06 -0400

With 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.

Measurement Accuracy Specifications

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%”.

Keysight Technologies Launches IR Thermography Scholarship Program

Mon, 30 Mar 2015 16:03:46 -0400

Santa Rosa, CA March 30, 2015 – Keysight Technologies, Inc. recently announced a scholarship program for infrared thermographers.

IR Inspections of Timber Framed Buildings

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 16:06:33 -0400

Well 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.